Isoda KORYUSAI (1735-1790)




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An hashira-e showing nine cranes, a pine tree and the rising sun. A triple talisman of good luck. The tancho ( “red crest” ) Japanese Crane, Grus japonensis, is the second rarest crane in the world, migrating to East Asia in the fall to spend the winter. There is also a resident flock in Hokkaido. Much loved by the Japanese, the crane was a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity. Rare: Another impression is illustrated in Jacob Pins, The Japanese Pillar Print, V & A, 1982, no. 518 ( which is also illustrated in the V & A Museum catalogue, The Floating World Japanese Popular Prints 1700-1900, 1973, no. IV8 ). Published c. 1770. Koryusai was probably the most prolific designer of pillar prints, although he designed few kacho-e. Ex collection Seisuke Ikeda, 11 -12th April, 1910.


Very good impression. Good colour. Slight fold marks ( as usual ) but generally good condition for a pillar print. Signed Koryusai ga.


Status: Sold




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