Vintage Woodblock Print - Samurai Offers Poem to Lady - Ukiyo-e - Kitagawa Utamaro - 19th Century - Framed - Japanese - 1800's



This exceptional Japanese Ukiyo-e woodblock print was made in the 19th century on thin rice paper and is comprised of several layers.

The print is signed Kitagawa Utamaro and features the image of two 17th century Japanese figures: a man seated (left) and a woman bending toward him (right). The figures appear to be that of a Samurai and Lady (possibly a courtesan). The male figure seems to be offering the woman a line of poetic verse.

This print is presented in a large, black lacquer and gilt gesso frame underglass.

I have not had this piece authenticated - so, I cannot attribute it officially to the renowned artist. However, The piece is printed in the right format, on the right paper and with the right aging to be a contemporary piece from the artists lifetime. Also, The work is of the highest quality - with perfectly executed detail. This all leads me to believe that this piece, if not actually made by Utamaro, was at the very least produced by one of his apprentices (using his blocks) shortly after his death. Although, The possibility that this is a late 19th century copy by a talented forger still exists.

This piece was purchased at auction along with a collection of early 19th - mid 20th century Japanese art.


- Japanese Woodblock print
- On rice paper
- Black Lacquered & gilt, wood frame
- Signed
- Under glass


- Print: 14.5" x 9"
- Frame: 21.75" x 11.25" x 0.5"


- Print is in mint condition
- Frame has some damage to lacquer
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