Beauty and Boy with Kite Surimono

by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

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Beauty and Boy with Kite Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

Hokkei (1780 - 1850) Japanese Woodblock Reprint
Beauty and Boy with Kite 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 - Charming surimono of a beauty pausing during a walk to look back over her shoulder, shielding her eyes with her hand. An excited boy stands behind her, carrying a kite patterned with large kanji characters. Fine embossed detail to indicate the fold lines of the beauty's black kimono. Lovely outdoor setting with a budding tree behind a garden fence.

Artist - Hokkei (1780 - 1850)

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

Condition - This print with excellent detail as shown. Small hole, repaired. Toning, slight soiling, vertical crease, a couple light creases at edges. Please see photos for details. Good overall.

Beauty and Boy with Kite Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)
Beauty and Boy with Kite Surimono by Hokkei (1780 - 1850)