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Kubo SHUNMAN (1757-1820)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings


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An original painting, sumi and colour on silk, 37 x 13 in; 94 x 33 cms. Shows a parading courtesan wearing a kimono of subdued colouring, being painted in sumi hues. She provocatively raises the hem of her monochromatic dress to reveal a bright red under-garment. Shunman, a man of great sophistication, designed only a few prints before concentrating on surimono and printing and issuing some of the finest in this format. (See The Japanese Print: A New Approach, J. Hillier, pp. 102-104 where he says “Probably no artist except Choki has achieved so high a reputation on such a small number of prints.”) He also excelled at painting, book illustration and light verse. Above is a poem by Ota Nampo (Shokuzanjin), a famous poet and fiction writer (1749-1823), as well as an occasional painter. In very good condition, signed and sealed Shunman.

 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi and light colour on silk, 14.5 x 22 in; 36.8 x 55.9 cms. Labelled on the right Hakone no kosui, “The Lake of Hakone.” Shows the reflection of Fuji in Lake Kawaguchi with the Misaka mountain range. A similar view could be seen from […]

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi and colour on silk, 10.5 x 8.75 in; 26.7 x 22.2 cms. A beauty after a bath. Signed Toyokuni ga with his kakihan. In very good condition.   Status: Available   Click here to view image full size.

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Four koban surimono-style prints from a set Hyakunin bijo, “One Hundred Beauties.” No publisher’s seal but published by Mikawaya Seiemon (who specialised in these prints), c late 1820s. Kunisada designed a number of such sets in this format.   Fine impressions, colour and condition.   Status: Available  

 
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Keisai EISEN (1790-1848)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Three koban surimono-style prints from a set Imayo sanjurokkasen, “Thirty-six Selected Pictures.” Published c late 1820s.   Fine impressions, colour and condition.   Status: Available  

 
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Katsukawa SHUNSHO (1726-1792)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban showing the actor Iwai Hanshiro IV in an unidentified female role holding a letter beside a palanquin. What appears to be another version by Shunsho is in the Met, acc. number JP2783. Published c 1773.   Fine impression. Extremely good colour. Very good condition. Signed Shunsho […]

 
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Kubo SHUNMAN (1757-1820)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Mishima, or Toi, Province of Settsu. The best desigm from an exquisite set of six prints showing graceful young women, girls and, in two instances, young men representing the Six Crystal (Tama) Rivers. These streams were noted for the purity of their water. The prints are in benigirai […]

 
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Kubo SHUNMAN (1757-1820)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Chobu, Province of Musashi from an exquisite set of six prints showing graceful young women, girls and, in two instances, young men representing the Six Crystal (Tama) Rivers. These streams were noted for the purity of their water. The prints are in benigirai style, “red avoiding,” a technique […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Ichikawa Danjuro VII as the half-Chinese, half-Japanese hero Watonai in a production of the play Kokusen’ya kassen staged at the Nakamura-za Theatre, 8/1816. Shows a popular scene from the play where Watonai overcomes a man-eating tiger in China by using a charm from the Ise Shrine. […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

Click here to view image full size. Shows Musashibo Benkei carrying the stolen giant Mii Temple bell up Mount Hiei to the Enryaku-ji, the Tendai-sect temple of the San-mon, “Mountain Order.” He is usually depicted dragging the half-ton bell, but here he is shown carrying it with the help of his kanabo, iron war club. […]

 
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Katsukawa SHUN’EI (1762-1819)

Click here to view image full size. Shows the hirsute samurai Saito Tadanobu about to strike an adversary with a go board. This was a popular story relating to his death: He was attacked while playing go and used the heavy board to fight off his enemies. Published by Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindo), c 1810. Rare. […]

 
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Katsukawa SHUN’EI (1762-1819)

Click here to view image full size. Shows the half-Chinese, half-Japanese hero Watonai overcomes a man-eating tiger in China by using a charm from the Ise Shrine. He holds a post with the characters reading Daijinga, “Grand Shrine” used in the inner and outer shrines at Ise. Published by Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindo), c 1810. Rare. […]

 
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Okumura MASANOBU (1686-1764)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Shunga

Click here to view image full size. Shogatsu, “First Month” from a shunga set Someiro no yama neya no hinagata, “Mountains of Dyed Colours, Examples for the Bedroom.” Shows a New Year scene with the master of an opulent household enjoying the holiday with his wife and a young man of his fancy. The poem […]

 
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Kitagawa UTAMARO (1754-1806)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The courtesan Hitomoto of the Daimonjiya House, Daimonjiya uchi Hitomoto from a set Yukun gosekku, “Courtesans for the Five Festivals.” She stands beside a clothes rack with an elaborate costume patterned with a suite of armour (probably indicating the Boys’ Festival, 5th day of the 5th month), Published […]

