17 September 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 4,000
Estimate USD 3,000 - USD 5,000
A Porcelain Figure of a Standing Courtesan
Arita Ware, Imari type, Edo period (Late 17th century)
Decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red, gold and black enamels, the figure with one hand to her side and the other at the collar of her robe, her left foot slightly forward, her kimono decorated with chrysanthemums, plum and pine, inner folds of the robe painted in deep red, hairline cracks on lower robe, wear to gold enamel
13¾in. (35cm.) high
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For a similar Imari figure see Takeshi Nagatake, Imari, vol. 6 of Famous Ceramics of Japan (Tokyo, New York and San Francisco: Kodansha International Ltd., 1982), pl. 40.
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