A Game of Ken in a Parlor in the New Yoshiwara

by Moromasa (1712 - 1772)

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A Game of Ken in a Parlor in the New Yoshiwara by Moromasa (1712 - 1772)

Moromasa (1712 - 1772) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
A Game of Ken in a Parlor in the New Yoshiwara

Takamizawa's Taisho era Reprints - With the increase in Western visitors to Japan in the first quarter of the 20th century and the interest in the Edo era woodblock print tradition, some of the best publishing houses began to release high quality reprints of the most famous ukiyo-e designs. Founded in 1911, the Takamizawa Publisher of Tokyo produced some of the highest quality ukiyo-e woodblock reprints of all time. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the company created reprints with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color, line work, and even wood grain detail in some cases. 

This print was published during the Taisho era (1911 - 1925), and features a Takamizawa seal on the reverse. Takamizawa's Taisho era prints are considered to be some of the finest reprints ever done. Today, these lovely old prints are sought after by collectors. This is a fantastic early release by Takamizawa and a great choice for a collector interested in classic ukiyo-e images.

Comments - Terrific scene of beauties entertaining guests at a teahouse in the New Yoshiwara. In the foreground, a group plays a hand game called ken, the man at left scratching his head with a puzzled frown. Behind them, a woman plays shamisen while a man claps along, another beauty holding a cup of sake. An attendant brings in a kettle at right while out in the garden, a young woman styles her hair using a hand mirror. Wonderful architectural detail in the setting. A great example of the fascination at the time for perspective pictures, using an exaggerated form of Western perspective to create a sense of depth.

Artist - Moromasa (1712 - 1772)

Image Size - 11 5/8" x 16 1/4" + margins as shown

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Vertical centerfold. Toning, creasing. Please note, due to the size, this print may be shipped folded or rolled. Please see photos for details.

A Game of Ken in a Parlor in the New Yoshiwara by Moromasa (1712 - 1772)
A Game of Ken in a Parlor in the New Yoshiwara by Moromasa (1712 - 1772)