Live Auction

The March 2023 Auctions: Day 2

Fri, Mar 17, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 1125

Kitagawa Utamaro (Japanese, 1753-1806) Woodcuts In Color On Paper, Early 19th C., Two Courtesans, Group Of Two Works H 13'' W 8.62''

Estimate: $400 - $600

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One print by Utamaro depicts courtesans helping each other dress with one woman holding one end of cloth in her teeth. Publisher seal in the center-left is worn, appears to be Moriya Jihei. The second print is by an unidentified artist and also depicts courtesans helping each other dress. Provenance: From the Estate of David W. Osler, Ann Arbor, MI


The Utamaro print has been trimmed and glued down to a paper backing. Area of paper loss in the upper left. Backboard staining, colors have faded. The second print has repairs at the right and lower edges. Hinge mounted, margins trimmed. Two pinhole size losses in the center and paper loss in the lower left. Please note all lots show signs of wear commensurate with age and use, and the lack of a statement regarding condition does not imply the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from defects or the effects of aging. Unless otherwise stated, all information provided is the opinion of DuMouchelles specialists. Should you have any additional questions regarding the condition of this lot, please email conditions@dumouchelles.com.