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Mori SOSEN (1747-1821)

on Sep 13, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Paintings



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An original painting, sumi and light colour on silk, image size 8 x 10.75 in; 20.5 x 27.5 cms. His life is not well documented but he is known to have studied under the Kano artist Yamamoto Joshunsai (? -1781) before being drawn into Mauyama Okyo’s (1735-1795) artistic circle and his style is more Shijo than anything else. His animal paintings were evidently highly valued by Okyo. He was an immediate favourite with eastern collectors because of his monkey paintings at which he excelled, although he was more versatile than literature implies and highly accomplished at drawing other animals (as here). But his images of monkeys take precedence and he is considered the pre-eminent painter, east or west, on this subject. It is alleged that he lived in the woods for three years eating fruit and nuts to study the monkeys and other animals and is also supposed to have had a cage of monkeys at the back of his house to better observe them.

 

Shows a Japanese Chin. These small dogs are supposed to have been introduced to the Japanese court from China early on but their distinctive features were developed in Japan. Signed Sosen with seals Shusho. In very good condition.

 

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Sep 11, 2022 in Actors, Available, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. A mitate (imaginary) triptych showing, from left to right: Onoe Kikugoro III as Takehara Genpachi; Ichikawa Ebizo V as Omura Gengo; Iwai Tojaku as Fujinami. The actors surrounding a handscroll that is emitting strong bands of light. Published by Edoya Matsugoro, c. late 1830s.     Fine impression […]

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Shunkosai HOKUEI (FL. 1829-1837)

on Sep 11, 2022 in Actors, Available, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. A dramatic diptych showing the actor Iwai Shijaku I as Lady Osuma shining her lantern on the actor Bando Jutaro as Sasaya Hanbei from the play Honobonoto ura no asagiri, “Daybreak Hidden on the Bay by Morning Fog.” A revenge drama performed at the Naka no Shibai, Osaka, […]

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Utagawa TOYOMARU (SHUNRO II) (Act. 1785-1797)

on Sep 11, 2022 in Actors, Archive, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. The actor Onoe Matsusuke, probably in the role of Matsuo-maru in the play Sugawara denju tenarai kagami. Published c 1780s by Igaya Kan’emon (Bunkido).     Fine impression, colour, and condition. Signed Toyomaru ga.     Status: Available    

