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Shunga – Koban – Courtesan With Infant – Okubi-e – c.1830.

Shunga – Koban – Courtesan With Infant – Okubi-e – c.1830.
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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock print by a prominent member of the Utagawa School.
Shunga
(Spring picture). Date: c.1830s. Size: 4 1/2” x 6 3/4” inches.
Excellent early impression (with embossing), color and condition.

Thin backing otherwise in a magnificent state. Wonderful metallic printing (to the kimono’s), 
black lacquer (urushi-e) to the black parts and gauffrage to various areas

“A charming okubi-e (close-up portrait) of a courtesan and a young boy wearing a characteristic hairdo.”


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Very Rare Musha-e – The Fearless Swordsman Ariô Maru Fighting An Octopus

Utagawa Kuniyoshi  歌川 国芳  – c.1834.

 

 

Ario-maru 有王丸

Very Rare Musha-e – The Fearless Swordsman Ariô Maru Fighting An Octopus - Kuniyoshi – c.1834.


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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). 
Musha-e
(Prints depicting warriors). Date: c.1834-35. Signed: Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga.
Title: ‘Ario-maru’. Publisher: Kawaguchi-ya Chôzô. Censor seal: Kiwame. 
Oban tate-e size: 14 1/2” x 10” inches. Very good impression, color and condition.
Slightly faded otherwise minor marks and flaws only. Almost full size.

“Ariô Maru on the sea-shore, sword in hand, struggling with a gigantic octopus while on his way
to Kikai-jima  in quest of his exiled master Shunkwan (1177).Kuniyoshi’s depiction may have been influenced by an 1806 book illustration by Toyohiro (1773-1828) where
  an enormous > octopus
with huge protuberant eyes
 is assaulting a ship full of horrified passengers – that is, all but Ariô Maru who has fearlessly raised his sword about to slice off the closest tentacle of this monster.”

Notes: Provenance: B.W. Robinson Collection. (The Warrior Prints, S1c13).

Another impression of this print is in the collection of The British Museum.

A superb piece !


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Well-Known Warrior Print – 100 Aspects Of The Moon – Soga Brother


Goro Tokimune 
Yoshitoshi – c.1885.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi  月岡 芳年

Well-Known Warrior Print – 100 Aspects Of The Moon – Soga Brother – Goro Tokimune - Yoshitoshi – c.1885.


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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). 
Musha-e
(Prints depicting warriors). Date: 12/1885. Signed (with artist’s seal): Yoshitoshi no in
Title: Ugo no sangetsu – Tokimune (Mountain Moon After Rain – Tokimune)’
Series: Tsuki hyakushi (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon)’
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon. Engraver: Enkatsu. Oban tate-e size: 13 3/4” x 9 1/4” inches. 
Fine (first edition) early impression with strongly visible woodgrain in the sky, color and near fine condition. 
A little nick, minor marks and flaws otherwise in a very nice state.

“A marvellous portrayal of Goro Tokimune, the younger and more reckless of the two Soga brothers. Soga Monogatari is probably the most popular subject in Japanese literature, drama and ukiyo-e. There were over twenty kabuki plays written about the Soga brothers legend. In this illustration, Goro Tokimune is depicted as a handsome young man with his sword drawn, pushing the sleeves of his robe up to his shoulders, just a moment before he commits his act of revenge on Kudo Suketsune who had murdered his father when he and his brother were still small children. Tokimune’s monumental figure is drawn with incredible detail with the Japanese cuckoo (hototogisu) flying in front of the crescent moon foreshadowing of what is to occur.”

About the series: “The One Hundred Aspects of the Moon is Yoshitoshi’s best-known series. For the diverse subjects of the series Yoshitoshi drew inspiration from history, myths, literature and contemporary subjects. While this series comprises some of his best work, there are also several uninspired designs. It is said that first editions of each design invariably sold out on the first day of publication. Impressions ran into the thousands and it is worthwile to compare early and late impressions. Clean and sharp first impressions are becoming rarer nowadays, but later impressions of most designs are still easy to find, though the colors of the late editions have often lost much of their subtlety. Upon completion of the series its publisher, Akiyama Buemon, made it available in bound sets. The quality of these sets varies greatly: sets of fine early impressions exist, but there are also those of doubtful quality...” (Beauty & Violence, Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839~1892 by Robert Schaap).

