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Shin Hanga - Hasui - Shinsui

Beautiful Shin Hanga - Revitalization of Ukiyo-e. (The Robert Muller Collection)

(Exhibition Catalog, Edo Tokyo Museum of Art., 2009).
 よみがえる浮世絵 : うるわしき大正新版画展
Yomigaeru ukiyoe : Uruwashiki taishō shin hanga ten

Ito Shinsu frontcover; Robert Muller Catalog: Ito Shinsui, Kawase Hasui, Hiroshi Yoshida et al.
Robert Muller Catalog Front cover by Ito Shinsui
Softcover: 277 pp., profusely illustrated in colour with prints from the Robert Muller Collection and other sources, text in Japanese, image captions in Japanese and English, English essays and list of plates, about 315 colour illustrations and some B&W text figures, 30 cm.

Publisher: Asahi Shimbun & Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, Tokyo, 2009.

ISBN (10) 4924965685
ISBN (12) 9784924965683

Price $ 47 + pp $22(Europe/USA) (only 2 copies available)

Same price as before!  Price $ 47 + pp $22

Essays (in Japanese and English):

  • James Ulak - Robert O. Muller: The Practical Romantic.
  • Koyama Shuko - The Birth and Development of Shin-hanga, Focusing on the Activities of the publisher Watanabe Shozaburo.
  • Includes bibliographical references, valuable for the collectors, researchers or institutions trying to build a library on shin-hanga (p. 258-259).
A very fine catalog of the Robert Muller collection of Shin Hanga prints with much documentary material on the printing and the process of creating Shinhanga. Strong on Shinsui, Yoshida and Hasui prints.
  • An essential reference source for the "Shin hanga" collector as well as the general Japanese print collector.
Some of the artists mentioned in the catalog are:
  • Hashiguchi Goyo 1880-1921
  • Hirano Hakuho 1879-1957
  • Ishikawa Toraji 1875-1964
  • Ishiwata Koitsu 1897-1987
  • Ito Shinsui 1898-1972
  • Ito Sozan 1884-?.
  • Ito Takashi 1894-1982
  • Kasamatsu Shiro 1898-1992
  • Kawase Hasui 1883-1957
  • Kitano Tsunetomi 1880-1947
  • Kobayakawa Kiyoshi 1897-1948
  • Miki Suizan 1887-1957
  • Natori Shunsen 1886-1960
  • Oda Kazuma 1881-1956
  • Ohara Koson 1877-1945
  • Ota Masamitsu 1892-1975
  • Shima Seien 1892-1970.
  • Takahashi Hiroaki 1871-1945, (Shotei Takahashi)
  • Torii Kotondo 1900-1976
  • Tsuchiya Koitsu 1870-1949
  • Yamakawa Shuho 1898-1944
  • Yamamura Toyonari 1885-1942
  • Yoshida Hiroshi 1876-1950
  • Yoshikawa Kanpo 1894-1979
  • Charles W. Bartlett 1860-1940 (Charles Bartlett)
  • Cyrus Baldridge 1889-1975
  • Peter (Pieter) Irwin Brown 1903-1988
  • Helen Hyde 1868-1919
  • Elizabeth Keith 1887-1956
  • Fritz Capelari 1884-1950
  • Bertha Lum 1869-1954
  • Lilian May Miller 1895-1943
  • Paul Jacoulet 1902-1960
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Hashiguchi Goyo Print Exhibition

GOYO – Hashiguchi Goyo, 130 Years Birth Memorial Exhibition (The Goyo Exhibition catalogue from the Chiba Museum)

(Exhibition catalogue from Chiba Museum, 2011)

Goyo, Hashiguchi Goyo

Author: Iwakiri, Shinichiro
Publisher: Tokyo Shimbun, Tokyo, 2011
Softcover: 211 pages. 418 colour illustrations, 40-50 small b/w text figures.
Japanese text, only.

$ 47.50 + pp $12.50 (Europe/USA)
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Shows many previously unpublished works by Hashiguchi Goyo. Including the recently rediscovered important masterpiece "Haguromo".

The catalogue is a "must buy" for any collector of Japanese artwork of this period. Gives a good visual insight into many different areas of art and design in the first decades of 20th century Japan.

Hashiguchi Goyo(橋口 五葉, December 21, 1880 - February 24, 1921) collaborated very closely with Sugiura Hisui(杉浦 非水 May 15, 1876 - August 18, 1965)  when they both were working as a designer for Mitsukoshi Department Store (Gofukuten). Sugiura was arguably the foremost graphical designer of the very late Meiji period and the Taisho period. During Goyo's and Sugiura's joint tenure at Mitsukoshi, Sugiura was  Mitsukoshi's head-designer, Goyo's work is profuse but more sporadic then Sugiura's. Goyo's and Hisui's styles blended so closely that on most unsigned works it is almost impossible to say which one did the design.

Goyo's cooperation with one of Japan's most famous authors Natsume Soseki(夏目 漱石, February 9, 1867 – December 9, 1916) is carefully examined.

