Chikanobu Yoshu, Court Ladies Strolling in the Garden, The Inner Palace of Chiyoda
Artist: Chikanobu Yoshu (1838–1912)
Title: Strolling in the Garden
Series: The Inner Palace of Chiyoda
Publisher: Fukuda Hatsujiro
Size: (R)24.2 x 35.9 (C)25.5 x 36 (L)25.9 x 36 cm
Condition: Fold marks along the edges. Water stains. Some pigment spots and stains on the top edge. Light paper residue on the back.
In triptychs depicting Court Ladies, Chikanobu focuses on the day to day activities of the women who resided in the secluded palace. As a ‘beauty’ series, the focus is on the women and their clothes, with detailed patterned kimonos being a prominent feature of many of the prints. The ladies of the palace are depicted in a wide range of situations and activities, from writing poetry, to watching the cherry blossom, even to combat training, as it was required for the ladies of a castle to be able to defend their home as a last resort.
In this print, elegant court ladies are seen admiring carp swimming in a pond. A wisteria tree is depicted on the left, symbolising late spring, as it usually blossoms around the months of April and May.
|Artist Name||Chikanobu Yoshu|
|Title||Strolling in the Garden|
|Subject||Beauty & Female, Kimono Design|
|Dimensions||(R)24.2 x 35.9 (C)25.5 x 36 (L)25.9 x 36 cm|
|Condition Report||Fold marks along the edges. Water stains. Some pigment spots and stains on the top edge. Light paper residue on the back.|