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Saturday 2 December 2023

Imao Keinen’s colour woodblock print, “Green Ume and Cinnamon Sparrow", 1891

Imao Keinen (今尾景年) (1845–1924)

"Green ume and Cinnamon sparrow", 1891, plate 21, from the “Summer Album” in the series of four volumes, “Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons” (Keinen Kacho Gafu), cut by Tanaka Hirokichi, printed by Miki Jinzaburo and published in 1891 by Nishimura Soemon in Kyoto.

Colour woodblock print on buff coloured washi paper with full margins, stab binding holes in the right margin, plate number at upper centre and the artist’s name and publication details on the left margin as published.

Size: (Orban size sheet) 36.9 x 25.8 cm; (image borderline) 31.6 x 22.4 cm.

See all the prints featured in the four volumes of “Flowers and Birds of the Four Seasons” at the Yamada Bookstore (山田書店美術部オンラインストア):

Condition: a strong and well-printed (near faultless) impression in a museum quality condition with no tears, holes, folds, losses, abrasions, stains, foxing or significant signs of handling.

I am selling this masterwork of polychrome woodblock printing with Arabic numerals from the original 1891 edition showing that it was printed for Western collectors—note that there is also an edition printed with kanji characters for the local collectors—for AU$294 (currently US$196.51/EUR177.80/GBP156.52 at the time of posting 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 very beautiful woodblock print by one of the great masters of Japanese printmaking in a near pristine condition for its considerable age, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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