The present catalogue gives ample opportunities to make an appraisal of Goyo's entire body of work. The value of the catalogue is in the huge amount of illustrations of never before published works and in this respect, it's a big improvement on Iwakiri's previous Goyo Exhibition catalogue (1995).

A must-have for the Shin hanga collector.

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Shin Hanga - Taisho period - Yumeji

Shin Hanga and Japanese Prints during the Taisho Period (Yumeji et al.)

The World of Taisho Images - Modern Design and Illustration

(Exhibition catalogue and book, Shoto Museum)

(Taishō imajurii no sekai : Dezain to irasutorēshon no modānzu)

Taisho Takehisa Yumeji Japanese Print
Exhibition Catalog - Taisho Period design and illustrations
Author: Toshiyuki Yamada; Tomoko Taniguchi; Noriaki Seo
山田俊幸,谷口朋子,瀬尾典昭,竹内貴久雄, 辺見海編 ; 山田俊幸監修 山田, 俊幸, 谷口, 朋子, 瀬尾, 典昭
Softcover: 192 pages, maybe 600-700 colour illustrations.
Publisher: Piebukkusu (PIE Books) (2010/11/19), Tokyo
ISBN 978-4-89444-868-1

$ 45 + pp $10 (Europe/USA) (only 2 copies available 1 left)

A fine overview of the pictorial graphical design, illustrations, prints, postcards and stationery items published in the Taisho period.

Artists mentioned in this catalogue include; Sugiura Hisui, Takabatake Kasho, Takahashi Haruka, Fukiya Koji, Hashiguchi Goyo, Maeda Masao, Kobayashi Kaichi, Takehisa Yumeji, Tachibana Sayume, Okamoto Kiichi, Koga Harue, Fujishima Takeji, Sakamoto Hanjiro, Tomimoto Kenkichi et alia. Many them of given their own short essay plus 5-20 representative works.

Several different areas of graphical design and fine art prints are not covered in this publication, for example, fan prints, both "fine art" fans as well as promotional, scant on advertisements, posters and similar.

There are also some glaring omissions among the artists of the period, for example, Takeuchi Seiho, and many different Nihonga artist which also worked with graphical design, as well as many artists associated with the Sosaku hanga and Shin hanga movements.

However this catalogue is so far the best overview of the subject, it should be in the library of anybody interested in the art of this period.  

Highly recommended!

Prints by;
  • Kawase  Hasui
  • Ito Shinsui
  • Takehisa Yumeji
  • Fujishima Takeji
  • Hashiguchi Goyo
  • Sugiura  Hisui
  • Sakamoto Hanjiro
  • Tomimoto Kenkichi
  • Takabatake Kasho
  • Hirokawa Matsugoro
  • Kishida Ryusei
  • Tachibana Sayume
  • Koga Harue
  • Kobayashi Kaichi
  • Fukiya Koji
  • Maeda Masao
  • Takenaka Etaro
  • Saito Keizo
  • Okamoto Kiichi
  • Takahashi Haruka
and a multitude of other important and less important artists of the period.

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Japanese Woodblock Prints Value and Valuations - Japanese Print Appraisal - Valuer

Values of Japanese Prints in an Appraisal - Different values for the same print?!

Hasui - Shiba Zojoji Temple. Some of the factors, important for establishing a value, to be considered for an accurate appraisal and pricing are, condition, impression (edition) and the fact it is a third state (“third edition”) of the print and some other less important factors for the value and for appraising Japanese woodblock prints.
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) - Zojoji Temple in Shiba (Shiba Zojoji), from the series "Twenty Views of Tokyo (Tokyo nijukkei)", 1925.
Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) - Zojoji Temple in Shiba (Shiba Zojoji), from the series "Twenty Views of Tokyo (Tokyo nijukkei)", 1925.
Zojoji in Snow is the best and most popular of the woodblock prints by Hasui.
The "fair market value" is typically between $1'000-20'000 (30'000 for an extraordinary impression and condition, maybe a decade since or more since one was in the market), depending on condition and edition. Warning: There are recent impressions from recut blocks with a much lower value. 
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Different values for the same item!?

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How do you know which one is the right one for your purpose?
What do the different appraisal values mean?
I would like to show you the 5 most common value types in appraising Japanese prints, paintings and illustrated books.

