Japanese Ukiyo-e

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What is Ukiyo-e?

Literally translated, Ukiyo means "Floating World" & -e refers to pictures.  

These delicate and often entertaining woodblock prints (both individually or as part of an intentional series) were popular in Japan from the Edo period (1603) to the Meiji period (1912). 

The influence of Ukioy-e is seen in several other genres including surimono, broadsides, illustrated books, news and posters.

By studying Ukiyo-s prints one can get a glimpse of such subjects as Kabuki actors, sumo wrestlers, beauties (geishas and courtesans), intimate and erotic scenes, historical events and legends, or travels to revered locations.

Shunga : Shunga: Scenes from Chushingura Act 8: Michiyuki - The Bridal Journey at Davidson Galleries

Unkown Japanese

Shunga: Scenes from Chushingura Act 8: Michiyuki - The Bridal Journey

Series: From the play Chushingura (Treasury of the Forty-seven Loyal Retainers)
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: ca.1850
Size: 3-1/2 x 9-3/4 inches
Description: Mitate, a type of literary parody, is a common device in Japanese woodblock prints. In this series, scenes from the famous Kabuki play Chushingura are parodied with erotic situations to comedic effect
Stock Number: [27937c]
Price: $250.00

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) : Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 1 and 2 of 22 at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 1 and 2 of 22

Series: Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower)
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: Meji 17-18 (1884-1885)
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Size: 14 x 9 1/2 inches
Description: 22 color woodblock prints sold as a complete set for $2000
Stock Number: 46231c
Price: $2000.00
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Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) : Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 3 and 4 of 22 at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 3 and 4 of 22

Series: Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower)
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: Meji 17-18 (1884-1885)
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Size: 14 x 9 1/2 inches
Description: 22 color woodblock prints sold as a complete set for $2000
Stock Number: 46231c
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Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) : Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 5 and 6 of 22 at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 5 and 6 of 22

Series: Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower)
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: Meji 17-18 (1884-1885)
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Size: 14 x 9 1/2 inches
Description: 22 color woodblock prints sold as a complete set for $2000
Stock Number: 46231
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Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) : Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 7 and 8 of 22 at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 7 and 8 of 22

Series: Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower)
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: Meji 17-18 (1884-1885)
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Size: 14 x 9 1/2 inches
Description: 22 color woodblock prints sold as a complete set for $2000
Stock Number: 46231c
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Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) : Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 11 and 12 of 22 at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 11 and 12 of 22

Series: Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower)
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: Meji 17-18 (1884-1885)
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Size: 14 x 9 1/2 inches
Description: 22 color woodblock prints sold as a complete set for $2000
Stock Number: 46231c
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Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) : Setsugekka Portfolio in two accordion books (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 13 and 14 of 22 at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Setsugekka Portfolio in two accordion books (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 13 and 14 of 22

Series: Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower)
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: Meji 17-18 (1884-1885)
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Size: 14 x 9 1/2 inches
Description: 22 color woodblock prints in two accordion boods sold as a complete set for $2000
Stock Number: 46231c
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Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) : Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 15 and 16 of 22 at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 15 and 16 of 22

Series: Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower)
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: Meji 17-18 (1884-1885)
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Size: 14 x 9 1/2 inches
Description: 22 color woodblock prints sold as a complete set for $2000
Stock Number: 46231c
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Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) : Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 17 and 18 of 22 at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 17 and 18 of 22

Series: Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower)
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: Meji 17-18 (1884-1885)
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Size: 14 x 9 1/2 inches
Description: 22 color woodblock prints sold as a complete set for $2000
Stock Number: 46231c
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Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) : Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 19 and 20 of 22 at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 19 and 20 of 22

Series: Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower)
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: Meji 17-18 (1884-1885)
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Size: 14 x 9 1/2 inches
Description: 22 color woodblock prints sold as a complete set for $2000
Stock Number: 46231c
Please inquire

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) : Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 21 and 22 of 22 at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 21 and 22 of 22

Series: Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower)
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: Meji 17-18 (1884-1885)
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Size: 14 x 9 1/2 inches
Description: 22 color woodblock prints sold as a complete set for $2000
Stock Number: 46231c
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Toyohara Kunichika : Love Potion at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Love Potion

