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ANONYMOUS (Late 18th century)

on Jan 18, 2015 in Available, Paintings




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An Uki-e, “floating picture” painting showing an interior with a puppet performance taking place. A puppeteer manipulates a female puppet in the centre, behind him two gidayu narrators and a shamisen player. A male puppet is being held behind a screen. Ladies behind a screen at right enjoy the drama. In fact, a male individual at the back seems overcome by emotion with a hanky to his face. The architecture is represented using one-point perspective, a style which made its way to Japan in the 1740’s from the West via China. (Interestingly the artist has got the perspective wrong on the screen at right.) This genre of painting – invariably unsigned – always shows interior or semi-interior views with banquets or, as here, puppet performances. Full colour on paper, 17 x 23 in; 43.2 x 58.5 cms. Minor marks, although good condition for this kind of painting.

 

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Winter landscapes

on Dec 16, 2014 in Blog

    Approximately 70% of Japan’s landscape is mountainous. In the past when travel into the mountains was difficult there was a large demand and great curiosity by the public to see those remote snow covered landscapes. Publishers and leading artists like Hiroshige and Hokusai responded to that demand by ensuring that every landscape set […]

 
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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)

on Dec 4, 2014 in Archive, Warriors and Legends

Click here to view image full size. Minamoto no Ushiwakamura battling with Kumasaka Chohan. From the fine set Yoshitoshi mushaburui, “Yoshitoshi’s Courageous Warriors.” Published by Kobayashi, 1883-1886 (this being 1883).     Fine impression and colour. Light toning, otherwise fine condition. This is the first edition. There are a number of later states and the […]

 
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Mori Sosen: One Hundred Monkeys

on Nov 25, 2014 in Blog

    In the present update is a large painting of one hundred monkeys by Mori Sosen (1747-1824). His life is not well documented but he is known to have studied under the Kano artist Yamamoto Joshunsai (? – 1781) before being drawn into Maruyama Okyo’s (1733-1795) artist circle and his style is more Shijo […]

 
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Tsukioka SETTEI (1710-1786)

on Nov 25, 2014 in Available, Flora and Fauna, Paintings

 Click here to view image full size. An original painting, sumi and light blue on silk. Image size 38.75 x 14.25 in; 98.4 x 36.2 cms. Shows a carp leaping a waterfall. This was a favourite subject for Japanese artists being a symbol of achievement against adversity. Carp were bred for their colour in Japan […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Nov 25, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. Four cats, the first 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 HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 25, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. A medium tanzaku showing a Java sparrow on a magnolia branch. Published by Kawasho (Kawaguchi Shozo) c early 1830s. Another example of this design has an overall light pink ground rather than the light yellow graded up, as here. Another impression is illustrated in Kikuchi , A Treasury […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 25, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. Kami, crab (Charybois) and saba, mackerel (Scomber Japonicus) together with two flowers of morning glory. Poem by Shichichintei. This is the first edition (Kruml 19a). From the second series of fish published by Yamasho c. 1840-42. Collector’s seal Hayashi bottom right corner.     Fine impression, colour and […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)

on Nov 25, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

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 HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 25, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. A half-block print showing a Japanese cormorant (?) and iris. Printed only in grades of sumi. In fact, this and the other half is illustrated in: Four Hundred Ukiyoe Woodblock Prints From The Museum Of Art, Rhode Island School Of Design, 1990, no. 166, p. 72 which shows […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 25, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. A large panel showing a parrot on a flowering crab apple branch. This is the very rare first edition published by Jakurindo (Wakasaya Yoichi). It was reissued by Kikakudo (Sanoya Kihei). Published c. early 1830s. Hiroshige is rightly regarded as the leading landscape artist. However, many of his […]

