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Hosoda EISHI (1756-1829)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings




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An original painting, full colour on silk, 32.5 x 10 in; 82.5 x 25.5 cms. Shows a promenading courtesan under a full moon – presumably on the way to an assignation. She wears a vivid red over-garment decorated with iris and the under-garment has heavy mica applied. Eishi was of unusually high rank for an Ukiyo-e artist and is noted for his refined beauties – both painted and in woodblock form. They often have ink-wash backgrounds in the Edo-Kano technique learned as a pupil of Kano Eisen’in Michinobu (1730-90). His corpus is extensive and there are also many copies of his work. He had around thirty pupils including Eisho, Eiri and Eisui. Minor flaking of mica but in otherwise good condition. Signed Chobunsai Eishi hitsu with Eishi seal.
 

 

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KAIGETSUDO School

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, full colour on paper, 39.75 x 15.25 in; 101 x 38.75 cms. Shows a beauty erotically biting a cloth. The kimono is decorated with a strong motif of flowering plants. The school was founded by Kaigetsudo Ando (1671-1743). He had a tight-knit atelier of artists […]

 
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Torii KOTONDO (1900-1976)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, full colour on silk with touches of gold, 45.5 x 14.5 in; 115.5 x 36.75 cms. Shows the famous story of the demon Ibaraki of Rashomon (a gate south of the Imperial Palace in Kyoto). The tale relates how Watanabe no Tsuna cuts off the […]

 
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MANGETSUDO (Active 1743-1747)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban showing a youth impersonated by Onoe Kikugoro I standing outside the Yoshiwara. Above is a cartouche showing a gosho-guruma (a mid-17th century Imperial cart) and above the cartouche the word Kayoi: An allusion to the story of Shosho visiting Komachi. This is the right sheet of […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Click here to view image full size. A half-block print showing a Japanese cormorant (?) and iris. Printed only in grades of sumi. In fact, this and the other half is illustrated in: Four Hundred Ukiyoe Woodblock Prints From The Museum Of Art, Rhode Island School Of Design, 1990, no. 166, p. 72 which shows […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Click here to view image full size. A tanzaku showing a parrot perched on hanging ivy. Published c 1830s by Kawasho (Kawaguchi Shozo).     Fine impression and colour. Centre fold, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige hitsu.     Status: Available    

 
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Katsukawa SHUNKO (1743-1812)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban showing the actor Ichikawa Danzo IV in the role of Tsuribune Sabu in the play Natsu matsuri kagami performed at the Morita-za Theatre, 7/1779.     Fine impression, colour and condition. Exceptional state of preservation. Signed Katsukawa Shunko ga.     Status: Available    

 
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Katsukawa SHUNCHO (Active 1780-1795)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A chuban print from a set of five designs: Imoseyama gomai tsuzuki, “Imoseyama, a Set of Five Prints.” Shows two court beauties and an attendant. Based on the Bunraku play Imoseyama onna teikin, “Husband and Wife Mountain: An Exemplary Tale of Womanly Virtue” which was performed for the […]

 
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Chokotei TOSHIMASA (Active c 1810s)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, New Acquisitions, Surimono

Click here to view image full size. A long surimono for a Horse year (probably 1810). Shows the Five Festivals, Gosekku no uchi, which are: Matsu-no-uchi, New Year; Hinamatsuri, Girls’ Day, or Doll Festival; Tango-no-sekku, Boys’ Day; Tanabata, Star Festival; Choyo-no-sekku, Chrysanthemum Festival.     Very good impression, colour and condition. Signed Chokotei Toshimasa hitsu. […]

 
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Utagawa SADAHIDE (1807-1873)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Fans, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print showing the two brine-gathering maidens of Suma Bay: Matsukaze “Pine Wind”and Murasame “Drops of Rain.” Published by Tsuruya Kiemon, c early 1840s. Rare.     Very good impression, colour and condition. Signed Gountei Sadahide hitsu.     Status: Available    

