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Saturday, 28 November 2020

Utagawa Hiroshige’s woodblock, “Shinobazu Pond”, c1841

Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando) (1797-1858)

“Shinobazu Pond” (Shinobazu no ike)”, 1840–1842(?), from the series, “Famous Places in the Eastern Capital” (Tōto meisho) (1831–1856), published by Masugin - Masudaya Ginjirō.

Regarding this print, J Noel Chiappa advises that impressions “with the censor seal 'Hama' are known” and offers an historical context for its publication: http://mercury.lcs.mit.edu/~jnc/prints/ViewsToto.html#TM-M40I (see “Famous Places in the Eastern Capital - Mid-1840's [sic]”). From what I am able to find on the web, the upper seal on the left is that of “Hama” that Chiappa mentions (see http://www.ukiyo-e.se/archive/messages/13669.html; see also an illustration of the seal http://www.ukiyo-e.se/archive/messages/13668.html).

Woodblock print (horizontal ōban) printed in colour on washi paper.

Size: (sheet) 20.5 x 35 cm.

Condition: a strong lifetime impression with many abrasions and early restorations. The sheet has been laid onto a support of archival (millennium quality) washi paper as it was in a delicate state.

I am selling this exceptionally beautiful and poetic original woodblock print by the famous Utagawa Hiroshige (stamped with what I understand is the rare censor seal of “Hama” along with the artist’s name) for AU$431 (currently US$318.50/EUR266.08/GBP239.22 at the time of this listing) including Express Mail (EMS) postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this marvellous and genuine lifetime woodblock impression still glowing with rich colour by one of the most famous of the 19th century Japanese artists, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.











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