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Imao KEINEN (1845-1924)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings




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An original painting, sumi on paper, image size 54 x 19.5 in; 137 x 49.5 cms. A pupil of Umegawa Tokyo and Suzuki Hyakunen. Keinen was an important figure in Kyoto art circles and considered the pre-eminent kachoga (bird and flower) artist at the end of the 19th century winning many prizes at home and abroad. Best known for his 4 volume Keinen kacho gafu, “Album of Bird and Flower Pictures by Keinen” published 1891-2. Shows two peacocks standing on a rocky outcrop. Peacocks were a popular subject for artists who could display their prowess at painting, the results often being sumptuously rendered. However, Keinen opts for a freer style in sumi only. Keinen was also known as a keen horticulturist and a bonsai expert. Original kiri wood box inscribed by him on the inside of the lid and guaranteeing the painting as being genuine. Outer lacquer box. In very good condition. Signed Keinen with seal.

 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi and light colour on paper, image size 13.5 x 20 in; 34.3 x 50.8 cms. Shows the Shiraito no Taki waterfall at Hakone. The water, originating from Mount Fuji, flows over the edge of a 20 meter high cliff in thin white streams reminiscent […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi on paper, image size 36.75 x 12 in; 93.3 x 31.7 cms. A draughtsman of great dexterity with a wild, often bizzare, imagination. Loved sake, sometimes painting under its influence. At an early stage studied under Kuniyoshi, then Maemura Towa and later Kao Chinshin […]

 
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Yashima GAKUTEI (1786?-1868)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Surimono

Click here to view image full size. A surimono, Komatsu Shigemori, from the Heike Monogatari. One of a set with series title: Honchoren honcho nijushiko, “Twenty-four Japanese Paragons of Filial Piety for the Honcho Circle.” Issued by the Honchoren poetry club, c. 1821. Shows Taira no Kiyomori (1118-81) seated in an alcove being admonished by […]

 
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Yashima GAKUTEI (1786-1868)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Surimono

Click here to view image full size. A surimono, Ni, Yukiwake no Wakanaya uchi Koromode, “Number Two: The Snow Clothes of Koromode of the Wakanaya” from the pentaptych entitled Hisakataya Nakanocho, “The Nakanocho for the Hisakataya Poetry Club.” Issued c. 1827. Shows the oiran Koromode of the Wakanaya parading with her Shinzo and another courtesan […]

 
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Totoya HOKKEI (1780-1850)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Surimono

Click here to view image full size. A surimono showing the poetess Kiyogaki standing on Mukaigaoka Hill overlooking a frozen Shinobazu Pond with the shrine of Benten. (And since the snake was the messenger of Benten, this print was probably issued for Snake Year 1833.) Two poems by Tojuen Kiyogaki and Yayoian.   Fine impression […]

 
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Yashima GAKUTEI (1786-1868)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Surimono

Click here to view image full size. A surimono showing Li Kui (Jap: Ri Ki), one of the brigands from the One Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Water Margin (the Suikoden). He was nicknamed the “Black Whirlwind” and is usually shown wielding two giant axes (as here). From a set Suiko Juban, “Ten […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

Click here to view image full size. A chuban print showing two house swallows and wisteria. Although Hiroshige is recognised as one of the pre-eminent landscape artists, many of his most beautiful designs are in the uchiwa-e format and kachoga.   Fine impression and colour. Several expertly repaired wormholes, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige […]

 
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Torii KIYOMITSU (1735-1785)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An hosoban showing two female travellers and their man-servant crossing a river beside a waterwheel, a giant sun on the horizon, the ancient symbol of Japan. Very few prints show waterwheels, the best known being Hokusa’s waterwheel at Onden from the 36 Views of Fuji set. They were […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Fans, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. An uchiwa-e showing Sawamura Gennosuke II as Ushiwakamaru and Ichikawa Danjuro VII as Benkei battling on Gojo Bridge. In fact, this shows a dance with title Soga matsuri musashi no surimono from a play performed at the Kawarasaki-za Theatre, 5/1831. The dance is today called Hashi Benkei, “Benkei […]

 
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Suzuki HARUNOBU (1724-1770)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, New Acquisitions, Shunga

