100 Views of Edo # 30 Deluxe Edition by Ando Hiroshige
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Artist: Ando Utagawa Hiroshige (1787-1858)
Woodblock Prints Title: Plum Estate, Kameido (Kameido umeyashiki), from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (Meisho Edo hyakkei)
1st Publication: November 1857
Size: Vertical oban; 13 7/8" x 9 1/4" (35.2 x 23.5 cm)
Date of this edition: November 1857
Publisher: Uoya Eikichi
Condition: Multiple pin and worm holes repaired. Soiling; colors faded, some obviously added posthumously. Fair overall condition.
Notes: This is an extremely rare Deluxe edition with Mica in the sky area. Usually, this technique was reserved for good customer or prestigious people, as the technology was fairly new, expensive and difficult to master.
This print is one of the two that was copied by Vincent Van Gogh, and definitely in the top two most famous print from Ando Hiroshige.
The red seal on the back is from a Japanese merchant that would guarantee that the print is original (Shiba Miyanoshita)
More about this print: Hiroshige brings us face to face with the celebrated "Sleeping Dragon Plum" of Kameido. This tree, the most famous in Edo, was known for the purity of its double blossoms, which, according to one Edo guidebook, were "so white when full in bloom as to drive off the darkness." We are so close that we can almost smell the tree's powerful fragrance, reputed to have lured the shogun Yoshimune as he passed nearby in the early eighteenth century.
Pictures: Pictures are taken outdoor, in the shade, to reflect true colors, without any enhancements of any kind. The last picture is taken indoor, with a light behind the print, to reveal the exact paper grain, holes if any, or other possible flaws.
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