Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806) Circa 1800
Lot 464*
Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)
Circa 1800
Sold for £4,750 (US$ 7,992) inc. premium
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Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)
Circa 1800
Twelve oban tate-e beni-girai/murasaki-e prints, a complete set of the series Joshoku kaiko tewaza-gusa (Women Engaged in Sericulture Industry), each sheet individually numbered (from one to twelve) right to left, forming a twelve-sheet continuous composition of the twelve stages of silk production, comprising:

1) Laying eggs on a sheet of paper
2) Picking mulberry leaves to feed larvae
3) Transferring grown silkworms to other bamboo mats and feeding them
4) Re-activating worms after sleep
5) Feeding larvae with mulberry leaves
6) Placing cocoons on trays
7) Arranging male and female moths to lay eggs
8) Silkworm moth flying after hatching cocoon
9) Hand-spinning thread from cocoons in a pan of boiling water
10) Stretching silk floss on wooden posts
11) Spinning silk
12) Weaving silk on loom

Published by Tsuruya Kiemon, all signed Utamaro hitsu, with paper folder. Each sheet approx. 38.5cm x 25.5cm (15 1/8in x 10in). (13).

Footnotes

  • 大判錦絵 十二枚続 喜多川歌麿 女織蚕手業草 1800年頃

    Provenance: a Swiss private collection.

    According to Asano Shugo and Timothy Clark, who discuss this set in The Passionate Art of Kitagawa Utamaro, Tokyo and London: Asahi Shimbunsha and Trustees of the British Museum, 1995, p.204, the colour scheme emphasizes purple (and avoids red) in the so-called 'purple picture' (murasaki-e) manner. The text, written within cloud-shaped borders at the top of each print, is taken verbatim from the series of twelve chuban prints designed by Katsukawa Shunsho and Kitao Shigemasa circa 1772, Kaiko yashinaigusa (Cultivation of silkworms).

    Other impressions of the complete set are in the collections of the Musées Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Bruxelles; The Art Institute of Chicago; and the Elvehjem Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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