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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings


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An original painting, full colour on silk, image size 41.25 x 16.2 in; 114.8 x 41 cms. A draughtsman of great dexterity with a wild, often bizarre, imagination. Loved sake, sometimes painting under its influence. At an early stage studied under Kuniyoshi, then Maemura Towa and later Kano Chinshin before becoming an independent painter at 27. Adept at highly finished paintings but also produced a large corpus of spontaneous paintings. This is one of Kyosai’s favourite themes: to juxtapose a beauty with an unlovely character; in this case a seated skeleton smoking.

 
 

Signed Seisai Kyosai ga with seal Kyosai in. In very good condition apart from some minor creases.

 
 

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Uragami GYOKUDO (1745-1820)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi with light touches of pink on paper. Image size 10.4 x 14.2 in; 26 x 36 cms. Shows a hilly landscape with a small figure crossing a bridge bottom left. Gyokudo is now considered the leading exponent of Nanga painting. An artist whose spontaneous […]

 
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Watanabe SEITEI (SHOTEI) (1851-1918)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A large original painting, full colour on silk. Image size 47.25 x 20 in; 120 x 51 cms. Shows Japanese water iris with water striders. Seitei is best known as a kachoga (“bird and flower”) artist. He was technically brilliant showing realistic detail in a Japanese style but […]

 
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Watanabe SEITEI (SHOTEI) (1851-1918)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A large original painting, full colour on silk. Image size 47.25 x 20 in; 120 x 51 cms. Shows Japanese water iris with a snail. Seitei is best known as a kachoga (“bird and flower”) artist. He was technically brilliant showing realistic detail in a Japanese style but […]

 
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Oda KAISEN (1785-1862)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. A concertina painting album, full colour on paper, 11 x 6.5 in; 28 x 16.5 cms folding out to 11 x 13 in; 28 x 33 cms. Twenty six paintings in the Shijo manner. Kaisen moved to Kyoto when he was 22 years old and studied under Matsumura […]

 
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Maruyama OKYO (1733-1795)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Books, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. One volume complete Okyo gafu, “Book of Paintings by Okyo.” Original covers and title slip. A large book, 11.5 x 7.5 in; 28.4 x 19.2 cms folding out to 11.5 x 15 in; 28.4 x 38 cms. Published by Hishiya Magobe. Dated 1833 but first published 1850 (dated […]

 
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Katsukawa SHUNJO (?-1787)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban showing the actor Onoe Matsusuke I in a Shibaraku role holding a lantern. (Possibly as Sakata no Kintoki). Shunjo was a pupil of Katsukawa Shunsho. Published c 1780.     Fine impression. Very fine colour and condition. Signed Shunjo ga.     Status: Available    

 
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Katsukawa SHUNKO (1743-1812)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban showing the actor Sakata Hangoro II as the sumo wrestler Kujaku Saburo Narihira in pouring rain in the kaomise drama Sugata no hana yuki no kuronushi performed at the Ichimuraza Theatre, 11/1776. Shunko was a pupil of Katsukawa Shunsho and is thought to have originated the […]

 
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Katsukawa SHUNSHO (1726-1792)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban showing the actor Nakamura Utaemon I as a samurai in nagabakama and kamishimo ceremonial dress as worn during the Muromachi period (1336-1392). He holds a fan and a globe. Shunsho was the pre-eminent exponent of the hosoban format. Published c 1770.     Fine impression. Unusual […]

 
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Suzuki HARUNOBU (1724-1770)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Two couples in a brothel. The young man near the entrance seems in need of a lot of encouragement. The name written on the left of the entrance is Sumiyoshi. A chuban yokoe design published c 1769-70. Another impression is in ROM, 926.18.121.     Very good impression […]

 
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Torii KIYONOBU I (1664-1729)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, New Acquisitions, Shunga

Click here to view image full size. A large sumi oban showing a couple in flagrante. These prints were normally issued in sets of twelve and would only have had the signature on the first sheet. Published c 1704-1711. Provenance: Ex Kiyoshi Shibui collection.     Very good impression. Slight edge soil and centre fold […]

