Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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Numazu from the Upright Tokaido, Gojusan tsugi meisho zue. Published by Tsutaya, 1855. The old adage that familiarity breeds contempt certainly applies to this set, which was reprinted many times. Early printings, as here, enable us to appreciate this underrated set. One of the two snow scenes from the set showing figures crossing one of two trestle bridges.


Very good to fine impression. The red cartouches double printed ( only seen on early impressions ). Fine colour. Light album backing and trimmed close at bottom right but leaving black border, otherwise very good condition. Signed Ichiryusai Hiroshige ga.


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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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Shows station Wada in heavy snow from Kisokaido rokujukyutsugi no uchi. 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). This high pass (1651 metres) was a difficult part of the journey.

 

 

Fine early impression before the break in the key block to the left and beneath the publisher’s gourd seal. Fine colour. Slight centre fold, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 

 

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Utagawa TOYOHARU (1735-1814)




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The founder of the Utagawa school who had, amongst others, Toyohiro and Toyokuni as his pupils. Although not the first to use western conventions of linear perspective, he was the first to employ them extensively and in full colour and had obviously studied engravings from Holland, Germany and Italy -particularly prints of Venice after Canaletto. Uki-e Fukagawa Eitai suzumi no zu, “Perspective Picture: A View Enjoying the Cool Near Eitai Bridge, Fukagawa.” Shows the Sumida River busy with boats; Eitai Bridge in the distance to the left and beyond the masts of vessels moored at Tsukudajima. (The Eitai Bridge was to collapse in 1807 killing anything from 500-1500 people.) To the right the then newly built neighbourhood of Nakazu. The water on the right is the Hakozaki canal. Published by Eijudo, c 1771. Provenance: Ex Hayashi collection, seal in right border. Extremely rare.

 

 

Fine impression and colour with the blue at the top intact which is very rare. In exceptional condition. Signed Utagawa Toyoharu ga.

 

 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE III (1842-1894)




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Shinbashi station from a set of prints Tokai meisho kaisei dochu-ki, “Newly Edited Travel Stories of Famous Places of the Tokaido.” Published by Shimizuya Naojiro, 1875. The station was opened in 1872.

 

 

Very good impression and colour. Binding holes in top border, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 

 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE III (1842-1894)




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A train passing beneath a bridge at Shinagawa from a set of prints Tokai meisho kaisei dochu-ki, “Newly Edited Travel Stories of Famous Places of the Tokaido.” Published by Shimizuya Naojiro, 1875

 

 

Very good impression and colour. Binding holes in top border, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 

 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE III (1842-1894)




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A train at Kawasaki from a set of prints Tokai meisho kaisei dochu-ki, “Newly Edited Travel Stories of Famous Places of the Tokaido.” Published by Shimizuya Naojiro, 1875.

 

 

Very good impression and colour. Binding holes in top border, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 

 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE III (1842-1894)




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A train at Kanagawa station, Yokohama from a set of prints Tokai meisho kaisei dochu-ki, “Newly Edited Travel Stories of Famous Places of the Tokaido.” Published by Shimizuya Naojiro, 1875.

 

 

Very good impression and colour. Binding holes in top border, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 

 

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




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Prince Genji being poled in a punt on a lake. From a set of such triptychs published by Iseya Kanekichi in 1853. Furyu Genji fune asobi, “Fashionable Genji Enjoying a Pleasure Boat.”

 

 

Very fine impression and colour. Slightly trimmed at bottom, otherwise fine condition. Signed Hiroshige ga and Toyokuni ga.

 

 

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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Five ko-tanzaku ( an oban cut into three ) prints of various subjects ( Bon odori,
Sukeroku, Hatchitataki, etc ) from an excessively rare set of 15 such prints from 5
sheets. I have located only one other group ( of six designs duplicating three offered
here ). Published by Matsumura Yahei c late 1830’s.


Fine impressions and colour. Some wormage, otherwise very good condition. Signed
Hiroshige ga on each.



