by Buncho (active 1765 - 1792)
From an untitled series known as Folded Love Letters
The Courtesan Handayu of the Nakaomiya - Attractive image of the courtesan Handayu of the Nakaomiya House strolling through the street, looking down with a pensive expression. Her hands are tucked inside her red under robe, held up to her face beneath the cloth. A large paper lantern rests at her feet, and in the room at right, an elegant bonsai tree and plants are arranged in a ceramic planter decorated with a red sun above splashing waves. The title cartouche takes the form of a folded love letter at upper left. A lovely design, rarely seen in reprint.
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 - Buncho (active 1765 - 1792)
Image Size - 12 1/4" x 5 3/4"
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.