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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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Three hoso-tansaku (13.75 x 3 in; 35 x 7.6cm)kacho prints. Published by Matsumura Yahei c1830s. Excessively rare.


Fine impression and colour. Several small repaired wormholes otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.



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Utagawa YOSHIFUJI (1828-1887)




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An exceptionally rare print with inscription which reads: Koneko yoriatsumatte oya ni naru, “The kittens gather together and become a mother cat”. The cat’s body is formed by the convoluted forms of nineteen kittens, it’s eye is a cat’s bell and the whiskers are the spines of a fan. Another ( faded ) impression is illustrated in Edo no Asobi-e, Shinichi Inagaki, 1988, no 24, p 29. I have never seen another impression since I started dealing. No publisher given, c 1847-52.


Fine impression and colour. Very slight trimming at left, otherwise fine. Signed Ichihosai Yoshifuji ga.



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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)




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A humorous print showing a cat holding aloft a rat by it’s tail, a sliver of moon above. Printed only in sumi and light brown. Rare: Illustrated in Kawanabe Kyosai, Shigeru Oikawa, The Tokyo Shimbun 1996, no.43, p.128 which gives publication as 1870s/1880s by Sawamuraya Seikichi.


Very good impression and colour. Slight soil, otherwise good condition. Signed Kyosai ga



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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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Ai or ayu, river trout, (Plecoglossus altivelis) swimming in a stream from the first fish series published by Eijudo c1832-4. Probably the best design from the two series. (See also Paintings on this website for an original Hiroshige painting of this subject,)


Very good impression, colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige hitsu.



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Ikeda AYAOKA (active Kaei-Meiji periods)




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An untrimmed fan print showing a parody of the Yoshiwara, the courtesans and customers depicted as grasshoppers. Published c.1880’s.


Fine impression and colour. Slight centre-fold, otherwise fine condition. Signed Ayaoka.



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Utagawa TOYOKUNI II (1777-1835)




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A vertical diptych showing a tiger. A striking design published by Yamamotoya Heikichi c1820s.


Fine early impression with gauffrage. Fine colour. Slight creasing and small edge repair, but otherwise very good, Full size. Signed Gosotei Toyokuni hitsu.



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Taiso YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)




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Koi (‘carp’) swimming beneath hanging wisteria. One of Yoshitoshi’s finest and most popular designs. Published 1889 by Akiyama Buemon.


Very fine early impression, fine colour. Slight trimming at bottom otherwise very good condition. Ample margins for joining. Signed Yoshitoshi ga.



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Ikeda EISEN (1790-1848)




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A vertical diptych showing a carp ascending a waterfall. A notoriously difficult design to find without browning and there are many late impressions.


Very good impression with careful gradation. Only minimal toning of paper. Minor creasing otherwise good colour and condition. Signed Keisai hitsu with large Keisai seal.



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Ichiryusai HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)




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Awabi and snipe-fish from Hiroshige’s first fish series published commercially by Eijudo around 1832-34. A rare design to find in early state. Kruml 6b (Andon 49).


Very good impression and colour. Mica on shells. Full size; no centre fold. Signed Ichiryusai Hiroshige ga.



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Onishi CHINNEN (1792-1851)




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An uncut uchiwa-e ( fan print ) showing a turtle swimming amongst water-lilies and minnows. Chinnen, one of the culminating artists of the Shijo movement, is best known for his illustrated books ( Azuma no teburi and Sonan gafu ) and his brush drawings and paintings. Apart from this there are a number of surimono designed by him. This fan print is almost certainly the only existing impression. Published c 1829 when Chinnen was at the height of his powers, and showing his favourite subject, turtles. Excessively rare.


Very good impression and colour. Minor corner soil and marks, otherwise very good condition. Signed Chinnen.



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