Beauty with Battledore and Shuttlecock

by Kiyomitsu (1735 - 1785)

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Beauty with Battledore and Shuttlecock by Kiyomitsu (1735 - 1785)

Kiyomitsu (1735 - 1785) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Beauty with Battledore and Shuttlecock

Comments - Lovely Kiyomitsu design of a beauty holding a decorative battledore and a shuttlecock, used for the popular New Year's game of hanetsuki, similar to badminton. She wears a pale blue kimono patterned with cherry blossoms and fans, tied with a striking black obi. The battledore features a crane and flying above waves with a red sun behind it. A beautiful old Meiji era reprint with soft color. A terrific choice for display.

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 - Kiyomitsu (1735 - 1785)

Image Size - 16" x 11"

Condition - With excellent color and detail as shown. Slight paper remnants on reverse at top and left edges from previous folio mounting. Please see photos for details. Nice overall.

Beauty with Battledore and Shuttlecock by Kiyomitsu (1735 - 1785)
Beauty with Battledore and Shuttlecock by Kiyomitsu (1735 - 1785)