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Famous Beauty Triptych – Chikanobu – The Emperor Meiji – Cool Evening – 1887.

Toyohara Chikanobu   豊原周延   1838 ~ 1912Famous Beauty Triptych – Chikanobu – The Emperor Meiji – Cool Evening – 1887.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912). Bijin-e (Beauty Picture). 
Date: Meiji nijunen (Meiji 20 [1887]). Oban triptych (total) size: 28” x 14” inches. 
Series: Koki noryo no zu (Nobility Taking in the Evening Cool / The Emperor Enjoying the Evening Cool). 
Signed: Yoshi Chikanobu hitsu (artist’s red Tama seal). Publisher’s seal: Tanaka no mi (or bi). 
Fine impression, very good color and condition. Retains original Japanese album backing. 
Minor wrinkling, marks and flaws.

 “The Emperor and Empress enjoying the cool of the evening in a moonlit garden”.

Reference:  
Fig.1 in Portraits of the Emperor Meiji, Impressions 21, Ukiyo-e Society of America, 1999 by Donald Keene.

Chikanobu was one of the most acclaimed masters of the bijin (beauty picture) genre during the Meiji era. His style respects the traditional ukiyo-e artists such as Utagawa Hiroshige, Kitagawa Utamaro and Katsushika Hokusai which he combined with the Western influences that were introduced during the opening of the ports to the West in the Meiji Period. Conversely, Japanese woodblock prints, when discovered in Europe in the 1870’s, created an exciting vogue called Japonisme.

There’s some controversy surrounding Chikanobu’s ‘Nobility Taking in the Evening Cool’ –design. Although technically it’s considered highly impressive some art critics have difficulties with its aesthetics. They suggest that the image is rude, vulgar and disturbing. That it breaks with the norms of all that made Japan so unique and adored among the cultured elite of Europe and America. Rather than to reveal the long-established values of Japan, the emperor and his female entourage show off their modern and excessive-looking western outfits. These critics claim that it is all pose, an allegation of innovation through “apparent comsumption.” Chikanobu, the bijin-e master, was more and more asked to design battle scenes praising the belligerent wars Japan started against China and later Russia. His efforts to provoke the warrior spirit of the Samurai in the setting of modernized combat only intensified the discrepancies fundamental in the seemingly tranquil setting of Nobility Taking in the Evening Cool. The fearless commandants, dressed in uniforms very much alike the one worn by the Emperor Meiji, are portrayed leading the collective nameless infantrymen into battle. By doing this, Chikanobu helped to weaken ukiyo-e as an applicable artistic discipline and unintentionally contributed to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

Nevertheless this controversial print has been added to the collections of numerous museums worldwide such as:

Edo Tokyo Museum
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Princeton University Art Museum


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Rare Yokohama-e Design - Chinese Ship - Utagawa Yoshitora - c.1860.

Rare Yokohama-e Design - Chinese Ship - Utagawa Yoshitora - c.1860.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshitora (act.1850-1880). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: 1860s. Oban tate-e size: 14 1/2" x 9 3/4" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
A very slight horizontal centerfold and some very tiny repairs.

Beautiful Yokohama-e image in Nagasaki-e style representing a Chinese ship. 
The insert image, in the shape of a medaillon, features a Chinaman.


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Utagawa Yoshitora - Italians - Flag - Yokohama-e - c.1860.

Utagawa Yoshitora - Italians - Flag - Yokohama-e - c.1860.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshitora (act.1850-1880). Yokohama-e (Foreigners). 
Date: 1860s. Oban tate-e size: 13 7/8" x 9 1/2" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Very tiny repair upper right corner. Minor marks and flaws otherwise in a wonderful state.

Beautiful Yokohama-e image depicting two Westerners with one of them carrying the Italian flag. 
Yoshitora's use of gauffrage on the trouser's of the man in the background is a nice observing detail.


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Pupil Of Kuniyoshi - Englishman - Daruma Doll - Yokohama-e - c.1861.

Pupil Of Kuniyoshi - Englishman - Daruma Doll - Yokohama-e - c.1861.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by an unknown pupil of Kuniyoshi. Yokohama-e (Foreigners). Date: 1861. 
Oban tate-e size: 14 2/3" x 10" inches. Good impression, color and condition. Backing, some repairs in corners, 
slightly toned, minor marks and flaws.

