JAPANESE PRINTS

KUNISADA #1189

A fine bust portrait, set against a pink ground, of the Kabuki star Matsumoto Koshiro V as Banzui Chobei, seen as usual in a three-quarter profile to accentuate his enormous nose. A powerful actor portrait.    c. 1830

A little trimmt at top and left edges. Some rubbing and soils at base. Minor soils, creases, marks and flaws. Generally quite good state. Fine colours, fine impression. 37,5 x 25,0 cm

EUR 500,-

 

KUNISADA #1151

From Kunisada’s superb series of bust portraits representing the stations of the Tokaido. The actor Matsumoto Koshiro V as Banzui Chobei                                    1852/3

Unusually large size with margins. One wormhole at base repaired, another tiny wormhole top right. Minor marks and flaws. Generally very good state of preservation. Particularly fresh colours, fine early impression. 36,0 x 25,3 cm

EUR 350,-

 

KUNISADA #1083

From Kunisada’s finest series of bust portraits with landscape background. One of the key designs of the set. A portrait of Dharuma.                                           1852/3

Slight trimming. Repaired binding holes right edge. Minor soils, rubbing, stains and flaws. Generally good state. Fine colour, fine impression.                                            35,0 x 24,3 cm

EUR 420,-

 

KUNISADA #1135

From Kunisada’s superb series of bust portraits representing the stations of the Tokaido. The actor Matsumoto Koshiro V in the role of Matsuomaru in the play Sugawara denju tenarai kagami. 1 st edition.          1852

Full size with margins. Tiny album binding holes at left edge. Minor marks and flaws. Generally fine state. Very fine colour . Very fine impression. 36,7 x 25,3 cm

EUR 450,-

 

KUNISADA #939

From the series Ukiyo jinsen tengenkyo. Bust portrait of an elegant Edo townswoman. This set is generally considered to be the best of Kunisada lage bijin heads.             1827

Slightly trimmed at top edge. Traces of album paper along left edge. Some creases (horizontal). Slight overall wear. Some small thinned spots. Minor damages, marks and flaws. Generally good state. Good colour. Good impression.                                   36,7 x 25,7 cm

EUR 650,-

 

KUNISADA #0004

  From Kunisada’s superb series of bust            portraits representing the stations of the                 Tokaido. Station Maisaka.            5/1852

 Very good state of preservation. Particularly         fresh colours, fine early impression.         35,3 x 24,3 cm

EUR 350,-

 

KUNISADA #1051

  From Kunisada’s superb series of bust            portraits representing the stations of the   Tokaido. Rarely found in early impressions                    and almost never full size.           5/1852

 Full size. Album binding holes along left edge. A few ligt creases. Minor soils, wormage, stains, marks and flaws. Generally remarkably good Museum quality. Fine colours. Fine impression with embossing and burnishing.                                              36,8 x 25,0 cm

EUR 380,-

 

HIROSHIGE & KUNISADA #0623

Bust portrait of an unidentified actor. His topknot tied with a cord, his kimono emblazoned with the Imperial Pawlonia crest. In the background two snowy landscapes by Hiroshige I. Published by Fujiokaya Keijiro. 1852

Fine colors. Full size with margin at top. Japanese album backing paper. Minor marks and flaws. Generally fine state of preservation. Very fine impression with gauffrage.                                               36,0 x 24,6 cm

EUR 350,-

 

HIROSHIGE & KUNISADA #0624

Bust portrait of an unidentified actor holding a giant carp under one arm and brandishing a sword in the other. The role is that of Sakugawa Yozaemon, a modernised version of Benkei and the Carp. In the background the snowy river bank at Joshichi near the Imado Shrine by Hiroshige. Published by Fujiokaya Keijiro. 1852

Fine colors. Full size with margin at top. Japanese album backing paper. Minor marks and flaws. Generally fine state of preservation. Very fine impression with gauffrage.                                               36,0 x 24,6 cm

EUR 350,-

 KUNISADA #0983

   Bust portrait of Sawamura Gennosuke II            (Tosho) as Abe no Sadato in Oshu                             Adachigahara.                      c.1830

Very good colors.Very fine impression. Some restored wormholes, backed, repaired    bindingholes, Generally very good state of                      preservation, trimmed.                36,3 x 24,5 cm

EUR 900,-

 

