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Japanese Woodblock Prints.

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Takahashi Hiromitsu . Born 1959.

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Shibaraku. c. 1975. 6 x 6 (sheet 11 7/8 x 9 1/4). Edition 100, #2. A dramatic impression printed on tan mulberry paper. Numbered, signed in Japanese and English in pencil; titled verso. $450.

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Kozo Inoue. Born 1937.

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September. c. 1980. Serigraph printed in colors. 6 7/8 x 9 1/2 (sheet 9 7/8 x 12 3/4). Edition 100, #93. Pistine color and condition. An exquisite tonal image. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. $275.

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Ohara Koson (Shoson). 1877-1945.

Reference is made to the excellent new study by Newland, Perée and Schaap, Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson (Leiden, Hotei Publishing, 2001).

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Carrion Crow on a Snow-covered Branch at Dawn. c. 1930. Otanzaku: 14 9/16 x 6 5/8 (sheet 14 15/16 x 6 3/4). Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo. Illustrated: Crows, Cranes & Camellias S5.5. Signed and sealed Shoson. $975.

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Crow on a Snowy Bough (grey sky). O-tanzaku: 13 1/2 x 7 1/2 (sheet 1 4 3/4 x 7 1/2). Publisher; Daikoku-ya (Matsuki) Heikichi (Tokyo publisher, 1818-1923). Illustrated: Crows, Cranes & Camellias plate 48, checklist K5.7. Subtle bokashi shading; gauffrage in the snow; shiny black lacquer feathers; nicely visible woodgrain; very fine, crisp detailing. Excellent condition. Signed and sealed Koson. $975.

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Goose and Reeds. Otanzaku: 13 1/2 x 7 1/4. Illustrated: Newland, Crows, Cranes & Camellias, K11.9, catalogue 41, pages 66, 174. Signed and sealed Koson. An excellent impression with subtle bokashi shading througout, and gauffrage on the birds' feathers and on the snow-covered reeds. $400.

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Sparrows over Grass. c. 1940's-50's. Dai oban: 16 1/2 x 10 3/8 (sheet 17 9/16 x 10 5/8). Publisher probably Nishinomiya Yosaku (Tokyo publisher--known active 1938 until late 1950's; then sporadically until present day.) Not in Crows, Cranes & Camellias ; variant of plate 142, checklist K33.8. The version in the catalogue has two sparrows fighting over a snow-covered branch. This variant presents the two sparrows fighting over grass, with a third sparrow flying overhead. Subtle 'bokashi' shading; gauffrage in the birds' feathers. Grubby margins; some soiling in the sky. Signed and sealed Koson. An extremely rare image. $500.

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Two Carp and White Lotus. 1933. Shikishiban: 10 14/16 x 9 7/8 (sheet 10 10/16 x 9 11/16). Signed and sealed Shoson. Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo. Illustrated: Crows, Cranes & Camellias, S39.5, p. 201. A fine impression with subtle shading and glowing colors, in pristine condition. $400.

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Two Wild Ducks Near Water, Reeds Behind. Otanzaku: 14 15/16 x 6 3/4. Illustrated: Newland, Crows, Cranes & Camellias, S7.4, page 196. Signed and sealed Shoson. An excellent impression with subtle bokashi shading througout, and gauffrage in the birds' feathers and in the ripples of the water. $400.

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White Fronted Geese Flying above Reeds and Water. c. 1933. Shikishiban: 10 10/16 x 9 1/16 (sheet 10 14/16 x 9 12/16). Signed and sealed Shoson. Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo. Illustrated: Crows, Cranes & Camellias, S11.6, p. 197. A fine impression with subtle shading and gauffrage (embossing) in the 2 large BIRDS'' feathers. Based on the body markings, these actually appear to be mallard ducks not geese. Pristine color and condition. $350.

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Shiko Munakata. 1903-1975.

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February -- Orchid. (Nigatsu - Ranjo no saku). 1956. Woodcut with hand-applied color. 17 x 13 (sheet 18 1/4 x 21 1/2). Series: Calender in the Mood of the Tea Ceremony. Signed in pencil "Munakata" and sealed in red Hogan Muna Siko -- sumizuri-e. On the full sheet with deckle edges. $7,500.

A woodcut calender of twleve images was made for the Urasenke tea ceremony school, which reproduced one image each month in its magazine Tanko. Most of the months, including February, are represented by examples from nature traditionally associated with the season. Illustrated: Sori Yangai, The Woodblock and the Artist. The Life and Works of Shiko Munakata.

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Mayumi Oda. Born 1941.

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Rain in May. 1975. Woodcut printed in colors. 28 1/2 x 21 1/2 (sheet 33 1/2 x 24). Edition 35, #23. A rare early woodcut with bright, fresh colors, in excellent condition. Signed and titled in pencil. $1,950.

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Okada Saburosuke. 1869-1939.