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Oi, a suburb of present day Ena City, is in the southern foothills of the central mountain range now known as the Japan Alps. Shows a group of travellers heavily protected against the snow and cold. From Kisokaido rokujukyutsugi no uchi, “Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido.” The set […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A snow scene: Meguro taikobashi yuhi no oka, “Drum Bridge and Sunset Hill, Meguro” from Edo meisho hyakkei, “The Hundred Famous Views of Edo.” Shows the valley of the Meguro River with travellers crossing the stone bridge, Yuhi Hill to the left. Stone bridges were uncommon in Edo […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Suruga Satta no kaijo, “The Sea at Satta, Suruga Province” from Fuji sanjurokkei, “The Thirty-Six Views of Fuji.” The best design from the set published by Koeido (Tsutaya Kichizo), 4/1858. A huge wave breaks on the right releasing a flock of chidori. These birds were supposed to originate […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Masaki yukibare no zu, “Clear Weather After Snow at Masaki” from a Toto meisho, “Famous Sights of the Eastern Capital” set published by Kikakudo (Sanoki), the seal in red in right margin, c 1832-35. (Late editions have the seal in black.) There is confusion over how many prints […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Asukayama bosetsu, “Evening Snow on Asuka Hill.” From a fine and rare early set Edo kinko hakkei, “Eight Views in the Environs of Edo.” Shows figures struggling through the deep snow. This set was first published privately for the Taihaido Poetry Club by the publisher Sanoya Kihei (Kikakudo) […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Shibaura no seiran, “Clearing Weather at Shiba Bay.” From a fine and rare early set Edo kinko hakkei, “Eight Views in the Environs of Edo.” Shows boats anchored on the edge of Edo Bay. This set was first published privately for the Taihaido Poetry Club by the publisher […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Ikegami no bansho, “Evening Bell at Ikegami.” From a fine and rare early set Edo kinko hakkei, “Eight Views in the Environs of Edo.”The otherwise nondescript town is famous for the large temple overlooking it. This was the Ikegami Honmonji, the main temple of the Lotus sect, a […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Gyotoku no kihan, “Returning Sails at Gyotoku.” From a fine and rare early set Edo kinko hakkei, “Eight Views in the Environs of Edo.” Gyotoku was a prosperous area on the Edogawa and Edo Bay. This set was first published privately for the Taihaido Poetry Club by the […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Hakone from the “Reisho” Tokaido. So-called because of the titles written in formal script. The best Tokaido set after the Hoeido. Shows travellers holding pine-torches climbing a mountain path at night. The Hakone mountains were one of the most gruelling parts of the Tokaido, but at the same […]

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Sawamura Sojuro III in the role of Lord Ashikaga Yorikane on board the pleasure boat Takaomaru from the play Kimigatede Yoshiwara sodachi performed at the Miyako-za Theatre, 7/1795. This is the right-hand sheet of a famous diptych. The left sheet (showing Segawa Kikunojo III as the […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Kemu-so: Kyowa nenkan naishitsu no fuzoku, “Looking Smoky:The Appearance of a Housewife of the Kyowa Era.” From the set: Thirty-Two Aspects of Women published by Tsunashima Kamekichi, 1888. Shows a housewife fanning a smoldering fire probably intended to repel summer insects. The best design from the set.   […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A view of pilgrims bathing in the Roben waterfall at the Afuri (Shinto) shrine, Oyama in Segami Province. Oyama sekison otaki no zu. This happened during the summer months and was considered a purification ritual. Oyama is a sacred mountain near the Izu peninsula and a short distance […]

