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  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Beauty Putting Out a Floor Lamp. From the series Tsuki no kage shinobiau yo (Secret Meetings by Moonlight).
    Circa 1836-8. Oban. 38.9 x 26.1cm. Kunisada's World 73/1 (this impression). Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $3,900
  • Suzuki Harushige
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    Suzuki Harushige (1847-1818)- Lovers Seated on a Bench. Hagi no Tama-gawa (Tama River of Bush Clover)
    Circa early 1770s. Chuban. 25.8 x 18.9cm. Very good impression, colour and condition. Slight trimming. Apparently unrecorded. Although the fan is signed Harunobu ga, stylistically the print appears to be the work of Harushige. The poem by Minamoto no Toshiyori refers to the bush clover of Tama River.
  • Utagawa Toyokuni
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    Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825)- A Woman Seated with a Fan. Shinpan Hanasaki Jijii jo (New edition of the Old Man Who Made Flowers Bloom, Part I).
    Circa 1795. Chuban. 25.4 x 18.8cm. Two other impressions are recorded - one in Boston (ex Spaulding) and the other ex Stociet (Sothebys, London, 2004, lot 331).
    $3,000
  • Torii Kiyonaga
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    Torii Kiyonaga (1752-1815)- A Manservant Carrying a Lantern Towards a Group of Women at a Tea-house
    Circa 1790. Oban. 19.2 x 26.5cm. Provenance: Unidentified collector's mark on verso. Fine impression and colour. Expertly restored wormage on top. Very good condition. This is an oban version of a long surimono in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Hirano 939) with different patterns on the kimonos and a change to the mark on the curtain. According to Hirano (page 431) this design was exhibited at Kiyonaga's one hundred and twentieth memorial exhibition. The colour scheme of this version appears similar to the early printings of Utamaro's Shell Book.
    $3,900
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Woman Standing in Front of a Screen. Massaki Misogi. From the series Edo jiman (Pride of Edo).
    Circa 1818-20. Oban. 38.5 x 26cm. Fine impression and colour. Very good condition.
    $3,500
  • Suzuki Harunobu
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    Suzuki Harunobu (1725?-1770)- A Woman Playing With a Pet Monkey
    1760s. Chuban. 27.1 x 20.6cm. Harunobu zenshu 292. Fine impression with extensive embossing around the outline of the figure. Very good colour. Fine condition. This is one of the rarest of the many designs by the artist of a woman playing with a pet monkey. The only other example we have been able to locate is the trimmed impression in Harunobu zenshu
  • Kitagawa Utamaro
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    Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)- Coquettish Patterns of Edo Dyes: Instructions on Love Affairs with Young Women (Edosome ada moyo: Jiro shi'nan)
    Circa 1803. Koban. 19 x 12cm. Fine impressions, colour and condition. A complete set of twelve prints plus wrapper. Each design shows a pair of lovers. The wrapper is signed Utamaro. We don't recall having seen a complete Utamaro koban series on the market in the last thirty-five years. Scans of the additional prints available on request.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Courtesan Entering a Mosquito Net in Moonlight (Deiri-Cho (Visitors Book)).
    1856. From the series Kuchi mo te mo mitate hatcho (Parodies of Eight Books of Proficiency and Eloquence). Fan print. 23.2 x 29.9 cm. Extremely fine, early impression with overprinting and woodgrain. Fine colour and condition.
  • Utagawa Toyokuni
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    Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825)- A Woman Dressing
    From the series Tosei asuma fuzoku (Modern Fashions From the East). Circa 1818. Oban. 39.2 x 26.5cm. Fine impression, colour and condition. A similar print by Toyokuni dated to the late Bunka period, from the series Tosei kotoba no hana, is illustrated in Bunka-Bunsei bijin fuzoku ukiyo-e shu (plate 6).
    $2,500
  • Hosoda Eishi
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    Hosoda Eishi (1756-1829)- Kasugano of the Ogiya Attended by Kocho and Wakaba
    Circa 1793. Aiban. 31.6 x 22.4cm. Fine impression, colour and condition. What appears to be another print from this untitled series is illustrated in Brandt, 169, no. 133.
    $3,900
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- A Courtesan Reading a Letter
    Circa 1830. Vertical oban diptych. 74.5x24.8cm. Fine impression. Very good colour and condition.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Woman Holding a Straw Hat and a Samisen
    Circa 1830. Vertical oban diptych. 72.5 x 24.6cm. Fine impression. Very good colour and condition.
    $4,200
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- No.4: Kanagawa Inns
    (Kanagawa shuku). From the series "commonly known" as Bijin Tokaido (Beauties on the Stations of Tokaido Road). Circa 1842. Oban. 37.4x25.5cm. Fine impression with strong woodgrain. Fine colour. Very good condition.
