Takamizawa's Taisho era Reprints - With the increase in Western visitors to Japan in the first quarter of the 20th century and the interest in the Edo era woodblock print tradition, some of the best publishing houses began to release high quality reprints of the most famous ukiyo-e designs. Founded in 1911, the Takamizawa Publisher of Tokyo produced some of the highest quality ukiyo-e woodblock reprints of all time. Drawing on the traditions and methods of the Edo era, the company created reprints with the utmost care and great attention to detail, masterfully reproducing color, line work, and even wood grain detail in some cases.
This print was published during the Taisho era (1911 - 1925), and features a Takamizawa seal on the reverse. Takamizawa's Taisho era prints are considered to be some of the finest reprints ever done. Today, these lovely old prints are sought after by collectors. This is a fantastic early release by Takamizawa and a great choice for a collector interested in classic ukiyo-e images.
Lily, the Courtesan Morokoshi of the Echizen Establishment Seated at a Writing Table - Fine Eishi reprint depicting a the beautiful courtesan Morokoshi sitting in thought at a low writing desk, a brush in hand and a dreamy expression on her face. The title cartouche features a lily, the flower to which the beauty is compared. A lovely portrait and a nice choice for display.
Artist - Eishi (1756 - 1829)
Image Size - 10 1/2" x 15"
Condition - Excellent with no issues to report.