A nice depiction of an Englisman sitting on a bench with a walking-stick in his hand. 
A striking detail is the daruma doll that lays behind him.


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Utagawa Yoshikazu - Russian Couple - Yokohama-e - 1861.

Utagawa Yoshikazu - Russian Couple - Yokohama-e - 1861.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshikazu (act.1848-1863). Yokohama-e (Foreigners). 
Date: 8/1861. Oban tate-e size: 14 3/8" x 9 7/8" inches. Publisher: Yorozuya Kichibei. Fine impression, 
color and very good condition. Some very small thinning spots, minor marks and flaws otherwise in a superb state.

A wonderful example of a Yokohama-e print at its finest. 

The image shows not only a Russian couple, but also a Russian ship. A striking detail is the print the woman is holding which depicts a foreign couple. It seems like Yoshikazu tells the viewer that his work is so faithful that even foreigners buy them.

> Another impression of this print is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


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Utagawa Hiroshige III - Train - Running Horse - Boats - Yokohama-e - c.1860s.

Utagawa Hiroshige III - Train - Running Horse - Boats - Yokohama-e - c.1860s.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige III (c.1842-1894). Yokohama-e ( Prints depicting Westerners ). Date: c.1860s. Oban tate-e size: 14" x 9" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Some very small repairs, minor wrinkling, marks and flaws.

Wonderful Yokohama-e portrayal of the various ways of transport during the Meiji period.


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Pupil Of Hiroshige - Ricksah, Train And Mountain - Yokohama-e - c.1870s.

Pupil Of Hiroshige - Ricksah, Train And Mountain - Yokohama-e - c.1870s.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by an unknown pupil of Utagawa Hiroshige. Yokohama-e ( Prints depicting Westerners ). Date: c.1870s. Oban tate-e size: 13 2/3" x 9" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. Some very small repairs, minor wrinkling, marks and flaws.

Beautiful Yokohama print depicting some passers-by who are looking at a riding train.

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Utagawa Yoshitora - Steam Locomotive - Yokohama-e - c.1860s.

Utagawa Yoshitora - Steam Locomotive - Yokohama-e - c.1860s.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshitora (act. ca. 1850-1880). Yokohama-e (Prints depicting Westerners). Date: c.1860s. Oban tate-e size: 14" x 9 1/3" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. Some very small repairs, minor wrinkling, marks and flaws.

Striking Yokohama-e design portraying a steam locomotive riding through a tunnel being witnessed by a curious audience. The print gives an unusual viewpoint with the steam locomotive coming towards the beholder.

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Utagawa Hiroshige III - Train At Yokohama Station - Yokohama-e - c.1860s.

Utagawa Hiroshige III - Train At Yokohama Station - Yokohama-e - c.1860s.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige III (c.1842-1894). Yokohama-e ( Prints depicting Westerners ). Date: c.1870s. Oban yoko-e size: 9" x 13 2/3" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Very slight vertical centerfold, some very small professional repairs, minor wrinkling, marks and flaws.

Delightful Yokohama-e design featuring the Yokohama railway station with the arrival of a train.

Like Hiroshige II, Hiroshige III was a student of the famous Ukiyo-e master Utagawa Hiroshige. Hiroshige III married Hiroshige's daughter after she was divorced from Hiroshige II and called himself Hiroshige III. His work was heavily influenced by his father-in-law but at the same time also characterized by a very interesting insight into the industrial and cultural development of his country after the opening to the outside world. One of his favorite subjects were railway stations.

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Utagawa Yoshitora - Chinese Men In Courtyard - Yokohama-e - c.1860.

Utagawa Yoshitora - Chinese Men In Courtyard - Yokohama-e - c.1860.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshitora (act. ca. 1840-1880). Yokohama-e ( Westerners ).
Date: c.1860. Oban tate-e size: 9 1/2" x 14 1/3" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Some light soiling at edges. Small stain at lower left. A few very small hole repairs. In a nice overall state.

Yokohama-e design featuring three Chinese men chatting in a courtyard. A servant with a long braid trailing down his back gestures with his hands as the fellow at left looks back at him. A pair of geese can be seen at lower right, and the room behind them holds a low red lacquer table with stools placed next to it, a bird cage hanging overhead. Rooftops are dotted among green foliage in the background.

A delightful scene with great detail in the setting and figures.

