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Suzuki HARUNOBU (1724-1770)

on Mar 19, 2019 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions




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A pillar print showing a beauty after a bath walking past a pot of morning glory. Published c. 1768. The morning glory is a precursor of hot summer. Some 40 or 50 years later there was a craze for these plants almost akin to Dutch tulip fever. Other (faded) impressions are in MFA, Boston, Spaulding Collection, nr. 21.4552; Honolulu Museum of Art, nr. 06108; and illustrated in Waterhouse, The Harunobu Decade, 20013, nr. 545. Harunobu produced some of the most sublime Ukiyo-e images and he and his publishers were at the forefront of experimentation in the 1760s using multiple blocks, new pigments and combing pigments to create new hues that were not see again in Ukiyo-e. Unfortunately, the pigments – most often of vegetable origin – were very susceptible to fading and most Harunobu prints are ghosts of their former selves. Harunobu was a master of this hashira-e format: Jacob Pins found 111 to illustrate in The Japanese Pillar Print, 1982. Rare.

 

 

Fine impression. Exceptionally good colour. Minor soil but in very good condition for a print in this format and of this period. (These prints were hung in alcoves or on pillars and they consequently often come browned or faded as well as getting creased by being rolled.) Signed Harunobu ga.

 

 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Mar 18, 2019 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Miya, Atsuta shinji, “Miya, Festival of the Atsuta Shrine.” Number 41 from the famous Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi, “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.” Published by Hoeido, c. 1833-4. Hiroshige travelled the length of the Tokaido as part of an official delegation in 1832 making sketches along […]

 
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Shotei HOKUJU (1763-1825)

on Mar 18, 2019 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

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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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 TOYOKUNI (1769-1825)

on Mar 9, 2019 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the interior of a mansion. In the centre the head of the household, a young male, surrounded by his female attendants. This most likely shows the Setsubun – a ritual of bean-throwing to clear out the evil from a house on the day before the […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858) and Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Mar 8, 2019 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Prince Genji being poled in a punt on a lake. From a set of such triptychs published by Iseya Kanekichi in 1853. Furyu Genji fune asobi, “Fashionable Genji Enjoying a Pleasure Boat.”     Very fine impression and colour. Slightly trimmed at bottom, otherwise fine condition. Signed Hiroshige […]

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Mar 8, 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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Kesai EISEN (1790-1848)

on Mar 7, 2019 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 KUNIMARU (1794-1829)

on Mar 6, 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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Kawamura BUMPO (1779-1821)

on Mar 4, 2019 in Available, Books, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. I volume complete Bumpo gafu (Sampen), “Album of Drawings by Bumpo” (3rd Series”). Original light grey covers with burnished pattern. Original title slip. Preface 3 pp., with 18 double-page and 32 single-page illustrations in sumi and light colour numbered 1 – 35. Colophon dated Bunka 10 (1813).(First edition.) […]

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

on Mar 1, 2019 in Available, Flora and Fauna, Highlights

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.   […]

 
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Tsukioka SETTEI (1710-1786)

on Mar 1, 2019 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A very fine large painting showing a standing beauty holding a cloth. At her feet is a fulling-block (kinuta) and several mallets. She looks skyward at the geese flying across the moon. One of the traditional symbols of autumn in Japan. There seems to have been a frisson […]

 
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Kishi GANTAI (1782-1865)

on Mar 1, 2019 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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Hosoda EISHI (1736-1829)

on Feb 22, 2019 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi and colour on silk, 33.25 x 12 in; 84.5 x 30.5 cms. Shows a parading oiran, a high class courtesan, beneath falling cherry blossom. A parade was held every April in the Yoshiwara under the spring cherry blossom. Her costume is decorated with a […]

 
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Hishikawa MOROSHIGE (Fl. 1684-1704)

on Feb 22, 2019 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi and full colour on paper, 24 x 12 in; 61 x 30.5 cms. Shows a beautiful youth (a wakashu) dressed as a girl with his attendant servant. These youths (identified as male by wearing a sword) were arbiters of trend-setting kimono design. They are […]

 
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Torii KIYOMITSU (1735-1785)

