Courtesan Hinazuru of Chojiya - Beautiful design by Eisho depicting the elegant courtesan Hinazuru holding a doll, an allusion to her name since hina means doll in Japanese. She smiles as she looks over her shoulder, carefully holding the toy with both hands. She wears several layers of kimono, the tie-dyed pattern of her green under robe delicately embossed. A fantastic subject with soft color and a shimmering distressed mica background. Rarely seen in reprint.
A Rare, Early 20th Century Series - This beautiful series of reprinted masterwork designs was published by the boutique Tokyo publisher Daiichi Shobo in 1929 (Showa 4). The series was titled, "A Collection of Famous Ukiyo-e Prints." The set was a small release, and prints from the series are rarely seen in the market. Note the beautiful printing, fine detail, and the colors that carefully replicate the originals. An early hand made paper was used for printing the series. The prints were sold with identification information from the publisher and are sealed with the red seal of Daiichi Shobo. See the photos below for the publisher’s labels and an example of a red seal.
Artist - Eisho (active circa 1790 - 1799)
Image Size - 15 1/2" x 9 7/8"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, a couple of light creases, red seal at lower left. Please see photos for details. Good overall.