Other impressions of the ‘Mountain Moon After Rain’ – design are in the collection of the following museums: The British Museum, The Edo Tokyo Museum,The Tokyo Metro Library and The Waseda University Theatre Museum.

Reference: John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 9.

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Important Yokohama-e Masterpiece – Hunting Dutchmen

Monkey Mountain – Yoshiiku – c.1861.

Utagawa Yoshiiku  歌川 芳幾

Important Yokohama-e Masterpiece – Hunting Dutchmen – Monkey Mountain – Yoshiiku – c.1861.


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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Yoshiiku ( 1833~1904 ). 
Yokohama-e
(Prints depicting Westerners). Date: Bunkyu I/1 (1/1861). 
Signed: Ikkeisai Yoshiiku ga. Title: ‘Yama-saru’ (Truthful Representation of Monkey Mountain)
Series: ‘Shashinkyô (Mirror of True Photographic Views)
Publisher: Kagiya Shojiro. Censor seal (with date): Aratame. Oban tate-e size: 13 2/3” x 9” inches. 
Fine impression, very good color and condition. Some trimming, some tiny hole repairs, left margin (partly) repaired, thinly backed, minor marks and flaws. The print has been extensively polished to the entire surface to give it the look of an oil painting and still has fresh colors.

“A marvellous design featuring three Dutchmen hunting monkeys.Yoshiiku’s master Kuniyoshi, who died in the same year this print was published, was at the end of his career clearly fascinated and influenced by European art and the detailed renderings (shadow effects) of its copperplate engravings. His legacy included all kinds of study material and documents on Western art which his students and particularly Yoshiiku eagerly adapted. It was his goal to achieve a greater realism by mimicking photography.This design is a masterful example of Yoshiiku’s endeavor”

Yoshiiku, son of a tea house owner, was Yoshitoshi’s primary rival. This already started when they studied under Kuniyoshi and continued in their later careers when they stood on their own feet. Yoshiiku was a popular newspaper illustrator and was specialized in the Yokohama-e genre. Although his career was somewhat overshadowed by his mischief Yoshitoshi this print proofs he was an excellent designer. This ‘Mirror of True Photographic Views’ –series was among Yoshiiku’s best work.

Another impression of this print is in the collection of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

A seldomly seen piece !


 

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Yokohama-e – English Couple – Mount Fuji – Woman On Horse – Yoshitora – c.1861.

Utagawa Yoshitora  歌川 芳虎
Yokohama-e – English Couple – Mount Fuji – Woman On Horse – Yoshitora – c.1861.
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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Yoshitora (act. ca. 1840-1880). 
Yokohama-e
(Prints featuring Westerners). Date: January 1861. Signed: Utagawa Yoshitora ga. 
Title: ‘Yoshidabashi no rakugan’ (Descending Geese at Yoshida Bridge)
From the series: Bushu Yokohama hakkei (Eight Views of Yokohama, Musashi Province)
Oban tate-e size: 14” x 10 1/3” inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Some minute holes, minor marks and flaws.

“A delightful design portraying an Englishman and his wife (sitting sideways on a horse) are looking out over the rice fields near Mount Fuji.”

Another impression of this print is in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


 

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Civilisation Print – Azuma Bridge – Hiroshige III – c.1890.

Utagawa Hiroshige III

  歌川広重 代目
Civilisation Print – Azuma Bridge – Hiroshige III – c.1890.
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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842-1894). 
Meisho-e
(Prints featuring famous places in Tokyo). Date: c.1890. Signed: Hiroshige ga. 
Title: ‘View of Mukojima Seen From Azuma Bridge’
Series: ‘Tokyo meisho shasnin junikei’ (Twelve Pictures of Views of Famous Places of Tokyo)
Oban tate-e size: 14 1/5” x 9 1/2” inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
One tiny hole and a slight (bartely visible!) centerfold, minor marks and flaws.

“A nice picture of pedestrians, a ricksah and a cart crossing the iron Azuma bridge (re-constructed in 1887) with the geisha district Mukojima in the background.”


 

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Kunitoshi – Beauties – Train – Famous Places In Tokyo – c.1870.

