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Toyohara KUNICHIKA (1835-1900)

on Feb 23, 2021 in Available, Beauties




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A cho-oban (20 x 6.75 inches) print showing beauties fishing. The top figure has caught a crayfish. Each design interprets a haiku poem in red, top right. A set of 6 prints published by Matsui Eikichi, 1893. Rare.

 

 

Fine impression and colour. Slight creasing, otherwise fine condition. Signed Toyohara Kunichika hitsu.

 

 

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Shunchosai HOKUSHU (Active 1822-32)

on Feb 22, 2021 in Actors, Available

Click here to view image full size. Onoe Kikugoro III as the ghost of Oiwa in Irohagana yotsuya kaidan, “Ghost Story of Yotsuya.” Performed at the Kado Theatre, 1/1826. Probably the best known Japanese ghost story and has been made into a number of films. Tamiya Iemon, a masterless samurai, murders the wife he has […]

 
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Utgawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Dec 4, 2020 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 HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Dec 4, 2020 in Available, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. Shimadai, grouper (probably Chilodactylus zonatus) and ainame, greenling (Hexagrammus otakii) together with red-berried nanten. Poem by Kanshunro Nushibito. Probably the first edition (Kruml 18a). From the second series of fish published by Yamasho c. 1840-42.     Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.     Status: […]

 
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Ogata GEKKO (1859-1920)

on Dec 3, 2020 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the last stand of the Kusunoki Clan at the Battle of Shijonawate in 1348. The event took place during the Nanbokucho wars when the Kusunoki Masatsura forces of the Southern Imperial Court were attacked at Yoshino by the Northern forces led by Ko no Moroyasu. […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHIKAZU (Active 1850-1870)

on Dec 3, 2020 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Miinamoto no Yorimitsu (aka Raiko) and his retainers confronting the giant Earth Spider (Tsuchigumo – a form of spider-like yokai). After a fierce battle Yorimitsu cuts off the head of the spider and 1990 dead victims emerge from its stomach. A popular subject and there […]

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)

on Dec 2, 2020 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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Kishi GANTAI (1782-1865)

on Dec 1, 2020 in Available, 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 YOSHITORA (Active c. 1840-1880)

Click here to view image full size. An oban with title: Furyu saya-e: oiran, “Elegant Sheath-Pictures: Oiran.”A catoptric (mirror as opposed to an oblique) anamorphic print showing a parading courtesan. These prints were meant to be viewed in conical or cylindrical mirrors placed at the bottom of the image. The flat distorted image was then […]

 
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Ichiunsai KUNIHISA (1832-1891)

on Nov 23, 2020 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, full colour on paper with the black waistband heavily lacquered, image size 48 x 11 in; 122 x 28 cms. Shows a young beauty carrying a box. She wears an apron and has a towel slung over her shoulder, so is presumably an assistant in […]

 
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Yamamoto FUJINOBU (Active 1750-1770)

on Nov 23, 2020 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, full colour on paper, image size 32.25 x 7 in; 82 x 18 cms. Shows a parading courtesan with her kamuro. A painter and print artist whose prints were always published by Yamamoto Fusanobu giving rise to the theory that Fujinobu was a pseudonym of […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1826-1869)

on Nov 23, 2020 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A view of a smoking Mt Asama, Shinano Province, from Shokoku meisho hyakkei, the “One Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” Mt Asama is an active volcano which violently erupted in 1108. Subsequently there was another eruption in 1783 and since then there have been minor […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Nov 23, 2020 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Fujiwara no Hidesato being accompanied by a retinue of fish, octopuses and lobsters as he leaves the Dragon King’s Palace with the presents of inexhaustible rice, bolts of cloth, and a bell in gratitude for killing the centipede of Mount Mikami. Ryugujo Tawara Toda Hidesato […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYASU (1794-1832)

on Nov 23, 2020 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A triptych Soshu Enoshima Benzaiten Iwaya narabi sairei no zu, “Picture of Iwaya, the Main Shrine, Pilgrims to the Display of Benzaiten at Enoshima.” Enoshima island was a popular place to visit with the Iwaya caves and the shrine of the Buddhist goddess Benzaiten (Benten), goddess of the […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Oct 6, 2020 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. The best design from a set of half-length otokodate figures: Kuniyoshi moyo shofuda tsuketari genkin otoko, “Men of Ready Money with True Labels Attached, Kuniyoshi Fashion.” Here showing Danshichi Kurobei emptying a bucket of water over himself. Danshichi was a fishmonger in the city of Sakai who murdered […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Oct 6, 2020 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing the great wrestling match between Matano Goro Kagehisa and Kawazu Saburo Sukeyasu. The match was refereed by Ebina Gempachi and occurred during a hunting expedition organised by the general Minamoto no Yoritomo in 1176 near Mt. Akazawa. Kawazu was the eventual victor after a rematch, […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Oct 4, 2020 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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Hishikawa MOROSHIGE (FL. 1684-1704)

on Oct 3, 2020 in Available, 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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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

Click here to view image full size. Click here to view image full size. An original drawing by the first Toyokuni. An hanshita-e diptych for a published set of triptychs with title: Yakusha juni tsuki, “Actors in the Twelve Months.” Shows the actors (from the left) Bando Mitsugoro III holding a pipe; Iwai Hanshiro V […]

