Woodblocks. .

Oriental woodblocks

All these images are of glazed framed items taken out of doors in very bright sunlight so colours will appear much better 'in the flesh'. they do Not have mucky marks at the base it is the shadow of myself in a few sorry. All defects will be listed; prices at the shop for collection will be lower due to lack of posting costs etc. Those sent to the US will be posted unglazed due to 9/11 restrictions. I am not a Ukiyo-e specialist I have tried to attribute correctly and used larger images so you may check. . . many more to come

Utagawa Kunisada

(Japanese: 歌川 国貞; also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III (三代歌川豊国); 1786 – 12 January 1865) was the most popular, prolific and financially successful designer of ukiyo-e woodblock prints in 19th-century Japan. During his lifetime, his estimated output of print designs numbers over 20,000; and this time also saw probably the peak (in terms of “quantity,” but some may argue not “quality”) of woodblock print production, commercial distribution, and public popularity in Japan. Kunisada, himself, enjoyed much more success and popularity than some artists who are better known in the West today; Kunoyoshi, Hiroshige, and Hokusai to name a few. His career experienced continual success from early on in his career, after apprenticing in the school of the well-known Utagawa Toyokuni (1769-1825) from about the year 1800. His first works began to appear in 1807, and he was given the name Kunisada (in the tradition of using the last character of his teacher’s name, Toyokuni.) His popularity grew with his steady production of kabuki actor prints; but he also created bijin-ga, landscapes, & shunga. Woodblock of a man probably a Kabuki actor  with a tree with blossom above and bamboo fence behind him. Some creasing suspect laid to board but unopened. From colour, signature an early imprint  NOT modern  £185 inc delivery framed and glazed

Kunisada UTAGAWA  -  1786-1865     
Signature: oju Kunisada ga with Toshidama seal He used this name between 1801-44 On a hand made paper with extensive minor creasing good colour using natural pigments so early  bought 1973 Sothebys £225 at present framed and glazed. If incorrect please inform me as you cannot learn otherwise

Kuniyoshi UTAGAWA  -  1797-1861  
 Signature: ichiyusai Kuniyoshi ga . . printed on a paper similar to our crepe paper This signature was used about 1842  £225 inc  at present framed and glazed

Kuniyoshi UTAGAWA  -  1797-1861  
Condition : crease bottom left corner; worm hole next to signature; crease left edge next to frame  This signature was used about 1842  £225 inc  at present framed and glazed

c 1860 Woodblock print publisher Nishimara Yoijodo
Condition: extensive surface abrasions to a fine hand made paper cut to plate behind the mount . Loss top right corner £110 framed and gazed less collect

Kunisada (I)
(1786-1864) . .  some creasing to the paper surface abrasion to foot on right  at present framed glazed and mounted pic done through glass extra light to show creasing

Lady at her Bath 

 Condition; , a few age toning  marks  .. . older natural pigments £110 at present framed

Looks to be SHUN (SHUM)
Condition; stain bottom left corner small 3mm loss and crease left edge, a few foxing marks to the sky area .. . older natural pigments £135


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