Utagawa Kunitoshi  歌川 国利
Kunitoshi – Beauties – Train – Famous Places In Tokyo – c.1870.
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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunitoshi (1847–1899). 
Meisho-e
(prints of famous places in Japan). Date: c.1870s. Oban tate-e size: 14 1/8” x 9” inches. 
Series: Famous Places of Tokyo. Title: Steam Train at Shinbashi Station
Fine impression, color and very good condition. 
Some minor wrinkling and creasing, marks and flaws but overall in a very good state.

“A charming meisho-e piece of a steam train arriving at the famous Shinbashi station in Tokyo. 
The beauties in the foreground are all dressed in Western outfits.”

Utagawa Kunitoshi was a student of Kunisada (1786-1865) and Utagawa Kunitsugu (1800-1861). 
After the death of Kunisada died he studied under Kunisada II (1823-1880). He was specialized in Yokohama-e (prints depicting Westerners), meisho-e and kaika-e (enlightenment prints) and was also a very talented etcher.


 

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Yokohama-e – English Couple With Dog – Woman Holding A Yokohama Print 

Yoshikazu – c.1861.

 

Utagawa  Yoshikazu  歌川芳員Yokohama-e – English Couple With Dog – Woman Holding A Yokohama Print – Yoshikazu – c.1861.
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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Yoshikazu (act. c.1850-1870). 
Yokohama-e
(Prints depicting foreigners). Date: c.1861. Signed: Ichikawa Yoshikazu ga. 
Series: ‘An Exact Likeness of the English aka Exact Portrayals (Shoutsushi igirisujin)’
Oban tate-e size: 14 1/3” x 9 3/4” inches. Very good impression, good color and condition. 
Some fading, minor soiling and some small repaired thinning spots. No backing.

“A lovely Yokohama-e print representing an English couple. The wife is showing a Yokohama print portraying two foreigners (these portraits usually conveyed considerable individual appeal) while her husband is holding their dog on a leach.”

Reference:  
on p.130 (Fig.20) in Yokohama ukiyo-e, Yonemura, Yokohama Prints From Nineteenth Century Japan.

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Another impression of this print is in The Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art.


 

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Yokohama-e – Mother And Children Yoshikazu – c.1860.

 

Utagawa  Yoshikazu  歌川芳員Yokohama-e – English Couple With Dog – Mother And Children – Yoshikazu – c.1860.
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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Yoshikazu (act. c.1850-1870). 
Yokohama-e
(Prints depicting foreigners). Date: 10/1860. Signed: Ichikawa Yoshikazu ga. 
Title: ‘A Foreigner Enjoying Her Children.’ Oban tate-e size: 14 1/3” x 9 3/4” inches. 
Very good impression, good color and condition. Some very small wormhole repairs. No backing.

“This famous Yokohama-e print features a foreign mother and the love for her children. For the Japanese the “unusual” way she is holding her youngest child in the crook of her arm rather than on her back is very amusing.”

Other impressions of this print are in The Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art and in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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Townscape – Yoshiwara District – Famous Cherry Tree – Ando Hiroshige – c.1840.

 

Andō Hiroshige  安藤 広重  ( 1797 ~ 1858 )Townscape – Yoshiwara District – Famous Cherry Tree – Ando Hiroshige – c.1840.
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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Ando Hiroshige (1797-1858). 
Townscape print. Date: 1840-1842. Signed: Hiroshige ga. 
Title: ‘Spring Scene at Naka-no-cho in the New Yoshiwara (Shin-Yoshiwara Naka-no-cho haru no kei).’ 
Series: ‘Famous Places in Edo, Newly Selected (Shinsen Edo meisho).’ 
Oban yoko-e size: 9 3/4” x 14 1/2” inches. Very good impression, color and condition. 
Minor soiling and some small repaired thinning spots. No backing and virtually full size.

“A large crowd of courtesans (prostitutes) and attendants holding umbrella’s are parading Yoshiwara’s main street at the height of cherry-blossom season. A nice atmospheric scene of the busy streets of the Yoshiwara (red-light district) in Edo. This particular area was called Shin-Yoshiwara and was famous for its cherry tree.”

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Other impressions of this print are in the Museum of Fine Arts and in the British Museum.


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Wonderful Comic Print – Taiso Yoshitoshi – Giant Octopus With Fishermen – c.1881.

