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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Aug 5, 2017 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions



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A design from a rare set of ten untitled landscapes showing a poet on the seashore contemplating the view: An aizuri landscape with salt water gatherers and the beams of a setting sun. Published by Yamaguchiya Tobei, 1832.

 

Fine impression and colour. Slight centre fold and backing, otherwise very good condition. Signed Kochoro Kunisada ga.

 

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)

on Aug 3, 2017 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. Soshu Shichirigahama, the “Seven Ri Beach” near Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. From the set Shokoku meisho hyakkei, “The One Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” From the beach one gets a clear view of Fuji and Enoshima Island – both framed by a giant wave. The set […]

 
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Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912)

 Click here to view image full size. O’ai-no-kata of Okazaki dispatches a man who spied on her while taking a bath. From a set of 50 prints Azuma nishiki chuya kurabe, “Edo Embroidery Pictures.” The series published by Kobayashi Tetsujiro, 1886.   Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu.   Status: Available  

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. Gempei Yashima o-kassen, the great battle of Yashima in 1184. Shows Yoshitsune’s famous “eight-boat leap” (centre), Noritsune (left), and Benkei on the large boat (right). Published by Kawaguchiya Uhei, c. 1839-41.   Very good impression and colour. Edge repair top left sheet, otherwise very good condition. Signed Ichiyusai […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

 Click here to view image full size. An extremely rare aiban print showing a shimadai, grouper, (probably Chilodactylus zonatus) and an aji, horse-mackerel, (Caranx trachurus). From a set of eight prints of various fish published c. late 1830s.   Fine impression and colour. Slight soil, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.   Status: Available […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

 Click here to view image full size. An extremely rare aiban print showing two kochi , bartail flatheads, (Platycephalus indicus) and an abalone, sea-ear, (Haliotus tuberculate). From a set of eight prints of various fish published c. late 1830s. Another impression is illustrated in Japanese Prints IV – Hiroshige and the Utagawa School, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, […]

 
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Toensai KANSHI (Fl. mid-18th century)

on Jul 25, 2017 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. A rare, highly talented and enigmatic painter who produced only a few masterpieces. There is some confusion over his active working life with differing dates from 1748 to 1780, but he was certainly painting in the 1760s. This unusual composition shows a beauty adjusting her hair by obliquely […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 23, 2017 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

 Click here to view image full size. Echikawa from Kisokaido rokujukyutsugi no uchi, “Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido.” The set of seventy prints was started by Eisen and published by Hoeido in 1835, but in 1837 Hiroshige took over and completed the series with the publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudo). Shows the Echi river with a […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. A triptych of the Ink Wars, Bokusen no zu. Evidently a court pastime during the Nara period (710-794) was to stage ink battles. Courtiers are involved in throwing ink and daubing each other with brushes. Published by San, 1843.   Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi […]

 
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Utagawa SADAHIDE (1807-1873)

 Click here to view image full size. An exceptionally rare triptych showing the great battle between Takeda Shingen (left) and Uesugi Kenshin (right) during the fourth (of five) Kawanakajima battles. Kenshin lunges with his sword but is parried by Shingen using his iron war fan (gunbai). These skirmishes took place in the mid. 16th century. […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 3, 2017 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

 Click here to view image full size. Seki and Kameyama from the chuban Muraichi Tokaido. The set of 56 prints published by Muraichi, 1852. Printed two-to-a-sheet uncut and probably from a complete proof set. Double censor’s seals Murata and Kinugasa and date seal 2ic/1852 top right.   Fine impressions with strong woodgrain showing. Fine colour. […]

 
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Teisai HOKUBA (1771-1844)

on Jul 3, 2017 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. One of the outstanding pupils of Hokusai, his paintings rated next below the master’s, and also one of the earliest, together with Hokkei and Shinsai. Designed some fine surimono, also kyoka books. But best known for his highly accomplished kakemono of bijin, often set against well known places […]

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Jul 2, 2017 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

