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Wednesday 31 March 2021

Kono Bairei’s woodblock diptychs, “Mynah Bird” & “Goering's Cymbidium and Silver Pheasants”, 1881

Kono Naotoyo Bairei (幸野楳嶺) (aka Choando; Hoppo; Kakurokuen; Kinsen Charryo; Koun Shinsho; Kumo no Ie; Musei Shioku; Nyoi Shansho; Rokuryu; Sanshu Kashitsu; Seika Zembo; Seiryukan; Shijun; Shumpuro; Zaigoan) (1844–1895)

(upper diptych) “Mynah Bird” (aka “Kiukuhan”), 1881, 24.9 x 30.7 cm (sheet)

(lower diptych) “Goering's Cymbidium and Silver Pheasants” (aka “Shirakiji [White pheasant]), 1881, 24.9 x 30.9 cm (sheet)

Two joined double-panel/page polychrome woodblock prints (i.e. four plates in total), 1881, published in Tokyo between 1881 and 1884 in “Bairei Hyakuchô Gafu: Chi” (Bairei's Album Of One Hundred Birds [& Flowers]: Ground/Earth) (楳嶺百鳥畫譜), vol. 2 (see the full set of plates and descriptions featured in vol. 2 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (Australia):

Four woodblock panels printed in three colours abutted and glued as two diptychs backed on separate support sheets of archival (millennium quality) washi paper. Each disptych is stamped with Bairei’s red-cinnabar Hanko seal and descriptive text. Note that where any printed text would have been concealed by the joining process, the text has been repositioned so that it may be seen. Note also that there are minor restored (infilled) holes on both sheets.

I am selling this pair of original polychrome woodblock printed dipytchs (four prints in total) for a total cost of AU$400 (currently US$304.34/EUR259.61/GBP221.56 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 these masterworks of colour woodblock printing from the late 1800s, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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