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Utagawa TOYOKUNI I (1769-1825)

on Dec 20, 2019 in Actors, Available




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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 kabuki actor who couldn’t find work. His drama teacher, taking pity on him, bribed a director to give him work. On seeing him, the director immediately saw his potential as a yurei (ghost) because of his appearance – white skin, dark, sunken eyes and long hair. And at this he became extremely successful. However, his wife Osoka, was embarrassed by him and took a lover. Together, they planned to kill him which they did by drowning him in a swamp. This gave him his greatest yurei role and he came back to haunt them to death. Published by Tsuruya Kinsuke, 1808.

 

 

Very good impression and colour. Minor creasing, otherwise very good condition. Signed Toyokuni ga.

 

 

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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 […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Aug 12, 2019 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting showing the old lighthouse at Tempozan, Osaka. To the left is the mount which was formed by earth dredged from the Ajigawa in 1831 to allow easier access for ships. In the foreground masts of moored vessels. There appear to be few images of this […]

 
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Utagawa SADAFUSA (Active 1830s – 1840s)

on Aug 5, 2019 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. An original sumi woodblock for two chuban prints from a Kanadehon Chushingura set. The upper design being Act VII, the tea-house Ichiriki, Kyoto with Yuranosuke; the lower showing Act VIII, the bridal journey with Konami and her daughter Tonase on the Tokaido Road. Sold “as is” with all […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHITSUYA (1822-1866)

on Aug 4, 2019 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Minamoto no Yorimitsu (aka Raiko, 948-1021) trying to capture the notorious thief Hakamadare Yasusuke. Kijutsu Hakamadare o karamen to su. Yorimitsu is seen with his cohorts Urabe Suetake, Hirai Yasumasa, and Watanabe Tsuna. On the right Hakamadare attempts to evade capture by magically conjuring up […]

 
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Utagawa YOSHITSUYA (1822-1866)

on Jul 22, 2019 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. The magician Ryuomaru battling with a giant dragon from a set of fine designs: Honcho musha kagami, “Mirror of Warriors of Our Country.” Published 1856-7 by Tsujiokaya Bunsuke. A good pupil of Kuniyoshi.     Good impression, colour and condition. Signed Ichieisai Yoshitsuya ga.     Status: Available

 
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Katsushika HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

on Apr 22, 2019 in Available, Books

Click here to view image full size. Volume 11 from the Manga. Front cover with original pink title slip: (Denshin kaishu) Hokusai manga juichihen, (“Transmitted from the Gods.”) “Hokusai’s Sketches, Vol. 11.” Original grey covers with burnished wave and diamond pattern. Inside front cover catalogue of newly published books; 2 pages preface and 29 numbered […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Apr 22, 2019 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. Ishiyakushi from an aiban set Tokaido gojusantsugi no uchi, commonly called the Gyosho Tokaido because of the cursive script on title. Shows travellers entering and leaving the village in heavy snow. Published by Ezakiya Kichibei/Yamadaya, c. 1841-2. There are variant states: later editions lack the gradation on the […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

Click here to view image full size. An original hanshita-e (preparatory drawing) for a triptych showing, from the left, Nakamura Kamenojo I as the geisha Azuma standing above Kawarasaki Gonjuro I as Yamazakiya Yogoro, Bando Kamezo I as Settanaoshi Chogoro standing above Onoe Kikugoro IV as Kumasaka Ocho, and Onoe Kikugoro IV as Akogi Gennojo […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

Click here to view image full size. An original hanshita-e (preparatory drawing) for a triptych showing, from the left, the actor Bando Takesaburo I as Nagoya Sanza, Ichimura Uzaemon XIII as the Shinzo (“courtesan’s apprentice”), and Nakamura Fukusuke I as Fuwa Banzaemon. This is actually from the dance Sanpukutsui Kabuki no irodori performed at the […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA II (1823-1880)

on Apr 5, 2019 in Available, Beauties

Click here to view image full size. A triptych showing Prince Genji in a boat with attendant page and a lady watching female awabi (abalone) divers called ama. These women were a great curiosity for the public and seen as rather risqué characters. Prince Genji was the protagonist of Murasaki Shikibu’s Heian-era novel The Tale […]

 
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Kawamura BUMPO (1779-1821)

on Mar 4, 2019 in Available, Books

Click here to view image full size. I volume complete Bumpo gafu (Sampen), “Album of Drawings by Bumpo” (3rd Series”). Original light grey covers with burnished pattern. Original title slip. Preface 3 pp., with 18 double-page and 32 single-page illustrations in sumi and light colour numbered 1 – 35. Colophon dated Bunka 10 (1813).(First edition.) […]