 
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Takahashi SHOTEI (HIROAKI) (1871-1945)

on Nov 25, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. A large design (20 x 13.75 in; 51 x 35 cms) on thick hosho showing a ginger cat and tomato plant. Two versions are known of this design: As here and with the cat having a black and white coat. An edition of only 100 prints was published […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858) A bluebird and a branch of wild rose. A chuban print published c 1835-9. A very similar design with the same poem is in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, acquisition number 21.9729 and also a chutanzaku design, acquisition number 21.7997. Rare.   Fine impression. […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. A Java sparrow on a clematis vine. A sanchogake format (three designs printed on a horizontal sheet and intended to be separated). Published c 1835-9. This is the first edition with the cube-shaped red Hiroshige seal. Two later impressions are in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, acquisition […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. A half-block, 8.75 x 6.5 in; 22.5 x 16.5 cms, print showing a Japanese crane standing in water with a flowering plant (a variety of Berberis ?). Published c. late 1840s by Tsutaya Kichizo. Unidentified collector’s seal au verso.   Very good impression, colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. A third-of-a-block (ko-tanzaku) print, 13.5 x 3 in; 34 x 7.25 cms, showing a sparrow and cherry blossom. Published c. mid 1840s. Unidentified publisher’s seal. These narrow panels are often poorly printed, but not in this case.   Very fine impression: beautiful gradation. Fine colour and condition. Signed […]

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

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. A mother monkey holding a persimmon and four playful babies. 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, […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIMARU (1794-1829)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. An uchiwa-e (fan print) showing summer flowers : hydrangea, peony, iris, chrysanthemum, morning glory, etc against a yellow ground. Of the utmost rarity: possibly the only recorded example. Published by Ibaya Senzaburo with date seal Bunsei 10 (1827). Ex Werner Schindler collection, seal au verso, and illustrated in […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. A bora, grey mullet (Mugil cephalus), together with camellia and Japanese asparagusudo. This impression is from the extremely rare first private edition for a poetry club with the judges’ names beside the kyoka poems by Higaki Kunifune and Toshinoto Haruki. From a set of ten prints published – […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. A one third block (10 x 4.75 in; 25.3 x 12.1 cms) panel showing an oriole – probably a black-naped oriole – on a branch of a flowering apple tree. Published c. early 1830s.   Good impression. Very good colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige hitsu.   Status: Sold […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. An extremely rare aiban print showing two kochi , bartail flatheads, (Platycephalus indicus) and an abalone, sea-ear, (Haliotus tuberculate). From a set of eight prints of various fish published c. late 1830s. Another impression is illustrated in Japanese Prints IV – Hiroshige and the Utagawa School, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

 Click here to view image full size. Moon from a set Furyu settsugekka, “A Fashionable Snow, Moon, Flower.” An uncut fan print showing the actor Iwai Kumesaburo III as Shirai Gonpachi. Kumesaburo last played this role in the play Kakitsubata tamuke no harakawado performed at the Kawarasaki-za theatre in 3/1850. Published by Kojima Jubei (who […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

 Click here to view image full size. An exceedingly rare fan print showing a bust portrait of Ichikawa Danjuro VII as Soga no Goro wearing the iconic kuruma bun wig. This famous story has many versions but basically it tells how Kawazu Sukeyasu was murdered by his cousin Kudo Suketsune. Sukeyasu left two sons and […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

 Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print: Yoshiwara Naka-no-cho sakura doki, “Cherry Blossom at Naka-no-cho in the Yoshiwara.” Published 7/1852. Exceptionally rare: One other trimmed impression is illustrated in Hiroshige Fan Prints, Rupert Faulkner, Unsodo, 2010, no. 55, p. 45.   Fine impression and colour. Extremely good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga. […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

 Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print: Ochanomizu no seiran, “Fine Weather but Windy.” From a set Edo hakkei, “Eight Views of Edo.” Published 1847-8 by Ibaya Senzaburo (who specialised in fans). Shows two beauties caught on a blustery day to the north of the Kanda River, the aqueduct lower left […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIMARU (1794-1829)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print showing a beauty looking into a lacquered hand mirror which she has withdrawn from a lacquered cabinet. Kunimaru produced some exceptional fans, of which this is one. However, his work in other fields is not noteworthy and it does pose the question if there […]

 
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Utgawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print from a set of views of Ise: Ise meisho, Asakumayama toge no chamise, “Teahouses on the Mount Asakuma Pass, Famous Places of Ise Province.” Hiroshige used this same view about a decade later for no.7 from the set The Sixty-odd Provinces. He cleverly uses […]

 
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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

