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Hishikawa MOROSHIGE (Fl. 1684-1704)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings




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An original painting showing a go game being watched by beautifully attired ladies. Moroshige was the senior pupil of Hishikawa Moronobu, and, it is said, was the father of Furuyama Moromasa. Sumi and full colour with extensive gold on silk; 10.75 x 15 in; 27.5 x 38 cms. Newly remounted with futomaki and box. Provenance: Ex William Sturgis Bigelow collection. He was one of the first Americans to live in Japan and much of his extensive collection went to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His original seal has been affixed to the side of the box.

 

Painted c. 1700. In very good condition. Rare: A fine painting and nice subject.

 

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Cho GESSHO (1772-1832)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. A large original painting of moored junks caught in a violent squall. A fine painter who studied under Tanke Gessen and Matsumura Goshun in Kyoto before moving to Nagoya in 1798 and becoming Nagasawa Rosetsu’s assistant for a short time. Also illustrated some fine ehon. Sumi and colour […]

 
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Yashima GAKUTEI (1786-1868)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, New Acquisitions, Surimono

 Click here to view image full size. A surimono – one of a series that Gakutei designed in the curved shape of a folding fan. Shows a seated poet before Mt. Fuji holding a fan and dressed in courtly robes with a New Year pattern of pine trees and an eboshi cap. Two others from […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. An original Kuniyoshi drawing, sumi on thin paper, 6.75 x 9.25 in; 17 x 23.5 cms. Shows a fierce battle between two warriors and a band of brigands. Sold “as is” with imperfections.   Status: Available  

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

 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 Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. Ishiyama no shugetsu, “Autumn Moon at Ishiyama” from a set of prints Omi hakkei no uchi, “Eight Views in Omi Province.” Shows Lake Biwa with Seta Bridge and Mount Hira in the distance. To the left is the temple where Murasaki Shikibu wrote her famous Tales of Genji. […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. Bingo Abumon Kannondo. The temple of Kannon at Abumon, Bingo Province. From the set Rokuju yoshu meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces.” Published by Koshimuraya Heisuke between 1853-1856 (this being 1853).   Fine, early impression. The earliest states have a cloud printed top left (as here). […]

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, New Acquisitions, Shunga

 Click here to view image full size. One sheet from a shunga set of 12 prints Ehon tsuhi no hinagata, “Patterns of Loving Couples.” Published 1814. The series title is a play on words. Tsuhi can be read as “couple” or “male and female pairs” or it can be pronounced tsubi, an old term for […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. Shinshu Suwa-ko yatsume akauo wo to (ru). Shinshu (Shinano) 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 1860). A winter scene showing figures catching lampreys, eels and red rockfish […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

 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 Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

 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 Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

 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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Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. A fine triptych showing the actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX (1838-1903) as the priest Mongaku Shonin. The priest is shown, with Buddhist bell in hand, beneath the freezing waters of the Nachi Waterfall doing penance for inadvertently killing his cousin and lover, Kesa Gozen. Eventually the deity Fudo Myo-o […]

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

 Click here to view image full size.  Click here to view image full size. An original drawing by the first Toyokuni. An hanshita-e diptych for a published set of triptychs with title: Yakusha juni tsuki, “Actors in the Twelve Months.” Shows the actors (from the left) Bando Mitsugoro III holding a pipe; Iwai Hanshiro V […]

 
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Keisai MASAYOSHI (1764-1824)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Books, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. One volume complete Gyokai ryakugashiki, “Fishes and Shells in the Abbreviated Style of Drawing.” Published in Osaka by Fukusada Tobei, 1813. Originally published in 1802 with alternative title and poems by Ichiyosei Sogai and others. 31 sheets numbered 1-31. Initial page with title and illustrator Kuwagata Keisai (Kitao […]

 
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Kishi GANTAI (1782-1865)

on Oct 7, 2017 in Available, 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 6, 2017 in Available, 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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Teisai HOKUBA (1771-1844)

on Oct 5, 2017 in Available, 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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Kitagawa UTAMARO (1753-1806)

on Oct 4, 2017 in Available, Beauties

 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 2, 2017 in Available, Flora and Fauna

 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 1, 2017 in Available, Flora and Fauna

 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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Utagawa KUNISADA (1797-1861)

on Sep 30, 2017 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Sep 29, 2017 in Available, 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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Cho GESSHO (1772-1832) and Kazaore YUJO (fl. c. 1790-1800)

on Sep 27, 2017 in Available, Books

 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 (1786-1864)

on Aug 5, 2017 in Available, Landscapes

 Click here to view image full size. 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, […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)

on Aug 3, 2017 in Available, Landscapes

 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)

on Aug 1, 2017 in Available, Warriors and Legends

 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)

on Jul 30, 2017 in Available, Warriors and Legends

 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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Toensai KANSHI (Fl. mid-18th century)

on Jul 25, 2017 in Available, 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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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 20, 2017 in Available, Warriors and Legends

 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 3, 2017 in Available, 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, 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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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 2, 2017 in Available, Books

 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, 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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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760–1849)

on Jul 2, 2017 in Available, Books

 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

 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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Kikugawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Jul 1, 2017 in Available, Beauties

 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

 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, 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

 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 […]