 
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Ohara HOSON (Aka SHOSON, KOSON) (1877-1945)

on Mar 1, 2019 in Available, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. A rooster and weasel. Published by Kawaguchi, c. 1930. The first and only edition. Ex Robert O. Muller collection. Rare.     Very fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Hoson. Copyright seal in lower right margin; seal of printer, Komatsu, and carver, Maeda, in lower left margin.   […]

 
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Hosoda EISHI (1736-1829)

on Feb 22, 2019 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi and colour on silk, 33.25 x 12 in; 84.5 x 30.5 cms. Shows a parading oiran, a high class courtesan, beneath falling cherry blossom. A parade was held every April in the Yoshiwara under the spring cherry blossom. Her costume is decorated with a […]

 
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Toyohara KUNICHIKA (1835-1900)

on Nov 29, 2018 in Actors, Available

Click here to view image full size. The actor Suketakaya Takasuke IV as Sakuramaru from a fine set of prints showing actors glimpsed through their dressing room sliding doors, prior to going on stage. Their figures partly silhouetted as are their assistants, here aiding the actor with his sword. From a set Gakuya nikai kage […]

 
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Toyohara KUNICHIKA (1835-1900)

on Nov 27, 2018 in Actors, Available

Click here to view image full size. The actor Onoe Kikugoro V as Hisayoshi from a fine set of prints showing actors glimpsed through their dressing room sliding doors, prior to going on stage. Their figures partly silhouetted as are their assistants, here aiding the actor with his costume. From a set Gakuya nikai kage […]

 
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Nagasawa ROSETSU ( 1754-1799 )

on Nov 21, 2018 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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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

on Nov 20, 2018 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. Kobayakawa Takakage debating with the tengu on mount Hiko from Shinkei sanjurokkaisen, “New Forms of Thirty-six Ghosts.”The set published by Sasaki Toyokichi, 1889-1892 (this being 1892).     Very fine first edition. Fine colour and condition. Signed Yoshitoshi.     Status: Available    

 
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (GYOSAI) (1831-1889)

on Nov 19, 2018 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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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

Click here to view image full size. A sheet of original drawings being hanshita-e for an ehon. Shows, above, a seated samurai and a female figure to the right holding a mirror. Below, actors in a garden setting. Sumi with touches of red on thin paper laid onto thicker Japanese paper, 14 x 10 in; […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jun 7, 2018 in Available, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. Oho ( Wang P’ou ) visiting his mother’s tomb to comfort her during a thunderstorm. Shows peasants fleeing the zigzag lightning bolts. From a set of fourteen prints: Nijushi-ko doji kagami, “Mirror of the Twenty-Four Paragons of Filial Piety.” Published by Wakasa-ya Yoichi, c 1840. Each print shows […]

 
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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839 – 1892)

on May 28, 2018 in Available, Warriors and Legends

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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BUNSEI (Active c. 1830 -1844)

on May 28, 2018 in Available, Landscapes

Click here to view image full size. A complete set of Eight Views of Xiaoxiang, modern Hunan Province, China. These eight views were taken up by Japanese artists such as Hiroshige and transposed to Japan becoming sets like the Eight Views of Omi, etc. Bunsei was a pupil of Tani Buncho. He seems to have […]

 
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Utagawa KUNITERU (Fl. mid-19th c.)

Click here to view image full size. An original hanshita-e (preparatory drawing) for a triptych showing the ground floor interior of a brothel in the Yoshiwara with courtesans and their assistants. These first drafts by the artist themselves survive because a more detailed drawing was needed by the blockcutter, and this was normally given to […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

Click here to view image full size. An original hanshita-e (preparatory drawing) for a published diptych showing, on the left, the actor Onoe Kikujiro II as Tatsuhime – in reality Yawata, the younger sister of Kotoda. On the right is Iwai Kumesaburo III as Kudo Kanaishimaru. The play is Matsu icho Tsurukame Soga performed at […]

 
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Kawabata GYOKUSHO (1842-1913)

on May 26, 2018 in Available, Fans, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. An original painted fan. On one side a bird amongst flowers and the reverse also with flowers. A leading figure in Tokyo art circles and the last great representative of the Shijo school. In exceptional condition with extensive gold leaf. Signed Gyokusho with seals Shibun on both sides. […]

 
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50th Anniversary of dealing – Part 2

on Mar 8, 2018 in Blog

In the 70s and 80s I was buying prints by such artists as Hiroshige, Hokusai, and Utamaro in the UK and in France and selling them in Japan. In Japan, I was buying prints by Yoshitoshi and Kuniyoshi. At that time those artists were not so highly valued by Japanese collectors.   I travelled to […]

