UTAMARO -- "Abalone Divers" (middle) (#2)

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Artist Utamaro Kitagawa
Title "Abalone Divers" (middle)
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 Very Good+++. Strong colors. (Soft horizontal crease; light age-toning. Still "top-tipped" to original backing sheet.)
Reference/Illus Numerous--a very well-known image.
Comments Utamaro's masterpiece. Exquisitely printed on
nicely "age-mellowed" paper. Middle stand-alone image of three-sheet triptych.
Item # DG-641
Price $150