Early-mid 19th century Ja pane se antique Ukiyo-e figurative color woodblock fine art prints. Frame: 13" Width x 18" Height. Image: 9" Width x 13 ¾" Height. The colors remain largely unreduced.The woodblock print may have been kept and previously protected in a folio. The image is clear, crisp, superbly rendered and artistically realized. The overall composition of an elaborately robed geisha appearing from behind a large screen or mirror is seemingly effortlessly accomplished. The deep indigo, cerulean blues, tangerine, melon, olive and charcoal black are wonderfully proportioned and balanced and the piece still enjoys lush, bright color, as well as faint washes, illustrating the subtle, master craftsmanship of the artist. Framed in a period Jap an ese black lacquered enamel wooden frame with a silk raised liner, the woodblock print is under glass.
There are episodes of black or deep charcoal, which populate the image, creating visual interest, excitement, color fluctuation and tonal gradations between darks and lights. Signed by the artist and publisher with black ink stamps in the lower right hand corner of the woodblock, encapsulated in orange bubbles in Jap an ese character calligraphy. Top-shelf, beautiful and simply outstanding. This early/mid-19th century Jap anese color woodblock print by the celebrated, famous Jap an ese woodblock master Utagawa Kunisida (Toyokuni III) is in very well preserved condition. Utagawa Kunisada / Jap an ese (1786- 1865) also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III, was the most popular, prolific and financially successful Jap an ese designer of'Ukiyo-e' woodblock prints of 19th-century Ja p an.In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. This original color woodblock print by Utagawa Kusinada, is from the early-to-mid 19th century, marked with the publisher's seal, titled and as well with the artist's signature. Good to Very Good overall vintage condition. There is what appears to be a very slight and barely noticeable small crease or even perhaps an old tear or previous gathering of the paper from the lower right margin going into the pictorial field of the print about and inch or so. The woodblock also suffers from a few, nearly unnoticeable small holes or paper loss no bigger than poppy seeds. Remember, this is an very early Utagawa Kunisida (Toyokuni III) color woodblock print and it was most likely out of frame for a considerable period.
The frame is a period frame but the color woodblock print was most likely framed at a later date with this period early to mid-19th century black lacquered enamel Jap an ese frame. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\Japan\Prints". The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.