 

Taiso Yoshitoshi  大蘇 芳年Wonderful Comic Print – Taiso Yoshitoshi – Giant Octopus With Fishermen – c.1881.
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Description:
Original antique Japanese color woodblock print by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892). 
Giga-e
(Comic print). Date: 1/1881. Size: 9 2/5” x 7” inches. 
Series: ‘Tokyo Kaika Kyoga Meisho (Comic Pictures of Famous Places in Enlightened Tokyo)’. 
Title: ‘A Giant Octopus Takes on All Corners at the Fish Market at Nihonbashi’. 
Signed: Oju Yoshitoshi kyoga (crazy pictures by Yoshitoshi). Publisher: Tsunashima. 
Fine impression, color and near fine condition. Some very tiny (tissue backed) wormholes.

“A hilarious image featuring...representing... some fishermen are fighting a giant rebellious octopus they just caught. Shortly before the octopus was lying on the cart as the pricker in his head indicates. In all the excitement some of the other fishing (such as shrimp and oysters) is on the street. The fisherman with the tattooed shoulder who’s battling with the octopus over the cart handle is an amusing detail.”

The Tokyo Kaika Kyoga Meisho was a humorous series with caricatures drawn by Yoshitoshi to illustrate striking aspects of modern life in Tokyo.

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A magnificent piece !


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Utagawa Hiroshige III   歌川広重 代目  ( 1842~1894 )

Yokohama-e Triptych – Mansion House Teppocho – c.1860.

Utagawa Hiroshige III ( 1842-1894 ) - Yokohama-e Triptych – Mansion House Teppocho – c.1860.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842-1892). Yokohama-e (Westerners). 
Date: c.1860.Oban triptych (total) size: 27” x 10” inches. Title: Mansion House for Foreigners at Teppocho. 
Signed: Hiroshige ga. Very good impression, color and condition. Some minor creasing, small restorations and small thinning spots. No backing.

 “A charming triptych featuring various foreigners gathering at a mansion house in Teppocho. In front of the building three street performers wearing funny masks provide entertainment to the amusement of passersby and inhabitants of the mansion. In the background the harbour is partly visible.”

Hiroshige III (1842-1894),born Goto Tarakichi, was a pupil of Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) and married his master’s daughter Otatsu when she divorced Hiroshige II. He worked in a similar artistic style as his master and was specialized in depicting trains and Westerners. He gave himself the nickname Meiji Hiroshige. In the past he was an unjustly undervalued artist but recent studies of Japanese woodblock art during the Meiji Period has reversed this.

An invaluable historical document !


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Toyohara Chikanobu   豊原周延   ( 1838~1912 )

Famous Beauty Triptych – Ama Divers And Octopi – Court Ladies - c.1880.

Toyohara Chikanobu  ( 1838-1912 ) - Famous Beauty Triptych – Ama Divers And Octopi – Court Ladies - c.1880.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912). Bijin-e (Beauty Picture). 
Date: c.1880. Oban triptych size (each panel): 14 3/4” x 10” inches. Series: Signed: Yoshi Chikanobu hitsu (artist’s red Tama seal). Publisher: Hashimoto Shinzo. Fine impression (with embossing, lacquer and mica), color and very good condition. Minor creasing and staining, some very tiny holes, some small thinning spots but overall in a very good state. Full size, not backed.

Chikanobu was an important and prolific Meiji artist whose favorite subjects were historical and mythological legends, war scenes and genre scenes featuring women and children. He was a student of Toyohara Kunichika and concentrated, like his contemporary Yoshitoshi, on the history and traditional values of ancient Japan.

This is one of Chikanobu’s greatest and rarest triptych designs !


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Oban – Shunsen – Beauties And Child – Landscape – c.1810.

Katsukawa Shunsen  勝川 春扇Oban – Shunsen – Beauties And Child – Landscape – c.1810.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Katsukawa Shunsen (1762-1830). Bijin-ga (Beauty Picture). 
Date: c.1810s. Oban yoko-e size: 14” x 9” inches. Fine impression, very fresh colors and near fine condition. 
One small thinning spot and some minor marks and flaws only.

 “A very charming scene featuring three beauties and a young child picking herbs in the countryside. 
During their activities the women are distracted by the cheerful infant”.

Katsukawa Shunsen was a ukiyo-e print artist and illustrator; he was an important pupil of the Katsukawa school and studied under Torin III, then under Shun-ei (from whom he received the name Shunsen). Shunsen was specialized in the most popular ukiyo-e genres: the landscape and that of beautiful women (bijin-ga). Later in his career he dedicated himself to ceramic painting.


