Yuyudo Publisher - In the early 20th century, the Yuyudo publishing house had already distinguished themselves as one of the finest publishers in Japan. They adhered to the same exacting standards of 19th century publishers while some of their publishing colleagues took shortcuts. In the 1950's, as interest Edo era woodblock prints was reigniting, Yuyudo embarked upon a project to produce reprints by the great masters from the Golden Age of Ukiyo-e. They hired the finest woodblock printers and carvers in the world for this endeavor. The resulting prints were some of the highest quality reproductions ever made. We are pleased to offer this beautiful reprint from the Yuyudo publisher in our auctions today. Yuyudo prints are exceptionally well done and very finely printed. Each bears a Yuyudo Publisher stamp on the margin or reverse. Bid now on prints from this fantastic collection!
Hour of the Dragon (8 am) - Handsome scene of two beauties from the pleasure quarter who have just arisen at 8 am. The standing woman leans over with a rather sleepy expression, a toothbrush caught between her teeth, her loosely tied robe falling open at the chest. The seated beauty holds a small potted morning glory plant with blue and white blossoms. The outlines of the face are embossed rather than printed. An attractive design.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 11 5/8" x 7 3/4" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.