KUNISADA, UTAGAWA

UTAGAWA KUNISADA was born in the Honjo district in 1786. He entered the school of Utagawa Toyokuni the 1st (1786 to 1825) around 1800 as an apprentice at the age of 14. After the master (Toyokuni) Died Kunisada was permitted to use the name Toyokuni the third and his recorded signatures in versions, sometimes with both names, number around 200. Not all have been documented. He died in 1865.

First Edition, Original Japanese woodblock prints by Utagawa Kunisada

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3978 VERY EARLY RARE TRIPTYCH 1850s

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3978 VERY EARLY RARE TRIPTYCH 1850s
SIGNATURE: Kochoro Toyokuni Ga was used by the artist from 1825 to 1861
SIZE: Three unattached prints, each woodblock print measures 37.2cm x 25.5cm (14.6 inches x 10 inches) making total scene of 76.5cm x 37.2cm (30 inches x 14.6 inches)
DATE: 1850
CENSOR SEAL: Aratame used from 1804.
CONDITION: Very Good for Age FABULOUS MINERAL COLOURS  ESPECIALLY THE MALACHITE AND TURQUOISE BASED BLUES AND GREENS
PRICE: AU$1100.00 EXPORT
AU$1210.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3654 GHOST OF OIWA IN YOTSUYA, DATED 1863

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3654 GHOST OF OIWA IN YOTSUYA DATED 1863
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche in lower right of scene.
SIZE: 37cm x 25cm (14.5 inches x 9.9 inches)
DATE: 1863
CENSOR SEAL: Aratame Dated 11th month 1863 in left margin
SPECIAL ATTRIBUTES: This scene is from the series edo no hana – Flowers of Edo which is a collection of famous places published by Katoya Seibei. The scene shows Oiwa Inari Temple in Yotsuya, the Ghost of Oiwa emerging from a lantern and the top panel shows scenes from the historic Japanese Horror Novel “Tokaido Yotsuya Kaidan” in which Oiwa was poisoned by his wife. The panel in the bottom left showing Inari Temple was created and is signed by Utagawa Sadahide.
CONDITION: Very Good for Age with a tiny amount of very faint soiling in the top margin.
PRICE: AU$620.00 EXPORT
AU$682.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P4395 WOMAN WARRIOR DATED 1853 – SOLD THANK YOU

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P4395 WOMAN WARRIOR DATED 1853
SIGNATURE: Oju Ki-o Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche found in the left side of the scene.
SIZE: 36cm x 25cm (14.2 inches x 9.9 inches)
DATE: 1853
CENSOR SEAL: Aratame used from 1804.
CONDITION: Good for Age
PRICE: AU$280.00 EXPORT SOLD THANK YOU
AU$308.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3859 TWO SAMURAI WRESTLING,  DATED 1846 – SOLD THANK YOU

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3859 TWO SAMURAI WRESTLING DATED 1846
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in Red Toshidama Seal – right side of the scene.
SIZE: 37cm x 25.5cm (14.5 inches x 10 inches)
DATE: 1846
CENSOR SEAL: Aratame for year 1846
CONDITION: Good for Age
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UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P2816 FINE EARLY TRIPTYCH Circa 1855

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P2816 FINE EARLY TRIPTYCH Circa 1855
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in yellow border, red ground Toshidama Cartouche only used between 1847 and 1860 seen on Each Panel.
SIZE: Three unattached prints, each woodblock print measures 37.5cm x 25.5cm (14.7 inches x 10 inches) making total scene of 76.5cm x 37cm (30 inches x 14.7 inches)
DATE: Circa 1855
CENSOR SEAL: One Round and One Oval Aratame only used from 1853 to 1857 on each separate panel. Also shown on each panel is the Hori Kakichi publisher’s seal.
CONDITION: Very Good for Age – see photos.
PRICE: AU$650.00 EXPORT
AU$715.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3389 SAMURAI IN THE MOONLIGHT, DATED 1863

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3389 SAMURAI IN THE MOONLIGHT DATED 1863
SIGNATURE: Oju Ki-o Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche found in the left side of the scene.
SIZE: 36cm x 25cm (14.2 inches x 9.9 inches)
DATE: 1863
CENSOR SEAL: Aratame for the year 1863.
CONDITION: Good for Age
PRICE: AU$300.00 EXPORT
AU$330.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3655 NO KA KOISHIKAWA – DRAGON AT KOISHIKAWA