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Wonderful Rare Triptych With Five Changeable Central Acts – Italian Circus

Baido Masanobu – c.1886.

歌川 政信Wonderful Rare Triptych With Five Changeable Central Acts – Italian Circus. Baido Masanobu – c.1886.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa (aka. Baido) Masanobu (act.1882-1887). Date: c.1886. 
Civilization print. Oban triptych size: 28 2/3" x 14 2/3" inches. Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Title: ‘Italian Circus’. Signed: Baido Masanobu hitsu. Panels attached, a couple of very tiny wormholes (mainly borders), very slight staining and wrinkling. Overall in a very nice state!

A strikingly detailed triptych depicting an Italian circus company performing for a Japanese audience. The central sheet has five changeable central acts which feature respectively tigers in a cage jumping through flaming hoops, horseback stunt riders wearing bird wigs, elephants balancing on a stool and doing a head stand, prancing horses and two acrobats, and a clown in a carriage pulled by a horse surrounded by acrobats (two of them with an amputated leg). 
An amusing detail is the monkey sitting on the black horse wearing human clothes.

This particular circus, the Royal Italian Circus, was lead by the famous > Giuseppe Chiarini, who was one of the most important and innovative circus directors of his time in the world.

Little is known about the artist Utagawa Masanobu. He was a late pupil of the Utagawa School and active as a designer for only a short period of time (5 years!) in which he created several attractive designs featuring the circus.

The Edo-Tokyo Museum and the Harvard Art Museum have impressions of this triptych in their collection.
On the following page > Circopedia you can find 
more info on this triptych including a translation of the Japanese text in the central panel !

A rare museum piece !


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Famous Diptych Masterpiece – Warrior In Snow - Yoshitoshi – c.1886.

Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). Date: c.1886. Kakemono-e (vertical oban diptych) size: ca.15 1/8" x 10 1/10" (the above print) and ca.14 1/5” x 10 1/10“ (the below print). Fine (first edition) impression, very good color and condition. Title: ‘Rin Chû Kills Officer Riku Near the Temple of the Mountain Spirit’ (Hyôshito Rin Chû sanshinbyô no mae ni oito riku gukô o korosu). Signed: Ôju Yoshitoshi hitsu. Seal: Yoshitoshi no in. Publisher: Matsui Eikichi. Minor wear and soiling, marks and flaws. Full size with right hand margin intact. Wonderful use of embossing to evoke falling flakes of snow, use of black lacquer to the black parts and metallic printing details.

References: 
p.83 (Fig.61) in Beauty & Violence, Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839~1892 by Eric van den Ing and Robert Schaap - Keyes: 492.

On this design:
“This diptych illustrates one of the stories from chapter ten of the Suikoden (‘Tales of the water Margin’; see description colour ill. 10.25.) Rin Chû (Chin. Lin Chong), one of the 108 heroes, had been imprisoned by the minister of war, Gao. After some time his prison sentence was commuted to doing service as a guard in a remote army camp. Minister Gao, however, still desired his death; he ordered one of his officers Riku (Chi. Lu) to arrange this, but to make it look like an accident. Riku set fire to Rin Chû’s guardhouse. Rin Chû was not inside, however, since he had taken shelter against the cold in a nearby temple. While Rikû was watching the burning guardhouse Rin Chû left the temple and surprised his supposed assassin. He is shown here with a bloody sword in his hand and his spear thrust into Riku’s body.

Looking at this diptych one cannot but feel some regret at the fact that Yoshitoshi designed so few landscape print: this scene – the burning guardhouse, the high mountain, the water (or ice) and the falling snow – conveys a fantastic atmosphere. All the action is concentrated on the lower half of the diptych, with the upper half entirely filled by a huge towering mountain. As so often is the case with Yoshitoshi’s later work, he does not illustrate the violent act of murder; instead he concentrates on the aftermath of the act, probably a much more effective approach here. (Excerpt from Beauty & Violence, Japanese Prints by Yoshitoshi 1839~1892)

A monumental design by the great >Yoshitoshi which is among the best work he created.

Famous Diptych Masterpiece – Warrior In Snow - Yoshitoshi – c.1886.
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Flying Geese In Moonlight – Utagawa Kuniyoshi - c.1840.

