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Utamaro - SOLD


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Artist: Utamaro Kitagawa
Title: portrait of a courtesan

Date: originally published c. 1800 by Tsutaya Juzaburo, this pre-war (c. 1920s) published by Fusui Gabo
Size: oban, approximately 10"  x 15"
Condition: VG, generally excellent condition, strong white mica background with some wrinkling
Impression: VG, excellent reproduction with attention to details, solid key lines and nice surface texture, with white mica background (see the detail image for a close up of the delicate carving/printing of the hair on this print)
Color: VG, with bleed through to verso
Notes: About the Publisher: Fusui Gabo was a publishing house active during the 1920's in Tokyo owned by Fusui Shobo. Fusui Gabo was renowned for the high quality of their prints, and their specialty was reproducing prints by famous ukiyo-e masters, the publisher also worked with shin hanga artists, including Takahashi Shotei (Hiroaki) on bijin-ga and landscape prints.
      The publisher's seal is found stamped in the side margin of the print above the printer carver seals and reads "Copyright owned by Fusui Gabo Company" (Hanyen shoyu Fusui Gabo hakko). Most of the prints published by Fusui Gabo are not dated. Fusui Gabo was not active after World War II and it is presumed that the company disbanded during the war.