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Torii KIYOMASU (FL. c. 1696-1720)




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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 of scales. Seated before him, to the left, is Benzaiten, the Goddess of love and music. On the right is Ebisu, God of fishermen and good luck. Behind him is Fukurokuju, the God of happiness and wealth, using an abacus. On the far right is Jurojin, the God of longevity. Below him, next to the cart, is Bishamonten, the God of war and warriors. At the bottom, stepping from the boat, is Hotei, the God of happiness. All the Gods are helping, together with rats, to unload bales of rice. The earliest depictions of the Seven Gods are in the second half of the 17th century and are amalgams of Indian and Chinese lore. This early rendition still hasn’t the fully developed characteristics of the Gods – especially Hotei – which we see in the 19th century. Published by Komatsuya (who published c. 1707-1734) c. 1710-1715. Little is known of Kiyomasu’s early career. He may have been the brother of Kiyonobu. An important painter and print artist. Of the utmost rarity: probably the only impression extant.

 

Very good impression. Some expert edge restoration, otherwise very good colour and condition. Signed Torii shi with Kiyomasu seal.

 

Status: Available

 

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Kesai EISEN (1790-1848)

on May 17, 2018 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

 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 KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on May 16, 2018 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing two beauties and a maidservant lighting their way with a lantern and carrying a shamisen box. The beam of light from the lantern illuminates the foreground figures and the leaping dog but leaves the background figures in silhouette. A lovely design. Another impression is illustrated […]

 
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Yashima GAKUTEI (1786?-1868)

on May 15, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

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

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

on May 14, 2018 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

 Click here to view image full size. A beauty climbing stairs, the ninth month from a set of twelve. Published c 1813 by Nishimuraya Yohachi. Beauties ascending stairs was a stock subject for ukiyo-e artists. I’m not sure why.   Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Toyokuni ga.   Status: Available  

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on May 13, 2018 in Available, Books, Highlights

 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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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on May 12, 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on May 11, 2018 in Available, Highlights, 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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Ittosai MASANOBU (active c1849-1853)

on May 10, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Osaka

 Click here to view image full size. The actor Kataoka Gado II as Honchomaru Tsunagoro in the play Honcho itoya no musume performed at the Chikugo theatre in 8/1849. From the set: Date kurabe kyokaku den, “A Comparison of the Stylishness of Famous Gallants”. Fine deluxe surimono-style impression and colour. Margin trimmed to black line […]

 
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MASUHARU (active c1840-1850)

on May 10, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Osaka

 Click here to view image full size. The actor Arashi Rikan III as Ukiyo Tohei in the kabuki play Sendai Hagi performed at the Onishi theatre in 3/1848. From the set: Date kurabe kyokaku den, “A Comparison of the Stylishness of Famous Gallants”. Fine deluxe surimono-style impression and colour. Margin trimmed a little at top, […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. A night scene illuminated by a band of light from a hand-lantern. Shows Ushiwaka-maru (Yoshitsune) battling with the outlaw priest Kumasada Chohan and his band of thieves who were attempting to rob the inn where Yoshitsune was staying. Published by Ibaya Sensaburo, c. 1839-41. A fine design.   […]

 
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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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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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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: Available  

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1797-1861)

on Mar 28, 2018 in Available, Highlights, 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 Mar 27, 2018 in Available, Highlights, 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Mar 27, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

 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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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Mar 27, 2018 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

 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 Mar 27, 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 KUNIMARU (1794-1829)

on Mar 26, 2018 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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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Mar 26, 2018 in Available, Fans, Highlights

 Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print showing the actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII in the role of Hanakawado no Sukeroku from a set: Mitate gonin otoko go-hiiki omoizashi, “A Parody of the Five Chivalrous Commoners, a Cup of Sake from their Fans.” Shows the actor holding a number of pipes; a […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHIIKU (1833-1904)

on Mar 25, 2018 in Actors, Available, Highlights

 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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50th Anniversary of dealing – Part 2

on Mar 8, 2018 in Blog

In the 70s and 80s I was buying prints by such artists as Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Utamaro in the UK and in France and selling them in Japan. In Japan, I was buying prints by Yoshitoshi and Kuniyoshi. At that time those artists were not so highly valued by Japanese collectors.   I travelled to […]