Flying Geese In Moonlight – Utagawa Kuniyoshi - c.1840.
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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). Date: c.1840. 
Size: 7" x 9 1/2" inches. Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Minor marks and flaws, some tiny hole repairs but otherwise in a very good state. 
Very highly detailed carving with gauffrage details.

Wonderful kacho-ga (birds and flowers) featuring flying geese in the moonlight.


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Utagawa Kuniyoshi   歌川 国芳   ( 1797~1861 )

Utagawa Kuniyoshi  ( 1797~1861 )

Utagawa Kuniyoshi  ( 1797~1861 )

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Rare Hashira-e – Isoda Koryusai – 

Seven Lucky Gods On A Boat – c.1760/70.

 

Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock by Isoda Koryusai (act. mid -1760s to 1780s). 
Hashira-e (Pillar print). Date: c.1760/70. Hashira-e size: 26 1/2" x 4 2/3" inches. 
Very good impression, color (fugitive blue still evident) and condition. No repairs.
Slightly browned, very minor creasing but generally in a very good state for a print of this period. 

A rare pillar print featuring the famous Seven Lucky Gods mythology. Depicted from top to bottom, Bishamonten,(a Japanese version of the Buddhist deity Vasraivana) the god of warriors and authority, holding a trident harpoon and always looking angry because evil is ever present. Underneath him on the right stands Jurojin, the god of longevity. He is inextricably bound up with the tortoise (who’s in the water below) and the crane (above him). The goddess of art, knowledge and beauty Benzaiten is playing her shamisen (three stringed guitar) while Hotei , god of abundance and happiness, is shaving his beard. Next to them on the left with the long forehead is Fukurokuju, a deity for happiness, wealth and longevity, reading a scroll. It is said that this sacred scroll contains all the wisdom in the world. The man with the black hat and holding the fan is Ebisu, the god representing the fishers and merchants. Standing in front of the boat is Daikokuten, the god of wealth, commerce and trade, who is playing on a drum.

Koryusai’s distinguishing and characteristic color scheme dominated by his favorite orange pigment (beni-e) is applied deliberately in this design. Although he worked in all genres and formats but he really excelled in the erotic genre (shunga) and the his handling of the pillar format (hashira-e) is unmatched in Ukiyo-e. His work has been included in the British Museum, Tokyo National Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum. Koryusai’s influence on Japanese art should not be underestimated.

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Rare Hashira-e – Isoda Koryusai – Seven Lucky Gods On A Boat – c.1760/70.
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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi – Monkey Songoku - Ghost – Meiji Period - c.1882.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). Date: 1882, 10thday, 5th month. 
Chuban size: 9 1/5” x 6 2/3” inches. Series: Yoshitoshi ryakuga (Sketches by Yoshitoshi). Signed: Yoshitoshi ga. 
Seal: Taiso. Fine impression, color and very good condition. One very small hole repair, some minor wrinkling and soiling, marks and flaws. Wonderful use of gauffrage (embossing) and metallic pigments!

A beautiful Yoshitoshi design portraying the monkey Songoku creating an army from his fur with each hair becoming a monkey-warrior; from the Chinese novel Saiyûki (Journey to the West). For this series Yoshitoshi created 40 designs (this is the 15th) with classical subjects drawn in a humorous style. The prints seem to have been popular since several subjects are known in re-issues.

Reference: p.127 (15) in Beauty & Violence
p.446 Keyes

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Shunga - Kunisada - Ohaguro - Black Teeth - c.1840.

Shunga - Kunisada - Ohaguro - Black Teeth - c.1840.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (lit. Spring picture). Date: c.1840. 
Tobira-e size: 7" x 9 2/3" inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. Some very tiny binding holes. 
Minor wear and soiling otherwise superb state. Excellent use of metallic pigment.

A highy detailed close-up portrait of an oiran (high-class courtesan). 
A striking detail are the blackened teeth ( see below! ).

During the Edo period, ohaguro, or teeth blackening, was a common practice amongst married woman as a symbol of marital fidelity, with a young bride collecting the ingredients from seven close friends and relatives and dyeing her teeth for the time just prior to her wedding.

It was also practiced in the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters, where an apprentice courtesan would receive the ingredients from seven friends and dye her teeth for the first time when she was on the verge of making her debut and accepting her first customer.