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Kawamata TSUNEYUKI (1677-c1744)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, full colour on paper, 14.5 x 21 in; 35.5 x 53.5 cms. The founder of the Kawamata School. (A pupil was Kawamata Tsunemasa.) Little is known of his life and there are few paintings: A group were in Christies NY, 27/10/1998, lots 40, 42, 44, […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, full colour on silk, 37 x 14 in; 94 x 35.5 cms. The pupil of Hiroshige I who gave him the name Shigenobu. Adopted by Hiroshige in 1845 and married his daughter, Otatsu, on Hiroshige’s death. (Later divorcing her around 1865.) Shows a beauty cooling […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Click here to view image full size. The extremely rare first, private printing of Bora, the grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) with camellia and Japanese asparagusado. From a set of 10 prints in folding album form, privately commissioned for a poetry club, c 1832-34. Poems by Higaki Kunifune and Toshinoto Haruki. The judges’ names next to […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Click here to view image full size. Inada, yellowtail or amberjack (Seriola quinqueradiata) and fugu, blowfish or puffer (Fugu pardalis). Together with plum blossom. Poem by Suzugaki. From the second set of 9 prints published by Yamasho, c 1840-42. (Some designs on the reprints have the publisher’s mark Marujin.)     Extremely early impression before […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Click here to view image full size. Katsuo, bonito (Kasuwonus pelamis). Also called ocean bonito, strip-bellied bonito and striped tuna. Together with three sprigs of cherry (sakura). Poems by Toshinoto Haruki and Toshihiro Machikado. From the first commercial edition of the first series published by Eijudo, c 1832-34.     Early impression with the kiwame […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Click here to view image full size. Kochi, bartail flatheads (Platycephalus indictus). Together with a flowering egg-plant, nasu. Poems by Yoshigaki Toshimochi and Magaki Harutomo. From the first commercial edition of the first series published by Eijudo, c 1832-34.     Early impression with the kiwame and publisher’s seal sharp. Fine colour. Some slight creasing, […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Nihonbashi yukibare, “The Nihon Bridge, Clear Weather After Snow.” From the set Meisho Edo hyakkei, “One Hundred Views of Edo.” The set published by Uoya Eikichi 1856-58 (this being 1856). The set comprises 118 prints by Hiroshige and another by Hiroshige II. However, three prints are dated 10/1858, […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. The lumberyard, Fukugawa, from the set Meisho Edo hyakkei, “One Hundred Views of Edo.” The set published by Uoya Eikichi 1856-58 (this being 1856). The set comprises 118 prints by Hiroshige and another by Hiroshige II. However, three prints are dated 10/1858, the month following Hiroshige’s death and […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Iyo Province, Saijo. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshu meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshihei between 1853 and 1856, this being 1853. A large furled sail in the foreground with Saiju village on the water’s edge. Beyond is […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Oki Province, Takuhi Shrine. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshu meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshihei between 1853 and 1856, this being 1853. The prows of two boats near the island of Nishinoshima. A torii seen at the […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A snow scene: Imadobashi Matsuchiyama, “Imado Bridge and Matsuchi Hill.” From Toto sanjurokkei, “Thirty-six Views of the Eastern [Edo] Capital.” The set published by Ai-To between 1861-1862 (this being 1862). Hiroshige I also designed a number of prints of the same area. The bridge goes over the Sanya […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Nikko Shimofuri no taki, “Shimofuri Waterfall in Nikko” from Shokoku meisho hyakkei, “Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” An uncompleted set of 81 prints published by Uoya Eikichi between 1859-1861 (this being 1859).     Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.     Status: […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Shinshu Suwa-ko yatsume akauo wo to (ru). Shinshu (Shinano) Province from Shokoku meisho hyakkei, “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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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

Click here to view image full size. Attempts by various means at making ghouls and demons fit into modern society from Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.” A satirical take on current events and mores. Published by Sawamuraya Seikichi in 1874. A set of 15 prints was planned but only 12 are known. This design […]

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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

Click here to view image full size. A school for spooks from a set Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.” A satirical take on current events and mores. Published by Sawamuraya Seikichi in 1874. A set of 15 prints was planned but only 12 are known. In 1874 a new system of education was introduced […]

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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

Click here to view image full size. The enlightenment of Paradise or liberation of the dead from Hell from a set Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.” A satirical take on current events and mores. Published by Sawamuraya Seikichi in 1874. A set of 15 prints was planned but only 12 are known. The demons […]

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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

Click here to view image full size. The enlightenment of Fudo Myoo – a Buddhist deity who is always depicted seated on a rock engulfed by flames. From a set Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.” A satirical take on current events and mores. Published by Sawamuraya Seikichi in 1874. A set of 15 prints […]

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Shunbaisai HOKUEI (Active 1824-1837)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Shows the actor Arashi Rikan II as the yako Koman holding a shakuhachi and posed within a wooden frame in the play Sugata kurabe deiri no minato, “Comparison of Fighting Figures at the Harbour.” Performed in 1834 at the Naka Theatre, Osaka. A yako was a chivalrous servant, […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858) and Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A triptych from a set: Furyu Genji: Akashi. An evening scene showing Genji’s secret lover Lady Fujitsubo and an attendant watching the departing Prince Genji walking through the reeds of Akashi Bay. Based on the famous Genji monogatari written by the 11th century noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu. […]

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Ushiwaka Maru (Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s childhood name), attended by Kisanda, practising fencing with the karasu or “crow” tengu in a forest glade on Mt. Kurama, north of Kyoto. His training in martial arts is being supervised by a white-bearded yamabushi tengu, Sojobo, King of the […]

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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

on Sep 2, 2022 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the priest Iwakura Sogen in a snowy garden. “Snow” from a set of three half-length portraits of actors with title: Setsugekka no uchi, “Snow, Moon, and Flowers.” Sogen was infatuated with the beautiful courtesan Irokotohime. He broke his vow of chastity and was expelled from […]

