Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)<BR />Woodblock print triptych
Lot 2034
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)
Woodblock print triptych
Sold for US$ 16,250 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)
Woodblock print triptych
Three oban tate-e; depicting courtesans as courtiers on the seashore below flying cranes tied with poem cards, 1790s, each sheet signed Utamaro hitsu and with publisher cartouche of Izumiya Ichibei - good impression, somewhat faded, trimmed, minor soiling, patched binding holes
14 1/2 x 9 7/8in (36.7 x 25.2cm)


  • Property from the Collection of Mrs Anita Martin Steele
    Descended from early colonial Southern families, Anita Martin Steele has led a many-faceted life. After graduating from Radcliffe/Harvard University, she married and raised four children, operated an Angus beef cattle farm, received a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia, School of Law and a Master of Law Librarianship from the University of Washington, before finally joining academia as a professor of law.

    While living in Puget Sound with her second husband, she became fascinated with the arts of Asia and the couple became known as "those two law professors who would go anywhere in the Pacific Northwest to an auction or an estate sale that included rugs or Japanese prints".

    Ms Steele was drawn to the 20th century print artists of the shin hanga and sosaku hanga movement and got to know some of the prominent artists such as Sekino Jun'ichiro (1914-1988) [see lots 2057-2059]. After her relocation to Roanoke, Virginia she cultivated a relationship with the Taubman Museum of Fine Art where 34 of her prints were exhibited, constituting the major portion of "East Meets West: Prints in a Time of Change" in October 2002.
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