Click here to view image full size. A couple in flagrante on an open engawa which has a large bowl of goldfish. There were many attempts by the Tokugawa Shogunate (1603-1868) to suppress shunga with edicts issued in 1661, 1722 and the 1790s. None of these were particularly effective and production usually resumed with most […]

 
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Torii KIYONAGA (1752-1815)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. One of the great Ukiyo-e artists exemplifying what is called the classical school. He was a pupil of Kiyomitsu and was adopted by the Torii family, inheritating the estate, and was the last major member of the Torii School. From a set Jittai e-fuzoku, “Ten Forms of Manners […]

 
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Kitagawa KIKUMARO (c. 1753-1830)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A bust portrait of the courtesan Agemaki of the Miuraya House compared to the poet Fun’ya no Yasuhide, one of the Six Immortal Poets (and shown in the roundel above). Obviously a set of six prints published by Maruya Bun’emon. It can be dated to 1802-4 because the […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A stone lantern strongly illuminating a beauty reading a missive from a set Tsuki no kage shinobiau yoru, “Secret Meetings by Moonlight.” Published by Yamamotoya Heikichi c. 1836-38 and is based on strong light sources shining on beauties. This chiaroscuro technique was pioneered by Shumman and used by […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A woman putting out a floor lamp from a set Tsuki no kage shinobiau yoru, “Secret Meetings by Moonlight.” Published by Yamamotoya Heikichi c. 1836-38 and is based on strong light sources shining on beauties. This chiaroscuro technique was pioneered by Shumman and used by Utamaro and Toyokuni […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. A woman peering through a gap in a shoji from a set Arigataki miyo no kage e “Shadow Pictures for Our Blessed Times.” Published by Maruya Seijiro c. 1845-6 and is based on strong light sources shining on beauties. This chiaroscuro technique was pioneered by Shumman and used […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Actors, Available, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Onoe Baiko III (Kikugoro III) as the vengeful ghost of Kasane appearing to haunt her husband Yagoro who had murdered her after getting tired of her ugliness. From the play Kuruwa kuruwa date no oyose performed at the Ichimura Theatre 2/1836. Title: Kokon misou kufu no yurei, “Famous […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

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 KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Sasai Kyuzo Masayasu enveloped in smoke and avoiding musketry at the battle of Anegawa. The best design 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 […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Six cats, the last sheet of a triptych Tatoe zukushi no uchi, “Proverbs Illustrated by Cats.” Examples being: “Bonito to a cat,” “Coin to a cat,” “Not even a cat would eat it.” Published 1852 by Kagaya Yasubei. Bob-tailed and calico cats were common in the Edo period. […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Koshibe no Sugaru amidst a thunderbolt and lightning captures a raiju (thunder monster) in the village of Toyora. Toyora no sato ni rai o torau. Its body was composed of lightning and usually in the form of a wolf or dog. Its cry sounded like thunder. Raiju is […]

 
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Yashima GAKUTEI (1786?-1868)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Osaka Ajigawa niiyama fukei, “View of the Aji River and the New Mountain in Osaka” from a set of six prints Naniwa meisho Tenpozan hajimari no zu, “Fine Views of Mount Tenpo at a Glance.” The mountain (more a hill) and park was created by dredging the Aji […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Shows Hatsuhana’s long penance under the Tonozawa waterfall to aid her crippled husband “Hazari” Katsugoro who is intent on revenging his brother’s murder. Hatsuhana dies, Katsugoro is cured and kills his arch enemy near the waterfall. From the set Kenjo reppuden, “Stories of Wise and Virtuous Women.” Published […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Shows Matsuura Sayohime at the top of Kagami Mountain at Matsuura sadly watching her departing husband, Otomo no Sadehiko, on his way to Korea. It’s told she prayed with such fervour that she was turned to stone. From the set Kenjo reppuden, “Stories of Wise and Virtuous Women.” […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Fukagawa, Suzaki, Juman-tsubo, “The One Hundred Thousand Tsubo Plain, Suzaki, Fukagawa” from Meisho Edo hyakkei, “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.” The set published by Uoya Eikichi between 1856 and 1859 (this being 1857). An eagle hovers over the snowy coastal plain, Mt Tsukuba and the Chiba mountains […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Atago shita Yabukoji, “Bamboo Lane Below Atago Hill” from Meisho Edo hyakkei, “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.” The set published by Uoya Eikichi between 1856 and 1859 (this being 1857). A snow scene showing figures beside a stream, Atago Hill was to the right and lay just […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Asakusa Kinryuzan, “The Kinryuzan Temple at Asakusa” from Meisho Edo hyakkei, “One Hundred Famous Views of Edo.” The set published by Uoya Eikichi between 1856 and 1859 (this being 1856). A snow scene showing the oldest Buddhist temple in the city, the Sensoji or Asakusa Kannon, built on […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Beauties, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. One of a set: Edo Murasaki meisho Genji, “Murasaki’s Genji in Famous Places of Edo.” Mitate Ukifune Sumidagawa no watashi, “A Parody of Ukifune Crossing the Sumida River.” Shows a beauty on a ferry crossing the Sumida River in heavy snow, representing Ukifune, one of the court ladies […]

