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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)




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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 (for example, see Theodore Bowie, Indiana University Press, 1974, The Drawings of Hokusai, no. 108) and gives movement to what otherwise would be a static pose. Red ink was frequently used by Hokusai, not just on the obvious Shoki paintings (see nos. 160-161, pages 254-5, Timothy Clark, Hokusai Beyond The Great Wave, B.M., 2017) but as underdrawing on figures and landscapes (see nos. 178-182, pages 279-283, Timothy Clark, Hokusai Beyond The Great Wave, B.M., 2017). Red ink and wash on thin Japanese paper laid onto european paper, image area 16.5 x 15.5 in; 41.5 x 39.5 cms. An area not pertinent to the design missing top right but otherwise in good condition. Provenance: Ex collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller (inventory number 23.040).

 

 

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Kikugawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Oct 14, 2018 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

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 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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Torii KIYONAGA (1752-1815)

on Oct 13, 2018 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. A chuban print showing a woman at a washtub watched by a small child. Another woman is hanging a kimono out to dry. Without any series title but with a scalloped cloud above which may have been intended to have a title. Published c. late 1770s. Rare: Not […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Miyamoto Musashi fencing with Tsukahara Bokuden from the set Chuko meiyo kijin den, “Stories of Remarkable Persons of Loyalty and High Reputation.” Published by Iseya Ichiemon (this design) or Enshuya Matabei 1845. Robinson S35.8. Tsukahara Bokuden was a famous swordsman (1489-1571). He is shown here parrying Musashi’s wooden […]

 
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Torii KIYOMASU (FL. c. 1696-1720)

Click here to view image full size. An overlarge oban, 19.5 x 12.25 in; 49.5 x 31 cms. Coloured by hand with tan and mustard yellow. Shows the emporium of Daikokuten, the God of wealth and one of the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichifukujin). He is shown at the top seated in front of a pair […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 12, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Men punting rafts on the Sagami River from Fuji sanjurokkei, the “Thirty-six Views of Fuji.” The set published by Tsutaya Kichizo, 1858.This print was included in the background of the famous 1887 portrait of Pere Tanguy by Vincent Van Gogh. The river was sometimes referred to as the […]

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Oct 12, 2018 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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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 11, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Sukiya embankment in snow, Toto Sukiya-gashi, from Fuji sanjurokkei, the “Thirty-six Views of Fuji.” The set published by Tsutaya Kichizo, 1858. The rampart on the inner side of the moat of Edo Castle on the right. Figures cross a bridge leading to Sukiya Gate. In the distance the […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

Click here to view image full size. An original hanshita-e (preparatory drawing) for a triptych showing, from the left, Nakamura Kamenojo I as the geisha Azuma standing above Kawarasaki Gonjuro I as Yamazakiya Yogoro, Bando Kamezo I as Settanaoshi Chogoro standing above Onoe Kikugoro IV as Kumasaka Ocho, and Onoe Kikugoro IV as Akogi Gennojo […]

 
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Teisai HOKUBA (1771-1844)

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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Kesai EISEN (1790-1848)

on Oct 9, 2018 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 TOYOKUNI (1769-1825)

on Oct 9, 2018 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

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 II (1826-1869)

on Oct 8, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Nikko Shimofuri no taki, “Shimofuri Waterfall in Nikko” from Shokoku meisho hyakkei, 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).     Very fine impression of the first edition. Fine colour and […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Oct 8, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

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 8, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

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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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Oct 7, 2018 in Actors, Available, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. The actor Danjuro VIII as the ghost of Seigen from a set of prints Mitate sanjurokkasen no uchi, “An Imaginary Thirty-six Poets” published by Iseya Kanekichi in 1852. The relevant poet in this case is Ariwara no Narihira. The corrupt priest Seigen broke his vows of chastity when […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 6, 2018 in Available, Highlights, 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 […]

 
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Teisai HOKUBA (1771-1844)

on Oct 6, 2018 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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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. Minamoto no Ushiwakamura battling with Kumasaka Chohan. From the fine set Yoshitoshi mushaburui, “Yoshitoshi’s Courageous Warriors.” Published by Kobayashi, 1883-1886 (this being 1883).     Fine impression and colour. Light toning, otherwise fine condition. This is the first edition. There are a number of later states and the […]

 
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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

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. […]

 
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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. Kobayakawa Takakage debating with the tengu on mount Hiko from Shinkei sanjurokkaisen, “New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts.”The set published by Sasaki Toyokichi, 1889-1892 (this being 1892).     Very fine first edition. Fine colour and condition. Signed Yoshitoshi.     Status: Available    

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 4, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A complete Tokaido set of 56 prints printed four-to-a-sheet on fourteen sheets, uncut. Each sheet has an indication of where it is to be cut. Published by Aritaya Seiemon, 1845. Extremely rare complete.     Fine impressions and colour. Centre folds and some soil at bottom on some […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

