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Lot 28 - Utagawa KUNISADA (Toyokuni III). 1786-1864 Scenes from Kabuki plays. [...]

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Utagawa KUNISADA (Toyokuni III).

Scenes from Kabuki plays. Diptych.

Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper. Vertical ôban diptych. The two joined sheets: 360x475 mm, trimmed within margins. Signed in cartouche “Kunisada ga” (on each sheet) -国貞画. The censor seal Aratame bears the date 1863 “Pig Year 7th Mo” (改亥七). Published by Enshūya Hikobei (Enhiko). It is the central sheet and the left leaf of a triptych. Good condition.

A fine Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock print. Utagawa Kunisada, also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III, was the most popular, prolific and commercially successful designer of ukiyo-ewoodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi. The publisher is Enshūya Hikobei from Edo (Seal name – Enhiko 遠彦). Enshūya worked with the most famous artists of the time, including: Hiroshige, Hiroshige II, Kunichika, Kunihisa II, Kunisada II, Kunitaka, Kuniyoshi, Kyōsai, Toyokuni III, Yoshiiku, Yoshitora, Yoshitoshi. Andreas Marks gives the dates as ca. 1847 to the 1867. See Marks #055.

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