Help: Night scene of musicians in street


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Posted by A.D. on September 01, 1998 at 17:15:25:

I bought 2 prints for $6 (US) at a garage sale. (Not much to lose!) The previous owner
was said to have traveled extensively in Asia pre-WWII.

One of these has been badly abused. About 1" has been trimmed from the sides and
it has been glued to another sheet of paper, which is yellowing and therefore
probably not acid-free. Someone glued strips of silk brocade material to the
paper surrounding the print. Perhaps the edges of the print were damaged
so someone tried to "fix" it by trimming it and dressing it up. :-(

The image shows the back of a man and a woman in the street. The
woman is playing a lute; the man holds a songbook. There is a
crescent moon overhead. A woman is shown in silhouette in a balcony, and two
dogs and several people are shown in silhouette in the street.
There is a black signature and red seal in the lower left corner.
No rectangular seals are present, but those may have been trimmed
away. I would guess by the style that this is a late 19th century
work.

My questions are:
1) Who is the artist and what is the age? Does anyone recognize the piece?

2) Should I try to get the print unglued from its backing? If so, how?

Thank you for any help.


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