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 Dog (8 pm) - Charming image of a courtesan writing a long letter, pausing to whisper a message into her young attendant's ear. The long roll of paper trails down over her robes, a writing set and a tobacco set within easy reach. Lovely color and detail in the elegant kimono and obi fabrics. The background is flecked with metallic particles just like the originals in this fine Utamaro series, a nice touch.
Artist - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 14 3/4" x 9 7/8" + margins as shown
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail. No issues to report.