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Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)

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Estimate: £60,000 - £80,000
ca. US$96,566 - US$128,754
Price realised:  £68,500
ca. US$110,246
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Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806)
UTAMAKURA [POEM OF THE PILLOW
Kitagawa Utamaro (1754-1806) Utamakura [Poem of the pillow] With preface and 2 pp. end text, the preface dated yatsu no hatsuharu [first month, 1788], and eleven illustrations (the design of lovers in front of plum blossom and bamboo decorated screen is lacking), published by Tsutaya Juzaburo, in its original blue paper covers with the title slip inscribed in ink 1. A scaly river monster ( kappa ) ravishing an abalone diver as her companion looks on in horror and fascination 2. A widow and her lover beside an open veranda 3. A maid from a samurai mansion with her lover 4. Lovers beside a standing lantern 5. A young woman fighting off rape by a hairy older man 6. A kept mistress with a young lover beside a chrysanthemum-decorated screen 7. A portly married couple 8. A woman discovering another woman's letter hidden in the robe of her young lover 9. Lovers beneath a blossoming cherry tree 10. Lovers in the private second floor room of a tea house, 11. A Dutch couple Oban yoko-e (27 x 38.5cm.)

Informations about the auction
Auction house: Christie's
Title: Asobi: Ingenious Creativity Japanese Works of Art from Antiquity to Contemporary And Ceramics from the Colle...
Date of the auction: 15 Oct 2013
Address: Christie's
15 October 2013, London, South Kensington