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  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Ichikawa Ebizo V as Usui Arataro Sadamitsu. From an untitled series of large head actor prints. 1863
    Konjaku kabuki meiyu ten, no. 36, Schaap and Uhlenbeck, Kunisada, no. 106. Fine impression on thick, deluxe paper. Fine colour. Fold mark in right margin, otherwise fine condition. Surely, one of the most dramatic of all nineteenth century kabuki prints.
  • Hasegawa Sadanobu
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    Hasegawa Sadanobu (1809-1879)- Jitsukawa Ensaburo as Hotei Ichiemon. From the play Otokodate itsutsukarigane From the series Kyofuku tosei kurabe (A Modern Competitionfor Mirror Covers). 1841.
    Oban. Kamigata yakusha-e shusei, vol. III, no. 45, Osaka Kagami, no. 102. Schwaab, Osaka Prints, no. 191. Fine impression. Very good colour and condition.
    $1,280
  • Hasegawa Sadanobu
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    Hasegawa Sadanobu (1809-1879)- Nakamura Tomijuro II as the Wet Nurse Shigenoi. From the play Koinyobo somewake tazuna. From the series Kyofuku tosei kurabe (AModern Competition for Mirror Covers). 1841.
    Oban. Kamigata yakusha-e shusei, vol. III, no. 52 & front cover, Osaka Kagami, no. 104. Fine impression with metallic printing and embossing. Fine colour and condition.
    $1,900
  • Konishi Hirosada
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    Konishi Hirosada (1819-1865)- Nakamura Daikichi III as Toki Hime, Ichikawa Sukejuro as SasakiTakatsuna and Arashi Rikaku II as Miuranosuke. From the play Kamakura sandaiki.
    From a complete album containing 55 chuban prints. Keyes, Philadelphia 63, Hirosada, Osaka Printmaker, no. 25 and front cover. Fine, early impressions with extensive metallic printing and embossing. Fine condition with brilliant colour. This chuban album, which contains a number of Hirosada’s greatest designs, is an excellent example of the technical brilliance of mid- nineteenth century Osaka printmaking and the finest example we have seen on the market since the 1980’s.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- A pair of prints showing Ichikawa Kodanji IV as the archvillain NikkiDanjo Naonori and Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as the hero ArajishiOtokonosuke Terumitsu. The Yukashita scene from the play Kozottekuruwa mimasu no datezome. 1852
    Oban. Fine impressions with strong woodgrain. Very good colour and condition.
    $1,900
  • Migita Toshihide
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    Migita Toshihide (1863-1925)- Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Soga no Goro in the play Yanone Goro. 1893.
    Oban. From the series Mimasu ai sugata (Danjuro in his various roles). Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $1,400
  • Shunkosai Hokuei
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    Shunkosai Hokuei (Active 1824?-1837)- Arashi Rikan II as Chinzei Hachiro Tametomo and Iwai Shijaku I as Neewanjo. From the play Shimameguri tsuki no yumihara. 1833.
    Oban diptych. Keyes and Mizushima 45, Osaka Prints, Schwaab, no. 158. Fine impression with metallic printing. Fine colour. Fold mark on right-hand sheet. Very good condition. Impressions are known with the hand-stamped seals of Kasuke, the engraver and Matsubaya, the publisher.
    $2,800
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Ichikawa Danjuro IX. From the play Shibaraku. 1864.
    Oban. Fine impression. Very good colour and condition.
    $1,280
  • Migita Toshihide
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    Migita Toshihide (1863-1925)- Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Mongaku Shonin.
    1893. Oban. 36.7 x 25.3 cm. Fine impression and colour. Very good condition.
    $1,280
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Kawarasaki Gonjuro I as Momonoi Wakasanosuke Reflecting in a Mirror. Poem by the actor inscribed above. From the series Imayo oshi-e kagami (A Mirror of Fashionable Pictures). 1859.
    Oban. 39 x 27.2 cm. Fine, early impression with extensive embossing on deluxe paper. Fine colour and condition.
    $900
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Sawamura Tossho II as enya Hangan Takasada Reflecting in a Mirror. Poem by the actor inscribed above. From the series Imayo oshi-e kagami (A Mirror of Fashionable Pictures). 1859
    Oban. 38.2 x 26.6 cm. Fine, early impression with extensive embossing on deluxe paper. Fine colour and condition.
