Isoda KORYUSAI (FL c 1764-1788)




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A superb original painting, full colour on silk, showing a beauty running in a late snowfall. Cherry blossom above. A leading artist of his time who produced some of the best bijin and kacho prints of the 1770s before concentrating on painting. Image size 40.25 x 14.25 in; 102.5 x 36 cm. Good condition. Painted c 1778. Signed Koryusai ga with seal Masakatsu, no in.

 

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Isoda KORYUSAI (1735-1790)




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An hashira-e showing nine cranes, a pine tree and the rising sun. A triple talisman of good luck. The tancho ( “red crest” ) Japanese Crane, Grus japonensis, is the second rarest crane in the world, migrating to East Asia in the fall to spend the winter. There is also a resident flock in Hokkaido. Much loved by the Japanese, the crane was a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity. Rare: Another impression is illustrated in Jacob Pins, The Japanese Pillar Print, V & A, 1982, no. 518 ( which is also illustrated in the V & A Museum catalogue, The Floating World Japanese Popular Prints 1700-1900, 1973, no. IV8 ). Published c. 1770. Koryusai was probably the most prolific designer of pillar prints, although he designed few kacho-e. Ex collection Seisuke Ikeda, 11 -12th April, 1910.


Very good impression. Good colour. Slight fold marks ( as usual ) but generally good condition for a pillar print. Signed Koryusai ga.


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Isoda KORYUSAI (Fl. c 1764-1788)




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A dragon emerging from a muddy mire. Presumably a depiction of the dragon brought forth by Chinnan to produce rain in the parched village of Sogo. Koryusai copied a drawing or painting by Ganki ( top right inscription reads: ‘Painted by Ganki’ ). Extremely rare. I cannot locate another impression at present.


Very good impression. Colour applied by hand: Sumi; green ( on fangs ); gofun ( on claws ). Sumi also scraped or brushed on to simulate sprayed mud. One or two repaired wormholes and signs of mounting au verso, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hokyo Koryusai sha ( ‘Copied by Koryusai’ ).



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Isoda KORYUSAI (fl. c 1764-1788)




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A rare chuban showing a female monkey grooming a youngster, a waterfall behind. Saru, “Ape” from a set of “Twelve Elegant Signs [ of the Zodiac ] “. Koryusai produced some of the most exquisite kacho of the eighteenth century. Published c 1780.


Very good impression and colour. Minor soil, otherwise good condition. Signed Koryusai ga.



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Isoda KORYUSAI (c 1764-1788)




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A chuban print showing the high-ranking courtesan Nanakoshi sitting beside a brazier reading a book. Her loose kimono has a design of fans (ogi – referring to her house, Ogi-ya). Koryusai was born a samurai in the service of the Lord of Tsuchiya but became an ukiyo-e artist producing many fine prints – especially kachoga – books and specialised in painting after c 1780. Three collectors’ seals: M. & C. Forrer and au verso McCabe and unread.


Fine impression and colour. Small thinned area, otherwise fine condition. Signed Koryusai dzu.

 

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Isoda KORYUSAI (Fl.c.1764-1788)


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The courtesan Chozan of Choji-ya from the series: Hinagata Wakana no hatsu-moyo, “Models for Fashions: New Designs as Fresh as Young Leaves”. The set published c.1782. Printed on heavy hosho.


Fine impression. Exceptional colour for a print of this series and date. Expert edge repair at centre left and slight signs of mounting au verso around edge, but otherwise a fine example. Signed Koryusai ga.



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Isoda KORYUSAI (fl.c.1764-1788)




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Two complete koban sets of twelve prints each showing loving couples. Two double pages shown from each album.


Minor soil and one stain, but otherwise very good impression, colour and condition.



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Isoda KORYUSAI (Active c 1764-1788)




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The courtesan Handayu of Naka-Omiya seated at a writing desk attended by two accolytes. From a superb, large series: Hinagata wakanano hatsu moyo, “Models for Fashion: New Year Designs as Fresh as Young Leaves.” Published by Nishimura Eijudo, c 1776-7. Yoshida catalogues this set in Ukiyo-e, no. 26. A beautiful deluxe print.


Superb impression on thick hosho. Very slight fading of red and expertly repaired binding holes near left edge, otherwise very good condition. Koryusai ga.


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Isoda KORYUSAI (Fl. c 1764–1788)




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A chuban print entitled Yu, “Evening,” showing the courtesan Matsushita of Matsubaya with two acolytes. Koryusai was an ex samurai. Well known for excellent and rare kacho and some fine hashira-e. Published c early 1770s. Ex collection Paul-Louis de la Noe, 1879-1919, ( an acquaintance of the Goncourt brothers, Bing and Hayashi ). Rare.


Fine impression. Fine well retained fugitive pigments. Slight soil at bottom, otherwise very good condition. Signed Koryu ga.


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