  • Retail Replacement Value (RRV) (or Insurance Replacement Value). If you want to buy a replacement for a lost item or a collection in a short time, you will go to a high-end Japanese print dealer. The price you pay is the Retail Value, this should get you a high-quality item with full guarantees of authenticity and condition. Replacement Value is normally used for insurance evaluations. High-value prints or collection; it is very difficult to assess the RRV in a high-value Japanese print appraisal, it usually needs the appraiser to work with a very experienced International Japanese print dealer, or having the collection appraised by a highly experienced specialist dealer/appraiser. Usually, RRV and FMV are very close or identical for comparable high-quality items.
  • Fair Market Value (FMV) is what a buyer would be willing to pay in a public and carefully catalogued Japanese print auction or in the open market, where both the parties have the full information about the market and the item traded. Fair Market Value is usually used in income and estate tax valuations. The FMV is described and defined in length for example by the US - IRS in various rules and regulations, as also other National Tax Services in various jurisdictions does. We have fairly comprehensive knowledge about rules relating to taxable values in several of the main jurisdictions in the world as well as common inheritance issues. In reading auction results many of the items are not in good condition, late printings or sometimes even fakes. This can't be discerned by the generalist appraiser who relies upon auction result lists. The specialist has his vast (hopefully) detailed experience and annotated auction catalogues, and therefore can make a much better call.
  • Marketable Cash Value (MCV) The Marketable Cash Value is the money you would receive after deducting the sales cost from the Fair Market Value (FMV) selling your woodblock prints in a well-published and well-attended auction. Typically the sales cost are as follows Hammer Commission (buyer's commission) (20-30%), Sellers Commission (15-30%) and various costs (insurance, illustration, printing, cataloguing, storage, transport, packing and similar). Typically the auction house keeps about 35-45% of the total selling price, but sometimes the total cost for the seller can come to well over 50% of the FMV.  – The seller (you) only receive 40-60% of the buyer's purchase price in an auction!
  • Liquidation Value is the value (price) of an item sold on short notice and with limited market reach. This type of sale is usually conducted on behalf of credit institutions, banks or owners who need to raise cash fairly quickly. The liquidation value (price) is usually lower than the above values.
  • Salvage Value is the expected price realized in a situation where both the seller and buyer have very limited market access and knowledge. Typically the item has been abandoned by the legal owner (for example an abandoned storage unit) or been lost and found without recovery by the rightful owner. This value I have just been asked to opinionate on once, I was the expert witness for the prosecution in a trial of a person accused of buying and trafficking in stolen property.

    Free appraisal and evaluation.

    The "Free Japanese Print Appraisal" establish an approximate Marketable Cash Value (MCV) for woodblock prints based on your images or photos, please see "Japanese Print Appraisal" for further details and the email form for the "Free Appraisal". Please remember, the value based on an emailed image is none committing if we see the real print we can give you a correct value.

    Our "Advanced Appraisals" will give you the Retail Replacement Value (RRV) in the main report as well as Marketable Cash Value (MCV) and Fair Market Value (FMV) on a memo attached to the main report if so desired by the client. The appraisal cover sheet will have a detailed explanation about the general value of your collection, the PM will give a detailed analysis and explanation about the Marketable Cash Value (MCV) and Fair Market Value (FMV) as relevant to your collection and the items therein.

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    Anders Rikardson is a Certified Appraiser of Japanese Prints, Japanese Works of Art and Japanese Art. He has been appraising Japanese prints - Chinese, Korean and Japanese paintings - Chinese, Korean and Japanese art and works of art on five continents. Rikardson started appraising Asian art in 1976 as a junior appraiser and became a Certified Appraiser of Oriental Art (including Japanese Prints) in 1982. He has written many articles about Chinese, Korean and Japanese art in Europe as well as Japan. In the late 1980s, Rikardson stopped his association with the SCC and started as an International Appraiser for institutions, private collectors and major international insurance companies.
    You can contact Anders Rikardson by email info@japaneseprintappraisal.com.ca

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    Kawase Hasui - Free appraisal, valuation and values of Hasui's woodblock prints and watercolours pantings

    Hasui - Woodblock Print and Watercolor. Preparatory watercolor painting for a Hasui print. Appraisal and the value of Hasui's woodblock prints.

    Kawase Hasui - A watercolor, a preliminary painting/sketch for a woodblock print by Hasui. What are the values and prices for Hasui's prints and watercolors in an appraisal?
    Kawase Hasui - A watercolor, a preliminary painting for Hasui's woodblock print: A Tea Plantation Higashi Agano, Saitama, 1941.

    Kawase Hasui - An original watercolor. A preparatory watercolor for a woodblock print.

    Free Appraisal and Valuation of Hasui's Prints (get values and prices).

    Kawase Hasui (1883-1957)(川瀬 巴水) - Higashi Agano, Saitama. A tea plantation.

    Bushu (Saitama) Higashi Agano, watercolor, preparatory work for woodblock print published 1941.
    See Kendall H. Brown - Kawase Hasui, The Complete Woodblock Prints, 2003, Amsterdam, Vol. 2, p. 521, pl. 456.
    Most of Hasui's prints seem to be based on atmospheric and beautiful watercolors. These were most probably done on location, however, this needs more research. There exist pencil drawings in sketchbooks, which seems to be preparatory sketches either for the watercolours and/or the prints; again it is very difficult to say if these are done on the actual location. The creative process of Hasui seems shrouded in mystery, and at the moment is mostly anecdotal in nature and very little is known by substantiated facts.
    There is a short movie (see below) of Hasui making a pencil and watercolor preparatory sketch for a print. Many of Hasui's watercolors seem to have been done within a year or two of the print, however, in some cases there seems to have been decades between the original work and the print version. Most often the preparatory work for a Japanese print was a line drawing. Hasui and most other Shinhanga artist used the "boneless" style of woodblock print so most likely most preparatory works were actual paintings.

