Meiji prints

  Design: Mizuno Hidekata (1875-1944)  
  Print title: A slight token of esteem  
  Album/series title: Katei no Hana (Household flowers)  
  Size: 21.6 x 31.5 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Mizuno Hidekata Katei no hana Two ladies and a red box


Special effects: embossed fabric printing (nuno-me-zuri) on the collar of the lady in the pink kimono; metallic pigments on the kimono, obi and hair ornament of the lady in the blue kimono, on the flowers decorating the red cloth covering the box, and on the bamboo shoots decorating the grey sliding door on the left of the room.

Published ca. 1907 by Akiyama Buemon.

This print has no vertical fold in the middle, meaning that it originally was issued separately and not as part of an orihon (i.e., folding book).

Artist’s name in lower right of the print:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
hiide(ru) excell  
kata person Hidekata

Series title and print number in light orange cartouche in right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ka house  
tei garden  
no ’s  
hana flower Household flowers,
ichi one print number eleven

Publisher’s address and firm name in middle of bottom margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
kyō capital  
shi city Tokyo city,
ni sun  
hon origin  
hashi bridge  
ku district Nihonbashi district,
muro greenhouse  
machi quarter Muro quarter,
san three  
chō house block  
me count suffix 3rd house block,
kyū nine  
ban number  
chi earth, land number 9,
katsu slide  
kei think  
temple Kokkeidō

Provenance: The website of Davidson Galleries

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