Adachi Limited Edition Beauties - In 1967, the venerable Adachi Publisher of Tokyo released a limited edition series of 25 classic ukiyo-e beauty subjects. These beautiful reprints feature masterworks by Utamaro, Kiyonaga, Eisho, and others, including some subjects seldom seen in reprint. Printed with fine line work and attractive color, some designs feature deluxe treatments such as embossing or shimmering mica. Limited to 500 sets, each print is numbered on the reverse with a special Adachi publisher's seal. A wonderful opportunity to collect a lovely bijin reprint from a great limited edition release.
Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Comments - Charming domestic scene of women working in the kitchen, the seated beauty at left peeling a fruit with a large knife. The woman standing behind her wipes a lacquer bowl with a cloth, a young child hanging over her shoulders. A teakettle sits atop a stove and a large pail of water rests on a shelf at lower right. At upper right, a beauty right reaches through a cloud of smoke to retrieve a teakettle from atop the fire while her companion blows on the coals through a bamboo pole. A nicely detailed look at daily life in the Edo era.
Numbered - 468/500
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 29 1/2" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Two separate panels. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.