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Saturday, 1 May 2021

Katsushika Hokusai’s woodblock prints, “Dragon” & “Two Phoenixes”, 1815

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎) (1760–1849)

“Dragon” & “Two Phoenixes”, 1815, two woodblock illustrations from "Hokusai's Sketches" (北斎漫画) (aka “Hokusai Manga”; “Ten Thousand Sketches by Hokusai: Ehon”), vol. 2, (right plate) page 5 and (left plate) page 6, published in Nagoyaby by Eirakuya Tōshirō (永楽屋東四郎) (fl.1813–1842) (see http://pulverer.si.edu/node/663/title/2).

Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery offers the following details about the volume in which this pair of woodblock plates feature:

“Volume II from Hokusai's set of Manga, intended as primers for aspiring artists. In this series of 15 volumes, designed from around 1813 through his final years, Hokusai produced a veritable pictorial encyclopedia of Far Eastern life and legend. The series was originally intended as a set of copybooks for art students but soon made the artist's name known throughout Japan and, eventually, throughout the world. Volume II includes 50 illustrations with black, blue and orange inks. Depicts people, landscapes, birds, animals, bugs, and plants. Page 1 and 2 are text. 53 pages” (https://web-kiosk.scrippscollege.edu/objects-1/info/20397).

Two woodblock prints printed in three colours (black, grey and pale flesh/orange) on a single sheet of washi paper with centre fold and margins as published (but without the binding edges).

Size: (sheet) 24 x 28.6 cm; (image borderline) 17.7 x 25.5 cm.

Condition: well-printed impressions showing no sign of wear to the printing plate in excellent/near pristine condition with no tears, holes, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling.

I am selling this sheet of woodblock prints featuring an airborne dragon and a pair of phoenixes by one of the most famous of the Japanese printmakers, for the total cost of AU$202 (currently US$156.91/EUR129.59/GBP112.75 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 superb leaf of original woodblock prints by the almost legendary Hokusai, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This pair of prints has been sold










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