Medium: Color woodblock. One panel of a triptych
Year: Likely from 1887. Meji period
Size: Oban
Description: The young Yushide (夕秀), priestess of the Ise Shrine (伊勢神宮), in the dramatic moments preceding her suicide by means of the sacred arrow that she carries in her hair. Behind her is the father Shindozaemon (新洞左衛門)
Condition: Backed. Roles: Onnasuke and Hasidate. Actors: Kataoka Gado and Iwau Matsunosuke IV
Stock Number: 51345
Price: $170.00

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III : Actor Matsumoto Koshito as Banzui Choei at Davidson Galleries

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III (1786 - 1864)

Actor Matsumoto Koshito as Banzui Choei

Series: Station: Shingagawa from the series Tokaido gojusan eki uchi
Medium: Woodblock
Year: Kaei 5 (1852), 2nd Interclary
Signature: Signed Toyokuni ga
Printer: Shoko Omi-ya Kyutaro
Publisher: Tsuijicka-ga, Carver: Hori Taki
References: Tokyo Museum Vol. 3, No. 2762
Size: Oban tate-e format, 15½ x 10½ inches
Stock Number: 51185c
Price: $400.00

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III : Kabuki character Hisashita Gemban at Davidson Galleries

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III (1786 - 1864)

Kabuki character Hisashita Gemban

Series: Station: Konosu from the series sixty-nine stations of the Kiso-kaido Road
Medium: Woodblock
Year: Kaei 5 (1852)
Signature: Signed Toyokuni ga
Printer: Carver: Kagayasu
Publisher: Izutsu-ya
Size: Oban tate-e format, 15½ x10½ inches
Stock Number: 51184c
Price: $365.00

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III : Station: Fushimi. (Yaheiemon Munekiyo at Kiso River) at Davidson Galleries

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III (1786 - 1864)

Station: Fushimi. (Yaheiemon Munekiyo at Kiso River)

Series: Sixty-nine stations of the kiso-kaido Road
Medium: Woodblock
Year: Kaei 5 (1852)
Signature: Signed Toyokuni ga
Publisher: Tsuijicka-ga
Size: Oban tate-e format, 15½ x 10½ inches
Stock Number: 51187c
Price: $400.00

Teisai Hokuba : Beauty Listening to Bird

Teisai Hokuba (1771 - 1844)

Beauty Listening to Bird's Song

Medium: Color woodblock with gauffrage
Year: Early 19th century
Signature: Hokuba ga
Size: Surimono
Condition: Minor soiling
Stock Number: 47057
Price: $800.00

Teisai Hokuba : Attributed to Teisai Hokuba - Two Beauties (Fan Makers) Having Tea at Davidson Galleries

Teisai Hokuba (1771 - 1844)

Attributed to Teisai Hokuba - Two Beauties (Fan Makers) Having Tea

Medium: Color woodblock with gauffrage
Year: Early 19th century
Signature: Hokuba ga
Size: Surimono
Condition: Minor soiling
Stock Number: 47058c
Price: $800.00

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) : Grand Festival at Nikko Shrine at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Grand Festival at Nikko Shrine

Series: Central Office at Chiyoda Series
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1897 (Meiji 30)
Signature: Signed as Yoshu Chikanobu
Provenance: Collection: British Museum & Tokyo Metropolitan Central Library
Size: Oban Triptych (15 x 10 inches)
Condition: Backed
Stock Number: 51348
Price: $250.00

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) : Viewing the Sanno Festival at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Viewing the Sanno Festival

Series: The Central Office at Chiyoda Castle Series
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1897 (Meiji 30)
Signature: Signed as Yoshu Chikanobu
Publisher: 福田初次郎 Fukuda Hatsujiro
Size: Oban Triptych
Condition: Backed
Stock Number: 51352
Price: $375.00

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) : Visiting a Shrine (Miya Mairi) at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) (1838 - 1912)

Visiting a Shrine (Miya Mairi)

Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1896 Oct
Publisher: 福田初次郎Fukuda Hatsujiro
Stock Number: 23407
Price: $220.00

Additional Meiji Period Prints (1868-1912) : Snow: Snowscape in the Countryside at Davidson Galleries

CHIKANOBU Yōshū Japanese (1838-1912)

Snow: Snowscape in the Countryside

Series: SETSU GETSU KA (SNOW, MOON AND FLOWER).
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1891
Signature: Signed Yōshū Chikanobu; sealed Yō
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi
Size: Ōban yoko-e
Stock Number: [43702]
Price: $175.00

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) : The Preface of a Book at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) (1838 - 1912)