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Hokusai - Pictures Of A Journey - c.1835.

Hokusai - Pictures Of A Journey - c.1835.

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Antique Japanese color woodblock by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). Date: c.1835. Size: 11 1/7" x 8 2/3" inches. 
Very good impression, color and condition. From the well-known ehon (book) series: 'Dochu Gafu' (Pictures of a Journey). Minor toning, a few light spots, marks and flaws.

A delightful image of travellers crossing the river in a boat.

This series was published after his hugely successful "36 Views of Fuji". These ascetic designs capture the vitality of Hokusai's genius wonderfullly. Many of the images mimic his famous works in "100 Views of Fuji" and "36 Views of Fuji", sceneries that Hokusai perhaps felt the need to revisit.


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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi - Triptych - Court Ladies Under Cherry Blossom - c.1880.

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 月岡 芳年Tsukioka Yoshitoshi - Triptych - Court Ladies Under Cherry Blossom - c.1880.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892). Bijin-e (Beauties). Date: 1880. 
Oban triptych size (each panel): 14 3/4" x 10" inches. Excellent impression, color and and near fine condition. 
Right panel with very slight stain near the fan, minor acid soiling on figures' hair ornament. 
Very slight staining on left edge (border) on left and right panels.

A marvellous triptych design by the great Yoshitoshi depicting a court ladies' poem party under cherry blossom. 
Elaborately detailed use of gauffrage (various patterns)and metallic pigments on different parts of clothing and textiles.

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53 Stations Of The Tokaido - Utagawa Hiroshige - Okabe - c.1833.

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53 Stations Of The Tokaido - Utagawa Hiroshige - Okabe - c.1833.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Landscape print. Date: c.1833. 
Oban yoko-e size: 14 1/2" x 9 1/2" inches. Series: The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido (Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi). 
Title: Okabe utsu no yama "Utsu mountain, Otsu" (Station 22). Signed Hiroshige ga and published by Hoeido/ Senkakudo. Good impression, very good color and condition. Slight vertical centerfold, slightly trimmed, a tiny repair at the bottom end 
of the centerfold and a minute hole repair on lower right.

This classic image by Hiroshige features a mountain stream between high green banks, with the narrow passage surrounded on one side by a stone wall. The small town Okabe-juke visible in the background.

More info on the Okabe piece can be found on > Wikipedia    Click here for another > Tokaido design! (Spring Rain)

Other impressions of this important design are in the collections of the following museums:

Museum of Fine Arts
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Edo Tokyo Museum
Harvard Art Museum
Honolulu Museum of Art
Austrian Museum of Applied Arts
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Legion of Honor: de Young Museum
British Museum

A monumental landscape design !


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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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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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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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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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Rare Tsukioka Yoshitoshi - Lady Masao Attacked By Snakes - 

Supernatural Subject - Eastern Brocade Series - c.1867.

Rare Tsukioka Yoshitoshi - Lady Masao Attacked By Snakes - Supernatural Subject - Eastern Brocade Series - c.1867.

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Description:
Antique Japanese color woodblock print by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1838-1892). Date: 11/1867. 
Oban tate-e size: 9 3/4" x 14 1/4" inches. Fine impression, color and condition. 
Series: ' Tales of the Floating World on Eastern Brocade (Azumo no nishiki ukiyo kōdan)'. 
Three very small repaired pinpoint holes, some faint offsetting, minor marks and flaws. Very nice overall.

A magnificent early Yoshitoshi piece from his series portraying popular stories of drama and violence. The stories are retold by Kanagaki Robun in text blocks that take the form of a book with the pages bent back. In this case, the folded book shaped cartouche at the top right of the print displays the text of the story. The woman depicted is Lady Masao from Osasahara. Her body is entwined with curling snakes with hissing tongues. One of the serpents is wrapped around her arm as she tries to free herself. Her lips are turning blue, which indicates her death imminent.

Incredible fine line work in her delicate hair and carefully detailed variety of snakes. An exceptional supernatural subject enhanced by a deeply shaded background focusing all attention on the unfortunate beauty. The great Yoshitoshi depicts the fantastic violence and drama of these popular narratives with wonderful realism and his characteristic attention to detail.

One of the finest designs of Yoshitoshi's 'Eastern Brocade' -series !

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