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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jan 23, 2023 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes



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Wakasa, Gyosen karei-ami, “Fishing Boats and Flounder Nets in Wakasa [Province]” from a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshihei between 1853 and 1856, this being 1853. Fishing in Wakasa Bay. The highway between the Wakasa ports and Kyoto was nicknamed the “Mackerel Highway” because of the quantity of fish that was transported.

 

Very fine impression and colour. Light album backing, otherwise fine condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 

Status: Available

 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jan 23, 2023 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Hida, kago-watashi, “Basket Ropeway in Hida [Province]” from a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshihei between 1853 and 1856, this being 1853. Originating in China, Japan and northern India, travellers could cross deep ravines […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)

on Jan 23, 2023 in Available, Landscapes, New Acquisitions

Click here to view image full size. Shinshu Suwa-ko yatsume akauo wo to (ru). Shinshu (Shinano) Province from Shokoku meisho hyakkei, “Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” An uncompleted set of 81 prints published by Uoya Eikichi between 1859-1861 (this being 1860). A winter scene showing figures catching lampreys, eels and red rockfish […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jan 23, 2023 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Mimasaka, Yamabushidani, “Mimasaka [Province], Yamabushi Valley.” Travellers caught in heavy wind and rain in the valley. Hiroshige II also produced an excellent version of this design. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by b […]

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Shows Sasaki Saburo Moritsuna, holding a dirk in his mouth, and strangling the fisherman Fujidayu. From an untitled set published by Kawaguchi-ya Uhei, c 1825-30. The story revolves around Moritsuna bribing the fisherman to reveal the whereabouts of the shallows at Fujito, a strait separating Kojima from the […]

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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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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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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1812-1866)

Click here to view image full size. A diptych showing the strong woman Oiko of Takashima. The story tells how the wrestler Saeki Urinaga spies her one day fetching water from the river. He lecherously reaches for her only to have his arm pinned down by her as she nonchalantly carries on walking. She leads […]

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Katsukawa SHUN’EI (1762-1819)

Click here to view image full size. Shows the half-Chinese, half-Japanese hero Watonai overcomes a man-eating tiger in China by using a charm from the Ise Shrine. He holds a post with the characters reading Daijinga, “Grand Shrine” used in the inner and outer shrines at Ise. Published by Wakasaya Yoichi (Jakurindo), c 1810. Rare. […]

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Santo KYODEN (Kitao MASANOBU) (1761-1816)

on Jan 21, 2023 in Available, Highlights, 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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Ryuryukyo SHINSAI (1764-1820)

on Jan 21, 2023 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi and light colour on silk, 32 x 11 in; 81.3 x 28 csms. Shows three classes in Japanese society: Farmer’s wife, Priest and a Samurai, forced to shelter together at the entrance to a Shinto shrine from a sudden downpour of rain. Above, a […]

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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Jan 20, 2023 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

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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Kikugawa EIZAN (1787-1867)

on Jan 20, 2023 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. A triptych Furyu onna ryoushi, “Fashionable Fishing Women.” Shows beauties on the seashore collecting fish and loading them onto a boat for market. In the background, fishermen with nets. Published by Iwatoya Kisaburo (Eirindo), c 1817. The Japanese love seafood and, being surrounded by water, there is an […]

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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

on Dec 27, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A large original painting, full colour on silk, image size 48 x 21.75 in; 122 x 55.25 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 […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Dec 26, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Kisoji no Yamagawa, “Mountain River on the Kiso Road.” One of Hiroshige’s most iconic images: Snow from an untitled set of three Setsugekka (“Snow, Moon, Flowers”) triptychs. The other two being Moon at Kanazawa and Whirlpools at Awa. The Setsugekka theme was taken from a poem by Tang […]

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Kubo SHUNMAN (1757-1820)

on Dec 25, 2022 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. Chobu, Province of Musashi from an exquisite set of six prints showing graceful young women, girls and, in two instances, young men representing the Six Crystal (Tama) Rivers. These streams were noted for the purity of their water. The prints are in benigirai style, “red avoiding,” a technique […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Dec 24, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Bikunibashi setchu, “Bikuni Bridge in Snow.” From the set Meisho Edo hyakkei, “One Hundred Views of Edo.” The set published by Uoya Eikichi 1856-58 (this being 1858). Bikuni Bridge was known for its cheap restaurants. On the right is a sign advertising that imo are roasted whole. (Yakimono […]

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Okumura MASANOBU (1686-1764)

on Dec 23, 2022 in Actors, Available, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. One of the most influential and innovative print designers, publishers and painters. He is also credited with inventing the hashira-e as well as being the first to use multiple-block printing. A wide hashira-e (habahiro hashira-e, 24 x 6 in; 61 x 15 cms) showing the actor Sanogawa Ichimatsu […]

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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 27, 2022 in Available, Highlights, 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 Nov 27, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Tosa, kaijo katsuo tsuri, “Tosa [Province], Bonito Fishing at Sea.” From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshu meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshihei between 1853 and 1856, this being 1855. Tosa, located on the southern coast of the island […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 27, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Omi, Biwako Ishiyamadera, “Ishiyama Temple and Lake Biwa in Omi [Province].”From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshihei between 1853 and 1856, this being 1853. Moonlight on Lake Biwa is one of the iconic […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 27, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Kozuke, Harunasan setchu, “Kozuke [Province], Mount Haruna Under Snow.” From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshihei between 1853 and 1856, this being 1853. A red bridge spans a gorge with precipitous cliffs and […]