 
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Keisai EISEN (1790-1848)

Click here to view image full size. A carp swimming among water-weed. The moon’s reflection in the blue water. There are various editions of this design: without the moon’s reflection; with and without the censor seal; with and without publisher’s seal; with and without currents in the water. Published by Ezakiya, c. 1843-6. Rare.   […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHIKATA (Fl. 1841-1864)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the second battle of Uji River on February 19th, 1184. The centre sheet shows Taira Minamoto Yoshitsune and Benkei with their horses leading the troops to defeat Minamoto no Yoshinaka. The bridge had been dismantled so the small army had to ford the river which […]

 
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Santo KYODEN (Kitao MASANOBU) (1761-1816)

on Aug 26, 2021 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A pair of original paintings, full colour on silk, image size 38.5 x 15.5 in; 97.75 x 39.5 cms. Shows a courtesan on the left with a portrait of a novelist on the right. The paintings are signed “By special request” and were presumably commissioned by the novelist […]

 
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TORII School (c. late 1750’s)

on Aug 26, 2021 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, full colour on paper with gold additions, image size 30 x 10 in; 76 x 25.5 cms. Shows a beauty holding up a puppet of the actor Bando Hikosaburo II. Painted c. late 1750s and possibly by Torii Kiyomitsu. In good condition with seal Torii. […]

 
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Hishikawa MOROSHIGE (Fl. 1684-1704)

on Aug 26, 2021 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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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Aug 24, 2021 in Available, Beauties

Click here to view image full size. A courtesan biting on a tissue about to write a love letter from the set Ukiyoe jinsei tengankyo, “Types of the Floating World Seen Through a Physiognomist’s Glass.” The glass top right. These professionals who purported to look at people’s features and give counsel based on their countenance […]

 
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Keisai EISEN (1790-1848)

on Aug 24, 2021 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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Utagawa TOYOKUNI II (1777-1835)

on Aug 24, 2021 in Available, Beauties

Click here to view image full size. An aizuri (blue) print from a set Tosei bijin hana-awase, “Beauties of the Latest Fashion Compared to the Beauty of Flowers.” In this case kikyo flowers – the Chinese bellflower. Aizuri prints were the outcome of avoiding intermittent edicts promulgated by the bakufu prohibiting the number of blocks […]

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

Click here to view image full size. An important large brush drawing in red ink showing a full length figure wielding a stave at a cowering adversary. The standing figure has no sword or armour but is obviously a chivalrous man of great probity. The leaning attitude of the upright figure is typical of Hokusai […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Aug 20, 2021 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Seki and Kameyama from the chuban Muraichi Tokaido. The set of 56 prints published by Muraichi, 1852. Printed two-to-a-sheet uncut and probably from a complete proof set. Double censor’s seals Murata and Kinugasa and date seal 2ic/1852 top right.     Fine impressions with strong woodgrain showing. Fine […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Aug 20, 2021 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A snow scene: Yushima Tenjin sakaue chobo, “Hilltop View, Yushima Tenjin Shrine.” The shrine is dedicated to scholars and is near Ueno Park. 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 […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Aug 20, 2021 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 […]