Chiyoda Inner Palace - First published from 1894 - 1897, Chikanobu's "Chiyoda Inner Palace" (Chiyoda no Ooku) series depicts the lives of women in Edo Castle prior to the Meiji Restoration, when it was home to the shogun and his court. Edo Castle was also known as Chiyoda Castle, and the series includes 40 triptychs. The Inner Palace area housed the shogun's wife and unmarried daughters, his male heir, and many ladies-in-waiting and servants. These lovely triptychs illustrate seasonal activities both inside and outside of the women's private quarters, and a variety of ceremonies, rituals, and pastimes. The beauties are elegantly attired as they go about their daily lives, with wonderful attention and detail given to their sumptuous kimono and obi fabrics. Many designs include deluxe printing techniques such as burnishing, embossing, and mica or metallic pigment. Chikanobu's lovely "Chiyoda Inner Palace" series beautifully captures the world of upper-class women in mid-nineteenth century Japan.
Serving Refreshments - Lovely triptych of upper-class beauties relaxing in a richly furnished interior. At left, a woman in a red-orange kimono patterned with delicately embossed white blossoms carries in a tray of refreshments while the other two beauties wait quietly. A flowering plum branch sits in vase on a low lacquer stand at center, and a brazier with a design of cranes flying over waves rests on the floor at right. An attractive design with beautiful embossed detail in the white kimono fabric and trim, and a faint burnished geometric pattern on the black kimono.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 13 3/4" x 27 7/8"
Condition - Nice color and detail. Backed with paper. Some minor offsetting.
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