by Gakutei (1786 - 1868)
Surimono - Surimono are an exclusive subcategory of Japanese woodblock prints. Poetry clubs commissioned these designs for distribution to a small audience of members, most often as New Year's greetings. These privately published images included a wonderful range of subjects and lavish printing techniques such as embossing, burnishing, and metallic pigments. Since surimono were not sold commercially, the print runs were very small and original Edo era surimono are incredibly rare in the market today. These fine quality suriomono reprints offer a great way to collect these classic designs at an affordable price.
Comments - Intriguing surimono print of a Chinese beauty standing on a verandah, looking down over her shoulder at a spider web woven in the opening of a red lacquer box resting on a stand. She wears layers of colorful robes and holds a fan with both hands, an ornate headdress adorning her hair. The view outside is framed by a rugged pine tree at left and geometric patterned curtains at right. A charming design, nicely detailed with embossing on the fan and the white pants.
Artist - Gakutei (1786 - 1868)
Image Size - 8 3/8" x 7"
Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight toning, a few small marks. Please see photos for details. Good overall.