 KUNISADA #0982

     Very early Kunisada bust portrait of            Ichikawa Danjuro as Oda Katsumuto.             Nakamura Theater March 13, 1822.                                          

  Very fine impression, slightly faded, some     wormholes, trimmed, restored wormholes.      35,0 x 23,5 cm

   EUR 1.250,-

 

 KUNISADA #0668

   Bust portrait of the actor Iwai Kumesaburo (later Hanshiro V 1776-1847) in the role as O-sode in the play Iga-goe dochu suguroku. Poem of the actor.                         c.1830/35

Fine impression, very good colors,very good condition, slightly dirty.                       38,0x 25,2 cm

EUR 650,-

 

 KUNISADA #0005 - Untitled Series from 1818: Actors with Their Poems

       Very early Kunisada bust portrait of Kabuki actor Onoe Kikugoro III. Publisher Yamaguchiya Tobei. -1818 -                        Full size. A large professionally repaired worm damage in the last line of the poem. Another repair in the left margin. Minor marks, rubbing, soils and flaws. Generally quite good state. Very good color. Very good       impression with burnishing.                    36,7 x 25,5 cm

   EUR 550,-

 KUNISADA #1187

   Early Kunisada bust portrait of the actor Iwai Hanshiro V as Akitsugawa Nyobo. From an untitled series of actors with their own poems. Publisher Ebiya Rinnosuke.    c.1826

Full size. Laid down on a Japanese album sheet. Slightly rubbed. Two small edge damages top right. Minor marks and flaws. Moderately good state. Very good colors with some fading. Fine impression with gauffrage. 38,4 x 25,8 cm

EUR 450,-

KUNISADA #Triptych 01

Very early KUNISADA print, full size, fine impression with gauffrage, very good colors, very good condition. Generally museum quality.

EUR 2.200,-

                                   KUNISADA #Triptych 02 - Prince-Genji-series -                      Flowers, Birds Wind and the Moon -1848 - Prince GENJI and his lover stop  playing their instruments to admire the full moon

Very good colors, very goog condition, some trimming. 35,2 x 72,4 cm

EUR 650,-

                                   KUNISADA #Triptych 03                        

                 Very good colors, very goog condition, some trimming, tiny bindingholes..                                                Fine impression with embossing and burnishing.                                  35,2 x 73,2 cm

EUR 350,-

                                   KUNISADA #Triptych 04                        

                 Very good colors, very goog condition, some trimming, tiny bindingholes..                                                Fine impression with embossing and burnishing.                                  35,2 x 73,9 cm

EUR 350,-

                                   KUNISADA #Triptych 05 - HAKKENDEN -                                                    - Story of the eight dogs - Fight on the scaffolding -                      

   Fine colors, fine condition, full size with margins (partly), Very good impression with embossing and burnishing.  37 x 77,0 cm

EUR 450,-

         KUNISADA #Triptych 06 - HAKKENDEN - Fight in a moonlit forest -                     

   Fine colors, fine condition, with margins (partly), Very good impression with embossing and burnishing.  36 x 76 cm

EUR 400,-

           KUNISADA #Triptych 07 - HAKKENDEN - Four Kabuki Actors -                    

   Fine colors, fine condition, full size with margins (partly), Very good impression with embossing and burnishing.  36,5 x 77,0 cm

EUR 400,-

                       KUNISADA Diptych #520 - Two Actors and a Baby -                     

                   Fine colors, fine condition, with margins (partly), Very good impression.                            36,8 x 50,5 cm

               EUR 300,-

KUNISADA, EISEN, UCHIMASA, KORYŪSAI, SHIGEMASA, HIROSHIGE, KUNICHIKA, TOSHIKATA, SHUNCHŌ, EISEN, UTAMARO, HARANOBU, HOKUSAI, TOYOHIRO, KASON

KUNISADA #1047

Kabuki-e, Theater print. The courtesan Shiragiku and two kamuro Kiyomi and Takino of the Tamaya house, under cherry blossoms. c.1820/30

 Very good state of preservation. 6 pinholes, slightly dirty.  37,7 x 25,9 cm

EUR 260,-

KUNISADA #0557

A courtesan and two kamuro under cherry blossoms. Good impression, c. 1830

 Very good state of preservation. Thin backing, very good colors. 38,0 x 25,5 cm

EUR 480,-

   KUNISADA Shunga print - From the album Enshoku shina sadame -

A young couple making love under a window. In a shell shaped cartouche in the top right corner, the legendary poetess O-no-Komachi relaxing on an engawa. Privately printed.   c.1845-50

