April 28, 2014

Asian Man & Woman Carrying Buckets Porcelain Figurines

I believe these porcelain figurines of a man and woman carrying water buckets are from Victoria Ceramics Made in Japan. 1950s

Victoria Ceramics Figurines Made in Japan

pp2.50

Victoria Ceramics Made in Japan Figurine Asian Man Playing Musical Instrument

Ceramic figurine of an Asian man playing what I think is a mandolin or similar musical instrument.  Black and gold foil sticker label on bottom reads Victoria Ceramics Made in Japan.  The only information I can find about this company is that they were active in the export trade during the 1950s & 60s.

Victoria Ceramics Figurine Made in Japan

pp2.50

April 27, 2014

Mounted Original Chinese Watercolor Landscape on Silk - by Bīng shí - 冰石

Original Chinese watercolor landscape on silk, Figures & village in mountains.. backed & mounted.  Painted by Bīng shí, 冰石, exact date undetermined. (Year of the dragon bing chen autumn moon 丙辰秋月) (1856, 1916, 1976)
15 1316" x 13 ½" ( Painting approx: 12 ¼" X 9 ⅞")
It's mounted onto foamboard, so it's likely to be 1976 since foamcore didn't exist prior to 1957, unless it's an earlier work that was mounted by a new owner post 50s, but I'm going to guess it was painted in 1976 since that's the last Bing Chen year as well as the only one after 1957.

Callligraphy = 丙辰秋月冰石 / Bǐng chénqiū yuè Bīng Shí



Chinese watercolor on silk landscape 丙辰秋月水石

Chinese watercolor on silk landscape 丙辰秋月水石

Chinese watercolor on silk landscape 丙辰秋月水石

Chinese watercolor on silk landscape 丙辰秋月水石

Chinese watercolor on silk landscape 丙辰秋月水石
Chinese watercolor on silk landscape 丙辰秋月水石

on eBay

pp12 est 150 - 300

Original Chinese Watercolor - Birds & Flowers - by Xiàn Qī

Original Chinese watercolor painting of 2 birds flying over flowered branch, by Xiàn Qī - 憲七

Date:  Ji Mao 己卯 (1819, 1879, 1939, 1999)
11 1316" X 15 ¾ "
Writing on inside of cardboard on back of frame says "back recovered Nov. 25, 1970". Not sure if it's applicable to the painting or not, but presumably so, then that means it is no later than 1939.  It seems likely to me that a former owner noted it on the cardboard when the backing was replaced, perhaps, but I have no way of ascertaining the validity of my assumption..

The calligraphy reads 己卯 憲七作, "made by Xiàn Qī, Ji Mao year".   The chop stone seal contains the artist's name in seal script. 憲七


Original Chinese watercolor painting of 2 birds flying over flowered branch. Artist unknown.  ??七作  Date:  Ji Mao 己卯


Original Chinese watercolor painting of 2 birds flying over flowered branch. Artist unknown.  ??七作  Date:  Ji Mao 己卯
Seal translation assistance provided by Tom clean via Asian Art Forum

on eBay

pp5 est 200 - 350

Tsukioka Kōgyo Nougaku Hyakuban Hagoromo - 能楽百番羽衣

Title: Nōgaku hyakuban: Hagoromo 能楽百番 羽衣 Series: One Hundred Noh Plays ( One Hundred Prints of Noh ) ワンハンドレッド能楽
Artist: Tsukioka Kōgyo (月岡 耕漁, 1869 - February 25, 1927)
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi 松木平吉
Date: 1924
Size: ōban tate-e ,approx. 13 ⅜" X 10" trimmed.



Title: Nōgaku hyakuban 能楽百番Hagoromo Artist: Tsukioka Kōgyo (月岡 耕漁, 1869 - February 25, 1927)  Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi  Date: 1922 - 1926
Hagoromo 羽衣, (The Feather Mantle), is one of Japan's most performed Japanese Noh plays. Tsukioka Kōgyo's Nougaku Hyakuban Hagoromo depicts the play's principle character, Shite. a celestial maiden, wearing a kazura (a kind of wig), kazura-obi (belt for kazura), onna-basara, tenkan (celestial crown), kitsuke / surihaku (a kind of kimono with gold or silver foils), koshimaki / nuihaku (a kind of kimono with gold or silver foils and embroidery), koshi-obi (belt), a fan and a chōken.  Shite also wears several masks in Hagoromo, Zō, Wakaonna, and Ko'omote, but I'm not sure which is in this picture.   Nōgaku hyakuban was a series of 120 prints released in1923 through 1926.

Tsukioka Kōgyo (月岡 耕漁?), sometimes called Sakamaki Kōgyo (坂巻 耕漁?), (April 18, 1869 - February 25, 1927) was a Japanese artist of the Meiji period. He was a student and adopted son of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, and also studied with Ogata Gekkō. Although Kōgyo sometimes painted other subjects, for most of his career he made pictures of Japanese noh theatre, either as large-scale paintings or colored woodblock prints. Many of the latter were published in series and sold as multi-volume sets. Some sets, such as Nōgaku zue, have been preserved as albums in their original bindings, including accordion-style bindings known as orihon, while other sets such as Nōga taikan, were issued in sewn bindings known as yamato toji. Although most bound sets belong to institutional collections, individual prints by Kōgyo can still be found through dealers specializing in Japanese prints.

