Katsukawa Shuncho, ‘Modern Fashions from the East: Yasu’, ca. late 1780s, Scholten Japanese Art

signed Shuncho ga, with publisher's seal Sen'ichi (Izumiya Ichibei of Kansendo), with collector's circular seal AM (Albert Maroni) below the artist's signature and sealed again the on mat, with another square collector's seal at lower left corner in red hiragana, Ma-ro-ne, ca. late 1780s

chuban tate-e 10 by 7 5/8 in., 25.5 by 19.3 cm

A group of four finely-dressed young women are gathered in an interior providing an opportunity to display an elegant selection of kimono and obi. One, in the foreground, is kneeling before a lacquer box which has elaborate silk cord tied across the lid suggesting that it may be a gift. Her companions appear to be waiting in anticipation to see what is contained within.

This series appears to be unrecorded for both the artist and the publisher.

Publisher: Izumiya Ichibei of Kansendo

Albert Maroni (French, 1852-1923), sold Kende Galleries at Gimbel Brothers, New York, April 3, 1948, lot 116 (laid down on original Maroni mat)