Utagawa HARUSADA (1830-1887)




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An exceptionally beautiful painting of a standing beauty by this pupil of Kuniyoshi. An ukiyo-e artist who worked in Kyoto. Real name Okamoto Syotaro. Full colour with touches of gold on silk. Image size 40.5 x 13.5 in; 102.8 x 34.2 cms. Very minor brown area otherwise in fine condition. Signed Harusada ga. Seal unread.

 

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Kubo SHUMMAN (1757-1820) and Kameda BOSAI (1752-1826)




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An original painting showing a parading oiran on the first day of the eighth month, Hassaku (hachigatsu sakuhi). It was common on this day to wear a white kimono. This festival still takes place in the Gion quarters of Kyoto. The calligraphy, above, is by Bosai (Hosai), an amateur artist and noted scholar and writer. Full colour on silk, 35.25 x 12.5 in; 89.5 x 31.7 cms. In good condition. Signed Shumman painted by himself with Shumman seal.

 

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Takehara SHUNCHOSAI (Fl. c 1772-1818)




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An original painting showing beauties enjoying the cool of the evening on the riverbank and shallows of the Komo-gawa in Kyoto. An exceptional and rare painting by an artist best known for his guides to Osaka and Kyoto, Miyako meisho zue and Naniwa no kagami, published 1778 and 1780. Full colour on silk, 51 x 19.75 in; 129.5 x 50.2 cms. In very good condition. Signed Bunsei tei inoshishi chushu hatsumikka kyoshinioite Shunchosai Takehara Nobushige. Painted 1818.

 

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Utagawa TOYOKUNI II (TOYOSHIGE) (1777-1835)




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An original painting on paper, unmounted, showing Asahina Saburo (Wada no Saburo Yoshihide), a famous warrior of the early Kamakura period (1185-1333). Image size 11.5 x 15.5 in; 29.2 x 39.5 cms. Signed Toyokuni suichu hitsu, “Toyokuni painted while being drunk.”

 

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Matsumura KEIBUN (1779-1843)




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A fine gajo, 10.75 x 6.75 in; 27 x 17 cms, folding out to 10.75 x 13.5 in; 27 x 34 cms. Consisting of 24 paintings in sumi and light colour of birds, animals and fish, starting with the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac: Rat; Ox; Tiger; Hare; Dragon; Snake; Horse; Goat; Ape; Cock; Dog; Boar. Keibun studied with his older brother Matsumura Goshun as well as Maruyama Okyo. Highly talented, especially in kachoga, and went on to consolidate the Shijo style. Original covers and title slip. End sheet signed by the original owner: Sichikudou, Naniwa (the place that was to become Osaka) with his seal. Another unidentified large seal inside front cover. Some slight wormage not affecting any image and some appropriate scuffing of covers; otherwise very good condition. Painted probably late 1830s.

 

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Tsukioka SETTEI (1710-1786)




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An interesting large painting, full colour on paper mounted on a wooden frame, 25.5 in; 62cms in diameter showing a bust portrait of a beauty with elaborate coiffure holding a child and a rattle. Although not signed, the attribution is unquestionable, painted between 1767-1773 in Osaka. It appears to have been commissioned to hang in a hairdresser’s or cosmetic shop and has metal eyes at the top. The oxidised silver leaf background was meant to resemble a mirror and the idea of busts reflected in mirrors and silver grounds was later employed by Utamaro and Sharaku. Apart from silver, gold leaf and gum is applied. Such signboards appear in an illustrated book by Hasegawa Mitsunobu published in Osaka in 1752. This new discovery has been written about by Dr. Yamamoto Yukari in vol.27 of Minzoku Geijutsu (Ethno-Arts) in 2011. Minor surface marks all over but astonishingly good condition given their age and use. Extremely rare.


