Courtesans Examining New Patterns - Wonderful scene of courtesans relaxing in their private quarters, the woman at lower right unrolling a design for kimono fabric. She examines the pattern carefully by candlelight, additional rolls on the floor and in a wooden bin behind her. The other courtesans and their small attendants watch with interest. Fantastic detail in the luxurious fabrics and interior furnishings. The verses above reproduce the women's handwriting. A classic Edo era image.
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 - Masanobu (1761 - 1816)
Image Size - 20" x 15"
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Two panels, attached. Slight toning. Some thinning at edges. Nice overall.