Hishikawa Moronobu's Sketch of a Girl of the Genroku Period Surimono

by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

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Hishikawa Moronobu's Sketch of a Girl of the Genroku Period Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Hokkei (1780 - 1850) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Hishikawa Moronobu's Sketch of a Girl of the Genroku Period Surimono

Surimono - Surimono are an exclusive subcategory of Japanese woodblock prints. Poetry clubs commissioned these designs for distribution to a small audience of members, most often as New Year's greetings. These privately published images included a wonderful range of subjects and lavish printing techniques such as embossing, burnishing, and metallic pigments. Since surimono were not sold commercially, the print runs were very small and original Edo era surimono are incredibly rare in the market today.

During the 1890s, publishers reprinted some of the most popular designs by famous artists like Hokkei, Gakutei, Hokusai and others. In keeping with the surimono tradition, the Meiji printings were equally exquisite, printed with the finest inks and embellished with embossing, lacquered pigments, and other design features. In some cases, the original Edo era prints no longer exist, making the Meiji reprints the only record of these subjects. These fascinating and beautifully printed images continue to delight collectors today.

Comments - Interesting surimono design by Hokkei based on Moronobu's sketch of a Genroku period beauty. She shyly holds her sleeve to her mouth, dressed in a deep blue kimono patterned with blossoms and circular motifs, tied with a geometric print obi. Delicately embossed plum blossoms frame the scene. An attractive subject with burnishing in the black hair.

Artist - Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Image Size - 8 1/4" x 7 3/8"

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Toning, slight soiling, a few creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Hishikawa Moronobu's Sketch of a Girl of the Genroku Period Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)
Hishikawa Moronobu's Sketch of a Girl of the Genroku Period Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)