KUNISADA (1786–1865). A courtesan drinking
Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865)
Subject: A courtesan drinking from a crystal globet.
Description: The print depicts a courtesan drinking from a glass goblet, a particularly precious imported European object. In the background is depicted a landscape printed in shades of blue (aizuri-e).
Series: Sakeyoi no sanssobane. The series consists of three prints, each with the title of the series, which form a (pseudo) triptych of which this is the right sheet. The series probably alludes to the classic theme of the three vinegar tasters (Sake-Sui sankyō).
Signature: Kōchōrō Kunisada ga
Date: ca. 1830
Size: Oban tate-e, 35,2x24,4 cm
Medium: Woodblock color print.
Literature: The three prints in the series, in the state without the landscape in the background, are illustrated in Asahi Shinbunsha (editor) Ukiyoe 'bijin-to-Tōkaidō' Edo-ki no fōkasu. Tokyo 1987, no. 67. A fan print by Kunisada with a similar subject and landscape in the background is illustrated Sebastian Izzard. Kunisada's World. New York 1993, no. 63.
Conditions: Very good impression and color, some small restorations otherwise good conditions.
Item no: B 330
Price: Euro 1200