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Hishikawa MOROSHIGE (FL. 1684-1704)

on Jan 16, 2018 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings




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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 likely from a handscroll as the height is correct, and the slight vertical striations indicate it has been rolled at some time. Painted c. 1700. Some slight loss of pigments, especially the verdigris and minor marks, but all commensurate with the age of the painting. The details on the costumes of the two main figures are exquisite.

 

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Nishiyama KAN’EI (1834-1897)

on Jan 16, 2018 in Available, New Acquisitions, 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 KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Jan 16, 2018 in Available, New Acquisitions, Surimono

 Click here to view image full size. A chuban surimono showing two geisha playing a shamisen and a koto in front of a Kano-school gold-leaf screen. Two poems by Tsukinoya Tsuruhiko and Kachoya Noritsuga . A beautiful surimono.   Very fine impression with extensive gold, silver and bronze. Fine colour and, apart from a little […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

 Click here to view image full size. A chu-tanzaku showing a house swallow above a trailing yellow plant.   Fine impression. Very good colour. Slight browning, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige fude.   Status: Available  

 
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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. Princess Chujo (Chujo-hime) 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 S35.17. Abandoned by her stepmother, she is rescued by the nuns of Taima-dera, becomes a nun, and is […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. Fujiwara no Yasumasa 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 S35.11. A renowned poet and flautist, he escapes being attacked by the robber Hakamadare Yasusuke who is mesmerized […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. Shidzuka-gozen or Lady Shidzuka 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 S35.12. She was a renowned 12th century shirabyoshi (court) dancer who achieved fame after 100 Buddhist monks […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo (aka Minamoto no Tametomo) 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 S35.15. He was a renowned archer who was banished to Oshima in Izu and […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. The poetess Kikaku 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 S35.6. Shows the Tokugawa poetess sheltering beneath an umbrella in heavy rain in a boat floating under a […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 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 […]

 
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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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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. A complete diptych showing Inuyama Dosetsu Tadatomo with smoke curling around him and his hand on one of his swords facing Inugawa Sosuke Yoshito on one knee grasping his sword beside a wood fire from which the billowing smoke is emanating. Two of the heroes from Kyokutei Bakin’s […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. A complete diptych showing Inukai Kempachi wielding an iron truncheon against Inudzuka Shino who stands, sword drawn, with one foot on a fallen follower of Kempachi during the fight on the Horyukaku roof of Koga Castle. A well-known episode from Kyokutei Bakin’s famous book, Nanso Satomi hakkenden, “The […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. A complete diptych showing Miyamoto Musashi dressed for travelling looking across at Sasaki Kojiro who stands in profile with clenched fist. These two great swordsmen agreed to fight on April 13, 1612, on Ganryu Island off the coast of Bizen Province. The outcome was that Musashi killed Kojiro. […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo battling a large wild boar in the snowy mountains of Mashiki in the province of Higo, watched from above by Takama Harutsugu. A rare print from a rare unfinished (?) series Buyu hyaku den, “A Hundred Stories of Military Valour.” Published by Fujioka-ya Hikotaro, c. […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

 Click here to view image full size. The best design from the set Tsuki hyakushi, the “Hundred Phases of the Moon.” The set published between 1885 and 1892 (this being 1886) by Akiyama Buemon. Shows Benkei on the prow of the ship in which Yoshitsune was forced to flee to northern Japan after being attacked […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

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

 Click here to view image full size. A vertical oban diptych showing the poetess Kagano Chiyo (1703-1775). The story relates how Chiyo goes to her well to draw water only to find that a morning-glory vine has overgrown her bucket. Rather than disturb it, she goes to a neighbour for water. This is the subject […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jan 16, 2018 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

 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 Jan 16, 2018 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. A charming small painting in shijo style obviously from a gajo of such sketches. Shows a flowering plum branch loosely tied to another branch. Sumi and light colour on paper, 5.5 x 8 in; 14 x 20.25 cms. Signed Hiroshige ga with Ichiryusai seal. Slight centre fold (of […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jan 16, 2018 in Available, New Acquisitions, 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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Chobunsai EISHI (1756-1829)

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

 Click here to view image full size. The parading courtesan Yosooi of Matsubaya with her kamuro Tomeki and Nioi. Published by Nishimuraya Yohachi c. 1800. She must have been a popular courtesan as she is depicted on many prints by various artists around this date.   Fine impression. Very good colour: Pale yellow ground. Very […]

