5 - 7 November 2007,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 66,500
Estimate GBP 15,000 - GBP 20,000
KITAGAWA UTAMARO (1754 - 1806)
From the series Toji zensei bijin zoroe [An Array of the Outstanding Beauties of Our Day], one of Utamaro's most striking compositions, the courtesan Somenosuke of Matsubaya opening a letter with a hairpin and shielding the contents from prying eyes, signed Utamaro hitsu, published by Wakasaya Yoichi, collector's seal Vever, fine impression, colours and condition
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Sold, Sotheby's, Highly Important Japanese Prints, Illustrated Books, Drawings and Fan Painings from the Henri Vever Collection Part I, (London, 1974), no.186
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