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3655 NO KA KOISHIKAWA - DRAGON AT KOISHIKAWA
SUPERB SCENE AND A VERY RARE JOINT ARTIST’S WORK BY KUNISADA AND YOSHITORA DATED 1864
SIGNATURES: Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche found in the lower right of the scene and Yoshitora Ga in the panel depicting a samurai with his sword in the lower right corner.
SIZE: 37cm x 25cm (14.5 inches x 9.9 inches)
DATE: 1864
CENSOR SEAL: Aratame censor seal dated the 2nd Month 1864 in the left margin.
CONDITION: Very Good for Age – see photo.
PRICE: AU$700.00 EXPORT
AU$770.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3834 LONGING FOR HIS LOVER AT NIGHT BY THE RIVER, DATED 1853-1857

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3834 LONGING FOR HIS LOVER AT NIGHT BY THE RIVER DATED 1853-1857
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche found in the bottom left of the scene.
SIZE: 36.2cm x 25cm (14.2 inches x 9.9 inches)
DATE: 1853 to 1857
CENSOR SEAL: Two censor seals one oval and one round only used between 1854 and 1857.
CONDITION: Good for Age
PRICE: AU$225.00 EXPORT
AU$247.50 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P1727 RARE 1865 COLLABORATIVE SCENE CREATED BY KUNISADA AND SHIGENOBU = AKA HIROSHIGE THE 2nd

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P1727 RARE 1865 COLLABORATIVE SCENE CREATED BY KUNISADA AND SHIGENOBU AKA HIROSHIGE THE 2nd
SIGNATURES: Hachiju-o Toyokuni Hitsu Toyokuni Ga which means TOYOKUNI 80 YEARS OLD in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche found in the bottom right of the scene.
AND Hiroshige Hitsu which was used by Shigenoba until his marriage failed at the end of the year 1865 after which he was no longer allowed to use a Hiroshige signature.
SIZE: 36.2cm x 25cm (14.2 inches x 9.9 inches)
DATE: 1865
CONDITION: Extremely Good for Age
PRICE: AU$450.00 EXPORT
AU$495.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3904 SAMURAI IN A
DRAGON KIMONO, DATED BETWEEN 1847 To 1850
SOLD THANK YOU

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3904 SAMURAI IN A DRAGON KIMONO DATED BETWEEN 1847 To 1850
SIGNATURE: Ichiyosai Toyokuni Ga in Lower Left of Scene.
SIZE: 36cm x 25cm (14.2 inches x 9.9 inches)
DATE: 1847 to 1850
CENSOR SEAL: Two Round Aratame Seals Only Used between 1847 and 1853.
CONDITION: Good for Age
PRICE: AU$300.00 EXPORT SOLD THANK YOU
AU$330.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3985 ACTOR ICHIMURA KAKITSU FROM THE KABUKI “MEITO ZORIO”
DATED 1863 – SOLD THANK YOU

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3985 ACTOR ICHIMURA KAKITSU FROM THE KABUKI MEITO ZORIO DATED 1863
SIGNATURE: Oju Ki-o Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche found in the Right side of the scene.
SIZE: 35.6cm x 24cm (14.1 inches x 9.5 inches)
DATE: 1863
CENSOR SEAL: Aratame for the year 1863.
CONDITION: Good for Age, a tiny ancient worm hole in the top right corner.
PRICE: AU$350.00 EXPORT
AU$385.00 INCLUDING GST SOLD THANK YOU

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P2814 EXCEPTIONAL FINE RARE TRIPTYCH DATED 1860

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P2814 EXCEPTIONAL FINE RARE TRIPTYCH DATED 1860
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in yellow border, red ground Toshidama Cartouche only used between 1847 and 1860 seen on Each Panel.
SIZE: Three unattached prints, each woodblock print measures 35cm x 25cm (13.8 inches x 9.7 inches) making total scene of 75cm x 35cm (29.5 inches x 13.8 inches)
DATE: Circa 1860
CENSOR SEAL: One Round Aratame only used for the 1860.
CONDITION: Very Good for Age, some minor thinning and a very faint old fold mark on the edge of one panel. – see photos.
PRICE: AU$700.00 EXPORT
AU$770.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3660  SURPRISING SOME THIEVES Pre 1850 SOLD THANK YOU

