////Utagawa Kunisada. Five types of haiku in shōfū style / Fan print, 1842-46.

Utagawa Kunisada. Five types of haiku in shōfū style / Fan print, 1842-46.

Artist: Utagawa Kunisada [歌川 国貞] a.k.a. Utagawa Toyokuni III [三代 歌川 豊国] (Japanese, 1786 – 1865).

Signed: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga [香蝶楼国貞画] in a double-gourd cartouche.

Iseya Sōemon [伊勢屋惣右衛門] (Japanese, 1776 – 1862); seal: Ue [上] (Marks 02-041 | 156a).

Inscription in the red stripe: Five types of haiku in shōfū style [俳諧五流蕉風] (Haikai gōryū shōfū).

Censor’s seal: Watari [渡] (Watanabe Shōemon), VI/1842–V ic/1846.

Media: Fan print [団扇絵] (Uchiwa-e); size: 225 x 292 mm.

An uncut fan print depicts a young woman with an insect (firefly) cage in her left hand. Her striped kimono is adorned with the design of white, grey and blue cherry blossoms. Two of the Seven Grasses of Autumn [秋の七草] (aki no nanakusa), namely Platycodon grandiflorus (kikyō) [桔梗] a.k.a. Chinese bellflower (or balloon flower) and Patrinia scabiosifolia (ominaeshi) [女郎花] a. k.a. Eastern (or Golden) Valerian, are seen on her right-hand side.

SKU: SVJP-0339.2021 Categories: ,

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