Appearing Again: Naniwaya Okita - Wonderful Utamaro portrait of the famous beauty Okita of the Naniwaya Teahouse serving tea. She carefully carries a porcelain cup on a red lacquer tray, using both hands, looking down with a slight smile. A classic Edo era beauty subject.
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 - Utamaro (1750 - 1806)
Image Size - 15" x 10" + margins as shown
Condition - Excellent overall with no issues to report.