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Magnificent Kuniyoshi Design – Ama Diver And Dragon – Heroine Tamatori – 

Octopuses – Giant Wave.

Ichiyûsai Kuniyoshi  一勇彩 国芳

 

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Description:

Genuine Japanese color woodblock by Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi (1797-1861). 
Musha-e
(Warrior print). Date: Showa era impression (Originally published in the 1840s).
From an unknown series. Signed: Chooro Kuniyoshi ga. Oban tate-e size: 15 1/2” x 10 3/4 inches. 
Fine impression, color and condition. Flawless state with nice inkbleed through.

“A marvellous print showing the heroine Tamatori, who has entered the Dragon King’s Palace, swimming through the waves holding an outstretched sword and the Treasure Pearl, while being chased by the Dragon and all kinds of sea creatures.”

The original but also the later show era impressions are very rarely seen !


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Utamaro Masterpiece – Oban Triptych – Awabi ( Ear Shell ) Fishing.

Utamaro Masterpiece – Oban Triptych – Awabi ( Ear Shell ) Fishing.

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Genuine Japanese color woodblock Kitagawa Utamaro (1750-1806). Date: c.1970s. 
Oban triptych size (each panel approx.): 10 3/4" x 15 1/3" inches. Fine impression, color and condition. Title: Awabi Divers
Publisher: Tadao Takamizawa. Carver: Kojiro Kikuta. Printer: Kanjiro Sato. A stunning work with excellent color and detail, very slightly toned from age with full margins. The stamps on the back of the prints are from the publisher, the carver and the printer.

Women ear-shell divers made a frequent motif of Ukiyo-e since the early years of the woodblocking printing art. No other themes appeared to be better suited to express the beauty of the female body in a form acceptable to the public in those days. This three-piece suite by Utamaro is the most famous of all Ukiyo-e works portraying ear-shell divers.

Utamaro completed this masterpiece around 1975 when his artistic career reached its heights. Among other excellent three-frame pictures he produced were “Firework Show at Ryogoku (see P2198)”, “Enjoying the Evening Cool on a Bridge” and “Under the Ryogoku Bridge”.

In “Awabi Fishing” Utamaro limited the use of color to the red of women’s underskirts, and light blue and purple of their kimono. It was unusual that he drew the contours of female bodies in flesh color – not in ink black. Thus, he succeeded in describing, in simple color and lines, the charm a high-torsoed body which characterizes the Japanese woman.

The picture depicts women after a dive. At left, two divers take a break, relaxed after work, while in center a mother breast-feeds her baby – a scene similar to that “Yamauba and Kintaro”. The purpose of a three-frame Ukiyo-e picture was to present a story in a sequence of different scenes, while making each frame a work of artistic value by itself.

Anyway, this Utamaro work, along with Kiyonaga’s “Furoba no zu” (A scene in the bathroom), has long been known as one of the best nude paintings ever produced in Japan.

This piece is among the most celebrated triptychs in Ukiyo-e.

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Utamaro Masterpiece – Oban Triptych – Fireworks.

Utamaro Masterpiece – Oban Triptych – Fireworks.

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Genuine Japanese color woodblock Kitagawa Utamaro (1750-1806). Date: c.1970s. 
Oban triptych size (each panel approx.): 10 3/4" x 15 1/3" inches. Fine impression, color and condition. Title: Fireworks at Ryogoku. Publisher: Tadao Takamizawa. Carver: Kojiro Kikuta. Printer: Kishi Hideo. A marvellous piece with excellent color, bokashi shading and detail, very slightly toned from age with full margins. The stamps on the back of the prints are from the publisher, the carver and the printer.

Display of fireworks at Ryogoku highlighted the mid-summer festivals of Edo (now Tokyo) held around the arched Ryogoku Bridge over the Sumida River. It continued to be a major summer attraction of the city until recently.

This triptych by Utamaro vividly depicts scenes of a Ryogoku firework show. He achieved a superb color effect by leaving the background almost entirely dark to distinguish the colors of the women’s kimono, which he limited to light crimson, blue and purple. The night sky is painted blue, indicating it was moonlight. The teahouses on the opposite bank and the drifting boats are silhouettes, making their lanterns and lights look all the more bright and gay.