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Utagawa KUNISADA II (1823-1880)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the fight on the roof of the Horyukaku Tower of Koga Castle beside the Tone River. A popular scene from the complex novel Nanso Satomi Hakkenden, “The Diary of Eight Dogs” by Takizawa Bakin (1767-1848). The macabre tale revolves around the eight offspring of a […]

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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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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Aug 2, 2022 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A view of a smoking Mt Asama, Shinano Province, from Shokoku meisho hyakkei, the “One Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” Mt Asama is an active volcano which violently erupted in 1108. Subsequently there was another eruption in 1783 and since then there have been minor […]

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Ogata GEKKO (1859-1920)

on Aug 1, 2022 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the last stand of the Kusunoki Clan at the Battle of Shijonawate in 1348. The event took place during the Nanbokucho wars when the Kusunoki Masatsura forces of the Southern Imperial Court were attacked at Yoshino by the Northern forces led by Ko no Moroyasu. […]

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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

on Aug 1, 2022 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych Taira Kiyomori hi no yamai no zu, “The Fever of Taira no Kiyomori.” Kiyomori’s wife, Niidono, dreams that the King of Hell, Ema, is coming for Kiyomori for his crime of burning the Rushana Buddha. His family gather around him and pray but to no avail. […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 19, 2022 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Mino, Yoro no taki, “Mino [Province], Yoro Waterfall” 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. The 32 metre fall is 4 metres wide and is located […]

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Utagawa KUNIYASU (1794-1832)

on Jul 19, 2022 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A triptych Soshu Enoshima Benzaiten Iwaya narabi sairei no zu, “Picture of Iwaya, the Main Shrine, Pilgrims to the Display of Benzaiten at Enoshima.” Enoshima island was a popular place to visit with the Iwaya caves and the shrine of the Buddhist goddess Benzaiten (Benten), goddess of the […]

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 19, 2022 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Travellers viewing Mount Asama. Usui-toge yori Asama o miru zu, “A View of Mount Asama from Usui Pass.” From Kuniyoshi’s best landscape set. Of the utmost rarity with most extant impressions differing. This and the impression in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, are similar, without the smoke […]

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Shotei HOKUJU (Active 1787-1818)

on Jul 19, 2022 in Available, Landscapes

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 KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 18, 2022 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Shoguntaro Taira Yoshikado (centre), his sister Takiyasha-hime (left), and Yoshikado’s retainer, Iga Jutaro, watching magic toads wrestling. Huge toads loom above them. Shogun Taro Yoshikado mikata wo atsumen ga tame etc. Takiyasha-hime was known for her toad magic which she had gained from a scroll […]

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 18, 2022 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. Saito Toshimoto nyudo Ryuhon in armour struggling with a Chinese brigand underwater. From the set Taiheiki yeiyuden, “Heroic Stories of the Taiheiki.” A history of the wars of the loyalist Nitta and Kusunoki families against the Ashikaga war-lords during the second quarter of the 14th century. But in […]

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Utagawa YOSHIYUKI (Active 1848-1864)

on Jul 18, 2022 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing one of the great combats of the Gempei wars during the battle of Ichi-no-Tani to the west of Kobe in 1184. In the centre the Taira leader Satsuma no Kami Tadanori holds down the Minamoto Okabe Rokuyata Tadazumi. On the left Gennai Saemon Hidekata and […]

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Keisai EISEN (1790-1848)

on Jul 17, 2022 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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Hishikawa MOROSHIGE (Fl. 1684-1704)

on Jul 15, 2022 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi and full colour on paper, 24 x 12 in; 61 x 30.5 cms. Shows a beautiful youth (a wakashu) dressed as a girl with his attendant servant. These youths (identified as male by wearing a sword) were arbiters of trend-setting kimono design. They are […]

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Hashiguchi GOYO (1880-1921)

Click here to view image full size. An original pencil drawing on thick paper, 13.5 x 13.75 in; 34.25 x 35 cms, of a nude. Quite probably either Kodaira Tomi or Nakatani Tsuru. Both were his muse and had similar features. On the reverse is another drawing of a nude with the face unfinished. Two […]

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