Click here to view image full size. A sheet of original drawings being hanshita-e for an ehon. Shows, above, a seated samurai and a female figure to the right holding a mirror. Below, actors in a garden setting. Sumi with touches of red on thin paper laid onto thicker Japanese paper, 14 x 10 in; […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. Abe no Hirafu fighting a giant bear in the snow from a set of 51 prints Dai Nippon meisho kagami, “A Mirror of Famous Commanders of Great Japan.” The set was published by Ebisuya Shoshichi (the first 11 prints) and Funazu Chujiro between 1878-1882. Hirafu was a general […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. Yatsunada attacking Saohime’s brother’s castle from a set of 51 prints Dai Nippon meisho kagami, “A Mirror of Famous Commanders of Great Japan.” The set was published by Ebisuya Shoshichi (the first 11 prints) and Funazu Chujiro between 1878-1882. Saohime had conspired with her elder brother Saohikoto to […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. The fifteen year old Otani Furuinosuke killing a giant boar with his bare hands. From a set Honcho Suikoden goyu happyakunin no hitori, “One of the Eight Hundred Heroes of the Water Margin of Japan.” Published by Kagaya Kichiemon c 1831. This is the first edition: It was […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Yamamoto Kansuke striding through the snow. “Boar” from a set Mitate junishi, “Selection for the Twelve Signs.” Published by Ibaya Kyubei, c 1845. (Kansuke was famous for killing a giant boar in the snow.) Robinson S38.12.     Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga.   […]

 
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Utagawa SADAFUSA (Active 1830s – 1840s)

Click here to view image full size. An original sumi woodblock for two chuban prints from a Kanadehon Chushingura set. The upper design being Act VII, the tea-house Ichiriki, Kyoto with Yuranosuke; the lower showing Act VIII, the bridal journey with Konami and her daughter Tonase on the Tokaido Road. Sold “as is” with all […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych from a set Buyu setsugekka, “Heroes for the Snow, Moon and Flowers,” this being Gojo no tsuki, “Moon Over Gojo [Bridge].” Published by Isaya Kanekichi c 1867. A popular subject for artists it tells of the battle between the young Yoshitsune and the warrior monk Benkei […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Oct 2, 2018 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing three women washing clothes in a stream from a set Six Tama [Jewel or Crystal] Rivers, this being the Chofu Crystal River (in fact the Tamagawa that flowed into Edo Bay). Musashi no kuni Chofu no Tamagawa. The set published by Sanoya Kihei, c 1847. […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHIKAZU (Active c 1849-1867)

Click here to view image full size. Kato Kiyomasa (aka Masakiyo, 1562-1611) hunting man-eating tigers with his cohorts in Korea. Masakiyo ko toragari no zu. Kiyomasa had two expeditions to Korea in 1592 and 1597. Published by Hiranoya Shinzo, 1861.     Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Ichikawa Yoshikazu ga.     Status: Available […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych of the night attack on Yoshitsune’s palace on the Hirikawa, Kyoto -hence called the Horikawa Palace – by the troops of Yoshitsune’s brother (Yoritomo) led by Tosaba Shoshun in 1185. Horikawa yo-uchi no zue. Yoshitsune is seen on the raised wooden platform with Benkei. Below is […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHITSUYA (1822-1866)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Minamoto no Yorimitsu (aka Raiko, 948-1021) trying to capture the notorious thief Hakamadare Yasusuke. Kijutsu Hakamadare o karamen to su. Yorimitsu is seen with his cohorts Urabe Suetake, Hirai Yasumasa, and Watanabe Tsuna. On the right Hakamadare attempts to evade capture by magically conjuring up […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA II (1823-1880)

on Oct 2, 2018 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Prince Genji in a boat with attendant page and a lady watching female awabi (abalone) divers called ama. These women were a great curiosity for the public and seen as rather risqué characters. Prince Genji was the protagonist of Murasaki Shikibu’s Heian-era novel The Tale […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing a figure in the centre painting Otsu-e pictures which float up and materialise as the actual characters. Toki ni Otsu-e kitai no maremono, “Popular Otsu-e Paintings for the Times: A long-awaited Rarity.” In fact, this is a self-portrait of Kuniyoshi. He is shown with one […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHIKAZU (Active c 1849-1867)

Click here to view image full size. Click here to view image full size. A five-sheet original drawing (hanshita-e) showing a parade of beauties before a wicker fence and blossom. Bigyoku imayo hanazoroi, “An Assortment of Modern Beautiful Gems as Flowers.” Nice brushwork on the sumptuous kimonos. Sumi with sumi wash and light touches of […]

 
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Kishi GANTAI (1782-1865)

on Jul 26, 2018 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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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 25, 2018 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 HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 25, 2018 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting in sumi with touches of green and pale blue. Image size 50 x 17 in; 127 x 43.2 cms on paper. Shows the Mount Haruna area which also has Mount Myogi and Mount Akagi. Depicts the strange peaks surrounded by swirling mist and cloud. The […]