18 September 2002
Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815)
Hoshiai (The meeting of the lover stars), from the series Hana kuruwa gosechi yu (Five seasonal festivals in the licensed quarters)
A courtesan holding a fan in one hand and pulling up her overrobe with the other, watching the activities of her kamuro, kneeling and reading a book and her shinzo cutting paper to fancy shape for the Tanabata festival, a pile of the papers resting on the floor in front of the kamuro, signed Kiyonaga ga--very good impression, slight soiling
aiban: 32.2 x 22.3cm.
Henri Vever (1854-1942), sold Sotheby's, London, Highly Important Japanese Prints, Illustrated Books and Drawings from the Henri Vever Collection: Part I, 26 March, 1974, no. 147
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Chie Hirano, Kiyonaga: A Study of his Life and Works (Cambridge, Mass., for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1939), no. 217, pl. L.
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