 
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Keisai EISEN (1790-1848)

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

 Click here to view image full size. A courtesan Tsuki ni kiku, literally a chrysanthemum under a moon from a set Furyu gosetsu bijin awase, “Elegant Pictures of Beauties for the Five Seasons.” Shows the courtesan beneath an autumn moon. (Full moon viewing was on the 15th day of the 8th month.) Published by Soshuya […]

 
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Suzuki HARUNOBU (1724-1770)

on Dec 10, 2017 in Available, Beauties

 Click here to view image full size. A fine chuban from a series parodying the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, this being Daikoku, the god of wealth, seen here attempting to stand on one of his straw bales of rice. The famous waitress Kasamori O-sen (1751-1827) stands holding a battledore on New Year’s Day while […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 20, 2017 in Available, 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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Kitagawa UTAMARO (1753-1806)

on Nov 19, 2017 in Available, Beauties

 Click here to view image full size. A benigirai-e (red-avoiding) triptych showing from right to left: A young nobleman with a falcon, a beauty beside him holding his sword and another seated smoking a pipe; the centre panel shows two women and a child holding a small falcon; while the last sheet has two women […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Nov 3, 2017 in Available, Warriors and Legends

 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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Yamaguchi SOKEN (1759-1818)

on Nov 1, 2017 in Available, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. A fine pair of paintings: One showing women of Ohara; a mountain village north of Kyoto. These Oharame collected brushwood and firewood in the fall to sell in Kyoto. They are often depicted and obviously caused a stir when they entered Kyoto to ply their trade. Evidently the […]

 
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Ittosai MASANOBU (active c1849-1853)

on Oct 30, 2017 in Available, 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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Utagawa KUNISADA (1797-1861)

on Oct 30, 2017 in Available, 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 Oct 30, 2017 in Available, Landscapes

 Click here to view image full size. Echikawa from Kisokaido rokujukyutsugi no uchi, “Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido.” The set of seventy prints was started by Eisen and published by Hoeido in 1835, but in 1837 Hiroshige took over and completed the series with the publisher Iseya Rihei (Kinjudo). Shows the Echi river with a […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 27, 2017 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. An extremely rare aiban print showing a shimadai, grouper, (probably Chilodactylus zonatus) and an aji, horse-mackerel, (Caranx trachurus). From a set of eight prints of various fish published c. late 1830s.   Fine impression and colour. Slight soil, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.   Status: Sold […]

 
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Kawabata GYOKUSHO (1842-1913)

on Oct 26, 2017 in Available, Fans, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. An original painted fan. On one side a bird amongst flowers and the reverse also with flowers. A leading figure in Tokyo art circles and the last great representative of the Shijo school. In exceptional condition with extensive gold leaf. Signed Gyokusho with seals Shibun on both sides. […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Oct 25, 2017 in Available, Books

 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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Rantokusai SHUNDO (Active c.1770-1790)

on Oct 24, 2017 in Actors, Available

 Click here to view image full size. A hosoban showing the actor Nakamura Sukegoro II as Sasano Sangobei (an otokodate – chivalrous commoner) in part two of the play Iro moyo aoyagi Soga, “Green Willow Soga of Erotic Design.” Performed at the Nakamura Theater 2/1775. Shundo was an early pupil of Shunsho’s and this fine […]

 
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Cho GESSHO (1772-1832)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. A large original painting of moored junks caught in a violent squall. A fine painter who studied under Tanke Gessen and Matsumura Goshun in Kyoto before moving to Nagoya in 1798 and becoming Nagasawa Rosetsu’s assistant for a short time. Also illustrated some fine ehon. Sumi and colour […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

 Click here to view image full size. An original Kuniyoshi drawing, sumi on thin paper, 6.75 x 9.25 in; 17 x 23.5 cms. Shows a fierce battle between two warriors and a band of brigands. Sold “as is” with imperfections.   Status: Available  

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Landscapes

 Click here to view image full size. Bingo Abumon Kannondo. The temple of Kannon at Abumon, Bingo Province. From the set Rokuju yoshu meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces.” Published by Koshimuraya Heisuke between 1853-1856 (this being 1853).   Fine, early impression. The earliest states have a cloud printed top left (as here). […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, 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 Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Landscapes

 Click here to view image full size. Enshu Akiba enkei Fukuroi tako. Fukuroi, Enshu (Totomi) 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 kite flying with a distant view of Mount Akiba. It has […]