Woman Looking at a Sleeping Tea-boy, Fine Watanabe Reprint - Charming design of a young tea-boy dozing as he rests on a cylindrical container atop a tray. The beauty watches him as she pulls up the edge of her purple coat, worn over a deep green kimono patterned with snow-covered leaves. Just outside the doorway, a bamboo vase holds a red blossom, and a large wheel can be seen beyond. The first time we've seen this handsome design, published by Watanabe with circular publisher's seal within the image at center left.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Harunobu (1724 - 1770)
Image Size - 10 1/2" x 8 1/2" + top margin as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details.
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