Utagawa Hiroshige (Japanese, 1797-1858). Ukiyo-e woodblock print titled "Tsukuda Island at the Mouth of the Sumida River" from the portfolio "36 Views of Edo." The print depicts boats fishing off the coast of Tsukuda with flares. Two large metal junks or ships are moored in the water. Signed and inscribed in plate along the upper right and lower left corners. Stamped along the lower left margin.
Provenance: From the Estate of C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan, Long Lake, Minnesota.
C. Curtis "Curt" Dunnavan (1926-2022) was a passionate world traveler and avid collector. It was through his travels that he was inspired to begin a lifelong relationship with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), becoming a major sponsor of the institute and facilitating the growth of their Asian art department, which is now one of the best in the country. His generous donations to Mia allowed them to establish a fund for the Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer, one of the few endowed positions of this type in the museum field. He additionally served as a trustee of the institute, advocating for its operational growth. In its turn, the museum established a gallery named in his honor in recognition for his endowment fund and numerous contributions to their collection. The selections here showcase his talent and breadth of collecting, ranging from ancient statues to 19th-century woodblock prints. His appreciation for art persisted throughout his life and we are honored to offer items from his collection in this auction.Unframed; height: 14 1/4 in x width: 9 1/4 in.
No visible foxing. No major tears, creases, or losses. No visible signs of restoration under UV light. The sheet is affixed to the mat with framer's tape along the upper margin along the verso; all four margins are visible under the frame. The sheet is toned as shown in the listing image. Soiling and browning. The margins do not appear to be trimmed. Skimming along the extreme edges. There is a minute tear to the upper right corner. Along the left margin, there are original blue paint residues that do not affect the center image. To the center of the left margin, there is a minute hole. To the right of the hole, there is another hole to the plate. Throughout the recto, there are original paper textures visible. Along the verso, the sheet is toned and has an old sticker adhered to the center of the lower margin. Framed under museum glass; very light wear to the frame.
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