////Utagawa Kuniyoshi. A woman on a terrace dancing with a fan, from the series Collection of charming music (Enkyoku zoroi) / Fan print, 1853.

Utagawa Kuniyoshi. A woman on a terrace dancing with a fan, from the series Collection of charming music (Enkyoku zoroi) / Fan print, 1853.

Artist: Utagawa Kuniyoshi [歌川 國芳] (Japanese, 1798 – 1861)

Publisher: British Museum provides for the title as Enkyoku-zoroi [艶曲揃] (Set of Voluptuous Melodies) and the publisher as Sanpei. Indeed, 三平 (Sanpei) was a wholesale fan shop at the end of the Edo period. However, Andreas Marks identifies the publisher’s seal as 三平 Mihei = Mikawaya Heiroku (1848-56), a member of the Fan Producing Guild (AM 11-016|325a).

Block carver: Hori Take [彫竹]

Signed: Ichiyosai Kuniyoshi ga in a red cartouche and sealed with paulownia (kiri mon).

Date seal and double nanushi censor seals: Fuku & Muramatsu, 1853 (Kaei 6, 2nd month).

Size: Uchiwa-e (untrimmed fan print) 229 x 294 mm.

Provenance: The Collection of Paul F. Walter, Christie’s, New York, 2017, lot 338; sold together with 10 other fan prints for $27,500. Before: Christie’s, New York, 1994, lot 145 ($4,830).

Ref: [LIB-1693.2018] The Collection of Paul Walter. — NY: Christie’s, 2017, p. 361.

Ref: Israel Goldman, Catalogue 2018, № 41: “Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861) A Woman on a Terrace Dancing with a Fan. From the series Enkyoku zoroi (Collection of Charming Music). 1853. Fan print. 22.9 x 29.4 cm. Provenance: Japanese Prints, Paintings and Screens, Christie’s, New York, 1994, lot 145 ($4,830); The Collection of Paul F. Walter, Christie’s, New York, 2017, lot 338. Fine impress.”

Known prints in this series:

SVJP-0251.2018

 

SKU: SVJP-0251.2018 Categories: ,

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