The right panel shows a teahouse mistress seated on a bench, accompanied by a maid (right) and another girl who seems to be a teahouse hostess. The central panel has a young geisha holding a round fan and a middle-aged woman with a little boy. A sky-rocket has just been shot up from a boat at left. The left panel shows two women being led to their seats in a teahouse by a little girl.

This fine Utamaro work was done around the middle of the Kansei Period (1789-1800).

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Hokusai – Mother & Child - c.1940.
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   Hokusai – Mother & Child - c.1940.

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Genuine Japanese color woodblock Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). 
Date: c.1940. Size: 9 1/5" x 12 1/3" inches. Fine impression, very good color and near fine condition. Publisher: Tadao Takamizawa.
Slightly toned but aside from that in a very nice state.

A lovely design of an intimate moment between mother and child. 
The image is inspired on the opening design of Hokusai’s oban series
The Adonis Plant’ (originally published in 1820).

 

 

A picture of the original print can be found in the following > page ( penultimate image on that page! )

 


 

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Japanese Color Woodblock – Large Oban – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido –

 Sudden Shower Over Shono.

Japanese Color Woodblock – Large Oban – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido – Sudden Shower Over Shono.
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Description:

Genuine antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). 
Landscape print. Date: 20th Century (originally 1833/34). Shono (Sudden Shower Over Shono) – design (No.46) 
of the series: ‘Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi’ (Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido – No.46, Shono). 
Large oban yoko-e size: 15 1/2” x 10 1/3” inches. Flawless state with strong inkbleed through.

> Here you can find more info on Hiroshige’s Shono design !

 


 

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Japanese Color Woodblock – Large Oban – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido –

Evening Snow At Kambara.

Japanese Color Woodblock – Large Oban – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido – Evening Snow At Kambara.
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Description:

Genuine antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). 
Landscape print. Date: 20th Century (originally 1833/34). Kambarra (Evening Snow at Kambara) – design (No.16) 
of the series: ‘Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi’ (Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido – No.16, Kambara/Kanbara). 
Large oban yoko-e size: 15 1/2” x 10 1/3” inches. Flawless state with nice inkbleed through.

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Large Oban Japanese Color Woodblock – Hokusai – 36 Views Of Mount Fuji – 

Great Wave.

Large Oban Japanese Color Woodblock – Hokusai – 36 Views Of Mount Fuji – Great Wave.
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Genuine Japanese color woodblock by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). 
Landscape print. Date: 20th Century (originally 1829-33).
Series: Meisho Edo hyakkei (‘Thirty-six Views Of Mount Fuji’). Title: The Great Wave of Kanagawa. 
Large oban yoko-e size: 15 1/2” x 10 1/3” inches. Flawless state with wonderful inkbleed through.

Hokusai’s Great Wave contrasts majestic nature and diminutive mankind. The influence of Western perspective looms large in the design: where the artists of a generation or two earlier would have had to present a telephoto view, with the wave hardly reaching the height of the mountain, Hokusai is able to project us into the midst of the action, with a wide-angle close-up in which Mt. Fuji is reduced to a part of the background. The print is so strongly decorative in design that we almost tend to overlook the human element – three cargo boats with their oarsmen clinging on for dear life as the sea batters them at will. Interestingly enough, Hokusai had experimented with very similar scenes in his early uki-e prints, but only now, a generation later, did he suceed in combining Western concepts with native tradition to finalize his concept of the landscape print.

It was, incidentally, this “Great Wave” more than any other Japanese print that astounded and delighted the Impressionists and Postimpressionists in Paris at the close of the 19th century; Debussy is said to have used it as his inspiration for the orchestral piece La Mer (1905). Together with Rembrandt’s Night Watch and Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Hokusai’s Great Wave is probably one of the the most dominating images in art history today.

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Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Mitsuke.

Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Mitsuke.

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Genuine antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Landscape print. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912). 
Inspired on the Mitsuke – design (No.28) of the series: ‘Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi’ (Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido – No.28, Mitsuke).
Size: 19 3/4” x 6 1/5” inches. Slight vertical centerfold (from previous album inclusion) and thin backing (precaution) otherwise fine state.

