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Painted area: 15.5 x 12.25 in. (39.4 x 31 cm); whole length: 51 inches (129.5 cm).
Tomioka Eisen (1864-1905) was a pupil of Kobayashi Eitaku who was a follower of the Kano school of painting, but later in life turned to illustrating in the ukiyoe style. Eisen, after his master’s death, became focused on a serious painter’s career. He devoted himself to painting, illustrations in magazines (kuchi-e), and shunga.
A very similar painting was painted in 1848/49 by Hokuyo, a pupil of Hokusai. It can be assumed that Eisen painted this head after Katsuyo, turning it upright. If you would turn the painting face down again, the flow of the hair would be much more natural.
H 24.5 inches (62.2 cm).
The piece may have stood in a fertility shrine or may have been used in a festival.
Height: ca. 10.25 inches (ca. 26 cm).
Neck broken and restored.
a) Traces of usage (some splintering at edges and few stains), b) repaired stress crack. Both with eyelet attached to hang on wall.
L ca. 13.5 in. (34.2 cm)
Stress crack in the tip, abrasions at the tip, beautiful dark patina from heavy use (obviously on one side only), metal eyelet attached to hang mold on wall. All in all very good condition.
Slight traces of usage, pages yellowed, some pencil remarks, basically good condition.
L 18.5 inches (47 cm), H 4.6 inches (11.8 cm).
Few tension cracks without consequences, excellent condition.
L 11.5 inches (29.2 cm).
Some dents and scratches, all attributed to use.
Comes with two pair of workman’s pants. Dark indigo blue on the outside (different from the jacket), lined with white/blue cotton and light blue waistband. Machine sown. Both stamped on the waistband with the word tokudai (oversize).
Some storage stains. Excellent condition never worn. Wrapped in the paper of Mitsukoshi Department store in Tokyo. On the wrapping paper is written ‘newly-tailored clothes made to order’ (gochou shitatemono).
The department store did not register its name Mitsukoshi until 1904. Before that it was called Mitsui. As the make and the colors indicate the coat and the pants were made and dyed in different workshops, as is usual.
If you wish to wear the pants, please, be advised that oversized for the Japanese body is the equivalent of our ladies' size 2 or 4.
Bushell Raymond, Questions & Answers, pp. 5-13 / 44-45, Kurstin, Joseph, Netsuke: Story Carvings of Old Japan, An Exhibit of Netsuke and Inro at EPCOT Center, pp. 14-24, Kres, Else, Zeshin Cake Box in the Collection of Harriet and Melvin Jahss, new York, pp. 25-31, Lewis, Edmund J. The Bekkoden Sennin Inro, pp. 32-26, Wilhelm, Gabor, On the Continent, Sales room news, from Paris, Cologne, and Orleans, France, pp. 37-41, Chappell, Sharen; Szeszler, Denis, Legends: Kyoyu and Sofu, pp. 42-43, Comee, Stephen, Tokyo Tidings, pp. 48-50, Spring 1994, 56 pp., 25.5 x 17.5 cm. Paper. English text. Numerous colour plates, b/w illustrations. Perfect condition.
On pp. 14 to 25 Elena and Joe Kurstin proudly introduce an Exhibition of their Netsuke at Epcot Center, a Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, from May 11, 1993 to May 10, 1997. This is followed on pp. 25-31 by Else Kress’ description of a unique Cake Box by Zeshin, covered with leaf-shaped examples of a wide variety of sprinkled gold powders. Ed Lewis reflects on pp. 32-36 on a suitable naming of a hitherto obscure Japanese style of inro decoration.
This item is located in Europe.
Bushell Raymond, Questions & Answers, pp. 5-8, Ulak, James T., Namban, pp. 9-12, Lewis, Edmund J., When the Twain Met: The Namban Influence Upon Japanese Lacquer Art, pp. 13-24, Moss, Paul, Let’s go Dutch, Namban Netsuke, pp. 25-37, Kress, Else, Tobacco Smoking, Namban-jin and Their Pets in Old Japan, pp. 38-48, Dean, Michael, Four Groups of Japanese Namban Lacquer, pp. 49-61, Szeszler, Denis, Legends: Ashinaga and Tenaga, pp. 66-67, Comee, Stephen, Tokyo Tidings, pp. 70-71, Book reviews: Miss Maggie’s Whole New World, Davey, Neil K.; Netsuke on ‘Sunday Morning’, Cunningham Isabel, p. 74. Summer 1993,78 pp., 25.5 x 17.5 cm. Paper. English text. Numerous colour plates, b/w illustrations. Perfect condition.
James Ulak, at that time the Associate Curator of Japanese Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, gives us an in-depth information on Namban, as an ‘…romantically charged and regrettably imprecise term …’ while Ed Lewis cites Rudyard Kipling’s poem on the likelihood of East and West to meet (e.g. in Japanese art).
Item located in Europe.
Bushell Raymond, Questions & Answers, pp. 8-17, Davey, Neil K., Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), A Centennial Celebration, pp. 18-22, Lewis, Edmund J., Shibata Zeshin and the Seventh Sense, pp. 23-30, Wrangham, E.A. Zeshin and the Art of Metal Imitation, pp. 31-36, Meech, Julia, Zeshin and the Demon Woman, pp. 37-39, An Album of Zeshin Art from Various Collections, pp. 40-46, Wilhelm, G. On the Continent, The Rouviere Sale, Paris, pp. 46-49, Gallery St. James’ Exhibition, Zurich, pp. 50-52, Sale at Klefisch, Sale at Lempertz, p. 53, Bandini, Luigi, Learning at the Auctions, pp. 56-63, Davey, Neil K., An Auctineer’s View, p. 64 Spring 1992,72 pp., 25.5 x 17.5 cm. Paper. English text. Numerous colour plates, b/w illustrations. Perfect condition.
In his Questions & Answers, on pp. 8-17, Raymond Bushell tells of an invitation to a meeting with a specialised group of U.S. Customs officials in San Francisco (1), of the derivation and calligraphy of the word tonkotsu (2), an auction house’s official and inofficial price (result) list (3), the use of a foolproof method (electronic scanning microscope) to discern elephant ivory from mammoth ivory (4), an oni netsuke hiding in the storage of the LACMA (5), and five more similarly interesting and unexpected questions.
Item location: Europe.
Length 8 1/8 inches (20.5 cm)
Needle missing, handle loose. Otherwise traces of usage, beautiful patina.
Length 9 ¾ inches (ca. 25 cm)
Needle missing, handle missing. Wheel is a lovingly copied replacement. Body with fine detail and very nice patina.
Length 13 7/8 in. (35.4 cm), depth at widest point 3 1/8 in. (7.8 cm), height 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm).
One side exposed to sunlight, some dent and chips, but otherwise excellent condition.
Height 2 ¾ in. (7 cm); diameter 3 ¼ in. (8.3 cm)
Diameter: 3.75 in. (9.5 cm) each.
Glaze flaw at outer rim of one (bird). Otherwise excellent condition.
The enamels have a halo around them.
Painted area: 13 3/8 x 21 7/8 in. (34 x 55.5 cm). Total height: 53 3/8 in. (135.5 cm).
With plain wooden box, no inscriptions.
Unimportant thin stain in lower left corner, otherwise fine condition. Box with fair amount of insect damage.
Kano Seisen’in Yoshin (or Yasunobu) (ca. 1799-1846). Son and pupil of Kano Isen’in, painter-in-residence to the Edo castle. Made many copies of older paintings. In 1819 he became hogen, in 1834 he became hoin.