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 ANDO HIROSHIGE 1797 to 1858

Ando Hiroshige was born in Edo in 1797 and Died in 1858. His father was a fire warden at Edo Castle but Ando showed an interest in art. At 12 Years of Age both his Parents Died and, after studying for a time under Okajime Rinsai, in 1799 he Joined the Famous Utagawa Painting School under Toyohiro Utagawa as well as studying Nanga painting under Ooka Umpo.

By 1812 he was given permission to use the Utagawa name in conjunction with his own and created a large number of figure woodblocks including those of beautiful women of the day. In 1832 he was asked to be a minor retainer on an official journey of the Shogun of the Kyoto Court along the Tokaido trail and in the following year produced the first of a number of series depicting the dramatic and beautiful scenery along this famous route.

He produced more than 8000 woodblocks in his career including a number of landscape and historical series. All of his work displayed a unique skill and creativity in the woodblock medium and was in high demand, even in the early years. By the late 19th Century he was very highly sought after in Europe and his Original Woodblocks are now some of the most highly collected and valuable of the artists of the Floating World.

TOKAIDO GOJUSAN NO UCHI
THE 53 STATIONS OF THE TOKAIDO TRAIL is the first and one of the most popular of Hiroshige's Landscape Series. He create over eleven different versions of this series between 1833 and 1857 with each series showing a different aspect of the dramatic and beautiful scenery and culture to be found along this historic route. The number of prints in each series varied and the 53 relates to the stopover places enroute rather than the number of scenes in any given series.
The second of these historic series was published in the lare 1830s by Sanoki and on each woodblock was a comic story or joke about the journey or countryside so this series is sometimes called the Kyoka Edition. There are 56 separate woodblock in the this series and they were published in Chuban Format. We are pleased to have Two from this rare series for sale. Both of these Genuine Original Woodblocks are more the 170 Years Old and in surprisingly good condition for their age. They display the incredible richness only mineral coloured inks can produce, look at the amazing depth of the blues.


#P785 STATION 55 KYOTO SANJO-OHASHI
ORIGINAL SANOKI EDITION 1830s

Aust$605 Including GST
Aust$550 Export Price
Chuban Size 22.6cm x 16.5cm (8.9 inches x 6.5 inches)
Minor soiling, minor wrinkling minimal margin loss on Bottom and
Tiny Ancient Binding Holes on Corners.



#P787 STATION 47 KAMEYAMA
ORIGINAL SANOKI EDITION 1830s

Aust$605 Including GST
Aust$550 Export Price
Chuban Size 22.6cm x 16.5cm (8.9 inches x 6.5 inches)
Minor soiling, minor wrinkling minimal margin loss on Bottom and
Tiny Ancient Binding Holes on Corners.





#P3589 STATION 4 - KANGAWA
THE VERTICAL TOKAIDO
PUBLISHED BY TSUTAYA 1855

Aust$385 Including GST
Aust$350 Export Price
Oban Size 34.5cm x 22.5cm (13.5 inches x 8.9 inches)
Minor soiling, in top near margin and margins trimmed.






#P2435 SHIMMEI SHRINE AND ZOJO TEMPLE IN SHIBA, VIEW NUMBER 79 FROM THE SERIES
100 FAMOUS VIEWS OF EDO
ORIGINAL HIROSHIGE
PUBLISHED BY UOYA EIKICHI 1856 to 1858
s2435
Aust$330 Including GST

Aust$300 Export Price
Oban Size, Margins Trimmed 35.7cm x 22.1cm (14.1 inches x 8.5 inches)
Excellent Colour.
Extremely Good Condition for Age
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One faint offset mark from storage with other woodblocks. See Photos




HIROSHIGE'S MOST IMPORTANT HISTORICAL SERIES
SOGA MONOTAGARI ZUYE
#P1165 THE REVENGE OF THE SOGA BROTHERS


SCENE SEVEN PUBLISHED DANSENDO 1846
Aust$495 including GST
Aust$450 Export
Oban Tateye Size 36cm x 24.5cm (1ft 2.2 inches x 9.7 inches) Minor soiling, Full margins, Severe Rubbing and Washi Loss at Bottom Right Corner, Some old Backing Still Remains

The Revenge of the Soga Brothers is a Classic Japanese Story of Family Revenge from the 12thCentury. There have been innumerable Kabuki plays about the drama and as many rewrites of the original tale. It is based on two brothers who want to kill their step father to revenge the death of their real father.




THE CHUSHINGURA meaning STORE HOUSE OF LOYALTY and most commonly known as THE TALE OF THE 47 RONIN is the Most Famous Classic Historical Tale of Ancient Japan. Ronin is the word for Masterless Samurai and the Tale is Based in the City of Kyoto, Edo During the Tokugawa Shogunate in about 1701.

Almost Every Kabuki Recital and Woodblock Artist has Created their Versions of Events from this Tale in Acts of up to 20 but usually around 16.
Although based on history the Tale has expanded and changed in many tellings and now is almost a Mythological story


#P1804  CHUSHINGURA ACT ONE
LADY KAYO MOUNTING THE STEPS AT HACHIMAN
SHRINE TO IDENTIFY THE HELMET OF HER MASTER
ORIGINAL SENICHI EDITION 1836
#P1804
Aust$495 Including GST
Aust$450 Export Price
Oban Size 38cm x 25.8cm (15 inches x 10.1 inches)
THIS IS THE VERY FIRST OF HIROSHIGE'S CHUSHINGURA SERIES. AN HISTORIC AND RARE WOODBLOCK. Full Margins, Some soiling, wrinkling and thinning in the centre, Backed with Thin Washi for Protection. All could be disguised when framing.

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