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Monday 4 December 2023

(attrib.) Hanabusa Itchō’s brush painting, “Bird in a Plum Tree”, late 1600s or early 1700s

(Attributed to, or in the manner of) Hanabusa Itchō 英一蝶 (aka Hishikawa Waō; [Haiku pen-name] Gyoun; Taga Shinkō) (1652–1724) —an influential Japanese painter and haiku poet.

“Bird in a Plum Tree”, late 1600s or early 1700s, brush painting in ink (Sumi-e) on washi paper. Note that I purchased this painting from a dealer who advised me that the artist is Hanabusa Itchō. This may be true, but I simply do not know for certain even though the inscription and seals may be appropriate to this artist. I prefer to believe that the style simply matches this artist’s manner of painting rather than the painting being in fact by the hand of the master. In the distant past, the painting has been laid upon a support sheet with small margins that may have served to bind the painting into a folio with the (somewhat irregular) binding holes in the right margin.

The British Museum offers the following biographical details regarding Hanabusa Itchō: “Painter; an unusual artist, originally from the Kano school, who was active in Edo for a comparatively short period from the end of the seventeenth century to the beginning of the eighteenth century. Said to have combined the Tosa and ukiyoe styles of painting” (

Size: (support sheet) 29.5 x 21cm; (sheet) 27.8 x 19.6 cm.

Condition: There are worm holes, stains (possibly from the old mounting glue) and handling marks to the edges, but there are no abrasions or tears to the painted area.

I am selling this small and poetically beautiful brush painting of a small bird in a plum tree viewed from vertically below the broken branch on which it is perched, for a total cost of AU$281 (currently US$187.82/EUR169.94/GBP149.60 at the time of this listing) including 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 painting attributed to, or in the manner of, Hanabusa Itchō, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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