    $900
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Seki Hanasuke as Tanizawa Kazumanosuke Reflecting in a Mirror. Poem by the actor inscribed above. From the series Imayo oshi-e kagami (A Mirror of Fashionable Pictures). 1859.
    Oban. 38.3 x 26.8 cm. Fine, early impression with over-printing on deluxe, paper. Fine colour and condition
    $900
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Nakamura Kantaro as Iwaki Toma Reflecting in a Mirror. Poem by the actor inscribed above. From the series Imayo oshi-e kagami (A Mirror of Fashionable Pictures). 1859
    Oban. 39.9 x 27.8 cm. Fine, early impression of the deluxe edition on luxurious paper. Brilliant colour. Fine condition. A very large sheet!
    $900.
  • Toyohara Chikanobu
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    Toyohara Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)- Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Mongaku Shonin Doing Penance Under theWaterfall.
    1883. Oban triptych. 71.9 x 36.5 cm. Fine impression, colour and condition with the 3 sheets attached.
  • Toyohara Kunichika
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    Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)- Kawarazaki Gon'nosuke VII as Oboshi Yuranosuke. From an untitledseries of actor portraits. From the play Kanadehon Chushingura. 1869.
    Oban. 35.8 x 24.9 cm. Kunichika: Time Present and Time Past, no. 64;Kunichika yakusha kagami, plate 11. Very good impression. Fine colour. Very good condition.
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Nakamura Fukusuke I as Hakamadare Yasusuke. From the series Toyokuni manga zue (Toyokuni's Sketches). 1859.
    Oban. Superb impression on thick, deluxe paper with extensive burnishing, over-printing and mica sizing. Fine colour and condition.
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Nakamura Shikan II as Fujiwara no Tokihira. Onagori (Kabuki's Autumn Season). From the play Tamukeyama momiji no mitegura. 1833.
    Oban. Fine impression, colour and condition. Rare.
    $1,100
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Kawarasaki Gonjuro as Sano Genzaemon Tsuneyo. From an untitled series of large head actor portraits. 1863.
    Oban. Konjaku kabuki meiyu ten, plate 53, Schaap & Uhlenbeck, Kunisada, checklist 2, no. 35. Fine impression with strong woodgrain and thick, deluxe paper. Fine colour. Expertly re-margined at left, otherwise, fine condition.
  • Utagawa Yoshitora
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    Utagawa Yoshitora (Active 1850-1880)- Ichikawa Ichizo III as Iwami Jutaro. From an untitled series of large head actor portraits. 1862.
    Oban. Konjaku kabuki meiyu ten, plate 63, Schapp & Uhlenbeck, Kunisada, checklist 2, no. 4. Fine impression on thick, deluxe paper. Fine colour. Expertly re-margined at right, otherwise fine condition.
  • Shunkosai (Shunbaisai) Hokuei
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    Shunkosai (Shunbaisai) Hokuei (Active 1828-1836)- Nakamura Utaemon III as Konobei and Nakamura Matsue III as Shiokumi Kofuji. From the play Yukihira sonare no matsu. 1832.
    Oban diptych. Masterful Illusions: Japanese Prints in the Ann Van Biema Collection, no. 63. Fine impression with extensive metallic printing and the hand-stamped seals of the Keisuke, the publisher. Fine colour. Album backing. Slight staining. Very good condition.
  • Katsukawa Shunsho
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    Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1792)- Segawa Kikunojo III, Iwai Hanshiro IV and Ichikawa Monnosuke II in a Theatrical Scene in a Boat. 1784. Hosoban triptych. The Theatrical Prints of the Katsukawa Masters, Riccar Art Museum, Tokyo, 1992, nos. 39-41 (this impression).
    Fine impression, colour and condition. Unfaded hosoban actor triptychs are extremely rare on the market. A faded impression of the far right sheet is in the British Museum.
  • Katsukawa Shunko
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    Katsukawa Shunko - Nakamura Denkuro as Suketsune Holding a Lantern. Circa 1785.
    Hosoban. Fine impression with extremely fine, colour. Fine condition. This is the right hand sheet of a diptych. The left hand sheet shows Ichikawa Monnosuke II as Soga no Goro.
  • Katsukawa Shunko
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    Katsukawa Shunko - Morita Kanya VIII
    Circa 1786 1788. Hosoban. 32.8 x 14.2 cm. Fine impression, colour and condition. We have not been able to locate another impression of this design.