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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1826-1869)




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A pair of original kakejiku with two paintings on each. Possibly from the front and back cover pages of a first edition “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo” set. Sumi and colour, image size of each painting 13.5 x 8.75 in; 34.25 x 22 cms. Shows top left a bowl with – possibly – turnips and a poem. Below a wicker basket and bowl with a miniature plum tree and an adonis plant (the most popular plants for the New Year). On the right, at the top are two chidori with poem and below a sake barrel and a plum branch. The bottom two paintings are signed Hiroshige with Ichiryusai seal. In fact, there is another version of the chidori painting associated with a painting of a kago and lantern illustrated in the exhibition catalogue, Hiroshige – A Poetic Ukiyo-e Artist, Fukushima Minpo, 1971, no. 16. These are also possibly from the ends of a first edition set of prints. Hiroshige and Hiroshige II were known to make these paintings, presumably for special clients. Provenance: Ex Takeoka Toyota collection (1844-1931). The box dated (Taisho 11, 1922) and guaranteed by him. He was a famous collector from the Meiji to early Showa era. Paintings and mounts in very good condition.

 

 

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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)




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A small original painting of an old sage (possibly the poet Saigyo Hoshi [1118-1190]) seated, holding a bamboo pole and with a large hat on his back. He looks up wistfully at a mountain range with what appears to be a hanging bridge over a gorge. Light colour on silk; predominantly the pink, brown and sumi tints he was fond of. Image size 7.5 x 5.75 in; 19 x 14.5 cms. Provenance: From the estate of Jeanne Nicole Ledoux, daughter of Jean Pierre Ledoux, who was the son of the famous ukiyo-e collector Louis V. Ledoux. Mounted as a kakemono. In good condition. Signed Hachijukyusai Manji hitsu, “Brush of old man Manji, aged eighty-nine years.” And with seal Hyaku (“Hundred”). A fan painting in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, acc. No. 11.7470, has the same seal and signature.

 

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Hishikawa MORONOBU (C. 1618-1694)




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An important figure and pioneer of the ukiyo-e school. He was born into a family of embroiderers and textile dyers at Hota in Awa Province, but departed for Edo, c. 1658, to study painting. A prolific artist, he illustrated a large number of books, as well as being the first to design single-sheet prints. Turned to painting c. 1670. Shows a promenading beauty, knees slightly bent and the long face typical of Moronobu. The delicately painted kimono has serrated roundels with images of Heian court life or abstract patterns interspersed with small gold flower heads.

 

An original painting on silk, image size 23.5 x 10.75 in; 59.75 x 27 cms with an old elaborately embroidered mount. Unsigned, as is often the case with 17th century paintings. In very good condition.

 

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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)




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An original painting by Hokusai showing wild boars, a parent and baby. Another “Wild Boar in the Moonlight” painting is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, acc. No. 11.7430, ex William Sturgis Bigelow collection. The same broad background brushstroke shading is found on both paintings. Illustrated in Idemitsu Museum of Arts, vol. 9, Ukiyo-e Paintings, Kikuchi Sadao, 1976, pl. 84, p. 57. It was originally in the inventory of Yabumoto Soshiro, the largest antique dealer in Tokyo after he moved from Kyoto in the second half of the 20th century. Sumi and light colour on paper, 12.75 x 22 in; 32.4 x 56 cms. Signed Gakyorojin Manji hitsu rei hachi-ju-ichi (“at the age of 81”) with Fumoto-no-saki seal, so probably painted for the year of the boar, 1839. There are other paintings with the same signature and seal, e.g. The Harari Collection of Japanese Paintings and Drawings, volume 2, Jack Hillier, Lund Humphries, 1970, no. 142 “The Comet,” p. 258.

 

In very good condition. Recently remounted and sold with the old Edo-era box.