    Hasui's watercolors are highly sought after and valued by both Japanese institutions and collectors as well as their Western counterparts.

    In the present watercolor Hasui uses an almost pointillistic technique in applying the watercolors. This is especially noticeable on the tea bushes were this watercolor technique helps to render depth and three dimensionalities as well depicting the foliage the tea bushes in a natural way.

    Medium: Watercolour on Japanese watercolour paper.
    Signed: Hasui, sealed Kawase.
    Condition: Fine color condition, unfaded. The paper is very slightly toned, a bit more towards the edges, especially on the extreme end of the deckle edges.
    Size: The present watercolour is done on a daioban-sized paper. 55.6 x 40.5 cm.
    Provenance: A private family of art collectors, Japan, acquired directly from Hasui.

    The original owner acquired this watercolour directly from Hasui. We bought the watercolour directly from a representative of the original "art collector family". Many of the "Hasui" watercolours on the market are "production" watercolors of a quality and lack of professional technique which makes us question to as if these are just very sloppy work by Hasui or even if they could have been executed by craftsmen in the woodcarving/printing workshop or some "student" of Hasui. The above watercolour is of superb technique and conception. Coupled with the direct acquisition from Hasui, rather than one of the publishers, it is a work with absolute certainty to be autograph by Hasui.
    Illustrated: This painting is shown in - Mitsuba Museum of Showa Women University, Exhibition of prints by Kawase Hasui, a landscape printmaker loved by the world. Tokyo, 1997
    $ 6800


    Movie: Hasui's woodblock print process

    A movie featuring Hasui preparing sketches for a woodblock print and the master-carver Maeda Kentaro carving the woodblocks.

    Click the four arrows full-screen symbol, in the lower right corner, after the movie starts, this will give you a full-screen window. Due to the bad quality of the movie, this is almost necessary. Press the esc key (escape) to get out of full-screen mode.
    There is no sound.

    The movie about Kawase Hasui has been supplied by the publisher Brill (under their Hotei brand), who published the complete catalogue of Hasui's woodblock prints. The "complete" catalogue is unfortunately not as complete as would be wished for, as many if not most of the rare/ very rare non-export designs are missing. However, this is to some extent understandable as many of the non-export prints are ephemeral and extremely rare.
    We have a large selection of high quality early Hasui prints ("pre-earthquake"). Don't hesitate to contact us!

    The Value of Hasui's Prints in the Market

    Recently there are many "new" collectors and museums who are trying to buy Hasui's woodblock prints and watercolors. The prices of Hasui's best watercolours have become more expensive, also Hasui's best woodblock prints are experiencing a price rise. The value of Hasui's prints shows some movement upward after being depressed for more than a decade and a half.

    Kawase Hasui's Prints Value and Appraisal: see the below

    FREE valuation and appraisal: To find out the value of Hasui's woodblock prints, use the forms on either of the below pages.(click the link below

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    Hashguchi Goyo - Print

    Hashiguchi Goyo (1880-1921)(橋口五葉) - Service information brochure "Japan to London and Antwerp"

    Hashiguchi Goyo. Bijin (Bijin - Beautiful woman or women). Art by Goyo Hashiguchi. © Copyright 1998-2014
    Hashiguchi Goyo - Service Brochure for the NYK line, 1913, lithograph, very scarce.

    Hashiguchi Goyo (1880-1921) (橋口五葉) (real name; Hashiguchi Kiyoshi) - Service information brochure "Japan to London and Antwerp"

    Service information brochure for the NYK Line route "Japan to London and Antwerp", published by NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha), Tokyo, 1913. The front cover by Hashiguchi Goyo: depicting, in an inset with two bijin (Bijin - Beautiful woman or women) under flowering sakura (cherry) in front of a pond, the background is wisteria blossoms.

    The brochure gives the names of agents for NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha) in different countries. Conditions of passage. Distances between ports of call. Deck plans and so on.

    The front cover by Hashiguchi Goyo. Lithographed by pen and brush. Probably lithographed by Goyo himself. The work is not by a professional lithographer, at the same time the line shows brilliant artistic sense, which would indicate Goyo is responsible for the lithographing.

    One of Goyo's brothers were working for the NYK so it's understandable Goyo did quite a bit of design work for the NYK, such as brochures, postcards, menus and other ephemera. Most of the works unsigned but easily recognizable as the work of Goyo. Goyo also did a big amount of design work for Mitsukoshi – the department store, but here it's sometimes quite difficult to separate the unsigned work by Goyo from the works by Mitsukoshi's head designer Sugiura Hisui.