  • Konishi Hirosada
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    Konishi Hirosada (1819-1865)- Konishi Ebizo V as Ono no Imoko and Jitsukawa Ensaburo as Hata noKawakatsu. From the playShitennoji Garan Kagami.
    1849. Chuban diptych. 25.7 x 38.1 cm. Extremely fine, early impression with extensive metallic printing and extraordinary gauffrage. This is unusual amongst Osaka chuban prints in that they have never been bound in an album and thus have never been backed or trimmed.
  • Shunkosai Hokuei
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    Shunkosai Hokuei (Active 1824?-1837)- Iwai Shijaku I as Osuma no Kata and Bando Jutaro I as Sasaya Hanbei. From the play Honobonoto ura no asagiri (Daybreak Hidden by Morning Fogg on the Bay). 1832.
    Oban diptych. Osaka Prints, Schwaab, no. 152. Fine impression with metallic printing and the hand-stamped seal of the carver, Kasuke. Fine colour. A fold-mark on the right-hand sheet; a few small stains. Very good condition. Schwaab illustrates the second edition with the mark of the publisher, but lacking Kasuke's seal.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Nakamura Shikan IV as Kobayashi no Asahina. From the series Toseimitate sanjurokkasen (Modern Parallels of Thirty-six Flowers).
    1862. Oban. 38.6 x 26.3 cm. Fine, early impression of the first edition with strong wood-grain and embossing on thick, deluxe paper. Fine colour. Very good condition.
    $1,500
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Onoe Baiko as Minamoto Yorimitsu Chosin. From the series Imayo oshie kagami (A Mirror of Fashionable Pictures). 1859.
    Oban. Fine, early impression of the deluxe edition on thick, heavy paper.
    $900.
  • Shunkosai Hokuei
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    Shunkosai Hokuei (Active 1824?-1837)- Arashi Rikan II as Miyagi Asojiro. From the play Keisei tsukushi no tsumagoto. 1832.
    Oban. Osaka Prints, Schwaab, no. 148. Fine impression with metallic printing, embossing, the poem at top right and the hand-stamped seal of the engraver, Kasuke. Fine colour and condition. Later impressions (see Schwaab) are known which lack Kasuke's seal and the poem.
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Saito Naizonosuke. From the series Imayo oshie kagami (A Mirror of Fashionable Pictures). 1860.
    Oban. 39 x 27.3 cm. Fine, early impression of the deluxe edition on thick, heavy, over-sized paper. Fine colour and condition.
    $900.
  • Toyohara Kunichika
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    Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)- Ichikawa Danjuro IX in His Dressing Room. From the series Shashingakuya kagami (A Mirror of Actor's True Likenesses Backstage). 1868.
    Oban. 36.7 x 25.5 cm. Fine impression and colour. Very good condition.
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Nakamura Fukusuke I as Tetsugake (above) and Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Iwakawa (below). 1859.
    Oban. From the play Sekitori Senryo Nobori. Fine impression with woodgrain and burnishing on thick, heavy paper. Fine colour. Very good condition.
    $450.
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)-
    Onoe Kikujiro II as Hitachi Kohagi Pulling a Small Cart with a Rope. Tsunada Kuruma-Hitachi Kohagi(The Rope-pulled Cart—Kohagi of Hitachi). From the series Na o Todoroku O-iri Kuruma (Famous and Succesful Carriages). 1858. Oban. Fine, early impression on deluxe paper. Fine colour and condition.
    $580.
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Hanakawado Sukeroku. Shin Yoshiwara. No. 8. From the series Edo meisho zue (Views of Famous Places in Edo). 1852.
    Oban. Fine impression with extensive oxidation and the cherry blossoms embossed. Fine colour and condition.
    $600.
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Ichikawa Kodanji IV as Arakawa Kurnado Hirotsuna. From an untitled series of actors with poems.1852.
    Oban. Fine impression with burnishing and extensive gauffrage. Fine colour. Very good condition.
    $380.
  • Toyohara Kunichika
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    Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900)- Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Mongaku Shonin. From the series Shin kabuki juhachiban no uchi (The New Kabuki Eighteen). 1896.
    Oban triptych. Kunichika: Time Present and Time Past, no. 123. Fine impression and colour. Very good condition with the original album backing retained.
