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A BUSTLING HILL BY THE SUMIDA RIVER

A BUSTLING HILL BY THE SUMIDA RIVER

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original Japanese woodblock prints and paintings

Lot 00354
N.1 diptych of ukiyo-e woodblock prints

Utagawa Kunisada II

A BUSTLING HILL BY THE SUMIDA RIVER

Year: 1856
Condition: signs of time
Size: 49 x 34 cm

 

Price: € 220,00

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Elegant diptych of polychrome large vertical format woodblock prints, left and center panels of a triptych made in 1856 by the artist Utagawa Kunisada II (二代目歌川国貞), depicting two sophisticated courtesans oiran (花魁), in the company of a very young kamuro (禿), enjoying cherry blossoms on a terrace overlooking the Sumida River (隅田川). The woman on the right is holding a fan on which she has just executed a refined calligraphic exercise with a brush.

The title of the work, made in collaboration with the publisher Iseya Kanekichi (伊勢屋兼吉) and the carver Yokogawa Takejiro (横川竹二郎), is visible on the missing right panel and is "A bustling hill by the Sumida River" (隅田川岡の賑ひ).

The two prints on Japanese washi paper (和紙) are glued together by a relining carried out on the back with a thick cardboard and have the right signs of the time, especially on the upper part of the sheets.

 

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