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
Comments - Fantastic Utamaro triptych of beauties doing needlework with two children playing at their feet. At left, a young woman checks the quality of a bolt of silk, her face visible through the sheer dotted fabric. A little boy plays at her knee, waving a fan. A sewing chest, ruler, and pair of scissors rest nearby, ready for use. At right, two beauties stretch out a length of red tied-dyed fabric, while a boy plays on the floor, teasing a cat with its reflection in a hand mirror, the cat arching its back in defense. A lovely design with beautiful detail and soft color, with delicate embossing in the tie-dyed cloth. Complete triptych reprints of this fine Utamaro subject are rare.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15 1/8" x 30 1/8"
Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Please see photos for details. Good overall.