'Rabbits Under a Full Moon'

This charming woodblock print depicts two rabbits under a full moon.  It is said to have been one of Hiroshige's favorite vertical rectangular prints.  The 'waka' or the 'poem' reads, 'The night is amorous. Dew covers the bed of grass. Probably the rabbit's wife cannnot sleep until late'.  This print was first introduced c1839.  This edition dates to c1930s, likely published by Mr. Adachi, a well known publisher in the 1920s-30s.  It bears Hiroshige's seal and the censor's seal, along with the original publisher's mark of Fujiokaya Hikotaro.  It measures 15" by 5", and it is beautifully double-matted and framed in a simple black frame, which measures 24" by 10.5".  The back of the frame bears the label of the framer 'Louis Robert', along with his 5-digit phone number, which dates to the late 1930s, so this is likely its original frame.  P8593   $275.00

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) 'Rabbits Under a Full Moon'