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Utagawa Hiroshige III - Yokohama-e Triptych - Steam Train Rail Road - c.1873.

Utagawa Hiroshige III - Yokohama-e Triptych - Steam Train Rail Road - c.1873.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print triptych by Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842/43-1894). Yokohama-e ( Westerners ). Date: c.1873. Oban tate-e size (each panel): 9 2/3" x 14 1/2" inches. Very good impression, color and condition.
Some browning, minor staining, marks and flaws.

A great Yokohama triptych depicting a steam train entering Yokohama railway station. In the background ships are coming in and departing from Yokohama harbour.


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Utagawa Yoshikazu - Western Woman And Sewing Machine -

Yokohama-e - c.1860.

Utagawa Yoshikazu - Western Woman And Sewing Machine - Yokohama-e - c.1860

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshikazu (act.1848-1863). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: c.1860. Oban tate-e size: 8 7/8" x 13 1/4" inches. Title: 'Gaikokujin ifuku shitate no zu' (Foreign Woman Engaged in Dressmaking). Very good impression, color and condition. Some staining and light creasing at edges.

Delightful Yokohama-e design portraying a Western woman using a sewing machine with a determined expression while her husband and children are playing in the background. Another woman is ironing outside.

A terrific image featuring the habits of foreigners living in Yokohama.


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Utagawa Sadahide - English Merchant Sorting Fabric - Yokohama-e - c.1861.

Utagawa Sadahide - English Merchant Sorting Fabric - Yokohama-e - c.1861.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Sadahide (1807-1873). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: c.1861. Oban tate-e size: 10" x 14 1/3" inches. Title: 'Igirsujin Yokohama orimono nishiki-e kuki no zu (Englishman Sorting Fabric For Trade at Yokohama)'. Signature: Gountei Sadahide. Publisher's seal: Mori Ji Kinshindo. Very good impression, color and condition. Some very small repairs, minor marks and flaws.

Famous Yokohama-e design featuring an English merchant who is seated in front of a large framed portrait of his absent wife. 
This was a common descriptive convention for suggesting both desolation and passion. This is enhanced by the dyed fabric the merchant is holding in his lap which he presumably had purchased for his better half.

Another impression of this design is in The British Museum.


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Utagawa Yoshiiku - Englishman And Woman - Yokohama-e - c.1861.

Utagawa Yoshiiku - Englishman And Woman - Yokohama-e - c.1861.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904). Yokohama-e (Westerners). Date: c.1861. 
Oban tate-e size: 9 3/4" x 14 2/3" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. Only minor marks and flaws. 
In a nearly flawless state.

A great Yokohama-e design portraying an English couple. The man is holding an umbrella and a walking-stick


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Utagawa Yoshitora - French Lady And Child - Yokohama-e - 1861.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshitora (act. ca. 1840-1880). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: January 1861. Oban tate-e size: 9 3/4" x 14 1/2" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Three very small repairs, minor marks and flaws.

A well-known Yokohama-e design portraying a French lady holding an umbrella with her child standing behind her.


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Utagawa Yoshitora - Man And Woman With Musical Instruments - 

Yokohama-e - c.1861.

Utagawa Yoshitora - Man And Woman With Musical Instruments - Yokohama-e - c.1861

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshitora (act. ca. 1840-1880). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: c.1861. Oban tate-e size: 9 1/2" x 14 1/3" inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Thinning area at left border, some very small repairs.

Wonderful Yokohama-e design depicting a Western man with an accordion and a Western woman with a trumpet.


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Utagawa Yoshitora - Frenchman And Oiran - Yokohama-e - c.1861.

Utagawa Yoshitora - Frenchman And Oiran - Yokohama-e - c.1861.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshitora (act. ca. 1840-1880). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: c.1861. Oban tate-e size: 10" x 14 1/3" inches. Good impression, color and condition. 
Three very small repairs, minor marks and flaws.

Delightful Yokohama-e design portraying a Frenchman encountering a high-class Japanese prostitute. 
The woman wears a kimono with a dragon motif.

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Rare Utagawa Kuniteru - Yokohama-e Triptych - View Of Tsukiji Teppozu, Tokyo - c.1860s.

