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Dealing in fine Japanese prints, paintings and books since 1968.

 

Kawamata TSUNEYUKI (1677-c1744)


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An original painting, full colour on paper, 14.5 x 21 in; 35.5 x 53.5 cms. The founder of the Kawamata School. (A pupil was Kawamata Tsunemasa.) Little is known of his life and there are few paintings: A group were in Christies NY, 27/10/1998, lots 40, 42, 44, 45; and there are examples in the BM, reg. no 1931,1116,0.2, the MET, acc. no 36.100.90, and the National Museum of Asian Art, Smithsonian, acc. no. F1898.118. Shows a courtesan with her attendants outside a teahouse being admired by a passing samurai. Areas of careful restoration, but in generally good condition. Sealed Tsuneyuki.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)


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An original painting, full colour on silk, 37 x 14 in; 94 x 35.5 cms. The pupil of Hiroshige I who gave him the name Shigenobu. Adopted by Hiroshige in 1845 and married his daughter, Otatsu, on Hiroshige’s death. (Later divorcing her around 1865.) Shows a beauty cooling off on the prow of a boat beneath a full moon and the trestles of a bridge. (Probably the Ohashi over the Sumida River.)

 
 

In very good condition and possibly his best painting. Signed Hiroshige ga, seal unread.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)



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The extremely rare first, private printing of Bora, the grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) with camellia and Japanese asparagusado. From a set of 10 prints in folding album form, privately commissioned for a poetry club, c 1832-34. Poems by Higaki Kunifune and Toshinoto Haruki. The judges’ names next to the poems. These were removed on the commercial editions. Rare because of the obvious reason that the numbers printed were directly related to the relatively small memberships of poetry groups.

 
 

Fine impression and colour of the earliest printing without kiwame seal and publisher’s seal. With judges’ names and without gradation at top. Centre fold (as always), otherwise very good condition. Signed Ichiyusai Hiroshige ga. Unknown collector’s seal au verso.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)



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Inada, yellowtail or amberjack (Seriola quinqueradiata) and fugu, blowfish or puffer (Fugu pardalis). Together with plum blossom. Poem by Suzugaki. From the second set of 9 prints published by Yamasho, c 1840-42. (Some designs on the reprints have the publisher’s mark Marujin.)

 
 

Extremely early impression before the block defect below the fugu’s tail is evident. Fine colour with extensive mica on the inada. Some slight creasing, otherwise very good condition. Full size. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)



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Katsuo, bonito (Kasuwonus pelamis). Also called ocean bonito, strip-bellied bonito and striped tuna. Together with three sprigs of cherry (sakura). Poems by Toshinoto Haruki and Toshihiro Machikado. From the first commercial edition of the first series published by Eijudo, c 1832-34.

 
 

Early impression with the kiwame and publisher’s seal sharp. Fine colour. Some slight creasing, otherwise very good condition. Full size. Signed Ichiyusai Hiroshige ga.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)



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Kochi, bartail flatheads (Platycephalus indictus). Together with a flowering egg-plant, nasu. Poems by Yoshigaki Toshimochi and Magaki Harutomo. From the first commercial edition of the first series published by Eijudo, c 1832-34.

 
 

Early impression with the kiwame and publisher’s seal sharp. Fine colour. Some slight creasing, otherwise very good condition. Full size. Signed Ichiyusai Hiroshige ga.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)



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Nihonbashi yukibare, “The Nihon Bridge, Clear Weather After Snow.” From the set Meisho Edo hyakkei, “One Hundred Views of Edo.” The set published by Uoya Eikichi 1856-58 (this being 1856). The set comprises 118 prints by Hiroshige and another by Hiroshige II. However, three prints are dated 10/1858, the month following Hiroshige’s death and these are thought to be by Hiroshige II as well. They are: Ueno Yamashita, Ichigaya Hachiman and Bikunibashi. Number 1 from the set and a view of the Sumida River with Mt. Fuji in the distance. This is the starting point for the Tokaido Road.

