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    Sale 7432

    Japanese Prints, including The B.W. Robinson Collection

    7 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 549

    Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)

    Price Realised  


    Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)
    Neko no hyakumenso [One Hundred Faces of Cats]

    A fan depicting cats as actors portrayed in their make-up mirrors, signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi, good impression, colours and condition, slight soiling, and; Ryuko neko no omi-ri [Recognition of Fashionable Cats] where the actors Sawamura Sojuro, Ichikawa Danjuro, Onoe Kikgoro, Otani Tomoemon, Bando Shuka, Ichikawa Kuzo, Onoe Kikujiro, Onoe Baiko and Arashi Kichisaburo are portrayed as cats reflected in their make-up mirrors, signed Konomi ni tsuku [in accordance with an esteemed wish] Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi, published by Kawaguchiya Kihei, kiwame seal
    Aiban uchiwa-e and oban tate-e (2)

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    The first accompanied by a hand-written letter from Jack Sassoon:
    'Perhaps you will remember, about 40 years ago I bought a great quantity of prints, of which you had several, including 3 Kuniyoshi cat prints; I kept this promising to leave it to you in my will! But why wait. Here it is with my blessing while we can both appreciate it - the giving and receiving.'

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