Rare Utagawa Kuniteru - Yokohama-e Triptych - View Of Tsukiji Teppozu, Tokyo - c.1860s.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kuniteru (1808-1876). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: c.1860s. Oban triptych size ( each panel approx. ): 14 1/3" x 9 3/4" inches. 
Title: ' View of Tsukiji Teppozu, Tokyo'. Three panels out of six panels. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Very slightly soiled and toned, right panel with minor stains.

Impressive and rare yokohama-e triptych portraying a view of Tsukiji Teppozu in Tokyo with the many foreign embassies and consulates that were based there. The image gives an insightful look into the daily life during that period and the interaction between the Japanese and the foreigners.

The Japanese text below the image contains specific information on the concerning buildings and their purposes.

A design with great historic importance.


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Utagawa Sadahide - Yokohama-e - French Girl And Dog - c.1860.

Utagawa Sadahide - Yokohama-e - French Girl And Dog - c.1860.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Sadahide (1807-1873). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: c.1860. Oban tate-e size: 14 1/2" x 10" inches. 
Title: 'Furansujin komusume hikiinu sampo no zu (A French Girl Strolling With a Dog)'. 
Very good impression, color and near fine condition. Very minor marks and flaws. Untrimmed.

A delightful yokohama-e design featuring a French girl strolling with her dog accompanied 
by a Javanese servant.


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Rare Chikanobu Masterpiece - Noble Women In European Clothes - c.1889.

Rare Chikanobu Masterpiece - Noble Women In European Clothes - c.1889.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Toyohara (aka. Yoshu) Chikanobu (1838-1912). 
Date: 1889. Bijin-ga (Beauty print). Oban tate-e size: 9 1/4" x 14" inches. 
Series:'Customs of the Capital Displayed by Homonyms of the Word Fuku'. Title: 'You-fuku'. 
Excellent impression (with metallic pigments and gauffrage), color and near fine condition. 
Thinly backed otherwise in a magnificent state.

This exceptional work is considered to be the masterwork of the "Customs"-series and is a very colorful illustration of the rapid transformation of Japan during the Meiji Period. The title of the print 'You-fuku' refers to occidental clothes. The two young Japanese women depicted here are members of the high society and are wearing, just as the little girl who's holding a dog on a leash in front of them, wonderful imported European clothing while standing under cherry blossoms. Except for their delicate faces, they almost entirely emulate the European woman of the time.

Here you can find another impression of this > Chikanobu 'You-fuku' piece !

A truly wonderful piece of art !


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Utagawa Toyokuni III - Priest And Child - Early Yokohama-e - c.1856.

Utagawa Toyokuni III - Priest And Child - Early Yokohama-e - c.1856.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Toyokuni III (aka. Kunisada) (1786-1865). Yokohama-e (Westerners). Date: 1856. Oban tate-e size: 9 7/8" x 14 3/8" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. Some minor wrinkling and soiling otherwise in a very good state with a strong ink-bleed through to verso.

Attractive kabuki double portrait displaying the young boy Kato Ishidomaru meeting his father, who has emerged as the priest Karukaya Doshin. His father was a daimyo who fled his station and title and became a priest to break away from his jealous wife. His son searched for him, lastly recognizing him by a birthmark, but the man denied his true identity. Here Doshin looks down at his son, his lips tightly pursed in a frown as he examines the boy's face closely. The young boy looks up at him with a beseeching expression, his eyebrows raised.

A charming early Yokohama-e design !


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Horse Drawn Streetcar - Yokohama-e - c.1860.

Horse Drawn Streetcar - Yokohama-e - c.1860.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock print by an unknown artist. Yokohama-e (Westerners). Date: c.1860s. 
Oban tate-e size: 9 1/2" x 14 1/4" inches. Very good impression, color and near fine condition. 
Very minor marks and flaws only. Originally part of a triptych but this panel can also stand on his own.

Energetic design of a busy street during the Meiji era, with a horse-drawn streetcar galloping across a bridge at right. Strollers share the road with rickshaws and riders on horseback on both sides of the waterway, with boats moving goods up and down the river.

An alluring spring scene with blossoming cherry trees and vibrant color.


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Utagawa Kuniteru II - Stage Coach - Child And Dog - Yokohama-e - c.1860.

Utagawa Kuniteru II - Stage Coach - Child And Dog - Yokohama-e - c.1860.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Kuniteru II (1830-1874). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: c.1860s. Oban tate-e size: 8 1/2" x 13 1/8" inches. Very good impression, color and near fine condition. 
Some minor marks and flaws otherwise in a very good state with a strong ink-bleed through to verso.

