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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)




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An important large brush drawing in red ink showing a full length figure wielding a stave at a cowering adversary. The standing figure has no sword or armour but is obviously a chivalrous man of great probity. The leaning attitude of the upright figure is typical of Hokusai (for example, see Theodore Bowie, Indiana University Press, 1974, The Drawings of Hokusai, no. 108) and gives movement to what otherwise would be a static pose. Red ink was frequently used by Hokusai, not just on the obvious Shoki paintings (see nos. 160-161, pages 254-5, Timothy Clark, Hokusai Beyond The Great Wave, B.M., 2017) but as underdrawing on figures and landscapes (see nos. 178-182, pages 279-283, Timothy Clark, Hokusai Beyond The Great Wave, B.M., 2017). Red ink and wash on thin Japanese paper laid onto european paper, image area 16.5 x 15.5 in; 41.5 x 39.5 cms. An area not pertinent to the design missing top right but otherwise in good condition. Provenance: Ex collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller (inventory number 23.040).

 

 

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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Dec 8, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A design interpreting a poem by the Lady of Ise (c. 875-c. 938) from an unfinished set Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki, “The Hundred Poems [By the Hundred Poets] as Told by the Nurse.” Published 1835-36 by Eijudo with 27 prints known and 67 outstanding drawings for the […]

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI (1769-1825)

on Dec 8, 2018 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the interior of a mansion. In the centre the head of the household, a young male, surrounded by his female attendants. This most likely shows the Setsubun – a ritual of bean-throwing to clear out the evil from a house on the day before the […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858) and Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Dec 6, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Prince Genji being poled in a punt on a lake. From a set of such triptychs published by Iseya Kanekichi in 1853. Furyu Genji fune asobi, “Fashionable Genji Enjoying a Pleasure Boat.”     Very fine impression and colour. Slightly trimmed at bottom, otherwise fine condition. Signed Hiroshige […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the night attack in pouring rain by the brothers Juro Soga and Goro Soga on their father’s murderer Kudo Suketsune. They had waited 18 years for the opportunity which came in 1193 when there was a hunting party held at the base of Mount Fuji […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Ban Danemon Naoyuki exorcising the Bakemono in Masanori Fukushima’s mansion. A badger ghost rears up surrounded by other goblins, one of whom attempts to appease him with tea. Fukushima no yakata ni oite Naoyuki kori o taiji no zu. Published by Tsujibun, 1866.     […]

 
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Utagawa KUNINAO (1793-1854)

on Dec 3, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. Click here to view image full size. A pair of original paintings: One showing a beauty being followed by her servant down a jetty into a waiting boat. He protects her with an umbrella in one hand and carries food on a tray with the other. The whole […]

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Dec 3, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting showing the back view of a courtesan and her assistant. The poem is by Shokusanjin: It is all because of you who is blooming, flowers and the moon in this quarter seem prosperous Shokusanjin This appears to have been painted during his Sori period at […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A night scene illuminated by a band of light from a hand-lantern. Shows Ushiwaka-maru (Yoshitsune) battling with the outlaw priest Kumasada Chohan and his band of thieves who were attempting to rob the inn where Yoshitsune was staying. Published by Ibaya Sensaburo, c. 1839-41. A fine design.   […]

 
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Okumura MASANOBU (1686-1764)

Click here to view image full size. An hashira-e showing Shoki, the Chinese demon queller, Chung Kwei, about to plunge a sword into an oni. Another pillar print showing Shoki from the same period is illustrated in The Clarence Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints, The Primitives, Helen C. Gunsaulus, AIC, 1955, no. 103, p. 166. […]

 
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Toyohara KUNICHIKA (1835-1900)

on Nov 29, 2018 in Actors, Available, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. The actor Suketakaya Takasuke IV as Sakuramaru from a fine set of prints showing actors glimpsed through their dressing room sliding doors, prior to going on stage. Their figures partly silhouetted as are their assistants, here aiding the actor with his sword. From a set Gakuya nikai kage […]