 
 

Fine, early impression with gradation on the roofs and on Mt. Fuji. Fine colour. Margins trimmed a little, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)



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The lumberyard, Fukugawa, from the set Meisho Edo hyakkei, “One Hundred Views of Edo.” The set published by Uoya Eikichi 1856-58 (this being 1856). The set comprises 118 prints by Hiroshige and another by Hiroshige II. However, three prints are dated 10/1858, the month following Hiroshige’s death and these are thought to be by Hiroshige II as well. They are: Ueno Yamashita, Ichigaya Hachiman and Bikunibashi. Shows snow falling on the timber yards lining a river. An umbrella in the foreground is inscribed Uo, “Fish” – a reference to the publisher Uoya Eikichi. A large supply of timber was needed for the world’s largest wooden city. However, in 1641 a fire destroyed not only houses but the lumber which was then stored in a central area forcing the government to move the yards to Fukugawa.

 
 

Very good, early impression. Very good colour. Trimmed close at bottom. Otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)



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Iyo Province, Saijo. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshu meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshihei between 1853 and 1856, this being 1853. A large furled sail in the foreground with Saiju village on the water’s edge. Beyond is Mt. Ishizuchi.

 
 

Fine impression and colour. Light album backing, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858)



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Oki Province, Takuhi Shrine. From a set of 69 prints [Dai Nihon] Rokujuyoshu meisho zue, “Famous Places in the Sixty-odd Provinces [of Japan]” published by Koshihei between 1853 and 1856, this being 1853. The prows of two boats near the island of Nishinoshima. A torii seen at the top of the print indicates the Takuhi Shrine, one of the most important shrines dedicated to the gods of the sea.

 
 

Fine impression and colour. Light album backing, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)



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A snow scene: Imadobashi Matsuchiyama, “Imado Bridge and Matsuchi Hill.” From Toto sanjurokkei, “Thirty-six Views of the Eastern [Edo] Capital.” The set published by Ai-To between 1861-1862 (this being 1862). Hiroshige I also designed a number of prints of the same area. The bridge goes over the Sanya Canal.

 
 

Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)



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Nikko Shimofuri no taki, “Shimofuri Waterfall in Nikko” from Shokoku meisho hyakkei, “Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” An uncompleted set of 81 prints published by Uoya Eikichi between 1859-1861 (this being 1859).

 
 

Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE II (1829-1869)



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Shinshu Suwa-ko yatsume akauo wo to (ru). Shinshu (Shinano) Province from Shokoku meisho hyakkei, “Hundred Views of Famous Places in the Provinces.” An uncompleted set of 81 prints published by Uoya Eikichi between 1859-1861 (this being 1860). A winter scene showing figures catching lampreys, eels and red rockfish in Lake Suwa. The lake was unusual in having warm currents beneath the ice, even in mid winter.

 
 

Fine impression of first edition. Fine colour and condition. Signed Hiroshige ga.

 
 

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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)



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Attempts by various means at making ghouls and demons fit into modern society from Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.” A satirical take on current events and mores. Published by Sawamuraya Seikichi in 1874. A set of 15 prints was planned but only 12 are known. This design is particularly rare.

 
 

Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Seisai Kyosai.

 
 

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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)



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A school for spooks from a set Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.” A satirical take on current events and mores. Published by Sawamuraya Seikichi in 1874. A set of 15 prints was planned but only 12 are known. In 1874 a new system of education was introduced in Japan – even for the world of ghouls. Shoki is seen teaching the demons basic hellish terms, and the chief of the kappa instructs the ghouls on the Roman alphabet.

 
 

Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Seisai Kyosai.
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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)



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The enlightenment of Paradise or liberation of the dead from Hell from a set Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.” A satirical take on current events and mores. Published by Sawamuraya Seikichi in 1874. A set of 15 prints was planned but only 12 are known. The demons from Hell get new jobs as postmen, rikisha men etc.

 
 

Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Seisai Kyosai.

