Gototei Kunisada. 1786-1865.
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[After the Bath.] 1844. Kakemono-e: 26 1/2 x 8 3/8. Series: Pairing beautiful Women with Kimono Fabrics. Appropriately mounted on black silk. Censor's seal: Yoshimura. Publisher: Aritaya Kiyoemon. Signed Oju Kunisada. $1,250.
Shirabioshi (Temple Dancer). c. 1840. Kakemono-e. 26 1/4 x 8 1/2. Publisher and signature partially trimmed. Signed 'oju Kochoro Kunisada ga,' Mounted on black silk in the manner of a Japanese watercolor. Margins trimmed. $1,250.
Ichikawa Danjuro VII as sumo Kuwatori Shirafuji in íSono uwasa sakura no irodokií performed at the Nakamura Theatre. Date: 3/1825.Vertical oban: center sheet of a kabuki triptych. Publisher: Matsumura Tatsuemon. Signed Gototei Kunisada ga. Housed in a grey silk mat and a black-and-gold frame. $225.
The Kabuki Actor: Iwai Kumesaburo as the Geisha Otsuma in a Summer Silk Kimono Standing by a Bench. Kiwame seal (1815-1842). Vertical oban. 14 5/8 x 9 3/4. Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Shozo (active c. 1818-1854). Excellent color and condition. Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga. $200.
Nakamura Utaemon IV as Haginoya. c. 1840. Vertical oban (14 1/2 x 9 5/8). Series: Shosa no uchi (Dance). Publisher: Yamamotoya Heikichi. Signed: Gototei Kunisada ga. $150.
Utagawa Kunisada was the most popular, prolific and financially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. In his own time, his reputation far exceeded that of his contemporaries, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi.
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