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Notes (1st edition)This scene has two official titles: (1) Applying Lipstick (Benifude) and (2) A Kyoto Maiko (Kyo Maiko).
Publisher (this edition): Hashiguchi Goyo Tanseisha Tanseisha Hashiguchi Goyo Yuyudo Yuyudo Yuyudo
Date of this item: 1970s/80s 1970s/80s 1970s/80s 1970s/80s 1970s/80s 1970s/80s 1970s/80s
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Title Benifude (Recarved)
Artist Goyo Hashiguchi 1880-1921
Signature Goyo ga
Seal artist's seal
Dated 1920
Period Shin Hanga
Publisher Tanseisha ?
Impression excellent … (recarved edition in 1980s ?)
Colors excellent … solid mica background, gold colored metallic pigment
Condition very good … slight mottled toning, margins partially trimmed
Rating 2 = very good
Description "Beni Fude" A maiko is applying lipstick.
Width 10.6 inches = 27.0 cm
Height 16.3 inches = 41.5 cm
Literature Newland, Amy R.; and S. Hamanaka, "The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties", Leiden: Hotei, 2000, ISBN 90 74822 20 7, - pg. 44, pl.18

Girl Holding Lipstick

Date: original 1920, this c.1980
Size: large oban 11.25" x 17"
Condition: Fine, with 2 small pieces of the original presentation sheet still attached to the upper corners of verso
Impression: Fine with gauffrage, mica in background,
Color: Fine
Documentation: The Female Image, Leiden, page 44 has a reproduction of this print.

This is a spectacular original woodblock print by legendary shin hanga printmaker Hasiguchi Goyo. It depicts a young woman applying lip rouge. The print is in excellent condition, never framed. Beautiful mica background. Dated 1920; later impression. Publisher's seal, printer and carver seals in lefthand margin.
Title: "Girl Holding Lipstick" ("Benifude moteru onna")

Date: 1920 (Showa era edition printed with sanction of Goyo's heirs).

Image Size: 10.25" x 15.25"

Impression: Fine. Sumptuous pink "mica" background; gold metallic highlights to collar; gauffraged birds and haircover.

Condition: Fine.

A wonderful portrait of the Maiko (apprentice geisha) Chiyo of Gion, Kyoto. One of the most tender images in all of Japanese art and comparable with Utamaro's best. One of a very few reprints made with the blessing of Goyo's heirs.

Benifude Moteru Onna (Woman Holding Lipstick) by Hashiguchi Goyo. Genuine woodblock print dated Taisho 9. Later Showa era impression. Fine condition. 16.9 x 11.4 inches. Koike carver's seal and Shinmi printer's seal on verso margin. Good texture and ink bleedthrough. Comes with original presentation folder. Compare to same image on page 44 of the book "The Female Image 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties".
Beauty Applying Lipstick, 1920

Hashiguchi Goyo, 20th century master-

With the permission of Goyo’s heirs, a couple small commemorative runs of his prints were produced. These prints are also very rare today. But, they offer an opportunity to collect a Goyo woodblock reprint at a cost more in line with most collectors’ budgets. These reprints were produced to the same exacting standard of Goyo’s originals. Expert carvers were contracted to produce the highest quality wood blocks and printers meticulously reprinted Goyo’s originals with the same attention to quality and detail. These reprints are on beautiful, hand made paper printed with the same colors and mica detail as Goyo’s originals. The prints offered tonight in our auctions are from one of those reprint sets.

This Print; Beauty Applying Lipstick- Lovely Goyo print of a beauty applying lipstick in a hand held mirror. She is wearing a fine, formal kimono, her hair carefully pinned up with a decorative crest pinned on. Beautiful soft color in the woman’s kimono and fine detail set off against the soft pink background. This background treated with shimmering mica as was the original. A wonderful print displaying Goyo’s mastery of the female portrait.

Signed- Goyo-ga
Image size- 10 3/8" x 15 3/8" (+ full margins)
Sheet size- 11 3/8" x 16 1/4"
Condition- Perfect condition with no flaws to note. Excellent color, no fading, fine linework. This print has been stored only, never framed.
Wednesday, 28 December 2005

Set of 6 Prints by Goyo in the original case. Excellent condition. Numbered edition, marked "not for sale" in Japanese - evidently this was a private publication when it was first created. These prints were produced by Yuyudo publishing house in Japan. Often they are sold individually, sometimes described as being sanctioned by the family of Goyo. That was a separate edition that was sold publicly in a limited edition of 150, evidently. This is different but the printings and carvings are just as masterly. Probably some of the same printers and carvers were involved.
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