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Keisai EISEN (1790-1848)

on May 27, 2022 in Available, Flora and Fauna



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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.

 

Fine impression and colour. Faint vertical folds and two areas of sumi, otherwise very good condition. Signed Keisai with seals Ippitsuan and Keisai.

 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Apr 24, 2022 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A snow scene: Fukagawa kiba, “Fukagawa Timber Yards.” The yards date back and are the result of the Meireki fire of 1657. Large amounts of wood was required for expanding Edo and the wood yards were moved to this area of swampland east of the Sumida River. From […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Apr 24, 2022 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Enshu Akiba enkei Fukuroi tako. Fukuroi, Enshu (Totomi) Province from the “Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” An uncompleted set of 81 prints published by Uoya Eikichi between 1859 – 1861 (this being 1859). Shows kite flying with a distant view of Mount Akiba. It has […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

Click here to view image full size. An important collection of original drawings by Kyosai laid into two accordion albums, opening horizontally, 13.5 x 10 inches. Approx 157 drawings ( one signed and sealed; one signed and dated [ 6th October Meiji 3,1870 ]; and one signed ). After the date is the place: Shinobazu […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (GYOSAI) (1831-1889)

on Mar 30, 2022 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A draughtsman of great dexterity with a wild, often bizarre, imagination. Loved sake, sometimes painting under its influence. At an early age studied under Kuniyoshi, then Maemura Towa and later Kano Tohaku Chinshin before becoming an independent painter at 27. Was famous for his crow paintings but also […]

 
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Kitagawa UTAMARO II (Fl. c 1807-1830s)

on Mar 6, 2022 in Available, Beauties

Click here to view image full size. A courtesan and her Shinzo from a set Edo murasaki edoru hinagata, “Models Designed in the Purple of Edo.” A bluish purple as opposed to the more reddish purple from Kyoto. A pigment that had been extremely expensive and reserved for the elite few, but became cheaper and […]

 
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Torii KIYONOBU II (Fl. c 1720s-1760)

on Mar 6, 2022 in Actors, Available

Click here to view image full size. An early print showing the actor Sawamura Harugoro as Soga no Goro. Another impression is in MFA, Boston, acc. no. 21.5656. Published by Hiranoya Kohachi c early 1740s. Ex collection Dr E.F. (1969). Rare.   Very good impression. Urushi beni-e with signs of hand-colouring (faded) and lacquered sumi. […]

 
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Adachi GINKO (Fl. 1874-1897)

on Mar 6, 2022 in Actors, Available

Click here to view image full size. The actor Onoe Kikugoro V in the role of the evil Asao no Tsubone in a story by Murai Teikichi from a set Kodan isseki; yomikiri tsuika, “Storytelling Complete in One; More Stories.” Published by Gusokuya Kahei, 1874. Shows Tsubone encircled by snakes who force her to reveal […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Mar 6, 2022 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. 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 […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Mar 6, 2022 in Available, 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 KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Feb 28, 2022 in Available, Warriors and Legends

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)

on Feb 28, 2022 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. The fifteen year old Otani Furuinosuke killing a giant boar with his bare hands. From a set Honcho Suikoden goyu happyakunin no hitori, “One of the Eight Hundred Heroes of the Water Margin of Japan.” Published by Kagaya Kichiemon c 1831. This is the first edition: It was […]

 
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Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912)

on Feb 28, 2022 in Available, Warriors and Legends

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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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Feb 22, 2022 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. The Dragon’s Maw Mountain, Bizen Province, Bizen tatsu-no-kuchiyama from an unfinished set Shokoku meisho hyakkei, “One Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces” published by Uoya Eikichi between 1859 and 1861 (this being 1860). Shows a lone figure battling a heavy rainstorm in a steep-sided canyon.   […]

 
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Katsukawa SHUN’EI (1762-1819)

on Jan 23, 2022 in Available, Warriors and Legends

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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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jan 21, 2022 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A night scene illuminated by a band of light from a hand-lantern. Shows Ushiwaka-maru (Yoshitsune) battling with the outlaw priest Kumasada Chohan and his band of thieves who were attempting to rob the inn where Yoshitsune was staying. Published by Ibaya Sensaburo, c. 1839-41. A fine design.   […]

 
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Nagasawa ROSETSU ( 1754-1799 )

on Jan 6, 2022 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting showing a white mouse and a spiny lobster on a tray. Rosetsu is considered one of the most important artists of the late Edo period but little is known of his short life ( he died at forty-five ) apart from the fact that he […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1797-1861)

on Dec 4, 2021 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A fine and interesting original painting, full colour on silk, 11.25 x 20.25 in; 28.5 x 51.5 cms. Shows a reclining beauty looking up at a cuckoo (hototogisu) flying in clouds. The cuckoo is the harbinger of the summer months. This painting, made c 1830, reflects Kunisada’s study, […]

 
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Santo KYODEN (Kitao MASANOBU) (1761-1816)

on Dec 4, 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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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi and colour on silk, 10.5 x 8.75 in; 26.7 x 22.2 cms. A beauty after a bath. Signed Toyokuni ga with his kakihan. In very good condition.   Status: Available   Click here to view image full size.