 
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Shotei HOKUJU (Active 1787-1818)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Kai no kuni Saruhashi no shinsha no zu, “A True View of the Monkey Bridge in the Province of Kai.” An impressive wooden bridge spans a deep chasm. It was called the “Monkey Bridge” because the original rickety plank structure was so precarious that only an agile monkey […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 23, 2021 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 with precipitous cliffs and […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Shimotsuke Nikkosan urami no taki, “Back-viewed Waterfall on Mt. Nikko in Shimotsuke [Province}.” 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. Figures gaze up at the back […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Omi, Biwako Ishiyamadera, “Ishiyama Temple and Lake Biwa in Omi [Province].”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. Moonlight on Lake Biwa is one of the iconic […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Kii Wakanoura, “Waka Bay in Kii [Province}.” 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 1855. Shows cranes taking off from the bay.   Very fine impression and […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Shinano, Sarashina tagoto no tsuki Kyodaisan, “The Moon Reflected in the Sarashina Paddy-fields, Mt. Kyodai, Shinano [Province}.” 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. It was […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Bikunibashi setchu, “Bikuni Bridge in Snow.” From the set Meisho Edo hyakkei, “One Hundred Views of Edo.” The set published by Uoya Eikichi 1856-58 (this being 1858). Bikuni Bridge was known for its cheap restaurants. On the right is a sign advertising that imo are roasted whole. (Yakimono […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Akasaka kiribatake uchi yukei, “Evening View of the Paulownia Plantation at Akasaka under rain.” From the set Meisho Edo hyakkei, “One Hundred Views of Edo.” The set published by Uoya Eikichi 1856-58 (this being 1859: a replacement print for Hiroshige’s for which the blocks were probably damaged).   […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The Dragon’s Maw Mountain, Bizen Province, Bizen tatsu-no-kuchiyama from an unfinished set Shokoku meisho hyakkei, “One Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces” published by Uoya Eikichi between 1859 and 1861 (this being 1861). Shows a lone figure battling a heavy rainstorm in a steep-sided canyon.   […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. The best design from Genji kumo Ukiyoe awase, “Ukiyoe Comparisons of the Cloudy Chapters of Genji.” A set comparing famous warriors to the Chapters of the Genji Monogotari written by Lady Murasaki Shikibu (c 973-1025). This design is for Chapter 22, Tamakatzura. Shows the pearl diver, Tamatori-hime, who […]

 
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Shunkosai HOKUSHU (Fl. c 1808-1832)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The actor Nakamura Utaemon III as Kan Shojo in the play Sugawara denju tenarai kagami, “Mirror of Learning and Transmitting Sugawara’s Secrets of Calligraphy.” In fact based on stories relating to Sugawara Michizane (845 – 903, scholar, poet and politician). Government regulations prohibited the use of the names […]

 
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Okumura MASANOBU (1686-1764)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A large benizuri-e oban (16.75 x 12 in) showing a pair of lovers in the guise of komuso (medicant monks). They walk in high geta and have a black monk’s stole draped around their shoulders. They are playing the classic komuso tune renbo nagashi on their shakuhachi. He […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A triptych from a series Imayo mitate shi-no-ko-sho, “An Up-to-Date Parody of the Four Classes.” Here: Shokunin, “Artisans.” Shows the whole process of print production, albeit in reality women did not do this work. Published by Uoya Eikichi, 8/1857. A must for any serious collection of Japanese prints. […]

 
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Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the Shinto Storm God Susanoo about to slay the eight-headed dragon, Yamata no Orochi, at the head of the Hi River in pouring rain. The dragon devoured virgins and had eaten the seven daughters of two earthly deities, seen top right. The eighth, Kushi-inada-hime, also […]

 
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Kikugawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A triptych Furyu onna ryoushi, “Fashionable Fishing Women.” Shows beauties on the seashore collecting fish and loading them onto a boat for market. In the background, fishermen with nets. Published by Iwatoya Kisaburo (Eirindo), c 1817. The Japanese love seafood and, being surrounded by water, there is an […]

 
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Keisai EISEN (1790-1848)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing three courtesans from the Tamaya House: On first sheet Koyuki playing the kokyu; on the second Hanamurasaki playing the koto; and on the third Hanakazura playing the shamisen. Published c 1830.   Fine impression with excellent colour. Some expert edge restoration, otherwise very good condition […]

 
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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing an exploding land-mine throwing bodies and horses into the ether. Taiheiki Masakiyo nansen no zu, “Masakiyo’s Difficult Battle from the Taiheiki.” Figures identified in the print are the 14th century warriors Sato Shukei no Kami Masakiyo and Shimura Masazo Katsutoyo, but by way of avoiding […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

on Nov 4, 2021 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A large original painting, full colour on silk, image size 48 x 21.75 in; 122 x 55.25 cms. A draughtsman of great dexterity with a wild, often bizzare , imagination. Loved sake, sometimes painting under its influence. At an early stage studied under Kuniyoshi, then Maemura Towa and […]

 
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Kitagawa FUJIMARO (1790-1850)

on Nov 4, 2021 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, full colour on silk, image size 35.25 x 13.5 in; 89.5 x 34.5 cms. Fujimaro was a talented late pupil of Utamaro. More than a dozen paintings are recorded by him including an example in the Portland Art Museum, acc. number 69.51. His best-known work […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 4, 2021 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original fan painting mounted as a scroll. Shows a gorge with the fast flowing Nagatoro River in Musashi Province. (An area in western Saitama Prefecture northwest of Tokyo.) Sumi and light blue on paper, 7 x 20.5 in; 17.75 x 52 cms. Comes with a certificate from […]

 
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Keisai EISEN (1790-1848)

on Nov 3, 2021 in Available, Beauties

Click here to view image full size. An amorous couple beside a screen decorated with a large chrysanthemum. From a set of twelve prints Keisei higo, “Secret Words of a Courtesan” published c 1822-25. Although coming under the heading of shunga, each print is an abuna-e design, without any graphic detail. Shows a courtesan with […]

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI II (1777-1835)

on Nov 3, 2021 in Available, Beauties

Click here to view image full size. An aizuri (blue) print from a set Tosei bijin hana-awase, “Beauties of the Latest Fashion Compared to the Beauty of Flowers.” In this case kikyo flowers – the Chinese bellflower. Aizuri prints were the outcome of avoiding intermittent edicts promulgated by the bakufu prohibiting the number of blocks […]

 
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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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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 1, 2021 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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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 31, 2021 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 Oct 31, 2021 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 […]