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The Arts of Asia, India, & the Middle East

Tue, Jul 18, 2023 11:00AM EDT
Lot 41

Pair Clifton Karhu "Lord & Lady Karhu" Woodblocks

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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Clifton Karhu (American, 1927-2007). Pair of woodblock prints on paper, both pencil signed and dated 1968 along the lower right; titled "Lady Karhu" and "Lord Karhu" respectively along the lower center; numbered 4/50 along the lower left. One depicting a Japanese woman in traditional attire and with a Nihongami hairstyle and one depicting a Japanese man in traditional attire.

Provenance: The collection of Urban Couch, Minnesota; by descent from above to Dennis Morton, West Virginia.

Each, height: 15 in x width: 12 in.


The piece shows no visible tears, losses or restoration under UV light. Both sheets are toned and have a possible acidic burn from the previous mat; the margins are slightly darker than the center. "Lady Karhu" has a folded crease in the upper left corner. Along the lower left margin, there is an area that seems to have light creases; however, it is the natural pattern of the sheet.
"Lord Karhu" has a folded crease in the upper and lower right corners. In the left margin, there is a light horizontal crease.
Along the verso, both sheets show the original paint transmitted from the recto.

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