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Kikugawa EIZAN (1787-1864)

on Aug 14, 2019 in Available, Beauties, Highlights




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A triptych with title: Furyu nuno zarashi, “Elegant Drying Clothes.” Shows six beauties washing, pounding and fulling cloth in one of the Crystal rivers. A connotation to draw from the six figures would seem to indicate the Six Tama Rivers – a popular subject in Ukiyo-e. The public seemed particularly curious about these beauties who washed clothing in streams, as well as the women and girls, oharame, who went into Kyoto to sell firewood and charcoal, also awabi divers. Nunozarashi was also the name of a dance that involved streamers of cloth being swirled around. There was a history of painting the Tamagawa rivers going back to at least the mid 17th century, and it was also a popular subject for poets. These “crystal” rivers or streams were indeed clear and unpolluted at this time and there would have been an abundance of fish as well. Published by Izumiya Ichibei, c.1811-18. Rare.

 

 

Superb impression, colour and condition. On heavy de-luxe hosho. Signed Kikugawa Eizan hitsu.

 

 

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Kikugawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Aug 13, 2019 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

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 […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Aug 13, 2019 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An aizuri-e print showing the courtesan Nanahito of the Sugata-ebi house, 1 chome, Kyomachi, parading in front of rooftops. Published by Yamaguchiya Tobei, c. 1835-40. In fact, the left sheet of a triptych. Apparently, no known copy of the complete triptych is known, only this design and the […]

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

Click here to view image full size. 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 […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIMARU (1794-1829)

on Aug 12, 2019 in Available, Fans, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print showing a beauty looking into a lacquered hand mirror which she has withdrawn from a lacquered cabinet. Kunimaru produced some exceptional fans, of which this is one. However, his work in other fields is not noteworthy and it does pose the question if there […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Aug 12, 2019 in Available, Fans, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print showing the actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII in the role of Hanakawado no Sukeroku from a set: Mitate gonin otoko go-hiiki omoizashi, “A Parody of the Five Chivalrous Commoners, a Cup of Sake from their Fans.” Shows the actor holding a number of pipes; a […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Aug 12, 2019 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting showing the old lighthouse at Tempozan, Osaka. To the left is the mount which was formed by earth dredged from the Ajigawa in 1831 to allow easier access for ships. In the foreground masts of moored vessels. There appear to be few images of this […]

 
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Teisai HOKUBA (1771-1844)

Click here to view image full size. One of Hokusai’s best pupils. Known for his paintings of beauties but also designed some fine surimono. An original fan painting showing a reclining beauty. Sumi and light red on silvered paper, 7.25 x 17.75 in; 18.5 x 45.2 cms. Removed from a fan, so rib folds and […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Aug 11, 2019 in Available, Flora and Fauna, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. A pheasant on a snow-covered pine. Published by Kawaguchi Shozo, c. 1830s (seal top left).     Fine impression and colour. Minimal trimming, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige hitsu.     Status: Available

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Aug 10, 2019 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 KUNITORA (Active early 19th c.)

on Aug 10, 2019 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. An aiban yoko-e print from an extremely rare and fine set of prints published 1810s by Yamasho. Kunitora’s finest set. Hira bosetsu, “Evening Snow at Mount Hira” from a set Omi hakkei, “Eight Views of Omi.” The set employs strong Western elements with hatching and sinuous hills and […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Aug 10, 2019 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Shono, haku-u, “Sudden Shower at Shono” from Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi, “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road.” The set published by Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi)/Senkakudo, c. 1833-4. Together with Kambara, one of Hiroshige’s most celebrated designs, discussed and illustrated extensively. This is the very rare first edition: The […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Aug 10, 2019 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Hakone, kosui, “Hakone, the Lake” from Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi, “Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road.” The set published by Hoeido (Takenouchi Magohachi)/Senkakudo, c. 1833-4. A line of travellers – presumably the deputation of the Edo Shogunate going to Kyoto – making its way down a precipitous […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Aug 10, 2019 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A rare ko-tanzaku design, Tsukudajima natsu no kei, “Summer View of Tsukudajima Island.” From a Toto meisho set published by Shogendo, c. 1837-8. Shows a large fishing boat beneath a bursting rocket; Tsukudajima in the background. There is another version of this design with a halo of light […]