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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)




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Koishikawa yuki no ashita, “Snowy Morning at Koishikawa” from Hokusai’s most celebrated set: Fugaku sanjurokkei, the “Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji.” The set of 46 prints published by Eijudo, c. 1830-32. Shows a party at a teahouse, at left, admiring the view of Fuji. The only snow scene from the set. Provenance: Ex Le Veel collection, sold by Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, 2nd sale, 24/10/1980, lot 76, p. 36.

 

Exceptionally early impression (blue outline). Fine colour and, apart from slight vertical crease, fine condition. Very full size with extra paper top and right. This design usually has a clear sky with blue gradation at top and horizon. This state with a subtly graded blue sky appears to be the earliest version (with other similar impressions in the BM [1927.0613.0.13] and MET [JP1330]). Not only does it better convey the wintry conditions but Eijudo was probably also conscious of saving money on this expensive pigment on later editions. The finest example to come onto the market for many years. Signed Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu.

 

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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Asakusa Kinryuzan, “Kinryuzan Temple at Asakusa” Meisho Edo hyakkei, “The Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo.” The view shown by Hiroshige is through the Kaminarimon gateway with the large hanging lantern after a heavy snowfall. The great temple, which still stands, was in the northern part of Edo, not far from the Yoshiwara. Published by Uoya Eikichi who published the set between 1856 – 1858 (this being 1856). There are 118 prints in the set plus a replacement design by Hiroshige II. This is one of Hiroshige’s best known designs.

 

Very good impression, colour and condition. Grain showing on the red wooden post at left and the lines still crisp. On later editions the red and green pigment gets cruder and the sky darker. And even later a slipping plug becomes evident in the blue area at bottom, below the black line at left. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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The Lumberyard, Fukagawa, from Meisho Edo hyakkei, “The Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo.” Shows snow falling on the timber yards lining a river. An umbrella in the foreground is inscribed Uo, “Fish” – a reference to the publisher Uoya Eikichi who published the set between 1856 – 1858 (this being 1856). There are 118 prints in the set plus a replacement design by Hiroshige II. A large supply of timber was needed for the world’s largest wooden city. However, in 1641 a fire destroyed not only houses but the lumber which was then stored in a central area causing the government to move the yards to Fukagawa.

 

Very good impression, still with the lighter sky: Late editions have a black sky. Very good colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)




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Asakusa Imado from a Toto meisho set of ten prints published c. 1834. Shows three men stoking the ceramic tile kilns at Imado on the bank of the Sumida river. Mount Tsukuba can be seen in the distance. The kilns were fuelled by pine needles, a stack of which can be seen on the left. This set, and other landscapes by Kuniyoshi, are characterised by strong western-style elements – shadows and clouds derived from viewing imported prints and books from Europe. Published by Kagaya Kichibei, c. 1834. Provenance: Ex B.W.Robinson collection (purchased privately). Very rare.

 

Fine impression, colour and condition. The green bamboo border intact. The set is well known for having this border trimmed off, partially or completely. Signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga.

 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)




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Gathering iwatake, rock tripe or rock mushrooms in Kii Province. The common name for various edible lichens that grow on cliffs. The gatherers used precarious baskets that were hauled up and down the cliff face to collect them. Kishu Kumano iwatake tori from Shokoku meisho hyakkei, “One Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” Published by Uoyei 1859-1861 (this being 1860). A fascinating print.

 

Very fine impression of the first edition. Fine colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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An extremely rare chu-tanzaku, Fuyu Sumidagawa no yuki, “Winter Snow on the Sumida River.” From a set Shiki Edo meisho, “Famous Places in Edo in the Four Seasons.” A lone figure in straw cape and large hat poles a log raft down the Sumida river in heavy snow. Published by Kawasho c. 1834. There are a number of states of this design known: As here (probably the earliest) with publisher’s seal and kiwame seal; with kiwame only; and without either. There are also extremely deceiving copies of this print. Provenance: Ex Le Veel collection, sold by Ader Picard Tajan, Paris, 2nd sale, 24/10/1980, lot 114, p. 50.

 

Very good impression, colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.