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Beauties from Matsubaya (set of 3)

Size: 38.0cm by 24.5cm (14.96 in by 9.65 in) | Enlargement | Shipping Code: [L] ?

Designer: Kitagawa Utamaro

Era: Post-war | Currency: $ / £ /

Price: ¥ 30,000$ 240.00£ 190.00€ 220.00 [Item has been sold]

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Description: This fantastic triptych depicts the three most famous courtesans of Matsubaya Tea House. From left to right, the beauties are Wakamurasaki, Matsukaze, and Utagawa. They are all kneeling beside a small lacquer stand. Wakamurasaki and Matsukaze are holding a slender pipe, while Utagawa is holding a letter and a brush.

What makes this print unique is its background featuring a spectacular phoenix or a rooster whose feathers are multicolor and its curved lines give a lot of movement to the whole composition. The details of each kimono pattern are also a remarkable characteristic of this rare design.

Published by Ishu Kanko-kai and produced by Kajikawa Kobo probably in the late 1980s or early 1990s.

The displayed dimension is each print size.

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