       Fine colors, very goog condition, trimmed , laid down on backing paper, slightly creased.                           Generally very good state.Fine impression with embossing.                             22,5 x 32,5 cm

EUR 350,-

           KUNISADA  - Shunga print -From the album Enshoku shina sadame             - Breeze in the pine trees -

                     A young couple making love under a pine tree. In a shell shaped cartouche in the top left corner, the legendary poetess O-no-Komachi playing koto. Privately printed.   c.1845-50

   Fine colors, very goog condition, Generally very good state, light vertical centrefold. Fine impression with embossing.   24,2 x 33,6 cm

EUR 350,-

           KUNISADA #0576 Aizuri-e             THE COURTESAN

   The courtesan Kaomachi of the Tama-ya bordello parading with her kamuro along the central street of the Yoshiwara pleasure quarters, the Nakanochō, passing under a         flowering cherry-tree at night.                          Publisher Idzutsuya - c.1830’s -                                         

  Very fine impression with gauffrage. Printed almost exclusively in shades of Prussian blue. Fine graded blue colors. A small un-inked area in the title cartouche. Generally fine state of preservation, trimmed.           37,3 x 23,5 cm

   EUR 1,400.-

                       KUNISADA Diptych #1065  - The Giant Axe -                      

             Two Samurai in a battle. Right Ichikawa Danjuro wielding a giant axe, and left                           Bando Mitsugoro III holding a sword. A stylised sunburst in the background.                            Right sheet slightly trimmed. Some soils. Minor creases, marks and flaws.                                      Generally very good state for an early Kunisada print. c. 1820’s                        38,0 x 52,5 cm

       EUR 750,-

                       KUNISADA Diptych #1066  - The Fight in the Snow -                      

           Two actors in a sword fight on stone steps in the depth of winter. Slightly trimmed.         Horizontal centrefold. Slightly soiled. A few small wormholes. Minor rubbing, wear, creases,                marks and flaws. Generally good state for an early Kunisada print. c. 1820’s              36,7 x 50,3 cm

       EUR 500,-

               KUNISADA #0561                                ACTOR IN THE SNOW                   The actor Seki Sanjuro II in the role of a samurai draws his sword to fight an unseen   foe. Publisher Iseya Rihei  - c. 1810 -             Fine colors. Full size. Minor marks and          flaws. Generally fine state of preservation.                        36,2 x 25,6 cm                               VERY EARLY KUNISADA PRINT        EUR 650,-

                       KUNISADA Diptych #1059  - Cherry Blossom -                       

           On the left the Kabuki actor Nakamura Shikan in a sumo role and on the right Bando     Minosuke II. Publisher Omiya Heihachi. - late 1820’s -. Slightly trimmed. Japanese binding           holes at edges. A little soiled and rubbed towards base. Minor marks and flaws. Generally                                   moderate state. Very good colors and impression.                                       35,6 x 50,5 cm

       EUR 350,-

                       KUNISADA Diptych #1153  - The Snowy Garden -                       

   An early Kabuki diptych with the actors, left to right: Bando Mitsugoro disguised as an itinerant priest, revealing his true identity to Bando Tamigoro as a shy young girl with Iwai Kumesaburo in a female role wielding a sword. - c.1820’s -. Slightly trimmed. Japanese binding         holes at edges. Soiled and rubbed towards base. Minor creases, marks and flaws.                    Generally moderate state. Very good colors and fine impression with gauffrage.                 35,6 x 50,5 cm

       EUR 350,-

                       KUNISADA Triptych #1154 - The Cauldron -                      

           An early Kabuki triptych with the actors, left to right: Nakamura Shikan, Matsumoto Koshiro V and Segawa Kikunojo in a dramatic confrontation amid billowing smoke from a Bonsai Pine tree burning in a cauldron. Play: Ehon Gappogatsuji Nakamura Theater, September 15. -  1828.9 -. Slightly trimmed. Japanese binding holes at edges.Soiled and rubbed. Minor marks and flaws. Generally moderate state. Very good colors and impression with gauffrage.  35,5 x 78,0 cm

