Dating hasui prints

31 Dec

The earliest success was in the 1670s with Moronobu's paintings and monochromatic prints of beautiful women.Colour in prints came gradually—at first added by hand for special commissions.

The center box mentions the printer Itoh, the lower box the carver Ikeda.

The upper part (right side/left side/up-down reads "hanken shoju" - Copyright Reserved), the lower four characters read "Doi Teiichi." Doi is the family name, the first name "Teiichi" can also be pronounced "Sadaichi".

Note--this seal is not "framed" compared to all later seals.

The hand made paper used for these prints is called Washi and made from tree bark usually taken from mulberry trees which makes it strong and capable of being soaked in water then dried.

The set of woodblocks are capable of printing a maximum of 3000 prints and the process involves soaking the Washi, painting the coloured ink pigments onto an individual carved woodblock, laying the wet Washi onto the block and rubbing the exposed back of the paper with a rounded wooden object called a Barron until the colour has been absorbed into the washi.