 Click here to view image full size. The Aoigaoka [waterfall] in Edo: Toto Aoigaoka no taki from a set of eight prints with title, Shokoku taki meguri, “A Journey to the Waterfalls of All the Provinces.” A majestic set with a mostly beautiful unifying colour scheme: There is probably no other Hokusai set that has […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 2, 2017 in Available, Books, Highlights

 Click here to view image full size. 2 vols. complete: Kanjaku tsuizen hanashidori, “The Liberated Birds: A Memorial Book for Kanjaku.” A memorial book for the actor Nakamura Utaemon who died in 1852. He had the literary name of Kanjaku, meaning ”playing with sparrows” and the covers and many illustrations allude to this custom of […]

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Jul 2, 2017 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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Kitagawa UTAMARO (1753-1806)

on Jul 2, 2017 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

 Click here to view image full size. A benigirai-e (red-avoiding) triptych showing from right to left: A young nobleman with a falcon, a beauty beside him holding his sword and another seated smoking a pipe; the centre panel shows two women and a child holding a small falcon; while the last sheet has two women […]

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760–1849)

on Jul 2, 2017 in Available, Books, Highlights

 Click here to view image full size. One volume complete Ehon Suikoden, “A Picture Book of the Suikoden”, published by Kadomaruya Jinsuke, Bunsei 12, 1829 showing 108 Chinese brigands. Some fine designs. Signed Katsushika Zen Hokusai I-itsu fude. Fine impressions. Original covers lacking title slip. Some slight foxing and minor marks. Status: Available  Click here […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHIIKU (1833-1904)

on Jul 2, 2017 in Actors, Available, Highlights

 Click here to view image full size. An Ichikawa Danjuro memorial portrait showing Kawarazaki Gonjuro I (Danjuro IX, 1838-1903) in the Shibaraku role looking up at his father, Danjuro babaa (Ichikawa Danjuro VII [1791-1859]) who had died the previous year. It was some years before Gonjuro finally adopted the Danjuro name in 1874. Published by […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 2, 2017 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

 Click here to view image full size. Tadasugawara no yudachi, “Evening Shower on the bank of the Tadasu River” from the early set Kyoto meisho no uchi, “Famous Views of Kyoto.” The set of ten masterpieces was published by Eisendo, c 1834. Shows figures running in the rain to get to the tea-houses which lined […]

 
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Kikugawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Jul 1, 2017 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

 Click here to view image full size. A set of six prints: Furyu ukiyo sugata comparing beautiful women to the six poetical geniuses of the 9th/10th centuries. This design interpreting a poem by Fumiya no Yasuhide which speaks of the wild wind of Autumn. The beauty holds a brush with her teeth while she prepares […]

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

on Jul 1, 2017 in Actors, Available, Beauties, Highlights

 Click here to view image full size. Shows a seated lady holding a fan compared to the actor Segawa Senjo ( previously known as Segawa Kikunojo III, inset in fan upper left ). From a series Ukiyo butai-ko Senjo-fu, “Fragrance from the Floating World’s Stage, in the Style of Senjo.” Published by Tsumuraya Saburobei, c […]

 
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Ichiyusai HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)

on Jul 1, 2017 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

 Click here to view image full size. A snow scene: Imadobashi Matsuchiyama, “Imado Bridge and Matsuchi Hill.” From Toto sanjurokkei, “Thirty-six Views of the Eastern [ Edo ] Capital.” The set published by Ai-To between 1861 and 1862 ( this being 8/1862 ). This was also a district that attracted Hiroshige I and he designed […]

 
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Suzuki HARUNOBU (1724-1770)

on Jul 1, 2017 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

 Click here to view image full size. A fine chuban from a series parodying the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, this being Daikoku, the god of wealth, seen here attempting to stand on one of his straw bales of rice. The famous waitress Kasamori O-sen (1751-1827) stands holding a battledore on New Year’s Day while […]

 
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Teisai HOKUBA (1771-1844)

on Jul 1, 2017 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

 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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UNSEN

 Click here to view image full size. The dates for Unsen are not known but he was working in the early Meiji period. This original hanshita-e shows Imperial troops defeating the rebellion during the Shimabara riot. (The events took place in 1637/8 although contemporary uniforms and artillery are shown. Comments on topical subjects were often […]