  • Utagawa Kunisada and Utagawa Hiroshige I
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    Utagawa Kunisada and Utagawa Hiroshige I ((1786-1865) and (1797-1858))- Takeda Katsuyori at Koshuya. From the series Edo komei kaitei zukushi(Famous Restaurants in the Eastern Capital).
    1852. Oban. 38.6 x 25.5 cm. Hiroshige: The Collected Edo Landscape Prints, no. 45. Extremely fine, early impression on thick paper with embossing, over-printing and burnishing. Brilliant colour. Fine condition.
    $1,280
  • Utagawa Kunisada
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Bust Portrait of the Edo hero, Benkei Tanzaemon. Otokodate Benkei Tazaemon. From a series showing backgrounds of unusual textile designs.
    Mid 1840. Oban. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $2,000
  • Hasegawa Sadanobu
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    Hasegawa Sadanobu (1809-1879)- Katoka Gado II as Oguri Hangan. From the play Hime kurabe futabe ezoshi.1840.
    Oban. Osaka Kagami no. 103, Osaka Prints, Schwaab no. 188. Matsudaira, Hasegawa Sadanobu Hanga Sakuhin Ichiran, no. 63. Fine impression on deluxe paper of the first edition with metallic printing and the hand-stamped seal beneath the signature and the publisher’s mark at lower right. Fine colour. Fold mark at right. Slight off-setting. Very good condition. The second state lacks the seals and is much less subtle in colouration.
    $1,100.
  • Shunkosai Hokuei
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    Shunkosai Hokuei (Active 1824?-1837)- Nakamura Utaemon IV as the Wrestler Iwakawa Jirokichi. From the play Sekitori senryu nobori (The Rise of the One Thousand Ryo Wrestler). 1836.
    Oban. Osaka Prints, Schwaab, no. 178. Fine impression on very heavy, deluxe paper with extensive metallic printing and the hand-stamped seals of the engraver and printer. Fine colour. Very good condition. This is Hokuei's final print and was published as his memorial. The publisher's inscription reads, “we publish this picture, the last work of the late Hokuei, designed on his sickbed, in hopes of adding a small tribute to his memory (Keyes & Mizushima, Appendix IX, p. 316).”
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Matsumoto Koshiro V as Ishikawa Goemon. From the series Mitate sanjurokkasen no uchi (An Imaginary Thirty-six Poets). 1852
    Oban. Fine, early impression with oxidation, burnishing and extensive application of mica on heavy, deluxe paper. Fine colour and condition.
  • Shunkosai Hokushu
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    Shunkosai Hokushu (Active 1810-1832)- Nakamura Utaemon III as Ishikawa Goemon. From the play Keisei setsugekka (Courtesan: Sun, Moon and Flowers). 1830
    Oban. Masterful Illusions: The Ann van Biema Collection, cover and no. 57, Osaka Prints, Schwaab, no. 137, Schatze der Kamigata, Luhl, no. 282. Fine impression with metallic printing. Brilliant colour with the red pigment particularly fine and fresh. Very good condition.
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Ichikawa Danjuro VIII as Hanakawado Sukeroku. From the play Sukeroku kuruwa no hanamidoki.
    1850. Fan print. 23 x 30cm. Fine impression, colour and condition.
  • Konishi Hirosada
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    Konishi Hirosada (1819-1865)- Kataoka Gado II as Tamiya Gempachi and Nakamura Gizaemon as Horiguchi Gentazaemon
    1849. Chuban diptych. Keyes, Hirosada, Osaka Printmaker, no. 16. Fine impression with metallic printing. Fine colour. Album backing. Slight restored wormage. Very good condition.
    $680
  • Hasegawa Sadanobu
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    Hasegawa Sadanobu (1809-1879)- Jitsukawa Ensaburo I as Mashiba Hitsatsugu, Ichikawa Ebizo V as Ishida no Tsubone and Mimasu Daigoro IV Kobayakawa Takakage
    1849. Chuban triptych. Fine impression with extensive metallic printing and embossing. Very good colour and condition. Album backing.
    $800
  • Natori Shunsen
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    Natori Shunsen (1886-1960)- Ichikawa Sadanji as Naru Kami
    Circa 1927. Oban. Fine impression with extensive blind-printing. Fine colour and condition.
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    Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1864)- Onoe Kikugoro III as Omatsuri Sashichi. From an untitled set of large-head actor portraits reflected in mirrors
    Early 1830. Oban. Fine impression, colour and condition.
    $800
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