 

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Kishi RENZAN (1805-1859)




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An original painting by Renzan, also known as Gantoku. He was adopted by the Kishi family and trained by his father-in-law, Kishi Ganku, who founded the Kishi school. His fellow pupils were Yokoyama Kazan and Minwa Bumpo. After Ganku’s death, he became the leader of the school together with Gantai. Highly regarded in Japan, he painted the walls of the Room of the Wild Geese in the Kyoto Imperial Palace. Shows a fierce tiger, very much in the style of Ganku. This subject is usually found as a diptych with a dragon. But this painting seems to stand alone and was probably painted for a year of the tiger, 1842 (?). Sumi and light colour on silk. 37 x 14 in.; 94 x 35.5 cms. Interestingly, Renzan designed a surimono of this subject also for a Tiger year, 1842 or 1854.

 

Signed Kishi Bunshin with upper seal Kishi Bunshin and lower seal unread. In good condition although mount somewhat creased.

 

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Teisai HOKUBA (1771-1844)




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A large original painting, full colour on paper, 49 x 22.5 in; 124.5 x 57 cms. Shows a beauty caught in an autumnal breeze, the tree above shedding its leaves. One of Hokusai’s earliest and best pupils and, apart from painting , is also known for his surimono and book illustration. Famous for his meticulous paintings of beauties, Hokuba also produced these loose impromptu paintings using rapid brushstrokes. Painted in Bunka period (1804-1818).

 

Some slight rubbing of paper at top, but in surprisingly good condition given its size. Newly mounted. Signed Hokuba ga with Hokuba seal.

 

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Watanabe SEITEI ( 1852-1918 )




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Seitei ( Shotei ) specialised in kachoga; was famous in this area, and regarded as the leading exponent. Technically brilliant. Shows two tancho ( “red crest” ) Japanese cranes flying down to a field suffused with the yellow of ripening rice. This 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.Full colour on silk, 46 x 19.5 in; 117 x 49.5 cms. One small spot and minor loss of gofun on the rice, otherwise very good condition.


Signed and sealed Seitei.  A beautiful composition.


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Katsukawa SHUNSHO ( 1726-1792 )




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An extremely important painting by one of the most important artists of his day. One of the great ukiyo-e print designers – especially of actor prints. He lived in Edo and first studied under Katsukawa Shunsui and Ko Sukoku. Little is known of his private life. He had many able pupils including Hokusai. The seal he used had Hayashi on the side of a jar ( tsubo ), hence he was called Tsubo. In 1776, together with Kitao Shigemasa, illustrated the famous book Seiro bijin awase sugata kagami. Also the Ehon butai ogi with Buncho in 1770.


This was one of the paintings chosen to be exhibited at the Isetan Department Store to commemorate the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. The exhibit arranged by The Mainichi Newspapers. A committee consisting of Mr. Seiichiro Takahashi, president of the Japan Art Academy, Mr. Issho Tanaka, director of the Tokyo National Cultural Assets Research Institute, Mr. Seiroku Noma, an historian, Mr. Muneshige Narasaki, chairman of the Ukiyoe Association, Mr. Sadao Kikuchi of the Tokyo National Museum, Mr. Teruji Yoshida, an Ukiyoe connoisseur, Mr. Fusui Kaneko, an Ukiyoe connoisseur, Mr. Yasunosuke Ogiwara, an Ukiyoe connoisseur, and other collectors vetted all the paintings and they represented the best that could be put together at the time.  Full colour on silk including gold leaf. Exquisitly painted. Slightly creased otherwise in good condition. Double box with inscription in gold. Image size 39 x 12.5 in; 99 x 31.75 cms. Painted c 1781-9.


Signed Katsu Shunsho ga with seal. Ex collection Oda Eisaku, a famous art dealer and collector.



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Kawamura BUMPO (1779-1821)




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A pair of paintings, shosha and gyosha, a wood-chopper and fisherman in a mountainous landscape. Sumi on paper, image size 42.25 x 10.9 in; 108.3 x 27.7 cms. A highly talented Shijo painter and haiku poet who studied under Kishi Ganku and was much influenced by Chinese painting before developing his own individual style. Illustrated numerous ehon including Bumpo gafu, vols 1-3, 1807-13 (see following item); Kaido kyoka awase, 1811; Bumpo sansui gafu, 1824. Minor flaws but generally good condition. Each signed Bumpo with Nanzanju seal.