 
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Shotei HOKUJU (1763-1825)

on Aug 10, 2019 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Shimosa Choshi no ura katsuo tsuribune, “Fishing for Bonito in Choshi Bay in Shimosa Province.” Hokuju, a pupil of Hokusai, produced a number of these fine “westernized” landscapes designed with stylised clouds, cubistic mountains and shadows cast by figures. This is one of the best. Bonito is a […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Aug 10, 2019 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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Utagawa KUNINAO (1793-1854)

on Aug 9, 2019 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Aug 8, 2019 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original fan painting mounted as a scroll. Shows a gorge with the fast flowing Nagatoro River in Musashi Province. (An area in western Saitama Prefecture northwest of Tokyo.) Sumi and light blue on paper, 7 x 20.5 in; 17.75 x 52 cms. Comes with a certificate from […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. Tamiya Boutaro from a set Kokoku nijushiko, “The Twenty-four Accomplishments in Imperial Japan.” Shows the spirit of the tengu helping Tamiya Boutaro Munechika avenge his father’s death. The set published by Tsuda Genshichi 1881-87 (this being 1881).     Fine impression: This is the first edition. It was […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Kaneko Kugutsune (aka Okane, Kane-jo, and Omi no Okane) 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 S35.5. Known as the Strong Woman of Omi, she is credited with […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. The fifteen year old Otani Furuinosuke killing a giant boar with his bare hands. From a set Honcho Suikoden goyu happyakunin no hitori, “One of the Eight Hundred Heroes of the Water Margin of Japan.” Published by Kagaya Kichiemon c 1831. This is the first edition: It was […]

 
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Utagawa SADAFUSA (Active 1830s – 1840s)

Click here to view image full size. An original sumi woodblock for two chuban prints from a Kanadehon Chushingura set. The upper design being Act VII, the tea-house Ichiriki, Kyoto with Yuranosuke; the lower showing Act VIII, the bridal journey with Konami and her daughter Tonase on the Tokaido Road. Sold “as is” with all […]

 
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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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Utagawa YOSHITSUYA (1822-1866)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Minamoto no Yorimitsu (aka Raiko, 948-1021) trying to capture the notorious thief Hakamadare Yasusuke. Kijutsu Hakamadare o karamen to su. Yorimitsu is seen with his cohorts Urabe Suetake, Hirai Yasumasa, and Watanabe Tsuna. On the right Hakamadare attempts to evade capture by magically conjuring up […]

 
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Katsukawa SHUN’EI

on Jul 22, 2019 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban showing Iwai Hanshiro IV in a “Shibaraku” role, probably as Akita Jonosuke Yoshikage from the play Mieiko nori no hachi no ki performed at the Kawarazaki Theatre in the 11th month, 1791. The highly stylised and dramatic Shibaraku costume gave rise to some of the best […]

 
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Katsukawa SHUN’EI (1762-1819)

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban portrait of the sumo wrestler Tanikaze Kajinosuke (1750-1795). Possibly the greatest sumo wrestler of all time. He made his debut in 1769 at the age of 19 and went on to record the longest run of 63 consecutive victories, a record that remained unbroken for 150 […]

 
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Torii KIYONOBU II (1706-1763)

on Jul 22, 2019 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban showing the actors Ichimura Uzaemon VIII (above) and Segawa Kikujiro I in an onnagata role. Published by Emiya Kichiemon, c. 1746. Another impression in the MET (JP831), listed as Kiyonobu I.     Very good impression. Good colour and condition. Signed Torii Kiyonobu hitsu.     […]

 
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Katsukawa SHUNSHO (1726-1792)

on Jul 22, 2019 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban showing the actor Ichikawa Danjuro V as a blacksmith forging a sword blade. An unidentified role published c. 1780.     Fine impression. Very good colour and condition. Signed Shunsho ga.     Status: Available