       EUR 750,-

                       KUNISADA Diptych #1155  - The Short Sword -                      

   An early Kabuki diptych with the actors, left to right: Iwai Hanshiro V in a female role being attacked by Matsumoto V with a short sword. Published by Idzutsuya - c.1820’s -. Slightly trimmed. Japanese binding holes at edges. Soiled and rubbed and thinned, mainly at base.. Minor marks and flaws. Paper slightly toned and mottled. Generally moderate state. Very good colors and fine impression with gauffrage. 35,5 x 50,8 cm

       EUR 250,-

                       KUNISADA Diptych #1173  - The Armour -                       

   An early Kabuki diptych with two actors in a military scene. Published by Kawasho (Eisendo) - c.1820 -. Unusually full size. Minor creases, marks and flaws. Generally very good state. Fine colors and fine impression with gauffrage. 38,4 x 51,7 cm

       EUR 400,-

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                       KUNISADA Triptych #0937 - The Ghostly Flames -                      

           An early Kabuki triptych with three actors in there roles. Published by Yokoyama Ryohachi - c. 1820 -. Slightly trimmed. Album backing paper. A large wormhole at top edge on each sheet, and other minor wormage. Slight soils. Minor marks and flaws. Generally quite good state. Fine colors and impression with gauffrage. 35,5 x 78,0 cm

       EUR 400,-

   KUNISADA #0700  Bijin-e                 A Young Woman             1825/30

An oiran dressed in her finery. Her toes are curled and she rounds her shoulders in the sexually seductive stance, called ikki, which was the hight of Edo chic in the early 1830’s.                      Fine impression, fine colors, yellow printed background. Very    good condition, sheets mounted                       together.                         73,3 x 24,5 cm     

     EUR 1.500,-

                   KUNISADA #1148                  SHIKAN AS BIJIN

   Nakamura Shikan I celebrating his new name in the role of a bijin wearing a cape of feathers. A poem signed by the actor above.  - A fine and importand theatrical design -           Publisher Omiya Heihachi - 1819 -        Very fine impression, 1st edition printing with gauffrage. Unusually large, untrimmed sheet of thick de luxe paper. Light centerfold.            Generally fine state of preservation.              38,7 x 26,3 cm - 15.25” x 10.25” approx

   EUR 600,-

 KUNISADA #1162

   Bust portrait of Iwai Shijaku I as Okaji, boatwoman. Poem about a ferryboat by Shijaku.                                             c.1830

Very good colors, slightly faded.Very goog impression, Good condition, paper slightly toned, dirty around the argins.                38,3 x 26,0 cm

EUR 550,-

 

       KUNISADA #0002                      Fujyo wa sugata                        - Beautiful woman -            1830-40

   Fine impression, good colors,               Very good condition,                  72,0 x 24,5 cm     

     EUR 950,-

   EISEN #1052  Kakemono-e    A Young Woman at Front of Tagawaya. 1825/30

A bijin dressed in her finery. Her toes are curled and she rounds her shoulders in the sexually seductive stance, called ikki, which was the hight of Edo chic in the early 1830’s.                      Fine impression with gauffrage, fine colors, generally good condition. A charming design in a    highly unusual color scheme.                71,0 x 23,0 cm    

     EUR 900,-

 UCHIMASA #0164 Hashira-e    active 1770-1772

 A young woman standing next to a seated man in a boat. No signature. An impression in the Hayashi sales cat.1902 bears Uchimasa’s signature. Good impression, faded, slightly soiled and toned, creased, traces of usage.                                                   68,5 x 12,0 cm     

     EUR 1.600,-

KORYŪSAI #0361 Hashira-e  active mid 1760’s to 1780’s 

 A girl sleeping at her writing table dreaming about dallying  with her lover. Good impression, slightly faded, signs of mounting on a hangigng scroll, tiny wormholes in upper left margin, laid down.                    67,0 x 12,0 cm     

     EUR 2.500,-

               KITAO SHIGEMASA #0697              THE TREASURE SHIP c.1778

 The Seven Gods of Happiness are seated in the prow of their boat Takarebune in front of a billowing sail. They look on happily as Ebisu pulls in a fish; a tortoise swims auspiciously near the boat; and a crane flies above the sail. Printed in orange, mustard, blue and beni. Faded. Full size. A repair at base left. Some demages, wormage and repairs.  Full size. 67,5 x 23,5 cm    

     EUR 700,-

                       KUNICHIKA Triptych #0360 - Ōkubi-e  -  

               Ichikawa Sadanji I as Atsumi Gorō Norichika. In the background two mon.                  Signature: Ōju Toyohara Kunichika hitsu. Publisher: Daikoku-ya Kinnosuke and Yamamura         Kanesaburō. Cutter: Horikō-Gin (Ginjirō). Date: Meiji 12, 3rd month, 1879. Fine impression,           very good colors. Light vertical centrefold each seet, laid down on thin japanese paper.                           Generally very good condition.              