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

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban benizuri-e showing the actor Ichimura Uzaemon IX as Soga no Goro Tokimune, brandishing a club, and riding to avenge the murder of his father by Kudo Suketsune. Published c. 1768. (The publisher’s seal may be on the underside of the horse.) Kiyomitsu was the second son […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Click here to view image full size. A tanzaku showing a rooster and hydrangea. Published by Kawaguchi Shozo, c. 1830s. Another impression is illustrated in Four Hundred Ukiyoe Woodblock Prints From The Museum Of Art, Rhode Island School Of Design, 1990, no. 121, p. 54. Hiroshige is best known for his landscapes, but he produced […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 22, 2019 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Tsuchiyama, haru no ame, “Tsuchiyama, Spring Rain.” Number 49 from the famous Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi, “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.” Published by Hoeido, c. 1833-4. Hiroshige travelled the length of the Tokaido as part of an official delegation in 1832 making sketches along the way. […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 22, 2019 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Ishiyakushi, number 44 from the Tokaido showing figures entering the village with others working in the fields. Ishiyakushi-ji Temple was seen on entering the village. From the famous Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi, “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.” Published by Hoeido, c. 1833-4. Hiroshige travelled the length […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 22, 2019 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Okabe, Utsu no yama, “Okabe, Utsu Mountain.” Number 21 from the famous Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi, “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.” Published by Hoeido, c. 1833-4. Hiroshige travelled the length of the Tokaido as part of an official delegation in 1832 making sketches along the way. […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 22, 2019 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Yoshiwara, hidari Fuji, “Yoshiwara, Mount Fuji on the left.” Number 14 from the famous Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi, “The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.” Published by Hoeido, c. 1833-4. Hiroshige travelled the length of the Tokaido as part of an official delegation in 1832 making sketches along […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)

on Feb 22, 2019 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Sesshu Nunobiki no taki, “The Nunobiki Waterfall in Settsu Province,” from a set Shokoku meisho hyakkei, “One Hundred Famous Views in the Various Provinces.” The set published by Uoya Eikichi between 1859 and 1861 (this being 1859). He was the pupil of Hiroshige, given the name Shigenobu. After […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

Click here to view image full size. The lion falling in love from a set Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.”A satirical take on current events and mores. A design based on Aesop’s Fables which tells of a lion falling in love with a beautiful girl and asking her to marry him. Her bemused parents […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

Click here to view image full size. The enlightenment of Fudo Myoo – a Buddhist deity who is always depicted seated on a rock engulfed by flames. From a set Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.” A satirical take on current events and mores. This satirical image shows him reading a modern newspaper, his attendant […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

Click here to view image full size. The enlightenment of Paradise or liberation of the dead from Hell from a set Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.” A satirical take on current events and mores. The demons from Hell get new jobs as postmen, rikisha men etc. Published 1874 by Sawamuraya Seikichi. A set of […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

Click here to view image full size. A school for spooks from a set Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.” A satirical take on current events and mores. In 1874 a new system of education was introduced in Japan – even for the world of ghouls. Shoki is seen teaching the demons basic hellish terms, […]

 
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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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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A fine original sumi drawing (hanshita-e) for an unpublished print for the set Tokaido gojusan tsui, “Fifty-three Parallels for the Tokaido Road.” The set was published by various publishers in 1845-6 and was a collaboration with Kunisada and Hiroshige. Sumi on thin paper. This is a design for […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

Click here to view image full size. An original preliminary oban sumi drawing for an unpublished set. Shows a young woman teaching a child to play the shamisen and how to use the plectrum (bachi). With intended series title: Osana musume keiko awase, “Teaching the Arts to a Young Girl.” And sub-title: Imouto e oshieru […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Nichiren praying for rain from the set Koso goichidai ryakuza, “Illustrated Abridged Biography of the Founder.” The set published by Iseya Rihei, c. 1835. The event is supposed to have taken place at the Reizan Promontory, Kamakura in 1271. Bunei hachi Kamakura Reizangasake uki. Nichiren was the founder […]

 
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Ichieisai YOSHITSUYA (1822-1866)

Click here to view image full size. Oeyama Shuten doji. Shows Minamoto no Raiko and his four retainers, from left to right: Sakata no Kintoki, Usui no Sadamitsu, Watanabe no Tsuna and Urabe no Suyetake on Oyeyama, “Devil’s Mountain.” In the year 995 the Emperor commanded Raiko to kill the beast who had been kidnapping […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. Nise Murasaki inaka Genji, “An Imposter Murasaki and a Rustic Genji.” A triptych based on an involved story written by Ryutei Tanehiko in 1829 and based on the classic 11th century Tale of Genji. Shows Prince Genji with his lover Tasogare at an old temple. A demon appears […]

 
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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: […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jan 29, 2019 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jan 29, 2019 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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Kikugawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Jan 28, 2019 in Available, Beauties

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 HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jan 26, 2019 in Available, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. Shimadai, grouper (probably Chilodactylus zonatus) and ainame, greenling (Hexagrammus otakii) together with red-berried nanten. Poem by Kanshunro Nushibito. Probably the first edition (Kruml 18a). From the second series of fish published by Yamasho c. 1840-42.     Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.     Status: […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jan 26, 2019 in Available, 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 […]