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3660 SURPRISING SOME THIEVES Pre 1850
SIGNATURE: Ichiyosai Toyokuni Ga in Lower Left Corner of Scene
SIZE: 35.6cm x 24cm (14.1 inches x 9.5 inches)
DATE: 1847 to 1850
CENSOR SEAL: Two Round Aratame Only Used Together from 1847 to 1853
CONDITION: Good for Age. Excellent Rich Malachite Blues and Greens.
PRICE: AU$350.00 EXPORT SOLD THANK YOU
AU$385.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3890 SAMURAI AND HIS HORSE, DATED: 1853 to 1857

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3890 SAMURAI AND HIS HORSE 1853 to 1857
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche in Right of Scene.
SIZE: 37.3cm x 25.5cm (14.7 inches x 9.9 inches)
DATE: 1853 to 1857
CENSOR SEAL: One Round and One Oval Seal Only Used between 1853 and 1857.
CONDITION: Has some soiling and two holes in the top margin from old catalogue storage – see picture.
PRICE: AU$195.00 EXPORT
AU$214.50 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3862 SAMURAI MEDITATING BY A DRAGON SCREEN 1853 to 1857

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3862 SAMURAI MEDITATING BY A DRAGON SCREEN 1853 to 1857
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche in Right of Scene.
SIZE: 37.5cm x 26.5cm (14.7 inches x 10.4 inches)
DATE: 1853 to 1857
CENSOR SEAL: One Round , One Oval Seal Only Used between 1853 and 1857.
CONDITION: Good for Age  – see picture.
PRICE: AU$245.00 EXPORT
AU$269.50 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3860 GEISHA AWAKENED IN THE NIGHT DATED 1858 SOLD THANK YOU

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3860 GEISHA AWAKENED IN THE NIGHT DATED 1858
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga with Red Toshidama Seal Below in Left of the Scene.
SIZE: 37cm x 25.2cm (14.5 inches x 9.9 inches)
DATE: 1858
CENSOR SEAL: Aratame for the year 1858.
CONDITION: Good for Age with small area of faint soiling – see picture.
SOLD THANK YOU

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3864 NIGHT TIME MEETING IN THE GARDEN Circa 1850

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3864 NIGHT TIME MEETING IN THE GARDEN Circa 1850
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in Red Toshidama Seal in Left of the Scene.
SIZE: 36cm x 24.6cm (14.1 inches x 9.7 inches)
DATE: Circa 1850
CENSOR SEAL: Nanushi Seal only used between 1847 and 1853.
CONDITION: Good for Age with tiny area of damage in bottom left of washi.
PRICE: AU$300.00 EXPORT
AU$330.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3658 SAMURAI BY THE
RIVER DATED 1858 to 1861

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3658 SAMURAI BY THE RIVER 1858 to 1861
SIGNATURE: Shimoto ni Konomi Toyokuni Ga in Red ground Toshidama Seal in Lower Left of the Scene – This signature is recorder to have only been used between 1858 and 1861.
SIZE: 37cm x 25.5cm (14.5 inches x 9.8 inches)
DATE: 1858 to 1861
CENSOR SEAL: Aratame Censor Seal from the Same Time Period.
CONDITION: Good for Age – nicely age softened washi with some minor wrinkles – see picture.
PRICE: AU$200.00 EXPORT
AU$220.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P1729 SAMURAI 1853 to 1857

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P1729 SAMURAI 1853 to 1857
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche in Right of Scene.
SIZE: 36.5cm x 25.5cm (14.4 inches x 9.9 inches)
DATE: 1853 to 1857
CENSOR SEAL: Shows single Aratame censor seal used between 1853 and 1857
CONDITION: Good for Age – see picture.
PRICE: AU$320.00 EXPORT
AU$352.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3659 SAMURAI FIGHTING BANDITS DATED 1853 to 1857 SOLD THANK YOU

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3659 SAMURAI FIGHTING BANDITS 1853 to 1857
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche in Upper Right of Scene.
SIZE: 37cm x 25.5cm (14.5 inches x 9.9 inches)
DATE: 1853 to 1857
CENSOR SEAL: One Round and One Oval Seal Only Used between 1853 and 1857.
CONDITION: Good for Age – see picture.
PRICE: AU$350.00 EXPORT  – SOLD THANK YOU
AU$385.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3866 EARLY SAMURAI WITH ROUND PORTRAIT DATED 1847 To 1853