    $1,900
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- No.26. Nissaka Station
    (Nissaka-eki). From the series "commonly known" as Bijin Tokaido (Beauties on the Stations of the Tokaido Road). Circa 1842. Oban. 37.6x25.4cm. Fine impression and colour. Horizontal centrefold. Very good condition.
  • Toyohara Kunichika
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    Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)- A Woman Applying Make-up
    From the series Adesugata kesho jiman (Pride of Beauties Applying Cosmetics). 1866. Oban. 37.2 x 25.1cm. Fine impression, colour and condition. An extra block is unusually printed in gofun for the application of make-up on the woman's neck.
    $900
  • Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
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    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)- Looking Suitable: The Appearance of a Brothel Geisha of the Koka Era
    Niaiso: koka nenkan kuruwa no geisha fuzoku). From the series Fuzoku sanjuniso (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners). 1888. Oban. 37.6 x 25.5cm. Keyes, 503-17, Sevenson 14. Fine, early impression with metallic printing and strong woodgrain.
    $2,500
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Ikazuchi Osho Biting on a Tissue (Suisei (Water)).
    Ca. 1850. From the series Gogyo gonin onna (Five Women for Five Elements). Fan print. 22.3 x 28.4 cm. Fine impression, colour and condition.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Beauty Holding a Porcelain Incense Burner (Sumiyoshi Settsu (Sumiyoshi Shrine in Settsu Province)).
    1832-34. From the series Honcho fukei bijinkurabe (A ompetition of Beauties and Celebrated Views of Japan). Oban. 38.9 x 26.6 cm. Izzard, Kunisada’s World, 64-1. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $1,800
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Beauty Seated Beneath a Willow Tree.
    1844. From the series Kakei bijin awase (Beauties Matched with Summer Views). Fan print. 22.10 x 29.3 cm. Fine impression, colour and condition.
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Standing Beauty
    Ca. 1830’s. Vertical oban diptych. 74.2 x 25.3 cm. Fine impression. Very good colour and condition.
  • Kitagawa Utamaro
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    Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806)- Two Beauties Laundering Strips of Cloth in a Stream (Niwasaki de Mutamagawa (The Six Jewel Rivers in a Garden)).
    Ca. 1793. Chuban. 23.9 x 17 cm. Fine impression. Fine, fresh, unfaded colour. One small, restored wormhole. Otherwise, fine condition. Both print and series are unrecorded.
  • Toyohara Kunichika
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    Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)- Evening View of Beauties at Nihonbashi (Nihonbashi bijin no yukei).
    1863. Oban triptych. 37.8 x 77.9 cm. Kunichika yakusha kagami (Riccar Art Museum, 1981), no. 24. Fine impression, colour and condition. This triptych shows three types of women; a geisha, a city girl, and a married woman.
    $3,700
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Women’s Activities: Stretching Silk, Reading and Gathering Silk Worms (Sakaegusa tosei musume (Today’s Girls as Flourishing Plants)).
    1830s. Oban tryptich. 37.9 x 78 cm. Baur Collection, vol. 1, G286. Fine impression, colour and condition. The young woman in the centre panel is reading an anthology of the Hundred Poems. Placed in front of her are volumes relating to women’s etiquette – Onna imagawa and Onna daigaku (Women’s Great Learning).
    $2,800
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Seki. From the series Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi (The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road).
    Ca. 1838-42. Chuban. Fine impression, colour and condition.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Akasaka. From the series Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi (The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road).
    Ca. 1838-42. Chuban. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $500.
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Mitsuke. From the series Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi (The Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road).
    Ca. 1838-42. Chuban. Fine impression, colour and condition.
  • Kawanabe Kyosai
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    Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889)- Three Beauties at Hirakawa Ryotei. Edo meisho: Tsukiji Namiyoke (Views of Edo: Night View of Namiyoke Inari Shrine in Tsukiji).
    1864. Oban triptych. Very good impression, colour and condition.
    $2,500
  • Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
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    Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)- Kaji of Gion Holding a Fan. From the series Kenyu fujo kagami (Mirror of Women of Wisdom and Courage).
    Circa mid 1840-s. Oban. Robinson (1982) S29-4.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Beauty Tying the Sash of Her Kimono. From the series Ryuko rokkasen (A Fashionable Selection of Six Flowers)
    Ca. 1840. Oban. Fine impression and colour. Printer’s crease. Very good condition.
    $1,280
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Woman Preparing to Sharpen a Blade. Yondan-me (Act Four). From the series E-kyodai Chushingura (Brother Pictures From Chushingura).
    Ca. 1830s. Oban 39.3 x 26.4 cm. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $1,680.
  • Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
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    Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)- Prince Genji with Attendants by the Sea.