    In the brochure in the passenger tariff, we can find a first class ticket from London to Yokohama is £60, a second class ticket £41. Steerage class prices are not indicated as first and second class passenger was not expected to mix with steerage class passengers. Steerage class passengers information material would be very different from the present brochure.
    If you want to upgrade your first class ticket to cabin #31 (a lavish miniature suite and the best cabin on the boat) and you are traveling alone, you have to pay a 65% surcharge on your first class ticket. A "Round the World" ticket with NYK Lines would have cost you $ 510 (US Gold or Pound Sterling £102, in today's value about $12'000 (so you definitely got more "bang for the buck" in 1913) if you went via New York, if instead, you prefer to go via Montreal you would have saved US Gold $10.
    In 1913, the best and the rarest in ukiyo-e prints was about $400-500 (pristine Kaigetsudo prints and similar).

    Sealed: Go (for Goyo), on the front cover
    Condition: Very good. The usual centerfold, short tear front cover right margin, center spread loosely on one staple, staples slightly rusty.
    Published: Nippon Yusen Kaisha.
    Printer: Tokyo Printing Company.
    Date: July 1913.
    Edition: 6000 copies. Today very scarce. This is the first copy of this brochure we have handled.
    Another example is published in Hashiguchi Goyo Ten (Exhibition of Hashiguchi Goyo), Odakyu, Tokyo, 1995, p.230, ill.360.


    What I understand from speaking with people who traveled with the great liners in the 20s and 30s, this type of deluxe leaflet was handed over to the passenger at the actual purchase of the ticket. At least this seems to have been the case for the P&O line (Far East), the Cunard line to the US from London (source: my grandmother). The brochure often acted as the cover for the passenger list and the table setting, as it was considered rude to consult the passenger list in public after the first couple of days on board. The centerfold which you nearly always encounter on this type of brochures was due to it was folded so it would fit into a gentleman's pocket or a woman's purse and thereby being unobtrusive and easy to carry. (Some of the covers for the passenger lists from Nippon Yusen Kaisha are woodblock printed with designs by Hashiguchi Goyo)


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    Hashiguchi Goyo

    Hashiguchi Goyo. A Japanese print of a woman. Good drawing by Hashiguchi Goyo. © Copyright 1998-2014

    Hashiguchi Goyo (1880-1921)(橋口五葉) - A bijin looking at a bird in a cage.

    Kuchi-e for "Uguisu Kotoba" (Song of the bush warbler) (This is my own translation and should be taken with great caution.)

    Signed: Sealed, reading "go" in kanji and a sketch of two leaves (yo).
    Publisher: Juseido. Published in the magazine "Shin Fujin", 2nd year, 1st month.
    Date: Meiji 45, 1st of January (1912).
    Printer: Probably Toppan Printing Company.
    Condition: Good, usual two fold marks, slight discoloration to flaps, as usual, a few minor tears on margins, some slight foxing and discoloration, light creasing.
    Impression: Fine, a rich and saturated impression.
    Size: Roughly Oban sized, an over sized kuchi-e. 25.5 x 36.9 cm.
    Very rare.

    Another example is published in Hashiguchi Goyo Ten (Exhibition of Hashiguchi Goyo), Odakyu, Tokyo, 1995, p.214, ill. 327.

    The technique for this kuchi-e is crayon lithograph. Judging the style and excellent technique of the lithograph work and the printing, the kuchi-e was most probably made by Toppan Printing Company. In 1910 Toppan introduced the best and most modern equipment available in the world. They quickly mastered the full potentials of the equipment. Toppan’s excellent lithographers managed to produce some of the best crayon lithographs ever done. This is seen especially in the works by Kitano Tsunetomi, but also Hashiguchi Goyo and many of the most famous artists of the period. Goyo made a poster for Mitsukoshi Department Store (at this time known as Mitsui Gofuku-ten). This poster became the most well-known poster in Japan. The Goyo poster was a "Style" definer and widely collected. Today it is very scarce, even in very bad condition.

    Goyo was together with the more well-known (in Japan) Sugiura Hisui the main designers for Gofukuten (Mitsukoshi). Most works done by them for Gofuku-ten are unsigned, sometimes one encounters Hisui’s signature mark on various works but it is very rare to find Goyo’s mark. Most often one has to relay on stylistic sensibility to separate their works.

    This piece is with our paper conserver for slight conservation treatment. Delivery 14 days.



    Hashiguchi Goyo

    Sugiura Hisui

    Natsume Soseki

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    Kobayashi Kiyochika - The War Photographer

    Kiyochika - The War Photographer - Kobayashi Kiyochika. The War photographer. A Meiji period Japanese print. © Copyright 1998-2014
    Kiyochika - The War Photographer - Kobayashi Kiyochika. The War photographer. Meiji period, 1894-95.

    Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) (小林清親) - “Mirror of Army and Navy Heroes” The War Photographer.

    Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847-1915) (小林清親) is, in my humble opinion, the most visually interesting of the artists who depicted the Sino-Japanese war (1894-1895) and the Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905.