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3866 EARLY SAMURAI WITH ROUND PORTRAIT DATED 1847 To 1853
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche in Lower Left of Scene.
SIZE: 36cm x 24.5cm  (14.1 inches x 9.7 inches)
DATE: 1847 to 1853
CENSOR SEAL: Two Nanushi Seals only used together between 1847 and 1853.
CONDITION: Good for Age – see picture. Look at the fabulous wood grain from the woodblocks in the background.
PRICE: AU$320.00 EXPORT
AU$352.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3865 EARLY SAMURAI WITH ROUND PORTRAIT DATED 1847 To 1853

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3865 EARLY SAMURAI WITH ROUND PORTRAIT DATED 1847 To 1853
SIGNATURE: Toyokuni Ga in Red Ground Toshidama Cartouche in Lower Right of Scene.
SIZE: 35.7cm x 24.5cm  (14 inches x 9.7 inches)
DATE: 1847 to 1853
CENSOR SEAL: Two Nanushi Seals only used together between 1847 and 1853.
CONDITION: Good for Age – see picture.
PRICE: AU$320.00 EXPORT
AU$352.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3398 SCENE 6 FROM THE SERIES the STORY OF LOYAL, FAITHFUL AND PROMINENT SAMURAI (CHUSINGURA) DATED 1847

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3398 SCENE 6 FROM THE SERIES the STORY OF LOYAL, FAITHFUL AND PROMINENT SAMURAI (CHUSINGURA) DATED 1847
SIGNATURE: Ichiyosai Toyokuni Hitsu in Right Hand Side Panel.
SIZE: 34.2cm x 23cm  (13.5 inches x 9.1 inches)
DATE: 1847
CENSOR SEAL: Two Round Seals only used together between 1847 and 1853.
CONDITION: Good for Age – see picture.
PRICE: AU$400.00 EXPORT
AU$450.00 INCLUDING GST

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3400 SCENE 19 USUGUMO FROM THE SERIES SONO SUGATA HIKARU NO UTUSHI-E – FAITHFUL DEPICTIONS OF THE FIGURE OF THE SHINING PRINCE Circa 1851

UTAGAWA KUNISADA: #P3400 SCENE 19 USUGUMO FROM THE SERIES SONO SUGATA HIKARU NO UTUSHI-E - FAITHFUL DEPICTIONS OF THE FIGURE OF THE SHINING PRINCE Circa 1851
SIGNATURE: Kochoro Toyokuni Ga  in Bottom Right of Scene.
SIZE: 38cm x 26cm  (15 inches x 10.2 inches)
DATE: Circa 1851
CENSOR SEAL: Two Round Seals only used together between 1847 and 1853.
CONDITION: Good for Age – see picture.
THIS IS A VERY RARE AND IMPORTANT KUNISADA SCENE.
PRICE: AU$450.00 EXPORT
AU$495.00 INCLUDING GST

KUNISADA THE SECOND AKA BAIDO KUNIMASA: #P3194 A SCENE FROM THE VERY RARE SERIES MURASAKI SHIKIBU GENJI KARUTA – FIFTY-FOUR MODERN FEELINGS DATED 1857

KUNISADA THE SECOND AKA BAIDO KUNIMASA: #P3194 A SCENE FROM THE VERY RARE SERIES MURASAKI SHIKIBU GENJI KARUTA - FIFTY-FOUR MODERN FEELINGS DATED 1857
SIGNATURE: Kachora Kunisada Ga  in Red Ground Yellow Border Toshidama Cartouche at Bottom Left of Scene.
SIZE: 37.5cm x 25.5cm  (14.7 inches x 10 inches)
DATE: 1857
PUBLISHED BY Tsutaya Kichizo
CENSOR SEAL: One Oval and One Round Seal only used together between 1853 and 1857.
CONDITION: Very Good for Age – see picture.
THIS IS A VERY RARE SCENE
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Kunisada the second was was born in 1823 and lived until 1880. He was a student of Utagawa Kunisada and in 1846 married the master’s daughter which gave him the right to use the name Kunisada to sign his prints. This series was created under the very close Scrutiny of the Master and is regarded as the best work of Baido Kunimasa or if you prefer Kunisada the Second.
PRICE: AU$550.00 EXPORT
AU$605.00 INCLUDING GST

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