 
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Yashima GAKUTEI (1786 ?-1868)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A saling junk caught in stormy seas, driving rain, and under a threatening sky. The masterpiece from a set of six prints issued in album form with title Naniwa meisho, Tempozan shokei ichiran, “A Famous Place in Osaka, Selected Views of Mount Tempo.” Published in Osaka , 1834, […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the great wrestling match between Matano Goro Kagehisa and Kawazu Saburo Sukeyasu. The match was refereed by Ebina Gempachi and occurred during a hunting expedition organised by the general Minamoto no Yoritomo in 1176 near Mt. Akazawa. Kawazu was the eventual victor after a rematch, […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHIKAZU (Active 1850-1870)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Miinamoto no Yorimitsu (aka Raiko) and his retainers confronting the giant Earth Spider (Tsuchigumo – a form of spider-like yokai). After a fierce battle Yorimitsu cuts off the head of the spider and 1990 dead victims emerge from its stomach. A popular subject and there […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A triptych: Mitate gogyo: Mizu, Ukifune, “Comparisons of the Five Elements: Water,” Ukifune. Shows Prince Genji in a boat with his attendants feeding ducks during the winter. Ukifune was the nickname of a princess in The Tale of Genji. An unrecognised daughter of the Eighth Prince in the […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Shutendoji’s palace on Mount Oyeyama, Oyeyama fukujin shusei. Raiko (Minamoto no Yorimitsu) is charged by the Emperor Murakami with killing the evil Shutendoji who terrorizes the neighbourhood. He and his retainers infiltrate the castle and ply Shutendoji and his ogrish band with sake and dance […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHITORA (Active c 1850-1880)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Sato Masakiyo, having invaded Shikoku and overthrowing the castle of Shosokabe Motochika, entering deep into the mountains where he battles an army of huge toads, lizards, bats, spiders, cats and dogs. Sato Masakiyo Shikoku seibatsu no toki Shosokabe Motochika no honjo o semeotosu ori kara […]

 
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Kitao MASANOBU (Santo KYODEN) (1761-1816)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. One double-oban design from the most sumptuous album ever produced: Yoshiwara keisei: Shin bijin awase jihitsu kagami, “A Mirror of New Yoshiwara Courtesans with Samples of Their Calligraphy.” Published by Tsutaya Juzaburo, 1784. Shows courtesans viewing calligraphic scrolls. Seven double-oban designs were published in album form, although the […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

Click here to view image full size. An important collection of original drawings by Kyosai laid into two accordion albums, opening horizontally, 13.5 x 10 inches. Approx 157 drawings ( one signed and sealed; one signed and dated [ 6th October Meiji 3,1870 ]; and one signed ). After the date is the place: Shinobazu […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Apr 28, 2020 in Available, 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 KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Apr 28, 2020 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Travellers viewing Mount Asama. Usui-toge yori Asama o miru zu, “A View of Mount Asama from Usui Pass.” From Kuniyoshi’s best landscape set. Of the utmost rarity with most extant impressions differing. This and the impression in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are similar, without the smoke […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Apr 28, 2020 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A snow scene: Fukagawa kiba, “Fukagawa Timber Yards.” The yards date back and are the result of the Meireki fire of 1657. Large amounts of wood was required for expanding Edo and the wood yards were moved to this area of swampland east of the Sumida River. From […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Apr 28, 2020 in Available, 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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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Apr 25, 2020 in Available, Flora and Fauna

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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Utagawa KUNISADA (1797-1861)

on Apr 20, 2020 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A fine and interesting original painting, full colour on silk, 11.25 x 20.25 in; 28.5 x 51.5 cms. Shows a reclining beauty looking up at a cuckoo (hototogisu) flying in clouds. The cuckoo is the harbinger of the summer months. This painting, made c 1830, reflects Kunisada’s study, […]

 
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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 KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A fine original sumi drawing (hanshita-e) of oban size for an unpublished set: Eiyu kumiuchi zu, “Collection of Heroes in Combat.” Has a date seal for 1856. Sumi and light colour with pentimenti on thin paper. Shows the protagonists Satsuma no Kami Tadanori, a famous general of the […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A fine original sumi drawing (hanshita-e) of oban size for an unpublished set, c. 1856. Sumi and light colour with extensive pentimenti on thin paper. Shows two samurai in combat. In extremely good condition.     Signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga. Rare.     Status: Available

 
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Okumura MASANOBU (1686-1764)

on Feb 26, 2020 in Available, Warriors and Legends

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. […]