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The Secret Love Letter

Suzuki Harunobu

The Secret Love Letter

c. 1765-1770

woodblock print

272 x 201 mm

Stanza Del Borgo S.R.L.

Milan,

+39 02 659 8203

Price upon request

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Woodblock print, nishiki-e
Vertical chūban.
Signed: Harunobu ga
Fine impression and colour. In very good condition. 
Provenance: on the verso a circular red stamped mark which includes two Japanese characters.
A young woman reading a love letter by candle light whilst another girl sleeps under a mosquito net.
A very rare print; we know only another impression of this design in the collection of the Harvard Art Museums / Arthur M. Sackler Museum in Cambridge, object number 1933.4.2635.
Reference: the print in Cambridge has been published in Narazaki Muneshige, Ukiyo-e shuka [Collection of the Masterpieces of Ukiyo-e Prints in Museums] Volume 8: Foggu Bijutsukan [Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University], Neruson Bijutsukan [Nelson Atkins Museum]..., Shogaku-kan (Tokyo, Japan, 1980 [Showa 55]), Color Plate 051; p. 91 (entry p. 183).