    He produced more than 70 triptychs and a multitude of single sheets designs, during the brief ten months of the Sino-Japanese War.

    The above print is from the rare series “Mirror of Army and Navy Heroes”. This set paid tribute to individual heroes, who performed their duties well in battle.

    We have a good selection of Sino and Russo-Japanese war triptychs, however, the single sheets tend to be much rarer than the triptychs with the exception of the single sheet series "One Hundred Laughs", these humorous war propaganda prints are still not to difficult to find. However, some of the triptychs by Kiyochika are exceedingly difficult to find.

    A "Photo-journalist". Naval officers standing in the background.

    Date: 1895 (Meiji 28), March.
    Size: Oban tate-e
    Signed: Kiyochika and sealed Kiyochika
    Publisher: Inoue Yoshijiro.
    Impression: A very fine impression. An atmospheric printing with superbly and thinly printed bokashi in the background as well as on the deck boards in the foreground.
    Condition: Fine
    Colour: Fine.

    Some of the other prints from this set which are available:

    • "Sailor Tanaka Ichitaro" - The blinded sailor.
    • "Lieutenant Manu Ganjiro of the Ninth Torpedo" - The "One man torpedo".
    • About twenty more designs are available. Please inquire.

    The above group of prints comes from a large family collection of ukiyo-e, which we bought last year in Kyoto. The prints were all Meiji period prints and collected between the late 1870s- 1908. They were all kept in the family "Kura"(1). All prints from this collection are in fine condition. They have not been touched since 1908 but kept in the same chest in which the original owner placed them. Most of this collection was bought by one institution. However, some were not, due to previous content of their collection they did not want to have duplicates. Of the remains, we are offering prints from the above set for sale to our blog readers.


    1. Kura is a specially built house meant to be fire, earthquake and burglar proof. It was a very expensive structure to build. Very rich families kept their family treasures, gold, money and valuable commercial goods in the Kura. If the Kura contained commercial goods it was usually divided into parts, a commercial stock part and a private part, sometimes two separate "Kura" were built.

    倉"Kura" n: warehouse, storehouse, granary. (See the likeness of the Japanese characters to a house with a very strong wood frame and an entrance bridge leading up to the door. A true pictogram.)

    Beneath are two links to a very informative website by Massachusetts Institute of Technology on the above war campaigns and the artists who depicted them:
    The above website has been highly controversial. You should read the text by Professor John Dower of the history faculty and Professor Shigeru Miyagawa of linguistics and of foreign languages. Please follow this link to read about the controversy.


    Kobayashi Kiyochika  Wikipedia

    Tags: Japanese Photographer, Photo Journalist, Senso-e, 

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    Kuniyoshi Shunga

    Kuniyoshi Shunga

    Kuniyoshi shunga. A Japanese shunga print.. © Copyright 1998-2014

    Attributed to Utagawa Kuniyoshi 1797-1861 (歌川国芳) - A small shunga (erotic print) of three English women attacking a "samurai" in exotic surroundings.

    A Japanese man being overpowered by three foreign women all in a setting of exotic Western buildings, presumably meant to be London. The women are English as the picture has an inset of the English flag (not the Union Jack) and the text in the subtitle cartouche says "igirisu" - English. It is very rare to find a pre-Yokohama depiction of Englishmen printed in Edo.

    The Flag of England is the St George's Cross. It seems odd an Edo period picture would carry such a detailed reference. However there was a printed hand scroll of the flags of the world published around this date 1840s-50s. There were also further painted similar hand scrolls circulated. These scrolls usually carry the flags of England (St. George’s Cross), Scotland (St. Andrew's Cross), and Ireland (St. Patrick’s Cross), and also the combination of these flags - the Union Jack.

    It is the only scene of this kind and period I have seen in this format. It is not very shunga though; you just get the faintest whiff of the pubics of one of the women. However an exotic environment always seems to carry a strong sexual atmosphere.

    This is not a Yokohama-e shunga (1860s) but an earlier print, published around 1850.

    Size: Mamegiri-ban, 8.9 x 12.3 cm.
    Condition: Fine, minimal soiling to margins.
    Impression: Fine with deep blind printing, gold and silver printing, on deluxe surimono-type Hosho paper.
    Date: 1845-55

    Price: $ 220

    Shunga (春画) - Spring Picture (an erotic art print or picture)

    Eight more prints from this set by Kuniyoshi are available. Prices from $60 to $95. Very good to fine condition.

    We have a large collection of 17th-19th century ukiyo-e shunga, Japanese woodblock printed shunga as well as shunga paintings of the Ukiyo-e, Shijo and Kano school. All for sale.

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    Chokosai Eisho, active ca. 1780-1800 - Bijin and Bishonin, hashirae woodblock print

    Hosoda Eisho (Chokosai Eisho). - A hashira-e pillar print. © Copyright 1998-2014

    Hosoda Eisho (Chokosai Eisho or Chobunsai Eisho), active ca. 1780-1800

    Bijin and a young man (bishonin) doing the laundry.