 
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Toba HIROMARU (Active 1804-1818)

on Sep 22, 2020 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting showing a parading courtesan. Sumi and colour on paper, 45.5 x 11.25 in; 115.5 x 28.5 cms. A rare artist of the Utagawa school. Probably a pupil of Utagawa Toyohiro. His extant paintings show a considerable talent with particularly attenuated faces. Another example is in […]

 
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Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912)

on Sep 22, 2020 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A triptych Ryogoku hanabi zu, “Fireworks at Ryogoku.” Chikanobu designed a number of triptychs on this subject and boating on the Sumida River, but this is the best and rarest. The government in 1733 had a display of fireworks over the bridge called the Ryogoku kawabiraki hanabi, “Ryogoku […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Sep 20, 2020 in Available, Books

Click here to view image full size. 2 vols. complete: Kanjaku tsuizen hanashidori, “The Liberated Birds: A Memorial Book for Kanjaku.” A memorial book for the actor Nakamura Utaemon who died in 1852. He had the literary name of Kanjaku, meaning ”playing with sparrows” and the covers and many illustrations allude to this custom of […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Sep 18, 2020 in Available, 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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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Sep 18, 2020 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original fan painting mounted as a scroll. Shows a gorge with the fast flowing Nagatoro River in Musashi Province. (An area in western Saitama Prefecture northwest of Tokyo.) Sumi and light blue on paper, 7 x 20.5 in; 17.75 x 52 cms. Comes with a certificate from […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1797-1861)

on Aug 2, 2020 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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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Aug 1, 2020 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. Yamamoto Kansuke striding through the snow. “Boar” from a set Mitate junishi, “Selection for the Twelve Signs.” Published by Ibaya Kyubei, c 1845. (Kansuke was famous for killing a giant boar in the snow.) Robinson S38.12.     Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga.   […]

 
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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

on Aug 1, 2020 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. “Flood” from a series Seiu kandankei, “A Barometer of Emotions.” Shows Nakamura Shikan III as Abe Bungo no Kami riding his horse through waves. Published by Okura Magobei 1876-77 (this being 1876). A rare set with some striking designs comparing actors in theatrical roles with meteorological phenomena.   […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Aug 1, 2020 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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Teisai HOKUBA (1771-1844)

Click here to view image full size. One of Hokusai’s best pupils. Known for his paintings of beauties but also designed some fine surimono. An original fan painting showing a reclining beauty. Sumi and light red on silvered paper, 7.25 x 17.75 in; 18.5 x 45.2 cms. Removed from a fan, so rib folds and […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Oi, a suburb of present day Ena City, is in the southern foothills of the central mountain range now known as the Japan Alps. Shows a group of travellers heavily protected against the snow and cold. From Kisokaido rokujukyutsugi no uchi, “Sixty-Nine Stations of the Kisokaido.” The set […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A view of pilgrims bathing in the Roben waterfall at the Afuri (Shinto) shrine, Oyama in Segami Province. Oyama sekison otaki no zu. This happened during the summer months and was considered a purification ritual. Oyama is a sacred mountain near the Izu peninsula and a short distance […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Shutendoji’s palace on Mount Oyeyama, Oyeyama fukujin shusei. Raiko (Minamoto no Yorimitsu) is charged by the Emperor Murakami with killing the evil Shutendoji who terrorizes the neighbourhood. He and his retainers infiltrate the castle and ply Shutendoji and his ogrish band with sake and dance […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHITORA (Active c 1850-1880)

on Jul 12, 2020 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Sato Masakiyo, having invaded Shikoku and overthrowing the castle of Shosokabe Motochika, entering deep into the mountains where he battles an army of huge toads, lizards, bats, spiders, cats and dogs. Sato Masakiyo Shikoku seibatsu no toki Shosokabe Motochika no honjo o semeotosu ori kara […]

 
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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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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Dec 22, 2019 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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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Dec 22, 2019 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 Dec 22, 2019 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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Toyohara KUNICHIKA (1835-1900)

on Dec 20, 2019 in Actors, Available

Click here to view image full size. A dai-oban print showing the actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Minister Kibi in the play Kibi Daijin Shina monogatari, “Minister Kibi, Tale of China.” The play centres on the historical minister Kibi no Makibi who joined a mission to the Tang Court in China in 716. He is […]

 
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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

on Dec 20, 2019 in Actors, Available

Click here to view image full size. The actor Onoe Matsusuke I as the ghost of the wife of Kohada Koheiji in the play Eiri otogi zoshi performed at the Ichimura-za Theatre, 7/1808. In fact, Matsusuke played both the wife and Kohada Koheiji. One of the best plots in Kabuki: Kohada Koheiji was a third-rate […]

 
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Yamaguchi SOKEN (1759-1818)

on Dec 18, 2019 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A fine pair of paintings: One showing women of Ohara; a mountain village north of Kyoto. These Oharame collected brushwood and firewood in the fall to sell in Kyoto. They are often depicted and obviously caused a stir when they entered Kyoto to ply their trade. Evidently the […]