Magnificent Meiji era fan print inspired by Hiroshige’s well-known ‘Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido’. These absorbing designs capture the elegance and challenges of journey along the Tokaido which Hiroshige himself experienced. As a city man he had experienced life mainly in Edo and his travels following the Tokaido Road changed him forever. After he returned he immediately started on his masterwork series working from the sketches he had made during his journey. Hiroshige’s Tokaido designs take you back in time and offer an opportunity to see this world as he did during the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate. He was the master of the impressionist, poetic view of nature, and he remains the best-loved of all Japanese artists.

This elegant and very rare reprint displays intricate detail and soft shading. It’s intriguing to see how the composition has been adapted to fit the circular fan shape. This print would make a fascinating companion piece to Hiroshige’s original oban sized images.

> Click here for more info on Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido  > or here on  Wikipedia

 


 

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Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Hamamatsu.

Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Hamamatsu.

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Genuine antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Landscape print. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912). 
Inspired on the Hamamatsu – design (No.29) of the series: ‘Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi’ (Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido – No.29,
Hamamatsu). Size: 19 3/4” x 6 1/5” inches. Slight vertical centerfold (from previous album inclusion) and thin backing (precaution)
otherwise fine state.

Magnificent Meiji era fan print inspired by Hiroshige’s well-known ‘Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido’. These absorbing designs capture the elegance and challenges of journey along the Tokaido which Hiroshige himself experienced. As a city man he had experienced life mainly in Edo and his travels following the Tokaido Road changed him forever. After he returned he immediately started on his masterwork series working from the sketches he had made during his journey. Hiroshige’s Tokaido designs take you back in time and offer an opportunity to see this world as he did during the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate. He was the master of the impressionist, poetic view of nature, and he remains the best-loved of all Japanese artists.

This elegant and very rare reprint displays intricate detail and soft shading. It’s intriguing to see how the composition has been adapted to fit the circular fan shape. This print would make a fascinating companion piece to Hiroshige’s original oban sized images.

> Click here for more info on Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido  > or here on  Wikipedia

 


 

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Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Arai.

Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Arai.

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Description:

Genuine antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Landscape print. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912). 
Inspired on the Arai – design (No.31) of the series: ‘Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi’ (Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido – No.31, Arai). 
Size: 19 3/4” x 6 1/5” inches. Slight vertical centerfold (from previous album inclusion) and thin backing (precaution) otherwise fine state.

Magnificent Meiji era fan print inspired by Hiroshige’s well-known ‘Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido’. These absorbing designs capture the elegance and challenges of journey along the Tokaido which Hiroshige himself experienced. As a city man he had experienced life mainly in Edo and his travels following the Tokaido Road changed him forever. After he returned he immediately started on his masterwork series working from the sketches he had made during his journey. Hiroshige’s Tokaido designs take you back in time and offer an opportunity to see this world as he did during the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate. He was the master of the impressionist, poetic view of nature, and he remains the best-loved of all Japanese artists.

This elegant and very rare reprint displays intricate detail and soft shading. It’s intriguing to see how the composition has been adapted to fit the circular fan shape. This print would make a fascinating companion piece to Hiroshige’s original oban sized images.

> Click here for more info on Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido  > or here on  Wikipedia

 


 

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Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Shirasuka.

Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Shirasuka.

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Description:

Genuine antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Landscape print. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912). 
Inspired on the Shirasuka – design (No.32) of the series: ‘Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi’ (Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido – No.32, Shirasuka).
Size: 19 3/4” x 6 1/5” inches. Slight vertical centerfold (from previous album inclusion) and thin backing (precaution) otherwise fine state.

Magnificent Meiji era fan print inspired by Hiroshige’s well-known ‘Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido’. These absorbing designs capture the elegance and challenges of journey along the Tokaido which Hiroshige himself experienced. As a city man he had experienced life mainly in Edo and his travels following the Tokaido Road changed him forever. After he returned he immediately started on his masterwork series working from the sketches he had made during his journey. Hiroshige’s Tokaido designs take you back in time and offer an opportunity to see this world as he did during the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate. He was the master of the impressionist, poetic view of nature, and he remains the best-loved of all Japanese artists.

