Antique Samurai Kiyochika Japanese Woodblock Print #1

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 11, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

Up for bid is one of three original antique ninteenth century K. Kiyochika Japanese hand colored woodblock prints. Kiyochika (1847 - 1915) was at the forefront of figural print genre. These stunning prints from the kabuki, daily life, portraits of courtesans and samurai and famous scenes of Japan were hugely popular and they are today by collectors. New releases by the most famous artists were so anticipated that buyers lined up the morning a print was to be first offered. These beautiful antique prints are treasures from the Edo culture in its most decadent period. From portraits of stunning beauties to scenes of fighting samurai, these prints transport the viewer to another time, a place as compelling as it is unusual to us in the modern world.

Low opening bid, no reserve- These original antique prints are starting at a super low opening bid. Similar prints are regularly sold in the $550 - $700 range. Bid now to win an original antique Japanese print for your home, office, or collection.

The woodcuts have been framed, and are somewhat difficult to extricate in some cases. Due to the delicacy of the woodcuts, the framer taped the cuts to a backing of some sort, to secure the piece. The one listed is the only that was removed from the frame, and it has a small tear in the lower right side (see pic). The others were not removed from the matting and I refuse to do so for a dont want to damage them which this one was. The woodcuts can either be sent as is matted with glass or sent matted without the glass ( I suggest mailing them without glass). I am selling them as is; the framing job is actually quite suitable to the wooducts and they are original exquisite pieces. The colors are spectacular, vibrant and bright as shown in the photosl. They are hand-colored so well that you can see the red / orange raised ash painted specs billowing from the fire in the background. These are amazing woodcuts!

T is a stamp on the bottom right reads Insured by the N.Y.Underwriters Agency . Below the woodblock reads Engraved and Printed By The First Japanese Manufacturing & Trading Co of Tokio, 865, Broadway, New York. T is a printed series number 14 in the upper right corner of the print. This woodcut as well as the others listed I believe are from the same series and all were purchased from the estate of an attorney in New York who was a collector of Japanese antiquities.. Measures 13 1/2 x 9 1/2. Please view my feedback from satisfied customers as well as my other auctions.