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Heroine Osan in Daikyoji Mukashi-Goyomi. c. 1923. Dai oban. Image: 15 3/8 x 7 7/8 (sheet 17 3/4 x 11). Series: Complete Works of Chikamatsu. Publisher: Nishima. Printed in tones of grey and beige. A sensitive study of a young woman. $550.

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Takahashi Hiroaki (Shotei). 1871-1945.

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Mt. Fuji from Miho. c. 1920-30. Woodcut printed in colors. Watanabe 1936 catalogue 228; shotei.com M28. Tanzaku: 14 3/4 x 6 3/8 (sheet 15 x 6 1/2). Signed and sealed "Hiroaki." A fine impression with bokashi shading throughout, and gauffrage on the pine trees and boat. Excellent color and condition. $475.

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Night Fishing. c. 1930. Woodcut printed in colors. shotei.com M125. O-hosoban yoko-e: 6 3/8 x 14 3/4 (image and sheet). Publisher: Watanabe. A fine impression with glowing colors, bokashi shading throughout, and gauffrage on the water. Sealed. $600.

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Tomikichiro Tokuriki. 1902-1999.

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Lake Biwa Viewed at Medura Temple. c. 1950. Japanese woodblock print. Shishikiban: 10 1/4 x 11 3/8. Series: New Eight Views of Oomi, #5. Printer: Uchida. Excellent color and condition. Signed and sealed. $150.

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Yoshijiro Urushibara. Japanese. 1888-1953.

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White Lilies. Woodcut printed in colors. 15 3/4 x 10 1/2 (17 1/2 x 12 3/8). Signed and annotated "No. 35" in pencil. A fine impression with good color, printed on Japanese mulberry paper. $975.

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Sadao Watanabe. 1913-1998.

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The Flight Into Egypt. 1969. Color dye stencil (Kappazuri). 27 x 24. Edition 50, #35. Printed on crumpled, hand-made paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed and numbered in ink. Housed in a 35 1/2 x 30 3/4

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Hope. 1961. Color dye stencil. 20 1/2 x 17 5/7 (sheet 25 x 23). Edition 50, #16. . Printed on (momogami) crumpled, hand-made paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed, dated and numbered in white ink. $1,250 framed.

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Natavity. (A similar image with color variant from 1960 in an edition of 50 is entitled The Three Wise Men Visit Mary. 1961. Hand-colored dye stencil (Kappazuri). 21 1/2 x 24 1/8 (sheet 23 1/8 x 30 1/4). Edition 200, #27. Printed on (momogami) crumpled, hand-made paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed, dated and numbered in white ink. $1,750.

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Noriko Yanagisawa. Born 1940.

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Fragment. 2001. Etching, aquatint and mezzotint. 11 1/2 x 10 3/4 (sheet 20 1/2 x 15). Edition 30, #7. A fine impression printed on the full sheet with deckle edges. Presenttion print to celebrate the one year reunion of the 25th anniversary of the Fumin Fukyu. Original presentation folder. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil. $400.

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Hiroshi Yoshida. 1876-1950.

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Evening After Rain. 1926. Yoshida 39. Oban: 9 3/4 x 14 3/4 (sheet 10 1/2 x 15 1/2). First Inland Sea series. Signatures: Yoshida in brush, artist's seal Hiroshi. Hiroshi Yoshida in pencil on the lower margin. Publisher: Jizuri seal (self printed). Signed and titled in pencil. $2,500.

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Miniature Japanese Woodblock Prints.

Each $50.

Unread Artist signatures and/or seals.

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The Four Seasons: Sparrow, Peony, Stook, Snow. Woodblock print. 2 9/16 x 2 1/2 (image and sheet). Subtle shading and gauffrage. Sealed ,lower right. [Crane]. Woodblock print. 7 7/8 x 3 3/4 (image and sheet). Signed and sealed, lower right. Subtle shading and gauffrage. $50 each.

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Deer in Moonlight and Fisherman in Moonlight. Woodcuts printed in colors. Sho-tanzakus: 9 11/16 x 3 and 9 1/16 x 3 1/16 (image and sheet). Subtle shading; gauffrage in the moon and deer; in the moon and in the net. Unsigned; sealed. $50 each.

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Plum Blossoms in Moonlight and Moonlight. Woodcuts printed in colors. Sho-tanzakus: 9 11/16 x 3 and 9 3/4 x 3 1/16 (image and sheet). Subtle shading; gauffrage in the branch and flowers; in the moon and in the lantern. Unsigned; sealed. $50 each.

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[Boatman]. Woodblock print. Yatsutiri-ban: 3 3/4 x 6 1/4 (image and sheet). Sealed, lower left. $50.

Stooks in Moonlight. Woodcut printed in colors. 6 5/8 x 4 9/16 (image and sheet). Subtle shading; gauffrage in the waves. Signed and sealed. $50.

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Torii (8 x 3 7/16). $50. Bamboo (8 x 3 7/16). $50.

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Traditional Ukiyoe.

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