 

 

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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An original painting, sumi on paper, 35 x 11 in; 88.9 x 28 cms. A view of Matsuchiyama from Imadobashi with bands of low lying mist. This area is depicted on many Hiroshige prints. Painted c. 1850. In very good condition. The mounting cloth is wasarasa, Japanese batik, made at about the same time as this painting was made.

 

Signed Hiroshige hitsu with Ichiryusai seal.

 

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Manjiro HOKUGA (Fl. early to mid 19th century)




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A large original painting, full colour on silk, 11.5 x 34.5 in; 29.2 x 87.7 cms. Shows Tametomo, a famed archer of extraordinary strength who was exiled to Oshima by the Emperor. During his sojourn Tametomo discovered Onigashima, an island inhabited by devils who he subordinated. News of this reached the Emperor who sent a fleet of vessels to capture him. On sighting the nearest boat Tametomo fires an arrow and sinks the ship and three hundred men. There is a famous version of this subject painted by Hokusai in the BM (see Ukiyo-e Paintings in the British Museum, Timothy Clark, 1992, no. 96, p. 146). Hokuga, a pupil of Hokusai, specialised in surimono. Probably Hokuga’s masterpiece.

 

 

Silk slightly darkened, otherwise very good condition. Recently remounted. Signed Manjiro Hokuga with seals Hoku Ga.

 

 

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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)




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An original painting showing Hotei, the God of happiness and one of the Seven Gods of Good Luck (Shichi-fuku-jin). The corpulent Hotei reclines contentedly smoking a long pipe. Beside him is his huge bag (hotei literally means “cloth bag”) which contained the treasures and food he dispersed. Sumi and light colour on paper, 15.25 x 9 in; 38.5 x 23 cms. Presumably from a hand scroll. A spurious Hokusai seal to the right. Paper browned and soiled. Sold “as is” with all imperfections.

 

 

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

 

 




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A fine and important painting of the autumn moon at Ishiyama. Ishiyama Temple seen to the left and Seta Bridge to the right with Mount Fuji in the distance. The view is very close to that for the design Ishiyama no shugetsu, from the Omi Hakkei no uchi print set published c 1834 but the viewpoint moved round and slightly closer. The strange rocks which give their name to the temple are given prominence using a spontaneous brush. As with so much in Japan, the Eight Views theme comes from China and is based on the Eight Views of Xiaoxiang. Fine condition. Painted in sumi with light sumi and blue washes on ( the usual ) grey silk. Image size 16.25 x 23 in; 41.25 x 58.5 cms Fine new mount with futo-maki ( thick wooden roll to preserve the painting from damage ). New box. Signed Hiroshige with Ichiryusai seal.

 

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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An original painting, sumi and very light blue on silk, 40 x 15.25 in; 101.6 x 38.7 cms. Shows the moon reflected in the Tama river with spring ayu (sweet water fish) swimming beneath Japanese papyrus growing in the water.

 

A beautiful painting. One small foxing mark, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige hitsu with Ichiryusai seal.

 

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Shibata GITO (1780-1819)




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A fine Shijo handscroll, sumi and light colour on paper, 11.13 x 423.5 in; 28.26 cm x 10.76 metres. Gito was an early pupil of Goshun who, although he died young, produced enough work to show him to be a highly gifted artist with great ability in landscape, figure and kacho-e. Shows various Kyoto activities and festival preparations. Signed Gito utsusu with hand-drawn seals. There is also a dedication signed and dated, Bunka 8 (1811) February, by Kamono Suetaka (1754-1841) a scholar of Japanese philology and philosophy (Kokugakusha) and also a poet who lived in Kyoto and was presumably a friend of Gito.