 When I originally purchased this print it was valued with an appraisal over $1000, however, since copies have turned up , the value has gone down considerably and having been monitoring this particular print listed on eBay, it appears that either A, there is no demand for this print and its remains unsold, or B, the seller has multiple reproduction copies.  


Title: Nōgaku hyakuban 能楽百番Hagoromo Artist: Tsukioka Kōgyo (月岡 耕漁, 1869 - February 25, 1927)  Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi  Date: 1922 - 1926


Title: Nōgaku hyakuban 能楽百番Hagoromo Artist: Tsukioka Kōgyo (月岡 耕漁, 1869 - February 25, 1927)  Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi  Date: 1922 - 1926



Condition issues:   1 tear, 2 paper hinges, trimmed.  .








pp5est100/150 

April 26, 2014

Ikkeisai Yoshiiku Genji Monogatari gojûyon jô' #12 Woodblock Print

Title: ??? 
Series: Genji Monogatari gojûyon jô ( 源氏物語 )
Artist: Ikkeisai Yoshiiku ( 歌川 芳幾, 1833 - February 6, 1904 )
Date: 1871 / ( 1872 ? )
Publisher: Yoruzuya Magobei
Size: chūban yoko-e (in:  9 ⅝" X 6 ¾ / cm. 23 ¾ X 17 ¼ )
Period: Meiji

print #12 of a chuban format series 'Genji gojûyon jô' (Folding book of the 54 chapters of the Tale of the Genji).  The series was originally issued on a oban sheet of paper that was cut in half.

The Tale of Genji (源氏物語 Genji monogatari) is a classic work of Japanese literature written by Murasaki Shikibu in the early years of the 11th century, around the peak of the Heian period and was a common subject in Japanese paintings and woodblock prints by many artists


Title: Genji Monogatari gojûyon jô' #12  Artist:  Ikkeisai Yoshiiku (歌川 芳幾, 1833 - February 6, 1904)  Date: 1871  Publisher: Yoruzuya Magobei Size: chūban

Title: Genji Monogatari gojûyon jô' #12  Artist:  Ikkeisai Yoshiiku (歌川 芳幾, 1833 - February 6, 1904)  Date: 1871  Publisher: Yoruzuya Magobei Size: chūban

Title: Genji Monogatari gojûyon jô' #12  Artist:  Ikkeisai Yoshiiku (歌川 芳幾, 1833 - February 6, 1904)  Date: 1871  Publisher: Yoruzuya Magobei Size: chūban

Title: Genji Monogatari gojûyon jô' #12  Artist:  Ikkeisai Yoshiiku (歌川 芳幾, 1833 - February 6, 1904)  Date: 1871  Publisher: Yoruzuya Magobei Size: chūban

 Condition issues:


Print has backing attached & is paper hinged to matting

Was professionally matted in frame somewhere between 1978 - 1997 by Arnould Gallery, Marblehead, Massachusetts.  Gallery affirms that matte, backing & hinges, etc used were acid free, however, can not ascertain whether or not if backing was added by them or existed on print prior to matting & framing, and if affixed prior to framing if it's acid free or not. Sealed paper backing of frame with gallery decal removed to inspect print when I purchased it.

Small hole, has fold line down center, spotting, etc  (not sure if it's been trimmed or not, but is very possible it has)














Purchased from my daughter's former kindergarten teacher along with the Hiroshige II woodblock print.
Identification assistance provided by Guy Pepperman via Ukiyo-e Q&A, and Stan via Asian Art Forums


pp 12.50 Est. 90 - 120

Hiroshige II Soushu Shichiri-ga-hama Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print

Title: Soushu Shichiri-ga-hama
Artist: Hiroshige II ( 歌川広重 2, 二代 広重,1826 – October 21, 1869)
Date: January 1860 ( Censor seal: Monkey 1 )
Publisher: Yorozuya Kichibei
Size: ōban tate-e (trimmed 25.4cm x 36.83cm  / 14.5" x 10")
Period: Manen

Hiroshige II Soushu Shichiri-ga-hama Ukiyo-e Woodblock Print

Hiroshige II Yorozuya Kichibei 1860

Soushu Shichiri-ga-hama

Condition issues.  affixed to some form of cardstock backing, water? stains, margin trimmed, foxing, etc.  Framed and matted in 1970s by Quadrum Gallery, Marblehead, Massachusetts.. now dissolved.


Possible candidate for professional conservation and restoration.

Purchased from my daughter's former kindergarten teacher along with a Ikkeisai Yoshiiku woodblock print.

Identification assistance provided by Noel Chiappa of HiroshigeII.net & Guy Pepperman via Ukiyo-e Q & A

PP 12.50.  Est. 125 - 170