This elegant and very rare reprint displays intricate detail and soft shading. It’s intriguing to see how the composition has been adapted to fit the circular fan shape. This print would make a fascinating companion piece to Hiroshige’s original oban sized images.

> Click here for more info on Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido  > or here on  Wikipedia

 


 

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Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Yokkaichi.

Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Yokkaichi.

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Description:

Genuine antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Landscape print. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912). 
Inspired on the Yokkaichi – design (No.43) of the series: ‘Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi’ (Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido – No.43, Yokkaichi).
Size: 19 3/4” x 6 1/5” inches. Slight vertical centerfold (from previous album inclusion), slight fold on the right part and thin backing (precaution) otherwise very good state.

Magnificent Meiji era fan print inspired by Hiroshige’s well-known ‘Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido’. These absorbing designs capture the elegance and challenges of journey along the Tokaido which Hiroshige himself experienced. As a city man he had experienced life mainly in Edo and his travels following the Tokaido Road changed him forever. After he returned he immediately started on his masterwork series working from the sketches he had made during his journey. Hiroshige’s Tokaido designs take you back in time and offer an opportunity to see this world as he did during the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate. He was the master of the impressionist, poetic view of nature, and he remains the best-loved of all Japanese artists.

This elegant and very rare reprint displays intricate detail and soft shading. It’s intriguing to see how the composition has been adapted to fit the circular fan shape. This print would make a fascinating companion piece to Hiroshige’s original oban sized images

> Click here for more info on Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido  > or here on  Wikipedia

 


 

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Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Kuwana.

Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Kuwana.

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Description:

Genuine antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Landscape print. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912). 
Inspired on the Kuwana – design (No.42) of the series: ‘Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi’ (Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido – No.42, Kuwana)
Size: 19 3/4” x 6 1/5” inches. Slight vertical centerfold and thin backing (precaution) otherwise fine state.

Magnificent Meiji era fan print inspired by Hiroshige’s well-known ‘Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido’. These absorbing designs capture the elegance and challenges of journey along the Tokaido which Hiroshige himself experienced. As a city man he had experienced life mainly in Edo and his travels following the Tokaido Road changed him forever. After he returned he immediately started on his masterwork series working from the sketches he had made during his journey. Hiroshige’s Tokaido designs take you back in time and offer an opportunity to see this world as he did during the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate. He was the master of the impressionist, poetic view of nature, and he remains the best-loved of all Japanese artists.

This elegant and very rare reprint displays intricate detail and soft shading. It’s intriguing to see how the composition has been adapted to fit the circular fan shape. This print would make a fascinating companion piece to Hiroshige’s original oban sized image

> Click here for more info on Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido  > or here on  Wikipedia

 


 

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Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Chiryu.

Rare Meiji Period Fan Print – Hiroshige – 53 Stations Of The Tokaido Road – Chiryu.

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Description:

Genuine antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858). Landscape print. Date: Meiji period (1868-1912). 
Inspired on the Chiryu – design (No.40) of the series: ‘Tokaido Gojusan-tsugi’ (Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido – No.40, Chiryu). 
Size: 19 3/4” x 6 1/5” inches. Slight vertical centerfold (from previous album inclusion) and thin backing (precaution) otherwise fine state.

Magnificent Meiji era fan print inspired by Hiroshige’s well-known ‘Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido’. These absorbing designs capture the elegance and challenges of journey along the Tokaido which Hiroshige himself experienced. As a city man he had experienced life mainly in Edo and his travels following the Tokaido Road changed him forever. After he returned he immediately started on his masterwork series working from the sketches he had made during his journey. Hiroshige’s Tokaido designs take you back in time and offer an opportunity to see this world as he did during the reign of the Tokugawa Shogunate. He was the master of the impressionist, poetic view of nature, and he remains the best-loved of all Japanese artists.

This elegant and very rare reprint displays intricate detail and soft shading. It’s intriguing to see how the composition has been adapted to fit the circular fan shape. This print would make a fascinating companion piece to Hiroshige’s original oban sized images.

> Click here for more info on Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido  > or here on  Wikipedia



 

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