CHIKANOBU, Yoshu (1838–1912)
A set of Eight Bust Portraits of Beauties - Jidai Kagami (Mirror of the Ages).
A set of 8 oban tate-e woodblock prints of okubi-e (bust portraits) of beauties, titled Jidai kagami (Mirror of the Ages), documenting the fashions of former times (from the Keicho to the Meiji era) in chronological order, each sheet with a beautiful woman in sumptuous costume depicted at the lower section and a rectangular panel at the top which makes a reference to the era, some sheets with lacquer and embossed details, published by Matsuki Heikichi, variously dated Meiji 29, 30 and 31 (1896-8), all signed Yoshu Chikanobu. Each sheet approx. 36 x 23.7 cm (14 1/8in x 9 3/8in). Framed and glazed: 40 by 29 cm.