Totoya Hokkei (1780-1850) - Night, Oiran in Yoshiwara, shikishiban surimono
Totoya (Katsushika) Hokkei (1780-1850) - Oiran
An Oiran in front of a street light on the main street of Yoshiwara. Oiran was the highest rank of the prostitutes working in the "Willow World" of Yoshiwara. A Yoshiwara oiran usually carried the obi tied on the front of the kimono.
Condition: Fine condition, fine colours, minute wormhole repaired on the left margin, otherwise fine.
Impression: Very fine impression, a deep black, velvet like gradation of the shadows, silver printing.
Date: Ca. 1820
If interested in this or similar prints let us know. We have a large inventory of surimono by Hokusai and his pupils (Hokkei, Gakutei, Shinsai, Katsushika Hokusai II et alia), also many surimono available by other ukiyo-e artists(Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Shunsho, Toyokuni I and pupils, and many others), as well as surimono by artists of the Shijo-Maruyama school.
The above image of the surimono is pre-restoration of the minute wormhole on the left. The wormhole is now restored, done by one of the most skillful paper conservators in Japan (and the world). The restoration is "invisible" and the wormhole can not be detected anymore. The print appears trimmed in the above image, however this is due to the mount covering the edges of the print. A new image of this print will be posted later.
As a surimono artist Hokkei is Hokusai's most important pupil.
Inventory: Totoya (Katsushika) Hokkei 1wb
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