    Ca. 1850. Oban triptych. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $2,800
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- A Beauty Holding a Cat
    Ca. 1830. Vertical oban diptych. Fine impression. Very good colour and condition. Two restored paper losses in top sheet.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Spring (Haru). From the series Yasa sugata asuma no utsushi-e (Copied Pictures of Graceful Eastern Figures)
    1849-1851. Oban triptych. Marks, Genji’s World in Japanese Woodblock Prints, no. 10, page 77. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $1,200
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Beauty Holding a Shamisen. Toroi (A New Year’s Entertainer). From the series Omoigoto kagami ni utsushi-e (Thoughts Reflected in a Mirror)
    Circa 1818-20. Oban. UTS/11/156. Fine impression and colour. Faint centrefold. Very good condition.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Yagenbori from the series Edo meisho hyakunin bijo (One Hundred Famous Places and Beauties of Edo).
    1858. Oban. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $850
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- A Beauty Emerging From a Mosquito Net. From the series Ukiyo-e fuzoku bijo kurabe (Beauty Contest of Contemporary Women).
    Ca. 1820s. Oban. 37.5 x 25 cm. UTK/10/51. Fine impression on thick paper. FIne colour. Very good condition. One of the artis's finest half-length designs. The poem reads, "The glow of fireflies in the autumn grass" (Banten no suikei wa akigusa no naka).
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Half-length Portrait of a Beauty (Wakare ga iya so (The Type That is Sad From Parting)).
    1859. From the series Imayo sanjuni so (The Modern Thirty-two Types). Oban. 27.8 x 25.5 cm. Izzard, Kunisada’s World 95/2. Fine impression, colour and condition.
  • Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
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    Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)- Tomoe-gozen, the Mistress of Kiso Yoshinaka, Holding a Helmet.
    Ca. 1843. From the series Kenyu fujo kagami (Mirror of Women of Wisdom and Courage). Oban. 37.6 x 25.6 cm. Provenance: S. Tuke; B. W. Robinson. Fine, early impression with strong woodgrain. Brilliant colour. Fine condition. Though this print comes from Robinson’s own collection, it is not recorded with the other prints from this series in his 1982 monograph on Kuniyoshi’s warrior prints. Nor was it included in the privately published supplement distributed by Professor Arthur Miller in 1996.
    $1,900
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Woman Biting on a Tissue (Yodogawa seiran (Clearing Weather at Yodo River)).
    1852. From the series Ryuko hauta hakkei (Eight Views of Popular Songs). Fan print. 23.6 x 30.3 cm. Fine impression, colour and condition.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- The Courtesan Karakoto of the House of Kukumanji in Shin-Yoshiwara
    Ca. 1860. Oban. Extremely fine, early impression with embossing. Brilliant, fresh, unfaded colour. Very fine condition.
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Beauty Reading by the Light of a Lantern (Yozakura (Evening Cherry-blossoms)).
    Ca. 1850. From the series Hana-hoyomi (Floral Calender). Fan print. 23.5 x 30 cm. Fine, early, atmospheric impression. Fine colour and condition.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Woman Seated next to a Shamisen Box
    Sweets from Fukagawa (Fukagawa no kashi). From the series Tosei teikin orai (Contemporary Models for Correspondence). Circa 1830. Oban. 38.7 x 26.6cm. Fine impression and colour. Very good condition.
    $2,800
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Geisha Leaning on the Roof of a Boat Whilst Eating Edamame (Ima ni agari so (The Blushing Type)).
    1859. From the series Imayo sanjuni so (The Modern Thirty-two Types). Oban. 37.8 x 25.4 cm. Izzard, Kunisada’s World, no. 95. Fine, early impression on thick, deluxe paper. Fine colour and condition.
  • Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
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    Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)- An Awabi Diver Arranging Her Hair on the Sea-shore. From the series Tatoe-gusa oshie hayabiki (Instructive Reference Index of all Sorts of Proverbs)
    Circa 1843. Oban. Robinson (1961) fig. 65. Very good impression, colour and condition.
  • Toyohara Chikanobu
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    Toyohara Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)- Beauties Viewing Plum Blossoms (Bijin kanbai no zu)
    1897. Oban triptych. Fine impression with over-printing on the moon. Fine colour and condition.
    $900
  • Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
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    Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)- Looking Cool: The Appearance of a Geisha in the Fifth or Sixth Year of Meji (Suzushiso: Meiji go-roku nen irai geiga no fuzoku). From the series Fuzoku sanjuniso. (Thirty-two Aspects of Customs and Manners).
    1888. Oban. 37.4 x 25.4cm. Keyes 503-20, Stevenson 24, Keyes, The Bizarre Imagery of Yoshitoshi, no.40. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $2,500
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Lady Kesa, Wife of Watanabe Wataru (Watanabe Wataru no tsuma, Kesa Gozen)
    1840s. Oban. Fine impression with wood grain. Fine colour and condition.