Fascinating scene of a streetcar drawn by a team of gray horses galloping along a busy street. 
A coachman in a purple jacket and top hat uses a riding crop on the horses as a young boy and a dog race 
next to the vehicle. The street is lined with modern stone buildings and blossoming cherry trees.

An interesting view of the rapid modernization of Japan during the Meiji era.

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Utagawa Yoshitora - Beauties On Bridge - Yokohama-e - c.1860.

Utagawa Yoshitora - Beauties On Bridge - Yokohama-e - c.1860.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshitora (act. c.1840-1880). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: 1860s. Oban tate-e size: 8 3/4" x 13 1/8" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Some minor soiling otherwise in a very good state with a strong ink-bleed through to verso.

Delightful scene of beauties who pause as they walk across a new stone bridge to look at the water below. 
One woman hangs over the railing as her companion gestures to the rest of the group. 
A rickshaw passes by and strollers and laborers walk alongside the street lined with shops. 
Cherry trees covered with pink blossoms frame the view.

An interesting composition.


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Tsutsui Toshimine - Wounded Woman - Yokohama-e - c.1883.

Tsutsui Toshimine - Wounded Woman - Yokohama-e - c.1883.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Tsutsui Toshimine (1863-1934). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: 1883/84. Oban tate-e size: 9 7/8" x 14 3/8" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Series: 'Brocade Pictures for Moral Education' (Nishiki e shűshindan maki roku). 
Backed, some minor rubbing and soiling otherwise in a very good state.

A lovely design from a six-volume series of woodblock prints dated from 1883-1884 illustrating moral teachings. 
These pictures were most probably used for classroom instruction on moral education, named "shushin" (which means 'self-discipline') a program developed by the Japanese government in reaction to the noticed lapse in public morals, attributed to poor Western influences. Some of the artists attributed to the series are Toshimitsu, Toshimine and Toshikata, many of them pupils of the great Ukiyo-e master Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. These images depict realistically drawn scenes from ancient to modern times, clarifying the highest standards of behavior. These charming prints include Japanese in both traditional and Western-style clothing and a variety of Westerners.

A fascinating series, rarely seen.


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Tsutsui Toshimine - Western Mother And Child - Yokohama-e - c.1883.

Tsutsui Toshimine - Western Mother And Child - Yokohama-e - c.1883.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Tsutsui Toshimine (1863-1934). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: 1883/84. Oban tate-e size: 8 1/2" x 13 1/4" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Series: 'Brocade Pictures for Moral Education' (Nishiki e shűshindan maki roku). 
Title: 'Honesty is Always Rewarded by Men or Gods'. Light paper remnants on reverse, some minor soiling 
otherwise in a very good state.

A lovely yokohama-e design !

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Unknown Artist - Poor Western Family - Yokohama-e - c.1883.

Unknown Artist - Poor Western Family - Yokohama-e - c.1883.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Unknown Artist. Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: 1883/84. Oban tate-e size: 8 1/2" x 13 1/4" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Series: 'Brocade Pictures for Moral Education' (Nishiki e shűshindan maki roku). 
Backed, some minor rubbing and soiling otherwise in a very good state.

Delicate yokohama-e design featuring an attractive 'melodramatic' setting !

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Tsutsui Toshimine - Wounded Man And Lovely Girl - Yokohama-e - c.1883.

Tsutsui Toshimine - Wounded Man And Lovely Girl - Yokohama-e - c.1883.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Tsutsui Toshimine (1863-1934). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: 1883/84. Oban tate-e size: 8 1/2" x 13 1/4" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Series: 'Brocade Pictures for Moral Education' (Nishiki e shűshindan maki roku). 
Title: 'Merciful Girls Are Better Than Saints'. Some very minor thinning at edges otherwise in a very good state.

A rare yokohama-e design with great historic relevance !

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Tsutsui Toshimine - Crying Child - Yokohama-e - c.1883.

Tsutsui Toshimine - Crying Child - Yokohama-e - c.1883.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Tsutsui Toshimine (1863-1934). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: 1883/84. Oban tate-e size: 8 1/2" x 13 1/4" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Series: 'Brocade Pictures for Moral Education' (Nishiki e shűshindan maki roku). 
Backed, some minor rubbing and soiling otherwise in a very good state.

