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    Sale 5967

    Japanese Art & Design

    13 May 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 130

    Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806)

    SHIOHI NO TSUTO [GIFTS FROM THE EBB TIDE]

    Price Realised  

    Kitagawa Utamaro (1753?-1806)
    Shiohi no tsuto [Gifts from the Ebb Tide]
    The complete illustrated kyoka anthology, colour woodblock, 1 volume, signed Kitagawa Utamaro zu and sealed Jisei ikke, fine later impression, very good colour and condition, slight wormage
    27cm. x 19cm.


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    Traditionally known in English as "The Shell Book", this illustrated anthology of kyoka draws together thirty-six poems by thirty-six poets on the subject of thirty-six shells.

    For further examples of different printings see Asano Shugo and Timothy Clark, The Passionate Art of Kitagawa Utamaro (London, 1995), no.466 and 467, pp.224-227 for plates and pp.260-261 for text.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN FAMILY