 
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Toyohara KUNICHIKA (1835-1900)

on Nov 27, 2018 in Actors, Available, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. The actor Onoe Kikugoro V as Hisayoshi from a fine set of prints showing actors glimpsed through their dressing room sliding doors, prior to going on stage. Their figures partly silhouetted as are their assistants, here aiding the actor with his costume. From a set Gakuya nikai kage […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 25, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Sukiya embankment in snow, Toto Sukiya-gashi, from Fuji sanjurokkei, the “Thirty-six Views of Fuji.” The set published by Tsutaya Kichizo, 1858. The rampart on the inner side of the moat of Edo Castle on the right. Figures cross a bridge leading to Sukiya Gate. In the distance the […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 25, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Men punting rafts on the Sagami River from Fuji sanjurokkei, the “Thirty-six Views of Fuji.” The set published by Tsutaya Kichizo, 1858.This print was included in the background of the famous 1887 portrait of Pere Tanguy by Vincent Van Gogh. The river was sometimes referred to as the […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Nov 25, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Nikko Shimofuri no taki, “Shimofuri Waterfall in Nikko” from Shokoku meisho hyakkei, the “Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” An uncompleted set of 81 prints published by Uoya Eikichi between 1859-1861 (this being 1859).     Very fine impression of the first edition. Fine colour and […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Nov 25, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Mino Ochiai-bashi. Mino (Noshu) Province from the “Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” An uncompleted set of 81 prints published by Uoya Eikichi between 1859 – 1861 (this being 1861). An evening rain scene with figures making their way across the torrential Chitose River, famous for […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Nov 25, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Kashu Kanazawa Daijo-ji. Kashu (Kaga) Province from the “Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” An uncompleted set of 81 prints published by Uoya Eikichi between 1859 – 1861 (this being 1859). Shows the famous Zen temple. The mountains behind shrouded in mist, beautifully conveyed by expert […]

 
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Kesai EISEN (1790-1848)

on Nov 24, 2018 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. An aizuri-e vertical oban diptych with touches of red and green. A response to censorship bans which were promulgated to curtail excessive extravagance. (In this case the use of multiple blocks.) The bans were extended to the theatre and other areas that the Shogunate deemed to be susceptible […]

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI (1769-1825)

on Nov 23, 2018 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. The elongated figure of the famous oiran Marino Yoyoharu parading with her kamuro Ikeno Yoyoume. Above, on a banner hanging from a tree, is the name and address of the courtesan’s location in the Yoshiwara: Sumimachi, Matsubaya uchi. Published by Tsuraya Juzaburo, c. 1796, Toyokuni’s best period. This […]

 
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Nagasawa ROSETSU ( 1754-1799 )

on Nov 21, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting showing a white mouse and a spiny lobster on a tray. Rosetsu is considered one of the most important artists of the late Edo period but little is known of his short life ( he died at forty-five ) apart from the fact that he […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Nov 20, 2018 in Actors, Available, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. The actor Danjuro VIII as the ghost of Seigen from a set of prints Mitate sanjurokkasen no uchi, “An Imaginary Thirty-six Poets” published by Iseya Kanekichi in 1852. The relevant poet in this case is Ariwara no Narihira. The corrupt priest Seigen broke his vows of chastity when […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Nov 20, 2018 in Available, Fans, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print showing the actor Sawamura Chojuro V as Ono no Tofu (aka Ono no Michikaze) in the play Ono no Tofu aoyagi suzuri performed at the Ichimura-za Theatre, 3/1850. Shows the character holding a large umbrella. Published by Ibaya Senzaburo, 1850 (who seems to have […]

 
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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. Minamoto no Ushiwakamura battling with Kumasaka Chohan. From the fine set Yoshitoshi mushaburui, “Yoshitoshi’s Courageous Warriors.” Published by Kobayashi, 1883-1886 (this being 1883).     Fine impression and colour. Light toning, otherwise fine condition. This is the first edition. There are a number of later states and the […]

 
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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. Shoki appearing in the Chinese emperor Ming Huang’s dream and cleansing him of a fever demon. From the set Shinkei sanjurokkaisen, “New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts.” The set published by Sasaki Toyokichi, 1889 – 1892 (this being 1890).     Very fine first edition, fine colour and condition. […]

 
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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. Kobayakawa Takakage debating with the tengu on mount Hiko from Shinkei sanjurokkaisen, “New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts.”The set published by Sasaki Toyokichi, 1889-1892 (this being 1892).     Very fine first edition. Fine colour and condition. Signed Yoshitoshi.     Status: Available    