    Date: Ca. 1785-95
    Size: Hashira-e
    Signed: Eisho ga
    Impression: Very good
    Condition: Good/very good, some soiling and scuffing
    Colour: Good/very good, all printed in very fugitive colours, such as yugao (dayflower) blue.
    Provenance: Ex. Dr. Gerhard Pulverer collection.
    It is very difficult to find hashira-e of this period in very good condition as the above example.

    (If you are interested in this or similar prints, let us know and we can try to find something)
    Eisho was the foremost pupil of Chobunsai Eishi. Alternative names for Eisho are Chobunsai Eisho, Hosoda Eisho. We have many prints in stock by Eishi and his pupils, f.ex. Eisho, Eisui, Eiri et alia.

    Inventory: Hosoda Eisho 1wb, Chokosai Eisho

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    Hiroshige Snow Landscape

    Hiroshige - Temple in Snow

    Hiroshige. A Japanese print of a snow winter landscape. © Copyright 1998-2014

    Ando Hiroshige (Utagawa Hiroshige I) (1797-1858) (歌川広重) - Asakusa Kinryusan, chutanzaku.

    A snow scene from the series "Set of Famous Views of the Eastern Capital", subtitle "Sensoji in Snow". Hiroshige is creating deepth by using an image "cut-out" techninque which might have been one of the biggest contributions any Japanese artist ever have done to world art. He efficiently crop the pagoda in the foreground as well as the pagoda in the background, thereby focusing the viewer on the "endless" empty space of falling snow.
    The series is one of the most rare of Hiroshige's mid period "Edo View" series.

    Size: Chu-tanzaku
    Signed: Hiroshige ga
    Date: 1838-1842
    Condition: Very good, some very light soiling on top margin and some minute wormholes repaired.
    Impression: Very good


    (If interested in this or similar prints let us know and we can try to find something)
    Inventory: Ando Hiroshige 1wb

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    Hokkei - Surimono Hokkei - Hokusai pupil

    Totoya Hokkei (1780-1850) - Night, Oiran in Yoshiwara, shikishiban surimono

    Hokkei Surimono. © Copyright 1998-2014

    Totoya (Katsushika) Hokkei (1780-1850) - Oiran

    An Oiran in front of a street light on the main street of Yoshiwara. Oiran was the highest rank of the prostitutes working in the "Willow World" of Yoshiwara. A Yoshiwara oiran usually carried the obi tied on the front of the kimono.

    Size: Shikishiban surimono.
    Condition: Fine condition, fine colours, minute wormhole repaired on the left margin, otherwise fine.
    Impression: Very fine impression, a deep black, velvet like gradation of the shadows, silver printing.
    Signed: Hokkei
    Date: Ca. 1820

    If interested in this or similar prints let us know. We have a large inventory of surimono by Hokusai and his pupils (Hokkei, Gakutei, Shinsai, Katsushika Hokusai II et alia), also many surimono available by other ukiyo-e artists(Kiyonaga, Utamaro, Shunsho, Toyokuni I and pupils, and many others), as well as surimono by artists of the Shijo-Maruyama school.

    The above image of the surimono is pre-restoration of the minute wormhole on the left. The wormhole is now restored, done by one of the most skillful paper conservators in Japan (and the world). The restoration is "invisible" and the wormhole can not be detected anymore. The print appears trimmed in the above image, however this is due to the mount covering the edges of the print. A new image of this print will be posted later.
    As a surimono artist Hokkei is Hokusai's most important pupil.

    Inventory: Totoya (Katsushika) Hokkei 1wb

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    Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1793) (勝川春章) - The kabuki actor Arashi Sangoro II

    Katsukawa Shunsho - Actor. © Copyright 1998-2014
    Katsukawa Shunsho — A hosoban print of the actor Arashi Sangoro. Published 1777. 

    Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1793) (勝川春章) - The actor Arashi Sangoro II

    The actor Arashi Sangoro II preformed in Edo for six seasons before September 1777, when he left for acting in Osaka and Kyoto. He seems not to have returned to the kabuki theatres in Edo.

    Katsukawa Shunsho was the first artist to introduce the "realistic" actor portrait.

    Size: Hosoban untrimmed.
    Condition: Fine, very good colours, beautiful deep oxidisation of the bridge rails, small repair top margin.
    Impression: Very fine.
    Signed: Shunsho zu
    Date: Ca. 1770-1776, stylistically and also the writing of the signature points towards a date of the first two or three years of the 1770s. Late Meiwa or very early Annei period.
    Very rare (not in Ueda/Clark - Shunsho, Chicago Art Institute).

