4511 - 4665 FINE ARTS - JAPANESE PRINTS, DRAWINGS and ILLUSTRATED BOOKS, ORIENTAL ARTS
- Fine impression with strong colours.
= In the play Konoshita masagone Date-zome. From the series Konjakukabuki meiyu (Actor portraits past and present).
- Trimmed just within the image and laid down on thin Japanese.
= Title translates as Mirror of honourable courtesan. On the publisher: Marks 150 (seal 19-039).
- Fingersoiled and creased along edges.
= Rare print advertising the products of Ichida Shōshichirō of Osaka, a craftsman in fine basketry, depicting a bear, an ox, a stag, a boar, and horses. From the series of Basketry Work: By the Craftsman Ichida Shôshichirô of Naniwa. Probably designed in autumn 1819 when an exhibition of basketry was held in the Ryôgoku district of Edo.
- Foxed. = Part of a triptych.
Idem. (A bijin looking upwards towards a young man in a circular inset). Col woodcut ôban, signed Toyokuni ga, publisher Hanmato Izutsuya (Marks 188c). - AND 2 other woodcuts by the same and an actor's portrait by TOYOKUNI II.
- Tipped onto mount, otherwise fine.
= Both part of the series Meigi sanjurokkasen (Famous Geisha compared to the 36 poets or An Excellent Selection of Thirty-six Noted Courtesans) (1860-1861).
- Small area with thin paper near the upper right corner (prob. a paper flaw).
= Left part of a diptych. Part of the (probably unfinished) diptych series Genji ato shû yojô (Lasting impressions of a later Genji collection).
- Sl. browned; wormholes in lower part of lower section.
- Tipped onto mount.
AND 2 others.
- Both tipped onto mount. Lower margins cut inside the image (touching toes); vaguely stained.
AND 18 other Japanese prints, mainly mediocre copies and bookillustrations.
- Mediocre copy. Worn/ creases and several holes affecting image (just above the head); old midde-fold and some thin cuts; sl. duststained. Sold w.a.f.
= Scarce profile of an old man whose head and body are composed of many smaller human figures.
- Sl. fingersoiled in upper margins. = Both prints depict scenes from the Chikamatsu stories.
- Laid down on modern thin Japanese. = Meiji-period print from recut block.
Utamaro (1754-1806). (Parody of the Killing of the Nue). Col. woodcut ôban, signed Utamaro hitsu, publisher Omiya Gonkurô.
- Laid down on modern thin Japanese; sm. pinholes in the right corners.
= Meiji-period print from recut block. Asano and Clark 259-61.
AND 1 other colour woodcut by TOYOHARU, also Meij print from recut block, (Landscape at Mimeguri).
- Lvs. and wr. (sl.) soiled.
Idem. Kotowazagaen (garden op proverbs). N.pl., the artist, 1808, 30 lvs. (incl. 3 textp.), num. col. woodcut ills., orig. (soiled) wr. - AND: Keisai. le Maître du dessin abrégé. Introd. M. Forrer. Tous les albums de style ryakuga. Paris, Hazan, 2013, text vol. and 5 facsimile ehon vols., together in orig. chemise.
= Including facsimiles of the 2 volumes above.
- Title for the larger part worn off. = Showing ills. of i.a. an abacus.
Yoshikazu Matsuoka. Zoho sangaku keiko daizen. Ehon, Osaka, Kawachiya Tasuke han, Bunkyu 1 (1861), 141 lvs., num. anonymous woodcut ills., orig. cordbound wr. w. hashira-title.
- Sl. waterstained.
= A popular book by Ishida Teikan on childhood diseases and their treatment.
AND 2 others on sexuology and gynaecology dated Meiji 12 and Meiji 36 (1879/ 1903) w. col woodcut/ handcol. lithogr. ills.
- Occas. trifle wormholed.
= Woodcuts showing arrangements of bamboo and orchids.
AND a duplicate of the 2nd vol. (on bamboo).
= Rare work on etiquette.
Doka hyakunin isshu fumoto no shiori. Ehon, Fuminoya, n.publ., Tenpo 4 (1833), 26 lvs., num. woodcut ills., orig. cordbound wr. w. (partly worn off) hashira-title, sm. 8vo. Ogura hyakunin isshu. Ehon, n.pl., n.publ., n.d. (late Meiji), 51 lvs., num. woodcut ills., orig. cordbound wr. w. hashira-title, sm. 8vo.
= Both vols. versions of 100 Poems by 100 Poets.
- Bookblock and quires loose; all lvs. (partly) strengthened along margins (occas. w. sm. tears along margin); all miniatures occas. w. small pigment losses; probably lacks some lvs. at end. Rebacked; dam. along edges.
= Provenance: from the library of E.J. Bullrich w. his gilt mor. bookplate on lower pastedown; with a carbon copy catalogue description in Spanish "Comprado a Maggs Brother en 1924"; a clipping from an exhibition catalogue ("Fiche catalogo Exp. 1945 Salon [...?]" and a catalogue clipping in English (w. the price in guilders). A famous and popular text describing the feats of Alexander the Great during his Oriental campaign. The catalogue clipping states i.a.: "The style of the miniatures clearly shows that they were executed by someone of the school of Herat and influenced by the famous painter Behzad. One of the most interesting of the miniatures is the one which shows a doctor at work trying to revive a fainted patient, in the background a traveller attacked by tigers (?) (...)." SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LVII.
- A few (undisturbing) old restorations in borders: in upper right corner (patch of 2x2,5 cm. of the floral border restored) and left of center a closed tear; in left margin: a few (partly closed) sm. tears; both vertical borders surrounding the inner border were apparently corrected at upper and lower end but are still vaguely visible (in lower border to the left of the peacock there are some faint sl. darkened traces of the correction); a few minute tears in outer ochre coloured plain margin surrounding the richly decorated floral border on three sides; 2 tiny wormholes in sky area, a few tiny wormholes in floral border. Not examined outside frame, but prob. mounted along margins.
= Interesting miniature, in the style of the famous Shah Jahan album miniatures, with the detailed drawings of flowers and birds in margins. SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LVII.