Click here to view image full size. Kami, crab (Charybois) and saba, mackerel (Scomber Japonicus) together with two flowers of morning glory. Poem by Shichichintei. This is the first edition (Kruml 19a). From the second series of fish published by Yamasho c. 1840-42. Unidentified collector’s seal bottom right corner.     Fine impression, colour and […]

 
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Utagawa KUNIMARU (1794-1829)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

 Click here to view image full size. An uchiwa-e (fan print) showing summer flowers: hydrangea, peony, iris, chrysanthemum, morning glory, etc against a yellow ground. Of the utmost rarity: possibly the only recorded example. Published by Ibaya Senzaburo with date seal Bunsei 10 (1827). Ex Werner Schindler collection and illustrated in Masterpieces of ukiyo-e prints […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. A shishi cub being taught to scale a vertical cliff. ( Shishi: ‘Chinese Lion’ [ Ch.: Shi-tzu ]. ) it was said that the shishi cast its young from a high rock to test whether it could scale the rock face in which case it became the perfect […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1785-1865)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

 Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print showing the actor Bando Takesaburo I in the role of the Sumo wrestler Shirafuji Genta from a set: Mitate gonin otoko go-hiiki omozashi, An Imaginary Five Commoners.” Published by Yama-Ta, 2ic/1852.   Superb impression with mica added to sky and burnishing. Superb colour and […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1785-1865)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

 Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print showing the actor Bando Shuka I: “Snow” from a Furyu settsugekka set of Snow, Moon , Flowers. Published by Kojima Jubei (who specialised in fans) in 3/1853.   Superb impression with mica added to sky. Superb colour and condition: From a group of such […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. A tanzaku showing a Japanese finch sitting on a camellia branch. Unidentified collector’s seal au verso.   Very fine impression. Fine colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige hitsu.   Status: Sold  

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. Ai or ayu, river trout, Plecoglossus altivelis. Poem by Haruzono Shizuo. From the first set of fish prints published by Eijudo, c 1832-4. This first series was issued privately for a poetry group ( probably the Shingyoku Circle ) with judges’ names and extra poems. These prints are […]

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print showing a geisha adjusting her hair pin set against a snowy landscape. Fukagawa Iyo setsu, “Time in Fukugawa, Iyo Province.” Published 3/1855 by Iseba Magobei.   Fine impression and colour with splashed gofun to represent falling snow. Small expertly repaired wormhole, otherwise very good […]

 
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Utagawa SADAHIDE (1807-1879)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print Gosekku no uchi, kugatu, tsuki machi, “Five Festivals, Ninth Month, Moon Viewing.” Viewing the full moon in the eighth and ninth months was a popular activity passed down from the aristocracy in Heian times; especially where the moon’s reflection could be seen in water. […]

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. A half- block print showing a small bird (possibly a bush warbler) and plum blossom. . Published by Kawasho (Kawaguchi Shozo) c. mid 1830s. Half-blocks were printed two-to-a-sheet and divided, either vertically or horizontally.   Very good impression, colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige ga with Utagawa seal.   […]

 
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Anonymous (c. 1810)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

 Click here to view image full size. An uncut ukie fan print, Edo meisho Eitaibashi, “Eitai Bridge, Edo.” Published by Ibaya Sensaburo, c. early 1800s. Possibly by Utagawa Kunimitsu or Utagawa Kunitora and quite possibly the only recorded impression.   Very good impression and colour. Slight corner soil, otherwise good condition.   Status: Sold  

 
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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Flora and Fauna

 Click here to view image full size. A half-block print showing a sparrow and iris. Published by Kawasho (Kawaguchi Shozo) c. mid 1830s. Half-blocks were printed two-to-a-sheet and divided, either vertically or horizontally.   Very good impression, colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige ga with Utagawa seal.   Status: Sold  

 
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Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1865)

on Nov 24, 2014 in Archive, Fans

Click here to view image full size. An uncut fan print showing the actor Ichikawa Danjuro VIII in the role of Hanakawado no Sukeroku from a set: Mitate gonin otoko go-hiiki omoizashi, “A Parody of the Five Chivalrous Commoners, a Cup of Sake from their Fans.” Shows the actor holding a number of pipes; a […]