 
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Kikugawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An aiban print showing the courtesan Segawa of the Matsubaya drinking ayamezake (a sake soaked with iris root) from a set Seiro gosekku, “Beauties of the Yoshiwara Compared to the Five Festivals.” In this case the Boys’ Festival held on the 5th May. Published by Iseya Soemon, c […]

 
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Kitagawa UTAMARO (1753-1806)

Click here to view image full size. A scene taken from the Chinese 14th century heroic novel San guo zhi yanyi, “Romance of the Three Kingdoms” attributed to Luo Guanzhong. Shows in the centre Liu Bei (Jap. Ryubei), the founder of the Kingdom of Shu, and the two warriors, Guan Yu (Kan U) on the […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Kozuke, Harunasan setchu, “Kozuke [Province], Mount Haruna Under Snow.” From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshihei between 1853 and 1856, this being 1853. A red bridge spans a gorge leading to the Buddhist […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Harima Tatsuyama, “Mount Tatsu [Dragon] in Harima [Province]” from a set of twenty prints Sankai mitate zumo, “Wrestling Matches Between Mountains and Sea.” A fanciful and imaginative title lacking in other Hiroshige sets. Comprises of ten prints of mountains and ten prints of harbours. Published by Yamadaya Shojiro, […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Settsu Arimayama, “Mount Arima in Settsu [Province]” from a set of twenty prints Sankai mitate zumo, “Wrestling Matches Between Mountains and Sea.” A fanciful and imaginative title lacking in other Hiroshige sets. Comprises of ten prints of mountains and ten prints of harbours. Published by Yamadaya Shojiro, 1858. […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Hoki, ono Daisen enbo, “Hoki [Province], Distant View of Mount Daisen.” Shows rice-planting in the rain, with the volcanic mountain in the background. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshimuraya Heisuke between 1853 […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Mino, Yoro no taki, “Mino [Province], Yoro Waterfall” The 32 metre fall is 4 metres wide and is located in Yoro Park, near Nagoya. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshimuraya Heisuke between […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Mimasaka, Yamabushidani, “Mimasaka [Province], Yamabushi Valley.”A high wind and rain in the valley with a man on a raft on the Yoshi River. Other figures in the foreground, one having lost his hat. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Mikawa, Horaiji sangan, “Mikawa [Province], Horai Temple.” The temple is situated in the Horai mountains. The 425 steps are shown here leading up to the temple. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshimuraya […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Shinano, Sarashina tagoto no tsuki, Kyodaisan, “Shinano [Province], the Moon Reflected in the Sarashina Paddy-fields, Mount Kyodai.” This was a popular destination for outings to view the multiple reflections. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Sumidagawa hazakura no kei, “Cherry Trees along the Sumida River” from a Toto meisho “Famous Places in the Eastern Capital” set of ten prints published c 1831-2 by Kawaguchiya Shozo. Hiroshige’s first landscape set. The first editions, as here, have decorative borders adding a western element into the […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHITORA (Fl. c 1850-1880)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An okubi-e of the onnagata actor Bando Mitsugoro V in the role of Shindo Saemon’s daughter Yushide. From a set of large heads of actors past and present which were to be the pinnacle of Kunisada’s career. The set was intended to have one hundred and fifty prints […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Shibuya Konnomaru Masatoshi from a set Edo meisho zue, “Famous Places of Edo.” This being Shibuya. Published by Iseya Chusuke 1852.     Very good impression. Good colour and condition. Signed Toyokuni ga.     Status: Available    