 
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Utgawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 22, 2019 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A beauty from a set: Edo meisho gosho, “Five Elements of Famous Places in Edo.” This design representing Water of Kameido, Kameido no mizu, and Metal of Ueno, Uenoji no kane. A rare set published by Kikakudo, c. 1847-52.     Very fine impression, colour and condition. Signed […]

 
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Utgawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Click here to view image full size. Kurodai, black sea bream (Acantho pagus schlegeli) and akadai, red bream (Pagus tumifrons) together with bamboo shoots and Japanese pepper. Poems by Tomigaki Uchiyasu and Kaoan Hoshi. From the first series of ten plus one prints published by Eijudo, c. 1832-34. The set was issued privately for a […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Kamada Matahachi of Matsusaka in Ise Province killing a monstrous cat. These mountain cats – nekomata – were reputed to eat humans. Published by Tsutaya Kichizo, c. 1840. Robinson S1e.3. A wonderful and rare design.     Very good impression and colour. Repair bottom right corner and slight […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

on Jul 22, 2019 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Urusa-so: Kansei nenkan shojo no fuzoku, “Looking Tiresome: The Appearance of a Virgin of the Kansei Era [1789-1801]” Shows a young woman playing with her cat from a set Thirty-two Aspects of Women published by Tsunashima Kamekichi, 1888. The set shows women of different backgrounds and occupations from […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

on Jul 22, 2019 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Kayu-so: Kaei nenken kakoi-mono no fuzoku, “Looking Itchy: The Appearance of a Kept Woman of the Kaei era [1848-1854]. Shows a bare-breasted beauty emerging from a mosquito net from a set Thirty-two Aspects of Women published by Tsunashima Kamekichi, 1888. The set shows women of different backgrounds and […]

 
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Isoda KORYUSAI (1735-1790)

on Jul 22, 2019 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An oiran, Meizan (or Nayama) of the Chojiya House in the Shin-Yoshiwara with her two kamuro. From a large series – the total not known – with title: Hinagata wakana no hatsu moyo, “New Designs as Fresh as Young Leaves.” Published in the late 1770s by Eijudo with […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHITSUYA (1822-1866)

Click here to view image full size. The magician Ryuomaru battling with a giant dragon from a set of fine designs: Honcho musha kagami, “Mirror of Warriors of Our Country.” Published 1856-7 by Tsujiokaya Bunsuke. A good pupil of Kuniyoshi.     Good impression, colour and condition. Signed Ichieisai Yoshitsuya ga.     Status: Available

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

on Jul 22, 2019 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Segawa Roko III as the Lady Onoe in the play Yanoji Musubi hana no gyoretsu, performed at the Nakamura-za Theatre, 4/1806.     Very good impression and colour. Minor creasing, otherwise very good condition. Signed Toyokuni ga.     Status: Available

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

on Jul 22, 2019 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actors Matsumoto Koshiro V (right) as the barber Nagata Taro; in reality Kamada Masakiyo, and Segawa Michinosuke I as Genkichi’s wife, Osoro; in reality Nagata’s younger sister, in the play Wakazakari Heike Monogatari, performed at the Ichimura-za Theatre, 11/1806. Published by Hachi.     Very good impression […]

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

on Jul 22, 2019 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Onoe Matsusuke I as the ghost of the wife of Kohada Koheiji in the play Eiri otogi zoshi performed at the Ichimura-za Theatre, 7/1808. In fact, Matsusuke played both the wife and Kohada Koheiji. One of the best plots in Kabuki: Kohada Koheiji was a third-rate […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych, Nanba senki no uchi, “The Battle of Nanba,” showing the Buddhist monk Tenkai (1536-1643) chanting a spell, and Okubo Hikozaemon (1560-1639), both retainers of Tokugawa Ieyasu, at the great battle of Domyoji, Osaka, in 1615. Tokugawa Ieyasu’s army clashed with the Osaka army of Toyotomi Hideyori. […]

 
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Available, New Acquisitions,Ogata GEKKO (1859-1920)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the last stand of the Kusunoki Clan at the Battle of Shijonawate in 1348. The event took place during the Nanbokucho wars when the Kusunoki Masatsura forces of the Southern Imperial Court were attacked at Yoshino by the Northern forces led by Ko no Moroyasu. […]