Beauty Looking in a Hand Mirror to Adjust a Hairpin

by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Current Status

Beauty Looking in a Hand Mirror to Adjust a Hairpin by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Original Kunichika (1835 - 1900) Japanese Woodblock Print
Beauty Looking in a Hand Mirror to Adjust a Hairpin

Series; Mirror of the Flowering of Manners and Customs, 1878

Mirror of the Flowering of Manners and Customs - Lovely portrait from an 1878 series of contemporary beauties by Kunichika. These attractive designs feature women in a variety of activities from daily life. Some images include the latest modern fashions or imports such as Western umbrellas, while others present more traditional scenes, such as a mother carrying a baby on her back, contrasting the changes taking place in Meiji society. These wonderful woodblocks are beautifully drawn and detailed with fine line work and soft shading, enlivened with vibrant color. A rarely seen series and a terrific modern take on the traditional beauty print.

Special detail - Beautifully detailed with burnishing on the black collar and the hand mirror, and delicate embossing on the blue and white towel wrapped around the beauty's shoulders.

Artist - Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Image Size - 13 1/2" x 9 1/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at edges from previous mounting. Diagonal fold. A couple tiny losses at edges, repaired. Slight soiling and creasing. Please see photos for details.

Beauty Looking in a Hand Mirror to Adjust a Hairpin by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)
Beauty Looking in a Hand Mirror to Adjust a Hairpin by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Auction Rules and guidelines

This Auction Falls Under Our Standard Auction Rules and Guidelines

If you are a new bidder, please read the Rules and Guidelines page before bidding.