Meiji prints

  Design: Mizuno Hidekata (1875-1944)  
  Print title: Preparing afternoon tea  
  Album/series title: Katei no Hana (Household flowers)  
  Size: 21.4 x 31.6 cm (ōban)  
  Original woodblock print    
  Photography: Jacques Commandeur
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Mizuno Hidekata Katei no hana Preparing afternoon tea


Special effects: silver metallic pigments on the hair ornament of the lady, on the decorations on the sides of the lacquer box and lid containing red and green bean paste filled with mochi (i.e., rice) to be served with the tea, on the left round box in the table in the foreground, and on the platform under the black pot or kettle in the foreground.

Published ca. 1907 by Akiyama Buemon.

This print has a vertical fold in the middle, meaning that it was originally issued as part of an orihon album (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 the grey cartouche in the right margin:

Character Reading Meaning Translation
ka house  
tei garden  
no ’s  
hana flower Household flowers,
san three print number three

Publisher’s address, telephone number, and firm name in middle of bottom margin (from right to left):

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,
den electricity  
wa conversation  
go five  
ichi one  
yon four  
yon four Telephone 5144,
katsu slide  
kei think  
temple Kokkeidō

Provenance: Artelino

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