    $1,200
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- A Beauty Holding a Pouch in Her Mouth. Bijin kaichu kagami (A Pocket Mirror of Beauties). From the series Jisei rokkasen (Six Contemporary Beauties)
    1820s. Oban. 36.6 x 24.8cm. Fine impression and colour. Very good condition.
    $3,800
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- A Young Woman Seated with a Travelling Straw Hat. Fujisawa Number 7. From the series commonly known as Bijin Tokaido (Beauties on Stations of the Tokaido Road).
    Circa 1842. Oban. 37.9 x 25.8cm. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $2,200
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- A Young Woman Seated with a View of Fuji in the Distance. Mitsuke. Number 29. From the series commonly known as Bijin Tokaido (Beauties on Stations of the Tokaido Road)
    Circa 1842. Oban. 38 x 25.8cm. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $2,800
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- A Young Woman with an Umbrella. Hamamatsu. Number 20. From the series commonly known as Bijin Tokaido (Beauties on Stations of the Tokaido Road
    Circa 1842. Oban. 37.4 x 25.4cm. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $2,500
  • Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
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    Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)- Go-o-hime Holding a Folded Paper and a Spray of Blossom, While Two Sparrows Fly Before Her. From the series Kenjo reppuden (Stories of Wise Women and Faithful Wives)
    Early 1840s. Oban. Robinson S20-4. Fine impression and colour. Paper flaw at bottom. Very good condition.
    $900
  • Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
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    Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)- Terute-hime Pulling the Cart on Which Her Crippled Husband Rode. From the series Kenjo reppuden (Stories of Wise Women and Faithful Wives)
    Early 1840’s. Oban. Robinson S20-22. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $1200
  • Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
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    Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)- A Woman Cleaning Her Teeth. Ishibe. From the series Tokaido gojusan tsui (Fifty-three Parallels for the Tokaido Road)
    Circa 1845-6. Oban. Robinson S44-53. Fine impression and colour. Narrow bottom margin, otherwise fine condition.
    $850
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Fujikawa. From the series Tokaido gojusan tsugi no uchi (Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido Road)
    Circa 1838-1842. Fine impression, colour and condition.
  • Gokyo
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    Gokyo (Active 1790s)- The Courtesan Tochi of the House of Ogiya with Two Shinzo and a Kamuro
    Circa 1790. Oban. 37.6 x 25.6cm. Brandt 535, no. D22. Fine impression. Very good colour and condition. The left-hand sheet of a triptych by this rare Eishi pupil. An impression of the complete triptych is in the British Museum.
  • Kikugawa Eizan
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    Kikugawa Eizan (1787-1867)- A Beauty Holding a Robe For the Actor Iwai Hanshiro V. Matsumoto no yau (Night Rain at Matsumoto). From the series Edo sunago koguya hakkei (Eight Views of Incense Makers in Edo)
    1806. Oban. 39.1 x 27cm. UTS/10/313. Fine impression with brilliant colour. Very good condition. An unusually fine print by the young Eizan.
    $6,800
  • Toyohara Chikanobu
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    Toyohara Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)- A Woman Holding a Fan. From the series Shin bijin (True Beauties)
    1897. Oban. Fine, early impression with blind printing in the fan. Fine colour and condition.
    $500
  • Toyohara Chikanobu
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    Toyohara Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)- A Fashionable Meiji Beauty. From the series Shin bijin (True Beauties).
    1897. Fine, early impression. Fine colour and condition.
    $500
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A Standing Beauty
    Original drawing in sumi-e. Very good condition.
    $900.
  • Keisai Eisen
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    Keisai Eisen (1790-1848)- An Elegant Woman Holding Her Kimono in the Wind
    Circa 1830’s. Vertical oban diptych. Very good impression and colour. Fine condition.
    $2,500.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- At the Pass (Sekiya). Chapter 16. From the series Genji goshu yojo (Lasting Impressions of a Tale of Genji)
    1858. Oban diptych. Fine impression, colour and condition. Genji’s World, no. 120.
    $900
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Beauties Viewing Cherry Blossoms at Night
    Circa 1850. Oban triptych. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $1,900
  • Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
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    Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)- Yamabuki –gozen Seated by a Log Fire Mending the Haori of Her Husband. From the series Kenjo reppuden (Stories of Wise Women and Faithful Wives)
    Early 1840’s. Oban. Fine, early impression. Fine colour and condition. Robinson S20-27.
    $1,280
  • Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi
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    Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi (1797-1861)- Masaoka Protecting Her Charge From the Ghost of an Old Warrior-Monk Grasping His Rosary. From the series Kenjo reppuden (Stories of Wise Women and Faithful Wives)
    Early 1840’s. Oban. Very good impression and colour. Fine condition. Robinson. S20-16.
    $1,450
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