 

Light edge stains, otherwise very good condition. These early quality handscrolls are now very difficult to find.

 

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Kubo SHUNMAN (1757-1820)




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An original painting showing a sparrow taunting a horned owl. Shunman, a man of great sophistication, produced few prints (indeed, as Jack Hillier pointed out [The Japanese Print: A New Approach, pp. 102-104]: “Probably no artist except Choki has achieved so high a reputation on such a small number of prints.”); but is known for his fine surimono. Also excelled at writing, light verse, book illustration and painting of mainly bijin, making the subject matter here rare for him. However, the subject was also used for a surimono by him showing an owl on a flowering magnolia branch. Sumi and the characteristically light and subtle use of colour on silk, 36 x 11.5 in; 91.5 x 29.2 cms. Inscription above by Rosanjin. In very good condition having been remounted. Signed and sealed Shunman.


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Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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An original painting of a somewhat benign Raijin, the god of thunder and lightening. His geta are on a shelf and a cat watches him. There appears to be a cloth-covered mirror at the extreme left. This could almost be some sort of green room view. Zeshin was the greatest lacquerer of the 19th century. Also a highly skilled painter, often using lacquer on his paintings. Sumi on creped silk, 32.25 x 6 in; 81.9 x 15.2 cms. A diagonal joining of two pieces of the silk make up the length. In good condition. Signed Zeshin with largeTairyukyo seal. Painted c. 1885.

 

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Kishi GANTAI (1782-1865)




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A superb large gajo (11 x 8 in; 28 x 20.4 cms) of tour de force paintings folding out to comprise: 30 two-sheet designs; 14 four-sheet designs; 2 six-sheet designs; 1 eight-sheet design, making a total of 136 sheets in sumi and light colour on paper. Gantai was the son and pupil of Ganku, and together with his brother, Renzan, carried on the Kishi school tradition. With his father, worked on the paintings for the new Kanazawa Castle in 1809. A highly accomplished painter, especially of kachoga. A variety of subjects are covered in this album, many of them the standard repertoire required of such artists to show their skill. In extremely good condition with high quality boards and gold end papers. Signed Chikuzennosuke Gantai with seals Gantai and Kunchin. See also the large deer painting on this update.

 

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Numata GESSAI (UTAMASA) (1787-1864)




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An original painting showing a geisha looking back over her shoulder as though surprised. The kimono is beautifully painted with waves and cherry blossom in gofun. Full colour on paper, 50 x 20.25 in; 127 x 51.4 cms. He first studied under Maki Bokusen, then Hokusai during his stay in Nagoya. In the 1840s he was a pupil of Cho Gessho finishing by studying the nanga manner under Yamamoto Baiitsu. Another example is in the MFA, acc no. 11.7340, ex William Sturgis Bigelow collection. In very good condition and newly mounted. Signed Gessai with seal Utamasa.

 

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Imao KEINEN (1845-1924)




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Probably the best known artist of his time and famous for his realistic depictions of birds and flowers. Two koi or carp swim beneath a rock with an overhanging white mountain rose. Ink, colour, gofun and gold on silk. Original mount with ivory rollers. A double kiri-wood box inscribed by Keinen’s son Keisho with date Showa 13, 1938 and a guarantee of authenticity. He entitles the painting Nobara yuri, “Koi playing under a wild rose.” Image size: 44.5 x 14.5 in; 113 x 36.5 cms. Slight crease, otherwise good condition. Signed Keinen.


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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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An important original Hiroshige painting. Sumi and colour on grey silk, 22.5 x 13.75 inches, 57 x 35 cms. An atmospheric scene showing an evening view at Tamegawa. Villagers hurrying home across a bridge to avoid an approaching thunderstorm. Lightning flashing above. This is a well known painting and has been illustrated in a number of books, including Ukiyo-e Art, Number 18, Memorial Exhibition of Hiroshige, The Japan Ukiyo-e Society, 1968, pl.20. Very good condition; fully mounted with double box and ivory ends. Signed Hiroshige fude with Ichiryusai seal. Hiroshige signature c. 1848- 52.