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Kyusempo Sakucho (Chin: Suo Chao) at the battle of Peking from Tsuzoku Suikoden goketsu hyaku-hachi-nin no hitori, “The Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Suikoden, One by One.” Based on the Chinese novel Shui Hu Zhuan, attributed to Shi’Nai’an, which tells of a band of 108 brigands […]

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. Shows the fearsome female warrior, Fujinoye, defending Takadachi Castle in 1189. In a rain of arrows she attacks Yemoto Juro and Nagasawa Uyemon-taro on the castle steps. From the set Honcho Suikoden goyu happyaku-nin no hitori, “Eight Hundred Heroes of our Country’s Suikoden, One by One.” Published by […]

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the famous battle on Gojo Bridge. The story relates how Benkei only needs one more blade to add to the 999 he has wrenched from samurai attempting to cross the bridge in order to fashion an invincible weapon. He meets Ushiwaka Maru (Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s […]

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Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the Shinto Storm God Susanoo about to slay the eight-headed dragon, Yamata no Orochi, at the head of the Hi River in pouring rain. The dragon devoured virgins and had eaten the seven daughters of two earthly deities, seen top right. The eighth, Kushi-inada-hime, also […]

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Kitagawa FUJIMARO (1790-1850)

on Nov 25, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, full colour on silk, image size 35.25 x 13.5 in; 89.5 x 34.5 cms. Fujimaro was a talented late pupil of Utamaro. More than a dozen paintings are recorded by him including an example in the Portland Art Museum, acc. number 69.51. His best-known work […]

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Kishi GANTAI (1782-1865)

on Nov 25, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An extremely large painting, 55.5 x 32 in; 141 x 81.3 cms, sumi and light colour on silk. Shows a pair of Sika deer, their summer coats spotted and white. Gantai was the son and pupil of Ganku, and together with his brother, Renzan, carried on the Kishi […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2022 in Available, Flora and Fauna, Highlights

Click here to view image full size. A pheasant on a snow-covered pine. Published by Kawaguchi Shozo, c. 1830s (seal top left).     Fine impression and colour. Minimal trimming, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige hitsu.     Status: Available

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Utgawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 22, 2022 in Available, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. Kurodai, black sea bream (Acantho pagus schlegeli) and akadai, red bream (Pagus tumifrons) together with bamboo shoots and Japanese pepper. Poems by Tomigaki Uchiyasu and Kaoan Hoshi. From the first series of ten plus one prints published by Eijudo, c. 1832-34. The set was issued privately for a […]

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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Oct 16, 2022 in Available, Beauties, Highlights

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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Keisai EISEN (1790-1848)

on Oct 15, 2022 in Available, Flora and Fauna, Highlights

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 HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 14, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Hoki, ono Daisen enbo, “Hoki [Province], Distant View of Mount Daisen.” Shows rice-planting in the rain, with the volcanic mountain in the background. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshimuraya Heisuke between 1853 […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 14, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Kameido Tenmangu keidai no yuki, “The Compound of the Tenman Shrine at Kameido in Snow.” From a set of twenty-one prints Toto meisho, “Famous Views in the Eastern Capital” published by Sanoya Kihei, c 1834-5. The series was extended to fifty-five in c 1839-42. One of the most […]

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 14, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Tango Province, Amanohashidate (“Bridge to Heaven”). One of Japan’s three scenic views. The sandbar, located in Miyazu Bay, is said to resemble a pathway connecting heaven and earth. Also known for its fine pine trees. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshi meisho zue, “Famous Places […]

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Oct 13, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original fan painting, 6.5 x 17.5 in; 16.5 x 44.5 cms. Sumi and colour on treated paper. Shows a kappa appearing from the Sumidagawa and terrifying a man who runs for his life. Kappa were amphibious creatures found in rivers and ponds. Their bodies were covered with […]

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Hishikawa MOROSHIGE (FL. 1684-1704)

on Oct 13, 2022 in Available, Highlights, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting showing a high-ranking samurai household at leisure. Moroshige was the senior pupil of Hishikawa Moronobu, and, it is said, was the father of Furuyama Moromasa. Sumi and full colour with gold additions on paper. 11.5 x 19 in; 29 x 48.25 cms. This is most […]

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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839 – 1892)

Click here to view image full size. Watanabe no Tsuna on horseback in the rain. One of the finest designs from Wakan hyaku monogatari. Published by Daikin, 1865/2.   Fine impression and colour. Minor wormage otherwise very good condition. Signed Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi ga. Status: Available

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

Click here to view image full size. The warrior Hitentaisei Rikon (Chin: Li Gun) in armour and holding a hand spear (nage-yari) the use of which he excelled at. He scans the horizon from a craggy outcrop. From the set Tsuzoku Suikoden goketsu hyaku-hachi-nin no hitori, “The Hundred and Eight Heroes of the Popular Suikoden, […]

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Utagawa YOSHITSUYA (1822-1866)

Click here to view image full size. A triptych with title Taiheike Yakiyama-Goye no zue, “Picture of the Slope of Burning Mountain in the Taiheiki.” Shows the Japanese Daimyo Sato Masakiyo (Kato Kiyomasa), who was a leading general in Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s invasion of Korea, far left, and his men encountering a monstrous serpent surrounded by […]

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