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Utagawa Toyokuni III. 1786-1864.

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Kabuki Actor Prints

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Actors (from left) Nakamura Shikan IV, Kawarazaki Gonjuro I and Sawamura Tanosuke III and Sawamura Tanosuke III as Fuwa Banzaemon, Nagoya Sanza and Iwahashi nochi Katsuragi in the play Chigiru Koiharu no awa mochi, performed at the Ichimura theatre. Date 2/1861. Size: 14 1/2 x 29 1/2 (matted 19 x 34). Publisher Fujiokaya Keijiro. Carver seal: hori Take. Signed Toyokuni ga. $300.

The following six prints are from the series Tosei Suikoden -Modern Suikoden, pulished by Hayashiya Shogoro between 1858 and 1859. Signed Toyokuni.

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no.1: Bando Hikosaburo V as Samesaya Shirosabu no.2: Ichikawa Ebizo V as Banzui Kokoro Chobei no.3: Kataoka Nizaemon VIII as Yume no Ichirobei. Size: 14 1/2 x 29 1/2 (matted 19 x 34). $1,775 for the triptych.

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no.4: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Ude no Kisaburo no.5: Arashi Kichisaburo III as Kaosho Rochishin no.6: Ichikawa Ichizo III as Kyumonryu Shishin. Size: 14 1/2 x 29 1/2 (matted 19 x 34).$1,775 for the triptych.

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Ichikawa Ebizo V as Otomo Kuronush. 1852. Vertical oban. Series: Nazorae gogyo zukushi no uchií (Comparisons of the Five Elements). Half-length actor print. Publisher: Ebisuya Shoshichi. Censor seals: Kinugasa and Murat. A fine impression with bright colors and embossing. Signed: Toyokini ga. $175.

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Sawamura Chojuro V as Chubei (gentleman) and Onoe Baiko IV as Umegawa. The play Michiyuki kokyo no harusame was performed at the Nakamura theatre in 11/1848. Publisher: Joshuya Kinzo. Censor seals: Hama and Magome. Signed: Toyokini ga. Elegantly housed in a grey silk mat and a black-and-gold frame. $225.

Series: Yakusha Mitate: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido.

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Series: Yakusha Mitate: Actors from the 53 Stations of the Tokaido.

Date: 1852.

Size: vertical oban.

This is the artist's best series of actor bust portraits. The prints were designed to be diptychs; however most of the sheets appear singly.

The information on the large screens has been provided by Horst Graebner's excellent website on the artist's prints: Kunisada.

This series poses actors in famous roles set against locations of the Tokaido. The views of the stations of the Tokaido are modified versions of those made famous by Hiroshige with his first version of the series published by Hoeido some twenty years earlier. The actors were identified by their roles only due to prohibitions at the time- but the audience would have recognized the actors based on the character titles and their features as portrayed by Kunisada.

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Title Page. 13 1/8 x 3 1/4 inches. Five wormage holes. $50.

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Asakasa, Sawai. Excellent color, good condition. $225.

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Chiryu. Printed with gauffrage in the white part of the robe. Good color, impression and condition, apart from minor soiling, less pronounced than in the image. $225.

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Futakawa Excellent color, impression and condition. $225.

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Matsumoto Kinsho II as Igami No Gonda. 1852 (rat 8). Size: vertical oban (14 1/2 x 10). Series: Actors from the Stations of the Tokaido. Station: Gontazaka (Station 5 between Hodogaya and Totsuka). Publisher: Kazusaya Iwakichi. Censors seals: Murata, Kinugasa. Fine color and condition. Signed: Toyokuni ga. Housed in a black wood frame with a gold lip and a grey silk mat. $325. This is the third Kunisada half-length actor series for the Tokaido Highway from 1852 to 1853.

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Ishibe.Excellent color, impression and condition. $225.

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Ishiyakushi. Fine color. Fair condition -- two small stains in the top, small paper losses, 1 in top and 2 in bottom margins. $125.

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Kawasaki Fine color. Fair condition -- wormage and paper losses in the arm, 3 losses in the sky. $125.

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Kyoto. Good color, impression and condition. $225.

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Mishima. Excellent color and impression. $225.

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Nihombashi. Fair color, poor condition: paper losses, soiling. $125.

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Numazu. Excellent color and condition. $225.

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Odawara Good color. and condition. $225. Another impression with uneven inking in the sky and a small tear in the lower margin, $125.

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Okazaki. Good color and condition. $225.

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Sakanoshita Good color and condition. $225.

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Seki. Good color and condition. $225.

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Shinagawa. Good color. Several small holes in top sky and margin, paper loss on lower margin, printing folds. $125.

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Shono. The actor Bando Hikosaburo IV in the role of Nakano Tobei. Good color. Several small holes in top margin, paper loss on lower margin, printing folds. $125.

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Totsuka. Good color. Image loss to the left of the man's shoulder, one ink stain in the sky, 1 pinhole in the arm,slight soiling. One pinhole in the arm. $125.

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Tsuchiyama. Good color and condition. Slight soiling. $225.

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Yoshiwara. Excellent color and condition. $225.

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Traditional Japanese Prints.

Twentieth-century Japanese prints.

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