 

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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)




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A fine painting, sumi on paper, showing three crows on the boughs of a willow tree. Crows were one of Kyosai’s favourite subjects and, apart from paintings, he used them in various formats: fan prints, oban and dai-oban prints. There are also numerous copies of his crow paintings. Signed Kyosai ga. 51 x 18.5 inches, 129.5 x 47 cms. Very good condition with original mount and rollers.


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Maki BOKUSEN (1736-1814)




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A fine original painting, full colour on silk, 40.5 x 12.5 in; 102.9 x 31.7 cms showing a beauty reading a long (love ?) letter. Her maid on the floor beside her. Bokusen was a pupil of both Utamaro and Hokusai although he had an independent style with Hokusai elements in his painting. He was not only a painter but printmaker and book illustrator with such books as: Bokusen gafu (1809), Hitoyo banashi (1810) etc. Painted c1810s.

 

Very good condition. Signed and sealed Bokusen. See my Blog on this update.

 

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Katsukawa SHUNSHO (1726?-1792)




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An original painting, sumi and full colour on silk, 32.25 x 10 in; 82 x 25.5 cms. An important print artist and his paintings being considered one of the glories of Ukiyo-e. Produced a considerable number of hosoban actor prints from the late 1760s on as well as collaborating on the Ehon butai ogi illustrated book with Buncho in 1770 and Seiro bijin awase sugata kagami with Kitao Shigemasa in 1776. He had many pupils including Shunko, Shun’ei and Hokusai. Shows a court beauty reclining and reading a book. The painting of the face, hair and the lacquer stand holding the cloth screen are exceptional. Painted c. 1789. In very good condition.

 

 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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An original painting, sumi and light colour on silk, 13.5 x 20.5 in; 34.5 x 52 cms. Shows the renowned Husband and Wife rocks, Meoto Iwa, “Married Couple Stones,” off Futami, Mie, Japan. At this time – c. late 1840s – many thin ropes were used to tie the couple together. They are now joined by a single large shimenawa – a rope of rice straw. The larger (male) rock called Izanagi has a small torii at the top. The smaller (female) rock is called Izanami. They are sacred to the Shinto religion and worshippers flock to the neighbouring Futami Okitama Shrine, which is dedicated to the food goddess Miketsu. The ancient Shinto custom of worshipping stones is called Iwakura. A fine Hiroshige painting.

 

 

Signed Hiroshige ga with large Ichiryusai seal. In good condition with interesting old mount.

 

 

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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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 course) otherwise good condition. Old mount with bamboo ends.

 

 

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Utgawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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An original drawing, being a preparatory sketch for a painting, sumi and red under-drawing on paper, mounted as a kakemono. Image size 10.5 x 13 in; 26.5 x 33 cms. An unusual view of the Husband and Wife rocks, Meoto Iwa, “Married Couple Stones,” off Futami, Mie, Japan. They are sacred to the Shinto religion and worshippers flock to the neighbouring Futami Okitama Shrine, which is dedicated to the food goddess Miketsu. In this drawing the emphasis is on the worshippers and travellers seen here in the centre and right.

 

 

In very good condition. A spurious signature and seal bottom right. There are others drawings with the same signature and seal on otherwise perfectly genuine works.

 

 

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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A fine original painting by Hiroshige I, sumi on silk, image size 38 x 12.5 in; 96.5 x 31.75 cms. Shows an avenue of trees leading to a small bridge beneath a torii; bands of mist, and, in the distance, another torii and a lake or open sea with sails. A beautiful composition. I have not been able to identify the location: It was not unknown for Hiroshige to paint imaginary landscapes or use poetic license.

 

Signed Hiroshige ga with Ichiryusai seal. In very good condition having been recently remounted.

