Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770) Edo period (1615-1868), circa 1769-1770

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Lot 220
Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770)
Edo period (1615-1868), circa 1769-1770

Sold for £ 60,250 (US$ 73,924) inc. premium
Suzuki Harunobu (1725-1770)
Edo period (1615-1868), circa 1769-1770
An extremely rare aiban print of Natsu (Summer) from the series Fuzoku shiki no hana (Fashionable Flowers of the Four Seasons), depicting a young couple on a boat floating on a pond surrounded by lotus flowers in full bloom, the youth seated and leaning back with a fan, whilst the girl, nonchalantly holding a bamboo pole, stands coyly in front of him biting the end of her sash, all beneath the title of the series and a waka poem by Fujiwara Sanefusa enclosed within a 'cloud' cartouche, stamped at the bottom left with the collector's seal of Henri Vever; signed Suzuki Harunobu ga. 34cm x 25.1cm (13 3/8in x 9 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Henri Vever (1854-1943) Collection.

    Published:
    Jack Hillier, Japanese Prints and Drawings from the Vever Collection, vol.1, London, Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications, 1976, p.150, no.152.
    Yamaguchi Keizaburo, Gime Toyo Bijutsukan, Pari Kokuritsu Toshokan (Musée Guimet, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, Henri Vever Collection, Huguette Berès Collection) Ukiyo-e shuka (Splendours of Ukiyo-e), vol.12, Tokyo, Shogakukan, 1980, p.123, no.120.

    The poem by Sanefusa (1147-1225), number 423 in the anthology Gyokuyo Wakashu (Collection of Jewelled Leaves) reads:

    Yuusareba / nami kosu ike no / hachisu ha ni / tama yurisuuru / kaze no suzushisa (As evening draws close / on the lotus leaves remain / jewel-like water drops / from ripples raised across the pond / by the cooling summer breeze)
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