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Jigoku Dayu, the “Hell Courtesan” from the set Chuko meiyo kijin den, “Stories of Remarkable Persons of Loyalty and High Reputation.” Published by Iseya Ichiemon or Enshuya Matabei (this design) 1845. Robinson S35.3. She was a courtesan who found enlightenment through the Buddhist monk Ikkyu. (The fly-whisk she […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A complete diptych showing Inukai Kempachi wielding an iron truncheon against Inudzuka Shino who stands, sword drawn, with one foot on a fallen follower of Kempachi during the fight on the Horyukaku roof of Koga Castle. A well-known episode from Kyokutei Bakin’s famous book, Nanso Satomi hakkenden, “The […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A complete diptych showing Miyamoto Musashi dressed for travelling looking across at Sasaki Kojiro who stands in profile with clenched fist. These two great swordsmen agreed to fight on April 13, 1612, on Ganryu Island off the coast of Bizen Province. The outcome was that Musashi killed Kojiro. […]

 
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Kawamura BUMPO (1779-1821)

on Nov 19, 2018 in Available, Books, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. I volume complete Bumpo gafu (Sampen), “Album of Drawings by Bumpo” (3rd Series”). Original light grey covers with burnished pattern. Original title slip. Preface 3 pp., with 18 double-page and 32 single-page illustrations in sumi and light colour numbered 1 – 35. Colophon dated Bunka 10 (1813).(First edition.) […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (GYOSAI) (1831-1889)

on Nov 19, 2018 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A draughtsman of great dexterity with a wild, often bizarre, imagination. Loved sake, sometimes painting under its influence. At an early age studied under Kuniyoshi, then Maemura Towa and later Kano Tohaku Chinshin before becoming an independent painter at 27. Was famous for his crow paintings but also […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Nov 19, 2018 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original fan painting, 6.5 x 17.5 in; 16.5 x 44.5 cms. Sumi and colour on treated paper. Shows a kappa appearing from the Sumidagawa and terrifying a man who runs for his life. Kappa were amphibious creatures found in rivers and ponds. Their bodies were covered with […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. “Goat” from a set Mitate junishi, “Selection for the Twelve Signs.” Shows the beauty Okoma looking through a curtain. Briefly the story relates how she is to be married off to a rich man by her mother but Okoma is in love with another man called Chushichi. A […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. “Hare” from a set Mitate junishi, “Selection for the Twelve Signs.” Shows Yama-uba with a rattle and a dancing white hare on Mount Ashigora. She is famous for bringing up Kintaro who played with the mountain animals. Published by Yenshuya Matabei, c 1845. Robinson S38.4.     Fine […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. An original preparatory drawing (hanshita-e) for an unpublished set. Shows a busy street scene with a doctor’s surgery on the right. Probably c early 1870s. Signed on a painter’s palette Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi fude. Two small areas of pentimenti. Sumi on thin Japanese paper, image size 13.5 x 9.25 […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 19, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The great shrine at Izumo, Izumo, taisha hotohoto no zu from Rokujuyoshu meisho zue, “Famous Views in the Sixty-odd Provinces.” The set published by Koshimuraya Heisuke, 1853-6 (this being 1854). Shows a group of three young women bringing offerings to the Shinto shrine. A large cryptomeria tree in […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE III (1842-1894)

on Nov 19, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Shinbashi station from a set of prints Tokai meisho kaisei dochu-ki, “Newly Edited Travel Stories of Famous Places of the Tokaido.” Published by Shimizuya Naojiro, 1875. The station was opened in 1872.     Very good impression and colour. Binding holes in top border, otherwise very good condition. […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE III (1842-1894)

on Nov 19, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A train passing beneath a bridge at Shinagawa from a set of prints Tokai meisho kaisei dochu-ki, “Newly Edited Travel Stories of Famous Places of the Tokaido.” Published by Shimizuya Naojiro, 1875     Very good impression and colour. Binding holes in top border, otherwise very good condition. […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE III (1842-1894)

on Nov 19, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A train at Kawasaki from a set of prints Tokai meisho kaisei dochu-ki, “Newly Edited Travel Stories of Famous Places of the Tokaido.” Published by Shimizuya Naojiro, 1875.     Very good impression and colour. Binding holes in top border, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.   […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE III (1842-1894)

on Nov 19, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A train at Kanagawa station, Yokohama from a set of prints Tokai meisho kaisei dochu-ki, “Newly Edited Travel Stories of Famous Places of the Tokaido.” Published by Shimizuya Naojiro, 1875.     Very good impression and colour. Binding holes in top border, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige […]

 
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Kikugawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Oct 14, 2018 in Available, Beauties

Click here to view image full size. A vertican oban diptych showing a courtesan holding a letter between her teeth. This, and biting a towel, were considered highly erotic and the prelude to intimate relations. Her obi, which has a design of a dragon amongst clouds, is printed with extensive mica added to the grey […]