Yoshu Chikanobu (1838-1912)
Two fold-out albums of colour woodblock prints, each mounted with twenty triptychs, some sheets with urushi, mica and embossed details, the first titled Chiyoda no Ooku (The Inner Chiyoda Palace) depicting the hidden world of the Shogun's princess and other women serving him in Edo Castle, engaged in a variety of activities and rituals during a full year, including Setsubun (The Close of Winter), Funa asobi (Boating), Utakai (Poetry Party), Hanami (Cherry Blossom Viewing), Cha no yu (Tea Ceremony) and Tanabata (The Star Festival), all signed (except for one triptych) Yoshu Chikanobu/Oju Yoshu Chikanobu; the second album titled Chiyoda no On-omote (Chiyoda Outer Palace) depicting the annual events associated with the Tokugawa Shogun, including Shogun senge (The ritual of the Emperor appointing the Seitaishogun), Nikko onyashiro mairi Sinbashi (Visiting the Nikko Shrine-Shinbashi Bridge), Tsuru onari (Crane Hunting) and Kemari (Ball Game of the Heian Period), signed Yoshu Chikanobu, both albums published by Fukuda Hatsujiro between Meiji 27-30 (1894-1897). Each triptych approx. 35.3cm x 70.5cm (13 7/8in x 27¾in). (2).