UTAMARO -- "Abalone Divers" (right)

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Artist Utamaro Kitagawa
Title "Abalone Divers" (right)
Date Originally published 1798; later "re-strike" edition,
Provenance Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Estate following his death (via dealer contact).
Series na
Publisher Shuhansha?
Seal, Carver/Printer Ikeda/Sato
Image Size 10 1/4 x 15 3/4;
(left sheet of triptych set)
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading; "gauffrage" (embossing) to waves and patterned summer kimono; highly detailed carving, crisp "key-lines."
Condition Excellent. Strong colors. (Slight age-toning; very slight wear.)
Reference/Illus Numerous--a very well-known image.
Comments Utamaro's masterpiece. Exquisitely printed on
nicely "age-mellowed" paper; Muller provenace. Right stand-alone image of three-sheet triptych.
Item # DG-640
Price $170 (Sold/AH)