  35,1 x 71,2 cm

       EUR 550,-

         TOSHIKATA MIZUNO 1866-1908 Triptych #0833    

                                                           - WAR PRINT -                                                                                      Admiral Ting Juchang about to commit suicide.                             

           Very good impression. Very good colors. Good condition, somewhat trimmed,                             sheets pasted together, centrefold.              

  35,4 x 70,7 cm

       EUR 250,-

     HIROSHIGE I #0187                Kacho Kakemono         c.1830s

One of Hiroshige’s rarest designs. A Manchurian crane (the Japanese symbol of longevity) in a pine tree with the orange sun setting behind.

Very good impression. Faded colors. Old wear. Some soiling and creasing, thinned paper at the middle edge. 70,0 x 23,7 cm  

     EUR 900,-

                                                 SHŪNCHŌ #0093                                                     Series Koshikizue juniko - Twelve scenes of pleasure -

 A courtier and a lady making love, the man looking over his shoulder as if worried about being                                discovert.                              

   Good impression and good colour. Strengthenings of wormholes and slight centrefold mark.            

  24,6 x 36,6 cm

   EUR 850,-

                                                 EISEN #0003                                                     Shunga - A young couple making love on a futon. -

                         In the background a screen showing  hidden the of Eisen.                            

           Very good printing, very good colors, some marks and flaws, laid down.              

 18,0 x 24,2 cm

   EUR 400,-

                                                 EISEN (?) #0592                                                       Two book p of a shunga book.

                             A mother and her son making love.                             

 Very fine impression, slightly faded, margins soiled, slightly creased, rubbed, the two pages                                                                 glued.                                                               21,8 x 27,0 cm

 EUR 180,-

                                                 EISEN (?) #0593                                                       Two book plates of a shunga book.

                   A woman at the verada of a house cleaning her genitals at nighttime.                          

               Very fine impression, slightly faded, margins soiled, the two pages glued.               22,4 x 27,0 cm

 EUR 180,-

             EISEN #0056                          Egoyomi, Koban,                         19,0 x 12,5 cm               Couple making love. In the background flowering chrysanthemum. Hibachi with teepot and cup. Karazuri, Kinginzuri.    Fine impression, very good colors, slightly browned, foxmarks, slightly creased, some             wormholes, backed.            EUR 350,-

                                             UTAMARO #01                                             Two book plates of a shunga book.

         Love story between the courtesan Yūgiri and Izaemon                 Very good impression, traces of usage, corner damaged, backed.             20,0 x 26,0 cm

 EUR 100,-

                                             UTAMARO #02                                               Two book plates of a shunga book.

      Love story between the courtesan Yūgiri and Izaemon                       Very good impression, traces of usage, corner damaged.               20,0 x 26,0 cm

 EUR 100,-

                                             UTAMARO #03                                               Two book plates of a shunga book.

      Love story between the courtesan Yūgiri and Izaemon                   Very good impression, traces of usage, corner damaged, backed.             20,0 x 26,0 cm

 EUR 100,-

                                             UTAMARO #04                                               Two book plates of a shunga book.

      Love story between the courtesan Yūgiri and Izaemon                       Very good impression, traces of usage, corner damaged, backed.             20,0 x 26,0 cm

 EUR 100,-

                                             UTAMARO #05                                               Two book plates of a shunga book.

      Love story between the courtesan Yūgiri and Izaemon                         Very good impression, traces of usage, corner damaged.                 20,0 x 26,0 cm

 EUR 100,-

                                             HARUNOBU #01                                             Two book plates of a shunga book.

            Imayō tsuma kagami - Mirror of Wives of Today -                       Very good impression, traces of usage, corner damaged, backed.             21,0 x 28,0 cm

 EUR 100,-

                                             HARUNOBU #02                                             Two book plates of a shunga book.

            Imayō tsuma kagami - Mirror of Wives of Today -                       Very good impression, traces of usage, corner damaged, backed.             21,0 x 28,0 cm

 EUR 100,-

                                             HARUNOBU #03                                             Two book plates of a shunga book.

