Utamaro

Kitagawa Utamaro

1753-1806

Limited Edition Reference Work
Process of Printing Ukiyo-e- Renowned Beauties Likened to the Six Immort al Poets: Appearing Again, the Waitress Okita of the Teahouse Naniwa
(Ukiyo-e suritate junjo - Komei bijin rokkasen: Saishutsu Naniwaya Okita)

the outer chitsu wrapper of reddish-brown cloth with paper label Dento koho jun teizuri hozonban (Traditional hand-printed archive, Ukiyo-e junjo suri mokuhanga (Traditional hand-printed archive, pictures from the floating world process of woodblock printing); the same paper label on the cover of the accordion album within, with twenty-five individual sheets tipped in to each album leaf beginning with a keyblock proof on the first leaf, and then with each double-page spread a new color block printed on a blank sheet on the right with the progression shown on a print on the left, ending with a complete print on the last page; together with another completed reproduction woodblock print in a paper mat; the final prints with the carver Endo Kokyoku and the printer Iwase Takaichi identified on the left margin; with paper label afixed to the interior of the chitsu wrapper with details from the publisher Dento Bijutsu Hozon-kai, numbered 5 from a limited edition of 300; dated Showa 55 [1980]

oban tate-e 15 3/4 by 10 5/8 in., 40 by 27 cm
album 16 7/8 by 11 3/4 in., 42.9 by 30 cm

(inv. no. 10-5324)

price: $1,500 (reserved)

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