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Hirano HAKUHO (1879-1957)




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Wakai onna, Young Girl, published by Watanabe Shozaburo, c. 1936. Illustrated in The Female Image, Abe Publishing Ltd., 2000, no. 211, p. 154.


Fine impression and colour. Minor crease bottom right corner, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hakuho ga.


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Ito SHINSUI (1898-1972)




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A beauty holding a fan. Dated and signed top right: Taisho jusannen shichigatsu Shinsui saku, “Taisho 13 [ 1924 ], July, work of Shinsui.” Published by Watanabe Shozaburo. Mica ground.


Fine impression and colour. Minor soil extreme left bottom corner, otherwise very good condition.



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Ito SHINSUI (1898-1972)




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Washing the Hair ( aka Tresses ). A large print ( 49.3 x 35 cms; 19.5 x 13.75 inches ) published in 1953 to celebrate the artist’s being made an “Intangible Cultural Property” in 1952. Shinsui supervised the printing and a mica ground was used, the usual symbol of a special edition. The figure closely follows the right-hand figure on his painted two-fold screen called Tresses ( 1949 ). The quality and simplicity harks back to his finest early work. Number 28 of a limited edition published by the Commission for the Protection of Cultural Properties, Tokyo and cut and printed by the Japanese Association for Publishing Woodblock Prints.


Fine impression and colour. Very slight discolouration on bottom right edge, otherwise very good condition. Signed Shinsui ga.



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Ito SHINSUI (1898-1972)




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The Cotton Kimono from the series “New Twelve Images of Beauties”. See The female image, no 32, p.54. Published by Watanabe (seal lower left) in 1922. Limited edition of 200 seal au verso.


Perfect impression and colour. Signed Shinsui with dater Taisho 11.



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Torii KOTONDO (1900-1976)




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Obi, the “Sash”. See The female image, nos 168-2 – p.126. Yellow mica ground. Published by Kawaguchi, Showa 4 (1929). Limited edition of 350 seal au verso.


Perfect impression and colour. Signed Showa yonen go gatsu Kotondo ga.



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Charles W BARTLETT (1860-1940)




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A wet evening in Kobe. A rare print of Bartlett’s and probably his best design. Published by Watanabe (seal lower left) 1916.


Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed in red pencil in lower margin Charles W Bartlett.



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Ito SHINSUI (1898-1972)




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Cutting the nails from the Second Series of Modern Beauties. See The female image, no.79, p.74. Published by Watanabe (seals left and right) Showa 11 (1936). Limited edition seal au verso no.235 from 250.


Perfect impression, colour and, apart from a minor crease, perfect condition. Mica ground. Signed Showa juichinen hachigatsu Shinsui ga with Shinsui seal.



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Hirano HAKUHO (1879-1957)




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After a bath. See The female image, no.210, p.153. Published by Watanabe (his seal lower left) Showa 7 (1932). Limited edition seal au verso no.9 from 100.


Perfect impression, colour and condition. Signed Showa schichinen ichigetsu Hakuho ga with seal.



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Hirano HAKUHO (1879-1957)




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Woman before a mirror. See The female image, no.209, p.153. Published by Watanabe Showa 7 (1932).



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Takahashi SHOTEI (Hiroaki) (1871-1944)




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A black cat with a bell round its neck. A striking design published by Fusui Gabo, Tokyo, c1935.


Fine impression and colour. Fine condition. The cat’s body is heavily lacquered and the two-tone background deliberately shows the baren marks. Signed Hiroaki.



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Torii KOTONDO (1900-1976)




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Utatane, “A nap”. See The female image nos.177-1 and 177-2, p.132. This impression has a silver mica ground. Published by Ikeda Showa 5 (1930). Limited edition seal au verso, no.53 from 100.


Perfect impression and colour. Minor toning in margin, otherwise perfect condition. Signed Kotondo ga with seal.



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Yamakawa SHUHO (1898-1944)




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A girl performing the nunozarashi. See The female image, no.156, p.118. There are later printings of Shuho prints but this is from the original edition. Published 1936.


Perfect impression, colour and condition. Signed Shuho.



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Kawase HASUI (1883-1957)




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Mount Fuji viewed from Satta mountain pass., Satta toge no Fuji. Published by Watanabe (seal lower right margin) Showa 10 (1935). Hasui produced a number of variant (colour) impressions of this design.


Perfect impression, colour and condition. Signed Hasui with Kawase seal.



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Takahashi SHOTEI (1871-1945)




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A large print (13.75 x 20.5 inches; 35 x 52 cms) of a cat prowling around a staked tomato plant. A rare print by an artist who obviously had a penchant for cats as there are several other designs of them by him. Published by Fusui Gabo, Showa 6, 8th month.


Very good impression with the baren marks intentionally forming a background pattern. Very good colour and condition. Signed Hiroaki Saku with seal Hiroaki.



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Tobari KOGAN (1882-1927)




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Miyashita, Fifth Stage from Famous Views of Hakone, a Mountain Waterwheel. Kogan only produced around a dozen and a half prints and they are all rare. This design is no exception: I have noted no other impression for sale. Published c.1813.


Slight damage top right corner and small crack in right margin otherwise fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Kogan bottom right.



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