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Nov 23, 2021 in Available, Beauties

Click here to view image full size. Four koban surimono-style prints from a set Hyakunin bijo, “One Hundred Beauties.” No publisher’s seal but published by Mikawaya Seiemon (who specialised in these prints), c late 1820s. Kunisada designed a number of such sets in this format.   Fine impressions, colour and condition.   Status: Available  

 
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Utagawa YOSHIKAZU (Active c 1849-1867)

Click here to view image full size. Click here to view image full size. A five-sheet original drawing (hanshita-e) showing a parade of beauties before a wicker fence and blossom. Bigyoku imayo hanazoroi, “An Assortment of Modern Beautiful Gems as Flowers.” Nice brushwork on the sumptuous kimonos. Sumi with sumi wash and light touches of […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 31, 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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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

on Oct 30, 2021 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych, Nanba senki no uchi, “The Battle of Nanba,” showing the Buddhist monk Tenkai (1536-1643) chanting a spell, and Okubo Hikozaemon (1560-1639), both retainers of Tokugawa Ieyasu, at the great battle of Domyoji, Osaka, in 1615. Tokugawa Ieyasu’s army clashed with the Osaka army of Toyotomi Hideyori. […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Oct 30, 2021 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. Jigoku Dayu, the “Hell Courtesan” from the set Chuko meiyo kijin den, “Stories of Remarkable Persons of Loyalty and High Reputation.” Published by Iseya Ichiemon or Enshuya Matabei (this design) 1845. Robinson S35.3. She was a courtesan who found enlightenment through the Buddhist monk Ikkyu. (The fly-whisk she […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHIKAZU (Active c 1849-1867)

on Oct 30, 2021 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. Kato Kiyomasa (aka Masakiyo, 1562-1611) hunting man-eating tigers with his cohorts in Korea. Masakiyo ko toragari no zu. Kiyomasa had two expeditions to Korea in 1592 and 1597. Published by Hiranoya Shinzo, 1861.     Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Ichikawa Yoshikazu ga.     Status: Available […]

 
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Imao KEINEN (1845-1924)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. 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 […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Beauties

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 HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Landscapes

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 YOSHIKATA (Fl. 1841-1864)

on Oct 16, 2021 in Available, Warriors and Legends

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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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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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Aug 18, 2021 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. An o-tanzaku print, Yugao chapter from the fifty-four chapters of Genji, the Genji Monogatari. A tenth century romance written by Murasaki Shikibu. From a set Buyu nazoraye Genji, “Heroic Comparisons for the Chapters of Genji.” In this case showing Benkei creeping up on Ushiwaka on Gojo Bridge in […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 25, 2021 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. Saginoike Heikuro from Honcho Suikoden goyu happyaku-nin no hitori, “Eight Hundred Heroes of our Country’s Suikoden, One by One.” Shows the brigand wrestling with a huge serpent at the Lake of Sayama (or Hazama) at Tondabayashi in the Province of Kawachi. Published by Ibaya Sensaburo, c 1845. (First […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 25, 2021 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. Shows the warrior Chinsanzan Koshin (Chin: Huang Xin) holding the “Sword of Death.” His nickname was the “Guardian of the Three Mountains” because of his boast that he could easily eradicate the bandits from the three mountains in the Qingzhou region. . From the set Tsuzoku Suikoden goketsu […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 25, 2021 in Available, Warriors and Legends

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)

on Jul 25, 2021 in Available, Warriors and Legends

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)

on Jul 25, 2021 in Available, Beauties

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing beauties carrying brine in yoked buckets to be made into salt. From a set Mu Tamagawa, Mutsu no kuni chidori no Tamagawa, “Six Jewel Rivers, Plover Jewel River in Mutsu Province.” Also known as the Noda Jewel River. Above, a flock of chidori. The Mu […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 25, 2021 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A rare early Kuniyoshi triptych, Minamoto no Yorimitsu no Shitenno tsuchigumo taiji no dzu, showing Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Raiko) and his loyal retainers: Watanabe no Tsuna, Usui no Sadamitsu, Sakata no Kintoki and Urabe no Suetake killing the giant “Earth Spider.” Numerous versions exist of this story but […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Apr 21, 2021 in Available, Flora and Fauna

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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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Mar 29, 2021 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. The brigand Saginoike Heikuro Masatora plunging a short sword into a giant boar. He is usually depicted battling a giant snake. Published c 1834-5 by Sanoya Kihei. Republished by Uedaya Kyujiro. Robinson S1c.17.   Very good impression and colour. The title label at extreme left edge trimmed and […]