            Imayō tsuma kagami - Mirror of Wives of Today -                       Very good impression, traces of usage, corner damaged, backed.             21,0 x 28,0 cm

 EUR 100,-

                                             HARUNOBU #04                                             Two book plates of a shunga book.

            Imayō tsuma kagami - Mirror of Wives of Today -                       Very good impression, traces of usage, corner damaged, backed.             21,0 x 28,0 cm

 EUR 100,-

                                             HARUNOBU #05                                             Two book plates of a shunga book.

            Imayō tsuma kagami - Mirror of Wives of Today -                       Very good impression, traces of usage, corner damaged, backed.             21,0 x 28,0 cm

 EUR 100,-

                                             HARUNOBU #06                                             Two book plates of a shunga book.

            Imayō tsuma kagami - Mirror of Wives of Today -                       Very good impression, traces of usage, corner damaged, backed.             21,0 x 28,0 cm

 EUR 100,-

HOKUSAI (attributed to) #1089

Bookplate 19,0 x 14,5 cm

Two ladies and two tumbler

Good impresion with gauffrage, very good colors, margins soiled, generally very good state of preservation.

EUR 130,-

                                             TOYOHIRO 11th Month                                                    Two book plates from Ehon Azuma warawa                         - Picture book about the children of Edo - At Honganji Temple -

    Very good impression, fine fresh colors, slightly browned, traces of usage,                              soiled, plates pasted, generally fine early printing.                         20,0 x 27,5 cm

 EUR 150,-

                                             TOYOHIRO 7th Month                                                       Two book plates from Ehon Azuma warawa                                                 Picture book about the children of Edo                          - At a Tee House at Full Moon -

    Very good impression, fine fresh colors, slightly browned, traces of usage,                              soiled, plates pasted, generally fine early printing.                         20,0 x 27,5 cm

 EUR 150,-

                                             TOYOHIRO 8th Month                                                       Two book plates from Ehon Azuma warawa                                             - Picture book about the children of Edo -                         - A drunken man in the garden of the Hachiman Temple -

    Very good impression, fine fresh colors, slightly browned, traces of usage,                              soiled, plates pasted, generally fine early printing.                         20,0 x 27,5 cm

 EUR 150,-

                                             TOYOHIRO 9th Month                                                       Two book plates from Ehon Azuma warawa                                             - Picture book about the children of Edo -                         - Festival at Shibashinmei Temple -

    Very good impression, fine fresh colors, slightly browned, traces of usage,                              soiled, thinned area, plates pasted, generally fine early printing.     20,0 x 27,5 cm

 EUR 150,-

                                             TOYOHIRO 12th Month                                                        Two book plates from Ehon Azuma warawa                                               - Picture book about the children of Edo -                        - Fairground at Kinryuzan Temple at Asakusa at night -

    Very good impression, fine fresh colors, slightly browned, traces of usage,                              soiled, plates pasted, generally fine early printing.                         20,0 x 27,5 cm

 EUR 150,-

                                             TOYOHIRO 10th Month                                                        Two book plates from Ehon Azuma warawa                                               - Picture book about the children of Edo -                        - Young brides praying for luck in a temple in Ueno -

    Very good impression, fine fresh colors, slightly browned, traces of usage,                              soiled, plates pasted, generally fine early printing.                         20,0 x 27,5 cm

 EUR 150,-

   HIROSHIGE  - TOTO YUKIMI HAKKEI -  

 EIGHT SNOW SCENES IN THE EASTERN CAPITAL

   In 1928 Mr. SHOTARO SATO, a considerable publisher from Kyoto, gave the announcement, that he published a hitherto unknown  series of eight prints by Hiroshige I, from the artist’s original drawings in the possession of Monsieur Emile Javal, a judge in the Civil Court of the Seine, Paris, France.

   These drawings were executed in the period between the last two years of Tempo to the end of Koka  (1842-1847), which may be called Hiroshige’s golden age, when his art reached its fullest maturity.

    How it happened that they were not then engraved and published,  but were carried away to Europe, is an unexplained mystery. As they  bear impressions of the seal of the Nanushi (ward head-man) Mr.  FUKATSU IHEI, who acted as an official censor of publications in the fourth and eleventh month of the years from 1840 to 1847, it is evident that their publication was intended and had been approved.

