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Torii KIYONAGA (1752-1815)

on Jul 26, 2018 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions




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A chuban print showing a woman at a washtub watched by a small child. Another woman is hanging a kimono out to dry. Without any series title but with a scalloped cloud above which may have been intended to have a title. Published c. late 1770s. Rare: Not listed in Hirano, Chie Hirano, Kiyonaga, MFAB, 1939.

 

 

Superb impression, colour and condition. Possibly a proof impression. Signed Kiyonaga ga.

 

 

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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Jul 26, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

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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Kishi GANTAI (1782-1865)

on Jul 26, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An extremely large painting, 55.5 x 32 in; 141 x 81.3 cms, sumi and light colour on silk. Shows a pair of Sika deer, their summer coats spotted and white. Gantai was the son and pupil of Ganku, and together with his brother, Renzan, carried on the Kishi […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 25, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Nihonbashi no hakuu, “Light Rain on Nihon Bridge.” From a Toto meisho set of 21 designs published between c. 1832 and 1839 by Kikakudo. The set was subsequently enlarged. Shows figures crossing Nihonbashi in rain, one figure carries an umbrella with the publisher’s name. Warehouses in the background […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 25, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

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 Jul 25, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

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 (1797-1858)

on Jul 25, 2018 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting in sumi with touches of green and pale blue. Image size 50 x 17 in; 127 x 43.2 cms on paper. Shows the Mount Haruna area which also has Mount Myogi and Mount Akagi. Depicts the strange peaks surrounded by swirling mist and cloud. The […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 25, 2018 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 25, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Spring moon at the shore of Tsukudajima. One of a set of chu-tanzaku prints published by Shogendo, c.1837. Tsukudajima was one of two islands at the mouth of the Sumida River. Originally a sandbar, it was reclaimed with earth and rocks and given its name by the first […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 25, 2018 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 25, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A charming small painting in shijo style obviously from a gajo of such sketches. Shows a flowering plum branch loosely tied to another branch. Sumi and light colour on paper, 5.5 x 8 in; 14 x 20.25 cms. Signed Hiroshige ga with Ichiryusai seal. Slight centre fold (of […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 25, 2018 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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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 24, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A view of the beautiful peninsula of Izu, Izu no sanchu, “In the Mountains of Izu Province” from Fuji sanjurokkei, the “Thirty-six Views of Fuji.” The set published by Tsutaya Kichizo, 1858. This area is about 100 km southwest of Tokyo and a popular place to visit.   […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Jul 24, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Enshu Akiba enkei Fukuroi tako. Fukuroi, Enshu (Totomi) 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 kite flying with a distant view of Mount Akiba. It has […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Jul 24, 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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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. The battle of Fujikawa from a set of triptychs Toyotomi Shoshinroku published by Yorozumago, c 1869. The set relates Hideyoshi’s (1537-1598) exploits. From humble origins he became the second unifier of Japan who, after 100 years of war, brought stability and peace.     Fine impression, colour and […]

 
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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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Chobunsai EISHI (1756-1829)

on Jul 23, 2018 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. The parading courtesan Yosooi of Matsubaya with her kamuro Tomeki and Nioi. Published by Nishimuraya Yohachi c. 1800. She must have been a popular courtesan as she is depicted on many prints by various artists around this date.     Fine impression. Very good colour: Pale yellow ground. […]

 
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Hishikawa MOROSHIGE (FL. 1684-1704)

on Jul 14, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting showing a high-ranking samurai household at leisure. Moroshige was the senior pupil of Hishikawa Moronobu, and, it is said, was the father of Furuyama Moromasa. Sumi and full colour with gold additions on paper. 11.5 x 19 in; 29 x 48.25 cms. This is most […]

 
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Torii KIYOMASU (FL. c. 1696-1720)