    Provenance: Deaccessioned from the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Metropolitan Museum seal bottom right. The validity of the deaccession has been confirmed in an email exchange between us and Masako Watanabe, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Department of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


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    Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891)(是真紫田) - Surimono - Antique Ink Sticks

    Shibata Zeshin - Surimono . © Copyright 1998-2014
    Shibata Zeshin - A surimono depicting antique ink sticks

    Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) - Antique Ink Sticks

    A surimono showing a bunjin's collection of antique ink sticks.
    The ink-stick is one of the four prized possessions of the classical scholar. the others are the brush, the inkstone and paper. All four became art objects in their own right not only utilitarian implements.
    The inkstick was not only a decorative object but also the colour and sheen of the ink was considered a major quality sign. A very dark grey with a sheen of old heavily tarnished silver was most sought after. The most refined inkstick of the late Ming-period have a scent of musty withering pineneedles.

    Size: Oversized long surimono, nagaban size.
    Condition: Fine, original fold marks as published.
    Impression: Very fine with elaborate metal pigment and lacquer printing.
    Signed: Zeshin
    Sealed: Zeshin

    $ 840
    On hold.

    If you are interested in Zeshin, contact us, we have a large selection of works by Shibata Zeshin (是真紫田).

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    Zeshin - Surimono Print

    Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891)(是真紫田) - Surimono - Rooster, hen and chickens

    Zeshin Surimono – Japanese print. A woodblockprint. © Copyright 1998-2014

    Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) - Rooster, hen and chickens

    A surimono showing a kacho-ga (birds and flower) subject.
    In Japanese art the rooster is often a symbol of the "Five Virtues" - Courage, Martial Spirit, Loyalty, Virtue and Literary Accomplishment.
    In the above image he also embodies "Good Husband, protector of the family".

    Size: Oversized long surimono, nagaban size.
    Condition: Fine, original fold marks, as published.
    Impression: Fine.
    Signed: Zeshin (signature printed in gold)
    Sealed: Zeshin

    $ 780

    We have a large selection of Shibata Zeshin’s (是真紫田) works for sale; drawings, prints, surimono and paintings.

    Description by Anders Rikardson

    Inventory: Shibata Zeshin 1wb
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    Ota Nampo - Shokusanjin

    Ota Nampo - Shokusanjin (1749-1823) (大田南畝 - 蜀山人)(Ota Nanpo) - Daruma, Kakemono Nikuhitsu, Sumie

    Ota Nampo (Nanpo) Shokusanjin. Daruma, paintingand Calligraphy with Poem
    Ota Nampo - Daruma, signed Shokusanjin (artist name of Nampo)
    Shokusanjin - Ota Nampo
    Ota Nampo - Poem, signed Shokusanjin (artist name of Nampo)
    Shokusanjin Daruma
    Shokusanjin ga - Signature of Ota Nampo

    Ota Nampo (Nanpo) - Shokusanjin (1749-1823) (大田南畝 - 蜀山人)

    The Zen Buddhist patriarch Daruma (Bodhidharma) is seen from behind holding a fly-whisk. Both the painting and the poem is by Ota Nampo (Ota Nanpo). The poem above is signed Shokusanjin.

    Date: First years of the 19th century.
    Condition: Generally good, but some toning to the paper, it is less toned then you would imagine from the images. Some crease marks, some light soiling scuffs and stains.
    Size: A hanging scroll, kakemono, Painted on paper. The mount seems to be a period mount. Later top and bottom, jikusaki (scroll knobs) later.
    Signed: Shokusanjin

    Ota Nampo (Nanpo) (a.k.a. Shokusanjin) was the most influential bunjin, calligrapher, poet and writer of the late 18th cent and early 19th cent. Shokusanjin worked together with for example Hokusai, Eishi, Utamaro, Toyokuni I, and numerous other ukiyo-e artists, as well as artists from other schools. It is very difficult to find an original painting by Ota Nampo, less then 10 are recorded.
    The poem has no yet been read and translated.

    $ 450 Reserved

    We have the most comprehensive collection of original calligraphies by Ota Nampo (Nanpo), for sale, available. We further have a large selection of original works by other poets and authors of the Edo period as well as illustrated books, paintings, calligraphies and prints.

    Clicking the above images will not create an enlargement. Alternative spelling - Ota Nanpo

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    Japanese Woodblock Prints

    Japanese woodblock prints - How to make a woodblock print, Japanese style.

    Making Japanese Woodblock Prints or How to: Make a Japanese Print

    A 5.5-minute video on Japanese style woodblock print making by the 73 years old Canadian artist Graham Scholes.

    Graham walks you through the entire process from making the necessary keyblock drawings, preparing the woodblocks for cutting. Then he cuts the key woodblock and the colour woodblocks. Grahams shows you how to apply the colours to the colour woodblocks and print them. Voila a "Japanese woodblock print" made in Canada.

    Included is also a very short scene on traditional Japanese paper making in Japan.

    There are some subtle differences between Graham's technique and the traditional ukiyoe style printmaking. Hopefully we can post a video of a traditional Japanese print maker some time in the future and explain the differences.

    Thank you very much Graham for producing a very good visual of woodblock print production. Thanks!

    Also look at our 18th and 19th cent. Ukiyo-e and Woodblock Prints - Click HOME

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