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

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