Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

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Fuji seen from the second floor of the Mitsui clothing store just north of Nihonbashi (
which became the Mitsubishi department store of modern times ). This was considered a fine spot to view a snow-capped Fuji on New Year’s Day, and Hokusai suggests this with the kites being flown. The signs on the gateposts, left and right, state: “Payment in cash” and “No padded prices.” From Hokusai’s most famous series: Fugaku sanji-rokkei, the “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.” The set of 46 prints published by Eijudo c1830-32. Extremely good provenance: From the Louis Gonse collection ( seal au verso ), sold lot 111, p.36, 1st Part, 1924. One of a large group from this set, obviously from the same original source.

Fine, beautiful clean impression. Fine colour. Very slight centre fold, otherwise very
good condition. Full size. Signed Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu.

Status: sold

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