Publisher - Adachi from a rare series of Edo masterwork designs. Adachi publisher seal in margin or on reverse.
Adachi was one of the most respected publishers of the 20th century. Their woodblocks were printed to the highest standards with excellent color and fine detail. Founded in 1925, Adachi also chose interesting and varied subjects for their prints and was the only publisher of many famous old ukiyo-e images.
Comments - Attractive design by Shunzan of the courtesan Kasugano flanked by her two kamuro or child apprentices and followed by two attendants. Her entourage is dressed in lavish decorative kimonos that complement the courtesan's own outfit. The orange tones in Kasugano's kimono have oxidized to a darker tone. A classic beauty subject with wonderful detail.
Woodblock reprints - In the 20th century, artists and publishers collaborated to recreate famous woodblock prints for interested Japanese collectors and Westerners looking for rare designs. New blocks were made, and the prints were painstakingly printed by artisan printers in the same method as the 19th century originals - one block for each color. Woodblock reprints were an opportunity to collect and enjoy a famous design at a small fraction of the price of an original. They still are today.
Artist - Shunzan (active ca. 1782 - 1798)
Image Size - 16" x 10 7/8"
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.