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Courtesans from Shinagawa

Size: 39.0cm by 26.0cm (15.35 in by 10.24 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Katsukawa Shunsho

Era: Mid Showa | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 10,000$ 84.00£ 64.00€ 75.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: From the series “Eight Views Showing Comparisons of Courtesans from Shinagawa”.

This print depicts two courtesans from the Shinagawa pleasure quarter. The courtesan Yamato is holding a folding pocket mirror and applying rouge to her lips while courtesan Kiyosaki, is holding up a magnifying glass looking at it with some astonishment and interest. There is also an optical viewing device on a small table next to them, they both were probably novelty accessories at that time in Japan.

We can notice the fantastic mix of graphic patterns on their kimonos with a joyful color palette that makes them stand out against the sober background.

This print is a post-war reproduction by the Adachi Company.

There are some foxing spots on this print - it's visible on the backside but not so much on the front side.

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