Click here to view image full size. An overlarge oban, 19.5 x 12.25 in; 49.5 x 31 cms. Coloured by hand with tan and mustard yellow. Shows the emporium of Daikokuten, the God of wealth and one of the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichifukujin). He is shown at the top seated in front of a pair […]

 
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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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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Jul 11, 2018 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

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 KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 9, 2018 in Available, Beauties

Click here to view image full size. A vertical oban diptych showing the poetess Kagano Chiyo (1703-1775). The story relates how Chiyo goes to her well to draw water only to find that a morning-glory vine has overgrown her bucket. Rather than disturb it, she goes to a neighbour for water. This is the subject […]

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

on Jun 25, 2018 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. A beauty climbing stairs, the ninth month from a set of twelve. Published c 1813 by Nishimuraya Yohachi. Beauties ascending stairs was a stock subject for ukiyo-e artists. I’m not sure why.     Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Toyokuni ga.     Status: Available    

 
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Nishiyama KAN’EI (1834-1897)

on Jun 25, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A gajo (album) of 21 original paintings by Nishiyama Kan’ei, the son and pupil of Nishiyama Hoen. They both worked in Osaka and Kan’ei carried on the Shijo school tradition. Relatively few paintings and drawings by Kan’ei survive but based on these and his fine Kan’ei gafu, published […]

 
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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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Utagawa KUNINAO (1793-1854)

on Jun 20, 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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Kesai EISEN (1790-1848)

on Jun 20, 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 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. Miyamoto Musashi fencing with Tsukahara Bokuden from the set Chuko meiyo kijin den, “Stories of Remarkable Persons of Loyalty and High Reputation.” Published by Iseya Ichiemon (this design) or Enshuya Matabei 1845. Robinson S35.8. Tsukahara Bokuden was a famous swordsman (1489-1571). He is shown here parrying Musashi’s wooden […]

 
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Ittosai MASANOBU (active c1849-1853)

on Jun 18, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Osaka

Click here to view image full size. The actor Kataoka Gado II as Honchomaru Tsunagoro in the play Honcho itoya no musume performed at the Chikugo theatre in 8/1849. From the set: Date kurabe kyokaku den, “A Comparison of the Stylishness of Famous Gallants”.   Fine deluxe surimono-style impression and colour. Margin trimmed to black […]

 
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MASUHARU (active c1840-1850)

on Jun 18, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Osaka

Click here to view image full size. The actor Arashi Rikan III as Ukiyo Tohei in the kabuki play Sendai Hagi performed at the Onishi theatre in 3/1848. From the set: Date kurabe kyokaku den, “A Comparison of the Stylishness of Famous Gallants”.   Fine deluxe surimono-style impression and colour. Margin trimmed a little at […]

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Jun 9, 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. Oho ( Wang P’ou ) visiting his mother’s tomb to comfort her during a thunderstorm. Shows peasants fleeing the zigzag lightning bolts. From a set of fourteen prints: Nijushi-ko doji kagami, “Mirror of the Twenty-Four Paragons of Filial Piety.” Published by Wakasa-ya Yoichi, c 1840. Each print shows […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Jun 6, 2018 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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Cho GESSHO (1772-1832) and Kazaore YUJO (fl. c. 1790-1800)

on Jun 5, 2018 in Available, Books, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. 5 vols. complete: Zoku Koya Bunko, “The Sequel to Koya Library.” Vol. 1: 52 sheets; 48 illus. Vol. 2: 49 sheets; 48 illus. Vol. 3: 53 sheets; 51 illus. Vol. 4: 53 sheets; 52 illus. Vol. 5: 56 sheets; 54 illus. Preface, 5 pp. by Kogetsutei, dated Kansai […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on May 29, 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. Shows Abe no Hirafu, a governor of Koshi, killing a giant bear in heavy snow. From a set: Dai Nippon meisho kagami, “Mirror of Famous Leaders of Great Japan.” Published by Funazu Chujiro, 1880.     Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Oju Yoshitoshi hitsu.     Status: […]