Earliest Takamizawa Reprints – This handsome reprint is by the venerable Takamizawa publisher and is from the earliest period of their work as a publishing house. Takamizawa was known as one of the finest reprint publishers of the 20th century and produced some of the highest quality ukiyo-e woodblock reprints of all time. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the prints were produced replicating original Edo era colors and printed on beautiful handmade paper. The printers worked with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color and line work.
This print, and the others in the associated group, bear the earliest, red two part "Takamizawa" seal on the reverse attesting to the Takamizawa publication of these prints and the date from the Taisho era (early 1920s). See the photo of the seal example. The prints came in early Takamizawa folders with a decorative seal from the company (see folder seal photos). These were group folders, and the seal photos are for reference and dating only
Konosato of the Takeya - Lovely portrait of the courtesan Konosato of the Takeya holding what may be a decorated shell. She kneels beside a basket with branches stuck into it as she creates an arrangement, a feather brush and small lengths of cord on the floor nearby. Her kimono is shaded with rose and violet and bordered with floral medallions, tied with a blue-gray print obi. The rose colored border of her robe features spider webs and blossoms.
Artist - Eishi (1756 - 1829)
Image Size - 15" x 10" + top margin as shown
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.