   In trying to account for the fact, that following the censor’s approval,  they were not handed to an engraver, one only can suggest, that in some way, perhaps as a consequence of the death or failure of the Edo publisher, for whom they were designed, they may have been  bought by some one who took them to Nagasaki and sold them to a Dutch trader who sent or carried the drawings to Holland, in the days before the Meiji restoration. Then they became the precious   possessions of Monsieur Javal. He showed them 1927 to Mr. Shotaro Sato and gave his permission of publishing them.

   As the drawings were in black and white and without any directions  by Hiroshige for the coloring of the prints, the production of prints which should be worthy of him, called for the exercise of painstaking care.

   The first step was to get together as many  of Hiroshige’s  snow-scene prints as possible and to study his method of coloring  them. The next step was to engage the services of  Mr. YUJIRO MAEDA, 1928 the best print-block engraver in Japan, and of Mr.  GASEN OIWA, the best printer; both of them highly skilled craftsmen  who had experience in engraving and printing the works of SEIHO, BAKUSEN, KAMPO, SUIZAN and KOEI, all well known Kyoto artists of that time.

   Next, when the key-blocks had been engraved by Mr. Maeda, the advice of an artist who was a color-print expert was sought and many trial colorings were made in an endeavor to assimilate Hiroshige’s coloring as closely as might be.

This took much time.

   At last for each of the eight subjects a color scheme was evolved which Hiroshige would have approved and  which to be very nearly, if not exactly, what he would have designated.

   Finally, when the color-blocks (for # 6, 17 blocks ! ) had been engraved, Mr. Oiwa took the printing in hand and has spared no pains  in his effort to produce prints that rival those issued in Hiroshige’s lifetime.

    The eight prints were offered for sale as a set, enclosed in an ornamental portfolio specially designed to hold them. The subjects portrayed are as indicated on the front of this circular.

   This series of  TOTO YUKIMI HAKKEI (EIGHT SNOW SCENES IN  THE EASTERN CAPITAL)  must surely take rank among  Hiroshige’s masterpieces. As experts had said : “Hiroshige was an artist of snow  and rain.” He certainly excelled in the representation of snow scenes, and these are in his very best manner. There are no  other works by him that more fully portray the varying moods of Edo in winter than do this eight prints.

Introduction

On show for the first time a complete set in color of the first edition of this set which had been limited to 100 copies only, bearing the limited number on the reverse of each sheet, of which this is No. 5

 

           Published by        

Shotaro Sato 1928

This set is in the original portfolio with a blue title-page, a publication-information-sheet  and includes as a present of Mr. Shotaro Sato  a set of 18 woodblock prints, showing the printing states (colors) in building up the print  No.6

     Later impressions from the original blocks were made at least 1946 and 1948.

    Reproductions from NEW BLOCKS: Edition by Oedo Mokuhansha

 

1

Ryogoku Yuki noYugure

Snow view of the Ryogoku bridge in twilight

2

Meguro Fudo Keidai

Snow at the Fudo temple grounds at Meguro

3

Susaki Yuki no Ashita

Snow scene and rising sun at the seashore of Susaki

4

Takanawa Yoru no Yuki

Snow scene of Takanawa seashore in night

5

Uyeno To-eizan Shinobazu no Ike

Snow view of the Shinobazu pond at Uyeno To-eizan

6

Asakusa Kinryuzan

Snow view of the Sensoji temple at Asakusa

7

Sumidagawa Tsutsumi no Kei

Snow scene of the Sumida embankment

8

Kasumigaseki no Yuki Agari

View of Kasumigaseki in snow

1

2

4

6

8

7

5

3

                         HIROSHIGE   - TOTO YUKIMI HAKKEI -

           EIGHT SNOW SCENES IN THE EASTERN CAPITAL

   This set is in the original portfolio with a blue title-page, a publication-information-sheet  and includes as a present of Mr. Shotaro Sato a set of 18 woodblock prints, showing the printing states (colors) in building       up the print  No.6

  PRICE ON REQUEST

GALLERY INKSTONE

MICHAEL THUN

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# 986

KASON, Suzuki (1860-1919)

Biography:

Teacher of Ohara Koson (Shoson)

  

Subject:

Crane and Bamboo. Painting on silk, mounted as hanging scroll.

Size:

106 x 41 cm (painting)

Signed/sealed:

Kason

 

Wood box

 

PRICE: EUR  900,-

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