Very nice yokohama-e image of a disobedient Western child who gets a box on the ear of her father.

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Rare Kunitoshi - Yokohama-e - Ladies In Western Attire - c.1860.

Rare Kunitoshi - Yokohama-e - Ladies In Western Attire - c.1860.

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Original Japanese woodblock print Kunitoshi (1847-1899). Yokohama-e (Westerners). Date: c.1860s. 
Oban tate-e size: 9 1/4" x 13 7/8" inches. Signed: Kunitoshi. Very good impression, color and condition. 
A few light spots, a very slight horizontal fold, overall in a nice state.

Fascinating portrait of two Japanese women dressed in the latest Western fashions. Both wear long dresses with full skirts and overskirts pulled into bustles at the back. The tightly fitted bodices feature long sleeves and high collars, and each woman wears an elaborate hat decorated with feathers. An arrangement of blossoming branches sits in a large blue vase on a low red lacquer table at right. Nicely detailed and attractively colored. A strikingly rare detail is the artist's name which appears in English cursive at lower right instead of in Japanese. Another Western-influenced detail are the shadows on the overskirt of the woman on the left.

A handsome and unusual design showcasing the rapid modenization of Japan during the Meiji era.


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Rare Yoshimori - Yokohama-e - United States Sailing Ship - c.1872.

Rare Yoshimori - Yokohama-e - United States Sailing Ship - c.1872.

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Original Japanese woodblock print Utagawa Yoshimori (1830-1884). Yokohama-e (Westerners). Date: 10/1872. 
Oban tate-e size: 8 1/4" x 13" inches. Signed: Kōsai sha (Yoshimori). Publisher: Ōtaya Takichi. 
Title: 'An American Ship in the Open Sea off Arai'. Series: 'Painting and Calligraphy of the Fifty-Three Stations' (Shoga gojūsan eki). Fine impression (with gauffrage), very good color and condition. Backed with paper, horizontal centerfold (now flattened!), some very small wormhole repairs, minor wear and soiling. Generally in a very good condition overall.

Magnificent design of a United States ship making its way through rough seas. The sails billowing and flags and pennants fluttering in the wind. The three masts rise above the frame of the lower image, giving the ship an impressive size and adding a real sense of depth to the scene. White-capped waves crash against the bow as the sea gently rolls, and a soft golden yellow glow spreads along the horizon. The telegraph was soon introduced to Japan and interest in this new technology can be seen the telegraph pole included in the design on the right.

One of the most dramatic images from this series, beautifully composed and detailed. 
Fine cloth embossing in the background of the calligraphy panel across the top.


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Original Rare Yokohama-e Triptych Westerners.Yoshiiku 1861.

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Original very rare antique Japanese color woodblock Yoshiiku (1833-1904), Triptych, Yokohama-e (Westerners), 1861. 
Very good condition. Size: Three panels of 14 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. Title: ' Bankoku danjo jimbutsu zue' (Portraits of male and female of foreign countries) Trimmed into image, a few small repairs, minor wear and soiling. Strong inkbleed through, no backing!Yoshiiku was a ukiyo-e print artist and illustrator, son of a teahouse proprietor in the Yoshiwara. He became a pupil of Kuniyoshi, after the Meiji Restoration. He became popular as a newspaper illustrator. He was involved in a lifetime rivalry with another student of Kuniyoshi, namely Yoshitoshi. There's even the story that Yoshiiku bullied him. This print is recited a Yokohama-e masterpiece a bizarre and hilarious depiction of westerners, mythical figures (Ashinaga with the long legs and Tenaga with the long arms!), an elephant with a midget on his back, two men carrying a pierced man...etc.

This is a great piece of art and very much sought after !


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Nagasaki-e - Anonymous

Dutchman And Attendant And Dog - 1805.

 

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Anonymous. Nagasaki-e (Nagasaki print). 
Date: c.1805. Size: 10 1/2" x 4 1/2" inches.  Fair impression and condition. Soiling, browning, toning, backing and some very small repairs. Depicted is a pipe smoking Dutchman accompanied by an attendant and his dog !

Nagasaki-e are Japanese woodblock prints that depict foreigners (Mostly the Dutch!), their ships or their exotic animal presents. The prime time of these prints was from 1800 to 1860 and were made for and bought by Japanese who had hardly ever a chance to see this strange looking foreigners! Nagasaki-e are even more rare than Yokohama-e. ( These later prints show foreigners and their technical achievements from the enclave of Yokohama ).

