Mirror of the Ages - Published in 1897, Chikanobu's beautiful series "Mirror of the Ages" celebrates the beauty and fashions of women of the past. Each print in this delightful series features a single portrait of a young beauty, always carefully and stylishly made up, wearing the traditional contemporary fashion of her time. In the rectangular inset above the figure, Chikanobu has drawn a scene from the same time period suggesting a place where one might see this young beauty. This wonderful series was printed to the highest quality with fine line work and soft shading, and often with additional embellishments, such as delicate embossing or burnishing. A lovely series and collector's favorite.
The Man'en Era (1860 - 1861) - Lovely design of a young beauty carrying a beautiful lacquer box tied with a purple cord. She wears a brown plaid kimono, the white collar delicately embossed. Her hair is simply arranged with a large comb and a single hairpin. Beautiful fine detail in the hairline, and soft pink shading around her eyes. The inset above shows two porters carrying a palanquin away from the high stone wall of a castle.
Artist - Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)
Image Size - 12 3/4" x 8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Horizontal centerfold. Slight toning, a few creases and tiny spots. Please see photos for details.