Utamaro Woodprint

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Posted by Sue on February 04, 1998 at 21:17:37:

We have been told by the curator of the Chicago Art Institute that this woodprint is of two Kabuki actors -- could you give any information on which actors/whether this is part of a series and any idea of date. While I know you do not appraise these prints, do you have any idea of a value range. Are some prints by Utamaro more valuable than others and why. I have looked at several of the auction sites and galleries and it appears there are very few Utamaro works for sale -- are these more scarce than other artists? One other question, I read somewhere in the Orientations links that there were only a few hundred prints made from the original wood blocks. While visiting with the curator, he mentioned a range of between 2,000 - 4,000. Do you have any idea how many of these Utamaro prints may have been made from the original wood block?

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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