A very charming print !


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Nagasaki-e - Anonymous - Steamboat - 1805.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Anonymous. Nagasaki-e (Nagasaki print). 
Size: 12" x 8 2/3" inches. Date: c.1805. Very good impression, color and condition. Very slightly soiled, vertical centerfold, minor marks and flaws.Title: 'Jokisen no zu' (Steamboat). The figurehead is a striking detail !
Nagasaki prints are highly treasured by collectors !

A wonderful boat scene !


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Yoshitora - Rare Yokohama-e  - Chinese Servant On Horse - c.1861.

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Original Japanese woodblock print "by Yoshitora (active ca.1850-1880). Yokohama-e (Westerner print). 
Date: c.1861. Size: 14 1/2" x 9 3/4". Very good impression, color and condition. 
Full size, very slightly folded ( hardly traceable ! ) minor marks and flaws. Depiction of a Chinese servant on a horse. 
Chinese people were very rarely depicted as a main subject in the Yokohama-e genre. 

The depiction of the horse is clearly influenced by the Western (European) copperplate engravings.


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Kyoiku Nishike-e - John James Audubon - Bird Naturalist - c.1873.

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Original Japanese woodblock print Anonymous. Kyoiku Nishike-e (Educational Colored Woodblock Prints). 
Date: c.1873.Size: 13 3/4" x 9 1/4". Series: "Great Names of the West. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Minor marks and flaws only. A comical depiction of the famous bird naturalist John James Audubon.

This print is from a series of 14 designs all depicting famous names (mainly scientists). 
These kind of prints are called "Kyoiku Nishiki-e (Educational Colored Woodblock Prints)" or "Youdou Katei Kyoiku-you Kaiga (Pictures for home education)" and were published by the Ministry of Education to help education in families with small children. The University of Tsukuba Library holds about 100 sheets of them.


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Yoshitora - Rare Yokohama-e  - Chinese Servant And Dog - c.1861.

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Original Japanese woodblock print by Yoshitora (active ca.1850-1880). Yokohama-e (Westerner print). 
Date: c.1861.  Size: 14" x 10". Series: "Views of Famous Places in Yokohama in Bushu". ('Bushu Yokohama meishô no zu'. Publisher: Inshuya Hikobei. Very good impression, color and condition. Slightly faded, minor marks and flaws. Depiction of a Chinese servant accompanied by a hungry dog. 

Chinese people were very rarely depicted as a main subject in the Yokohama-e genre.


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Original Yoshikazu -Westerners -Americans.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Yoshikazu (fl. ca.1850-60's). Very good condition, color and impression. 
Date: ca.1860. Total size: 14 1/4" x 9 3/4" inches.  Yokohama-e (Westerners) depiction of American tourists on a ferry! Wonderful inkbleed through! Margin trimming, otherwise very good state! Yoshikazu was a ukiyo-e print artist specialized in the Yokohama-e genre and a pupil of Kuniyoshi. 

A magnificent Yokohama print ! 


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Original Woodblock -Westerners -Train -Boats.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Anonymous. Very good condition, color and impression. 
Date: ca.1873. Total size: 14" x 9 1/2" inches.  Yokohama-e (Westerners) depiction of a Yokohama train with in the foreground ricksah's and boats in the background! Wonderful inkbleed through! Margin trimming, one 1/8 inch hole, otherwise very good state!  

A beautiful and interesting Yokohama print ! 


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Original Rare Antique Yokohama-e Oriental Couple 1860.

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Original rare antique Japanese color woodblock Sadahide ( 1807~1873). Very good condition. Circa 1860. 
Oban tate-e format: 13 3/4" x 9 1/4 " inches. A yokohama-e depicting a Chinese appreciating a Japanese fan! 
From the series: ' Seisha ikoku Jinbutsu' ! (' True sketch of foreigners') Trimmed, light wear and soiling, otherwise magnificent state ! Signature in red on the right side! Sadahide's original name was Hashimoto. 
He was a pupil of Kunisada.Best appreciated and noted are his Yokohama-e - prints from the Western enclave of Yokohama depicting scenes with Westerners. Yokohama prints always show interesting subjects and are very charming in their use of Western painting techniques. 

These kind of prints are very rare and much sought after !


 


 

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