 
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Utagawa KUNINAO (1793-1854)

on Mar 8, 2018 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size.  Click here to view image full size. A pair of original paintings: One showing a beauty being followed by her servant down a jetty into a waiting boat. He protects her with an umbrella in one hand and carries food on a tray with the other. The whole […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1826-1869)

on Mar 8, 2018 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size.  Click here to view image full size. A pair of original kakejiku with two paintings on each. Possibly from the front and back cover pages of a first edition “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” set. Sumi and colour, image size of each painting 13.5 x 8.75 in; […]

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Mar 8, 2018 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. A small original painting of an old sage (possibly the poet Saigyo Hoshi [1118-1190]) seated, holding a bamboo pole and with a large hat on his back. He looks up wistfully at a mountain range with what appears to be a hanging bridge over a gorge. Light colour […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Mar 8, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

 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 Mar 8, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

 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 sheets. […]

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI (1769-1825)

on Mar 8, 2018 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

 Click here to view image full size. The elongated figure of the famous oiran Marino Yoyoharu parading with her kamuro Ikeno Yoyoume. Above, on a banner hanging from a tree, is the name and address of the courtesan’s location in the Yoshiwara: Sumimachi, Matsubaya uchi. Published by Tsuraya Juzaburo, c. 1796, Toyokuni’s best period. This […]

 
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50th Anniversary of dealing – Part 1

on Mar 3, 2018 in Blog

Looking back on 50 years of dealing in Japanese prints, paintings and books I have much to be grateful for. From the first ukiyo-e print that I bought in 1968 to now when I have bought and sold many tens of thousands of prints. In researching specific prints I have built up my kno wledge […]

 
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Selected Reference Titles

on Mar 2, 2018 in Blog

Listed here are selected titles of reference books that I refer to most regularly – this is not an exhaustive list!   Asano, Shugo and Clark, Timothy, The Passionate Art of Kitagaway Utamaro, Asahi Shimbun, 1995 Forrer, Matthi and Goncourt, Edmond de, Hokusai, Rizzoli International Publications, 1988 Gentles, Margarent O., The Clarence Buckingham Collection of […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Mar 1, 2018 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 […]

 
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Kikukawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Jan 24, 2018 in Available, Landscapes

 Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing a street thronged with people in front of the famous department store Iwaki Masuya, giving a good cross-section of the inhabitants of the city at this time. The store specialised in silk and textiles and was one of the most important in Edo having, at […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jan 21, 2018 in Available, Warriors and Legends

 Click here to view image full size. The warrior Ritchitaisai Genshoji in a boat attacked by grappling-hooks thrown by his adversaries. A design from the set Tsuzoku Suikoden goketsu hyaku-hachi-nin no hitori, “The Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Suikoden, One by One.” Based on the Chinese novel Shui Hu Zhuan, attributed to Shi’Nai’an, […]

 
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Cho GESSHO (1772-1832) and Kazaore YUJO (fl. c. 1790-1800)

on Jan 20, 2018 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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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Jan 20, 2018 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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Teisai HOKUBA (1771-1844)

on Jan 18, 2018 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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Hishikawa MOROSHIGE (FL. 1684-1704)

on Jan 16, 2018 in Available, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. An original painting showing a high-ranking samurai household at leisure. Moroshige was the senior pupil of Hishikawa Moronobu, and, it is said, was the father of Furuyama Moromasa. Sumi and full colour with gold additions on paper. 11.5 x 19 in; 29 x 48.25 cms. This is most […]

 
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Nishiyama KAN’EI (1834-1897)

on Jan 16, 2018 in Available, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. A gajo (album) of 21 original paintings by Nishiyama Kan’ei, the son and pupil of Nishiyama Hoen. They both worked in Osaka and Kan’ei carried on the Shijo school tradition. Relatively few paintings and drawings by Kan’ei survive but based on these and his fine Kan’ei gafu, published […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jan 16, 2018 in Available, Warriors and Legends

 Click here to view image full size. Jigoku Dayu, the “Hell Courtesan” 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 S35.3. She was a courtesan who found enlightenment through the Buddhist monk Ikkyu. (The fly-whisk she […]