Series of Modern Chrysanthemum Varieties

(Imayō kiku-zoroi, 時世粧菊揃)

1845

The cultivation and exhibition of chrysanthemums was a popular activity, and this series compares beautiful woman and their thoughts to varieties of the flower.  It is listed as number 128 in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).  The prints in this series are each about 14 by 10 inches (36 by 25 centimeters), a size known as ōban.

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought: Bad mood (おかんをきく)

Description: Woman with Imari planter

Publisher: Kojima-ya Jūbei

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety: The tsujiurao chrysanthemum

Thought: Consults a fortuneteller

Description: A beauty leans thoughtfully on a hibachi with two books and a sleeping cat on the floor nearby

Publisher: Iba-ya Kyūbei

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought:

Description:

Publisher: Enshū-ya Matabei

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought: Asking for the way (Michi o kiku, みちをきく)

Description: Standing woman, a branch with hanging objects over her shoulder, pointing ahead of her while looking over one shoulder

Publisher: Kojima-ya Jūbei

 

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought: Asking whether she has a child (Kodomo ga aruka to kiku)

Description:

Publisher: Kojima-ya Jūbei 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought: Hearing geese flying from the north (Hatsukari o kiku)

Description: Beauty rubbing ink stick on ink stone

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburō 

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought: Kiten ga kiku

Description: Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought: Kitto kiku

Description:

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburō  

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought: Mashinai ga kiku (ましないがきく)

Description: Woman holding up a paper doll with her supplies in front of her

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburō

 

 

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought: Listening to an announcement (Shirase o kiku, しらせをきく)

Description: Standing woman slightly bent at the waist with her right hand on her knees, a folded cloth with a pattern of turtles behind her

Publisher: Enshū-ya Matabei

 

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety: The tsuji-urao chrysanthemum

Thought: Does it suit me? (Niau ka to kiku)

Description: Beauty with bolts of fabric

Publisher: Enshū-ya Matabei

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety: The tsuji-urao chrysanthemum

Thought: Hisashiburi de kiku

Description: Beauty showing an open book

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburō 

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought: Hidari ga kiku

Description: Umeki of Hisanoya Teahouse

Publisher: Iba-ya Kyūbei

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought:

Description:

Publisher: Iba-ya Kyūbei

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought:

Description:

Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought:

Description: Standing woman drying her hands on a cloth with a bowl of water behind her

Publisher: Ise-ya Ichibei

 

 

Chrysanthemum variety:

Thought:

Description: kneeling woman holding a plate in her left hand, with a sake cup before her

Publisher: Iba-ya Sensaburō 

 

This series is unusual in that the prints bear the seals of five different publishers:

Kojima-ya Jūbei

Iba-ya Kyūbei

Enshū-ya Matabei

Iba-ya Sensaburō 

Ise-ya Ichibei

   

Some prints also bear the seals of the woodblock carvers:

Matsushima Fusajirō (hori Fusajirō, 房次郞)

Ōta Renkichi (hori Renkichi, )

    “Robinson” refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961). 

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