 
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50th Anniversary of dealing – Part 1

on Mar 3, 2018 in Blog

Looking back on 50 years of dealing in Japanese prints, paintings and books I have much to be grateful for. From the first ukiyo-e print that I bought in 1968 to now when I have bought and sold many tens of thousands of prints. In researching specific prints I have built up my kno wledge […]

 
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Selected Reference Titles

on Mar 2, 2018 in Blog

Listed here are selected titles of reference books that I refer to most regularly – this is not an exhaustive list!   Asano, Shugo and Clark, Timothy, The Passionate Art of Kitagaway Utamaro, Asahi Shimbun, 1995 Forrer, Matthi and Goncourt, Edmond de, Hokusai, Rizzoli International Publications, 1988 Gentles, Margarent O., The Clarence Buckingham Collection of […]

 
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Cho GESSHO (1772-1832)

on Oct 23, 2017 in Available, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. A large original painting of moored junks caught in a violent squall. A fine painter who studied under Tanke Gessen and Matsumura Goshun in Kyoto before moving to Nagoya in 1798 and becoming Nagasawa Rosetsu’s assistant for a short time. Also illustrated some fine ehon. Sumi and colour […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Jul 30, 2017 in Available, Warriors and Legends

 Click here to view image full size. Gempei Yashima o-kassen, the great battle of Yashima in 1184. Shows Yoshitsune’s famous “eight-boat leap” (centre), Noritsune (left), and Benkei on the large boat (right). Published by Kawaguchiya Uhei, c. 1839-41.   Very good impression and colour. Edge repair top left sheet, otherwise very good condition. Signed Ichiyusai […]

 
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Kitagawa TSUKIMARO (Active c 1804-1836)

on Apr 9, 2017 in Available, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. An original painting, full colour on dark silk, 33.5 x 11.5 in; 85 x 29 cms. Shows a Chinese beauty – possibly Yang Guikei – collecting medicinal leaves from a Japanese spice bush. An intriguing painting with Ukiyo-e elements fused with both Chinese and Western styles. Tsukimaro was […]

 
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Yamamoto SHOUN (1870-1965)

on Feb 13, 2017 in Available, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. A large original painting , full colour with gold on silk, image size 50.5 x 19.75 in; 128.25 x 50 cms. Shows Shoki, the Demon Quellor, with sword drawn watching an oni escaping on a cloud, upper left. Various Chinese legends exist regarding the origins of Shoki but […]

 
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Attributed to Toyoharu KUNICHIKA (1835-1900)

on Feb 13, 2017 in Actors, Available

 Click here to view image full size. An oban diptych shini-e (memorial portrait) of the famous kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro VII (1791-1859). Upper right is the date of his burial, Ansei 6 (1859), 3rd month, 24th day. A long inscription at left on his life. The image top right shows his great-great-great grandfather, the first […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Oct 15, 2016 in Available, Paintings

Click here to view image full size. A fine original fan painting showing a woman 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. The custom […]

 
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Onishi CHINNEN (1792-1851)

on Jun 12, 2016 in Available, Books

 Click here to view image full size. One volume complete Azuma no teburi, “Customs of the Eastern Capital”. Published Bunsei 12 (1829). Original covers, light blue-grey with silver stencilled decoration. Original title slip (damaged). Inside front cover title Taihei Uzo (the original title). Artist: Chinnen, and publisher Sonando. 25 double page illustrations showing the inhabitants […]

 
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Matsumura KEIBUN (1779-1843)

 Click here to view image full size. A shijo brush drawing of a seabream and a lumpfish (?). One of Kyoto’s leading artists. Noted for his painting from nature. He studied with his older brother Matsumura Goshun as well as Maruyama Okyo. Sumi and light colour on paper, 10 x 14.75 in; 25.4 x 37.4 […]

 
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Matsumura KEIBUN (1779-1843)

 Click here to view image full size. A shijo brush drawing of a white horsehead and an acropomatidae (?). One of Kyoto’s leading artists. Noted for his painting from nature. He studied with his older brother Matsumura Goshun as well as Maruyama Okyo. Sumi and light colour on paper, 10.5 x 15 in; 26.7 x […]

 
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Matsumura KEIBUN (1779-1843)

 Click here to view image full size. A shijo brush drawing of a red seabream. One of Kyoto’s leading artists. Noted for his paintings from nature. He studied with his older brother Matsumura Goshun as well as Maruyama Okyo. Sumi and light colour on paper, 10.5 x 17 in; 26.7 x 43.2 cms.   In […]

 
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Matsumura KEIBUN (1779-1843)

 Click here to view image full size. A shijo brush drawing of a gurnard and a snapper (?). One of Kyoto’s leading artists. Noted for his painting from nature. He studied with his older brother Matsumura Goshun as well as Maruyama Okyo. Sumi and light colour on paper, 10.5 x 17.75 in; 26.7 x 45.1 […]