 
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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 condition. […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. The warrior Ritchitaisai Genshoji in a boat attacked by grappling-hooks thrown by his adversaries. A design from the set Tsuzoku Suikoden goketsu hyaku-hachi-nin no hitori, “The Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Suikoden, One by One.” Based on the Chinese novel Shui Hu Zhuan, attributed to Shi’Nai’an, […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

on Jun 30, 2017 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. Niai-so: Koka nenkan kuruwa no geisha fuzoku, “Looking suitable: the appearance of a brothel geisha of the Koka era” (1844-1848). From the set Thirty-two Aspects of Women published by Tsunashima Kamekichi, 1888. Shows the beauty dressed as a fashionable young man.   Very fine impression of the first […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIMARU (1794-1829)

on Jun 30, 2017 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 Jun 30, 2017 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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Rantokusai SHUNDO (Active c.1770-1790)

on Jun 18, 2017 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. A hosoban showing the actor Nakamura Sukegoro II as Sasano Sangobei (an otokodate – chivalrous commoner) in part two of the play Iro moyo aoyagi Soga, “Green Willow Soga of Erotic Design.” Performed at the Nakamura Theater 2/1775. Shundo was an early pupil of Shunsho’s and this fine […]

 
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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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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

 Click here to view image full size. The ghost of Genta Yoshihira, having been executed by Taira no Kiyomori, springs into the air causing a thunderstorm and exacting revenge. The best design from Shingata sanjurokkaisen, “New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts.” Published 1889 by Sasaki.   Very fine impression, colour and condition. The first edition. Signed […]

 
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Katsukawa SHUN’EI (1762-1819)

on Jun 18, 2017 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. A parading courtesan with her two kamuro. Published c. late 1790s by Murataya Jirobei (Eiyudo). Unsigned, but the manner of drawing the courtesan’s face is typical of Shun’ei. Interestingly, another unsigned print (with spurious Shunsho signature) but by Shun’ei is illustrated in The Actor’s Image, Clark & Ueda, […]

 
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Kikugawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Jun 4, 2017 in Archive, Beauties

 Click here to view image full size. The courtesan Biso of the Ogi House holding a brush up to a snow sculpture of Daruma. Snow from a Snow, Moon, Flowers set: Seiro bijin setsugekka. Published by Kawaguchiya Uhei, c late 1810s.   Fine impression. Very good colour. Fine condition: Full size with extra paper. Signed […]

 
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Kikukawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Apr 24, 2017 in Available, Landscapes

 Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing a street thronged with people in front of the famous department store Iwaki Masuya, giving a good cross-section of the inhabitants of the city at this time. The store specialised in silk and textiles and was one of the most important in Edo having, at […]

 
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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

on Apr 18, 2017 in Available, Warriors and Legends

 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. Signed […]

 
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Ohara HOSON (Aka SHOSON, KOSON) (1877-1945)

on Apr 10, 2017 in Available, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. A mother monkey holding a persimmon and four playful babies. Published by Kawaguchi, c. 1930. The first and only edition. Ex Robert O. Muller collection. Rare.   Very fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Hoson. Copyright seal in lower right margin; seal of printer, Komatsu, and carver, Maeda, […]

 
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Ohara HOSON (Aka SHOSON, KOSON) (1877-1945)

on Apr 10, 2017 in Available, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. A rooster and weasel. Published by Kawaguchi, c. 1930. The first and only edition. Ex Robert O. Muller collection. Rare.   Very fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Hoson. Copyright seal in lower right margin; seal of printer, Komatsu, and carver, Maeda, in lower left margin.   Status: […]

 
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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

on Apr 10, 2017 in Available, Warriors and Legends

 Click here to view image full size. A triptych: Shirazunoyabu yawata no jikkai. Shows Otake Taro Mitsukuni, the old servant of Takiyasha, defying the apparitions that haunted her in the ruins of her old home. This is the subject of Kuniyoshi’s famous triptych of the skeleton. Published by Kobayashi, 1881.   Very good impression and […]