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the ghost of Kasane from a set Mitate sanjurokkasen no uchi, “An Imaginary Thirty-six Poets.” A famous early compilation; in this case the image is inspired by a poem of Fujiwara no Toshiyuki Ason. Shows Kasane’s vengeful ghost appearing to her husband […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as the ghost of Seigen from a set Mitate sanjurokkasen no uchi, “An Imaginary Thirty-six Poets.” A famous early compilation; in this case the image is inspired by a poem of Ariwara no Narihira.The ghost is of the depraved priest Seigen who broke […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Arajishi Otokonosuke from a set Mitate sanjurokkasen no uchi, “An Imaginary Thirty-six Poets.” A famous early compilation; in this case the image is inspired by a poem of Mibu no Tadamine. Otokonosuke is usually depicted about to strike his adversary Nikki Danjo […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Onoe Kikugoro III as the ghost of Yasukata from a set Mitate sanjurokkasen no uchi, “An Imaginary Thirty-six Poets.” A famous early compilation; in this case the image is inspired by a poem of Nakatsukasa.The ghost haunted the ruined palace of Soma at Sashima. Published by […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Segawa Kikunojo III as the Spirit of the Komachi Cherry Tree from a set Mitate sanjurokkasen no uchi, “An Imaginary Thirty-six Poets.” A famous early compilation; in this case the image is inspired by a poem of Fujiwara no Motozane. The spirit is the courtesan Kurozome […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA II (1823-1880)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Segawa Kikunojo V as the Cat Witch Ama Myochin from the set Hakkenden inu no soshi no uchi , “Stories of the Eight Dog Heroes.” Published by Tsutaya Kichizo, 1852. The extremely lengthy novel by Kyokutei Bakin took 30 years to complete and was turned into […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA II (1823-1880)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Nakamura Tsuruzo I as Awayuki Nashito, a vassal of the daimyo Takeda Nobumasa, from the set Hakkenden inu no soshi no uchi , “Stories of the Eight Dog Heroes.” Published by Tsutaya Kichizo, 1852. The extremely lengthy novel by Kyokutei Bakin took 30 years to complete […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA II (1823-1880)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The Actor Bando Mitsuemon I as Akaiwa Gajiro from the set Hakkenden inu no soshi no uchi , “Stories of the Eight Dog Heroes.” Published by Tsutaya Kichizo, 1852. The extremely lengthy novel by Kyokutei Bakin took 30 years to complete and was turned into a very successful […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA II (1823-1880)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Kataoka Ichizo I as the boatman Kajikuro from the set Hakkenden inu no soshi no uchi , “Stories of the Eight Dog Heroes.” Published by Tsutaya Kichizo, 1852. The extremely lengthy novel by Kyokutei Bakin took 30 years to complete and was turned into a very […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA II (1823-1880)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The complete diptych showing on the right the actor Arashi Otohachi III as the evil priest Bungyu attacking Asuka played by Fujikawa Kayu III from the set Hakkenden inu no soshi no uchi , “Stories of the Eight Dog Heroes.” Published by Tsutaya Kichizo, 1852. The extremely lengthy […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A triptych of a probably imaginary performance showing the actor Ichimura Uzaemon XII as Hachiman Taro Yoshiie (far left) with an actor dressed as a lion who shines a strong beam from a lantern across the other two sheets; the centre one showing the actor Ichikawa Danjuro III […]

 
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Ichiyusai KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi (centre) battling Shirakura Dengoemon (left) and his henchmen. The story usually relates how a jealous Dengoemon plots to kill Musashi by inebriating him and locking him in a bath house without his sword. However, Musashi, wielding a huge broken beam, […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. A vertical diptych showing Rochishin demolishing the temple gate on Mount Godai. There are conflicting versions of this event: Some suggest he gained entry to kill a gang of thieves. However, it seems that he was drunkenly staggering back to the temple after consuming a large quantity of […]

 
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Toyohara KUNICHIKA (1835-1900)

on Feb 13, 2024 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A vertical diptych showing the actor Onoe Kikugoro V as the archvillain and sorcerer Nikki Danjo emanating in a cloud of smoke from his alter ego – the giant rat. He holds in his mouth the scroll containing the names of the conspirators given to Masaoka which he […]

 
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Ryuryukyo SHINSAI (Active c 1799-1823)

on Feb 10, 2024 in Available, New Acquisitions, Surimono

Click here to view image full size. A surimono showing a scroll with a painting of a Takarabune ship and an enameled Persian clock (with Arabic numerals). Norizome, “Maiden Voyage [of the New Year].” The Takarabune, “Treasure Ship” is associated with the new year and carries the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichifukujin) with their treasures. Shinsai […]

 
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Sakai HOITSU (1761-1828)

on Feb 10, 2024 in Available, Books, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. One volume complete Oson gafu, “Drawing Book of Oson.” (This being one of the artist’s names taken from the village Uguisu-mura where he lived in retirement.) The Rimpa artist Hoitsu revived the work of Ogata Korin (1658-1716). Dated on the first preface Bunka 13 (1816) and was originally […]