 
 

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Kawanabe KYOSAI (1831-1889)



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The enlightenment of Fudo Myoo – a Buddhist deity who is always depicted seated on a rock engulfed by flames. From a set Kyosai rakuga, “Kyosai’s Drawings for Pleasure.” A satirical take on current events and mores. Published by Sawamuraya Seikichi in 1874. A set of 15 prints was planned but only 12 are known. This satirical image shows him reading a modern newspaper, his attendant Seitaka prepares meat and Kongara hangs a pot of stew in his flames. (Meat eating was being introduced.)

 
 

Fine impression, colour and condition. Signed Seisai Kyosai.

 
 

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Shunbaisai HOKUEI (Active 1824-1837)



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Shows the actor Arashi Rikan II as the yako Koman holding a shakuhachi and posed within a wooden frame in the play Sugata kurabe deiri no minato, “Comparison of Fighting Figures at the Harbour.” Performed in 1834 at the Naka Theatre, Osaka. A yako was a chivalrous servant, usually of a samurai. Rare: Another impression is in the MIA, acc. no P.75.51.188.

 
 

Fine impression with the woodgrain enhanced on the background. Fine colour and condition. Signed Shunbaisai Hokuei ga with the carver’s seal bottom right Kasuke.

 
 

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Utagawa HIROSHIGE (1797-1858) and Utagawa KUNISADA (1786-1864)



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A triptych from a set: Furyu Genji: Akashi. An evening scene showing Genji’s secret lover Lady Fujitsubo and an attendant watching the departing Prince Genji walking through the reeds of Akashi Bay. Based on the famous Genji monogatari written by the 11th century noblewoman and lady-in-waiting Murasaki Shikibu. Published by Iseya Kanekichi 1853.

 
 

Fine impression. This is the early state with gradation over the moon. Fine colour. Very slight trimming and retains album backing, otherwise very good condition. Signed Hiroshige ga and Toyokuni ga.

 
 

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Utagawa KUNIYOSHI (1797-1861)



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A triptych showing Ushiwaka Maru (Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s childhood name), attended by Kisanda, practising fencing with the karasu or “crow” tengu in a forest glade on Mt. Kurama, north of Kyoto. His training in martial arts is being supervised by a white-bearded yamabushi tengu, Sojobo, King of the Tengu. (The yamabushi were followers of Shugendo– a shamanistic mountain ascetism.) Yoshitsune (1159-1189) is the best known Japanese warrior and a popular subject for Japanese artists and craftsmen. Famous for exploits such as the battle on Gojo Bridge with Benkei and the battle of Dan-no-ura. Published by Enshuya Hikobei, 1851-2. Robinson T264.

 
 

Fine impression. This is the first state with gradation on the rocks top left. Fine colour. Very good condition. Signed Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga.

 
 

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Tsukioka YOSHITOSHI (1839-1892)



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A triptych showing the priest Iwakura Sogen in a snowy garden. “Snow” from a set of three half-length portraits of actors with title: Setsugekka no uchi, “Snow, Moon, and Flowers.” Sogen was infatuated with the beautiful courtesan Irokotohime. He broke his vow of chastity and was expelled from his temple. Unfortunately, Irokotohime dies and Sogen is left with just his memories. There are other versions of this story and a play with the actor Onoe Baiko V. Published by Akiyama Buemon, 1890.

 
 

Fine impression of the first edition with variegated and unaltered sub-cartouche. Fine colour and condition. Signed Yoshitoshi ga.

 
 

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Utagawa KUNISADA II (1823-1880)



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A triptych showing the fight on the roof of the Horyukaku Tower of Koga Castle beside the Tone River. A popular scene from the complex novel Nanso Satomi Hakkenden, “The Diary of Eight Dogs” by Takizawa Bakin (1767-1848). The macabre tale revolves around the eight offspring of a supernatural marriage between a princess and her father’s dog and their commitment to restore the fortunes of the samurai house of Satomi. Shows Inuzuka Shino Moritaka defending himself against the chief of police Inukai Kempachi Nobumichi. Published by Tsutaya Kichizo 1854.

 
 

Very good impression, colour and condition. Signed Ichijusai and Baichoro Kunisada ga.

 
 

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