Mirror of the Ages - Published in 1897, Chikanobu's beautiful series "Mirror of the Ages" celebrates the beauty and fashions of women of the past. Each print in this delightful series features a single portrait of a young beauty, always carefully and stylishly made up, wearing the traditional contemporary fashion of her time. In the rectangular inset above the figure, Chikanobu has drawn a scene from the same time period suggesting a place where one might see this young beauty. This wonderful series was printed to the highest quality with fine line work and soft shading, and often with additional embellishments, such as delicate embossing or burnishing. A lovely series and collector's favorite.
The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912) - Lovely portrait of a smiling young beauty dressed in a blue and white patterned kimono. She looks over her shoulder with an expression of delight, her open lips revealing tiny, even white teeth. Her hair is arranged with a pouf above the forehead, the rest swept back into a large bun adorned with tie-dyed cloth, a comb, and decorative hairpins accented with metallic silver. Incredibly fine detail in the delicate hairline and soft pink shading around the eyes. The inset above shows a couple relaxing near an old "dragon plum" tree dotted with white blossoms, bundled up against the cool weather of early spring. A beautiful design.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 12 7/8" x 8 1/4" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with nice color and nice detail as shown. Backed with somewhat stiff paper. A few small spots. Please see photos for details.
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