 

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Mori SOSEN (1747-1821)




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An original fan painting of a baby tanuki amongst autumn grasses and beneath a full moon. Sosen was a close observer of nature (even, it is said, living for a while in the woods to closely observe the animals). He is best known for his monkey paintings, of which there are many copies. The tanuki, or Japanese raccoon dog, is frequently depicted in Japanese art and mentioned in the folklore. It was reputed to be a mischievous creature and a master of disguise. Sumi and colour on a gold-flecked paper ground; 8 x 20.5 in; 20.5 x 52 cms. Mounted as a scroll. Old mount and box. An inscription on the inside of the box reads: Kokou Souryo shintei, “Judged by Kokou Souryo.” On the outside the inscription reads: Shunsou-tanuki-senmen, “Autumn grass tanuki fan.”

 

Sosen hitsu. Painted c. 1800. Signed Sosen with seals Shusho. Good overall condition.

 

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Hishikawa MOROSHIGE (Fl. 1684-1704)




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An original painting showing a go game being watched by beautifully attired ladies. Moroshige was the senior pupil of Hishikawa Moronobu, and, it is said, was the father of Furuyama Moromasa. Sumi and full colour with extensive gold on silk; 10.75 x 15 in; 27.5 x 38 cms. Newly remounted with futomaki and box. Provenance: Ex William Sturgis Bigelow collection. He was one of the first Americans to live in Japan and much of his extensive collection went to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. His original seal has been affixed to the side of the box.

 

Painted c. 1700. In very good condition. Rare: A fine painting and nice subject.

 

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Watanabe SEITEI (1852-1918)




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Seitei ( Shotei ) specialised in kachoga; was famous in this area, and regarded as the leading exponent. Technically brilliant. A complete set of three paintings showing, right, Hana shobu, “ Iris Flower; centre, Matsu ni koi, “Pine Tree and Carp”; and left, Shobu, “Iris.” Each painting in full colour on silk, image size 47.5 x 20 inches; 120.75 x 51 cms. Signed Seitei. Fine condition. With original double box, signed and sealed.



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Kikukawa EIZAN (1787-1867)




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An original painting by Eizan who was the leading exponent of bijinga in the early 1800s producing many fine oban, triptych and shunga designs. He founded the Kikukawa School. Surprisingly, given his output of prints, his paintings are rare. This beautiful example, full colour on silk, 35 x 14.5 in; 88.9 x 36.8 cms, shows a courtesan reading a letter. Her sumptuous clothes are restrained in pattern and colour before the excesses of later years and other artists. Another example, not as fine as offered here, is in the Tokyo National Museum and is illustrated in their catalogue Ukiyo-e Painting Exhibition, 1993, no. 72, p. 64. The British Museum has a very slight painting of a beauty by Eizan illustrated in Ukiyo-e Paintings in the British Museum, Timothy Clark, Smithsonian Institution, 1992, no. 148, p. 195. One other fine example is illustrated in Masterpieces of ukiyo-e paintings from the Weston collection, various authors, 2015, no. 106, p. 161. Painted c. 1815-25. Signed Kikukawa Eizan hitsu with seals Kikukawa and Toshinobu. In very good condition having been recently remounted.

 

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Teisai HOKUBA (1771-1844)




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One of the outstanding pupils of Hokusai, his paintings rated next below the master’s, and also one of the earliest, together with Hokkei and Shinsai. Designed some fine surimono, also kyoka books. But best known for his highly accomplished kakemono of bijin, often set against well known places in Edo. This pair of paintings shows, right, a beauty beneath a cherry tree, Sakura; and, left, a beauty on a small jetty beneath a maple tree, Momiji. Beautifully presented with old mounts and box. Full colour on silk. Image sizes 39.75 x 13.5 in; 101 x 34.5 cms. In extremely good condition with beautiful details on the costumes of the two bijin. Each painting signed Teisai with seals Tei Sai. Probably c 1830’s when his finest work is considered to have been made.

 

 

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)



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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.

 

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