The Preface of a Book

Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1879 (Meiji 12)
Signature: Signed as Yoshu Chikanobu
Publisher: 松下平兵エ Matsushita Heibei, Carver: 彫銀次郎 Hori Ginjiro
Size: Oban triptych
Description: Painter's Seal:橋本直義 Hashimoto Naoyoshi
Stock Number: 51351
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Toyohara Kunichika : Comparisons of Hits Scene from the Series of Actors and Comedians at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Comparisons of Hits Scene from the Series of Actors and Comedians

Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1873 (Meji 6)
Size: Oban
Condition: Backed.
Stock Number: 51346
Price: $165.00

Yoshitora Utagawa : 7th May 1615 - the Fall of Osaka Castle (元和元年五月七日 大坂落城諸勇士血戦ノ図) at Davidson Galleries

Yoshitora Utagawa (1850 - 1880)

7th May 1615 - the Fall of Osaka Castle (元和元年五月七日 大坂落城諸勇士血戦ノ図)

Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1869
Size: Oban triptych
Stock Number: 51354
Price: $325.00

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III : Kabuki Scene with A Child at Davidson Galleries

Kunisada III Utagawa Toyokuni Japanese (1786 - 1864)

Kabuki Scene with A Child

Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1856 11th Month
Publisher: 太田屋多吉 Otaya Takichi
Size: Oban triptych
Description: Censor's seals:改、辰十一 Aratame, Dragon
Condition: Roles: 芸者小糸、女房お琴
Stock Number: 50033c
Price: $350.00

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III : Stage 4 of Soga Moyo Kameyama-zome at Davidson Galleries

Kunisada III Utagawa Toyokuni Japanese (1766 - 1864)

Stage 4 of Soga Moyo Kameyama-zome

Series: 蝶鵆⻲山染 Soga Moyo Kameyama-zome
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1855 (Ansei 2), 7th month
Publisher: 蔦屋吉蔵 Tsutaya Kichizo
Size: Oban triptych
Stock Number: 50034c
Price: $450.00

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III : Stage 2 of Soga Moyo Kameyama-zome at Davidson Galleries

Kunisada III Utagawa Toyokuni Japanese (1786 - 1864)

Stage 2 of Soga Moyo Kameyama-zome

Series: 蝶鵆⻲⼭染Soga Moyo Kameyama-zome
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1855 (Ansei 2), 7th month
Publisher: ⼭崎屋清七Yamazakiya Seishichi
Size: Oban diptych
Description: Censor's seals:改、卯七 Aratame, Hare 7 Theater: 河原崎Kawarazaki
Stock Number: 50037c
Price: $325.00

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III : The Legend of the Eight Samurai at Davidson Galleries

Kunisada III Utagawa Toyokuni Japanese (1786 - 1864)

The Legend of the Eight Samurai

Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1852 (Kaei 5), 1st month
Publisher: 吉(⼆) Izutsuya Shokichi
Size: Oban triptych
Description: Censor's seals:浜 Hama + ⾺込Magome Theatre: 市村 Ichimura
Stock Number: 50035c
Price: $400.00

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III : Report of The Battle of Ichinotani in Kumagaiʼs Camp Scene at Davidson Galleries

Kuniyoshi Utagawa Japanese (1797 - 1861)

Report of The Battle of Ichinotani in Kumagaiʼs Camp Scene

Series: Report of The Battle of Ichinotani in Kumagaiʼs Camp Scene
Medium: Color woodblock
Year: 1847-1850
Publisher: 海⽼屋林之助 Ebi-ya Rinnosuke
Size: Oban triptych
Description: Censor's seals:村⽥Murata + ⽶良Mera Roles: 熊⾕次郎直実 Kumagai Naozane 妻相模Sagami 藤の⽅ Fuji-no-kata
Stock Number: 50036c
Price: $425.00

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) : Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 9 and 10 of 22 at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower) Suite of 22 color woodblock prints 9 and 10 of 22

Series: Setsugekka Portfolio (Snow, Moon, Flower)
Medium: Color woodblock
Publisher: Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Size: 14 x 9 1/2 inches each
Description: 22 color woodblock prints sold as a complete set for $2000
Stock Number: 46231c
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Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) : Chioda Castle at Davidson Galleries

Toyohara Chikanobu (Yoshu Chikanobu) Japanese (1838 - 1912)

Chioda Castle

Series: Chiyoda Castle
Medium: Color woodblock
Size: Oban Triptych
Stock Number: 19264c
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Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III : Kabuki Actor at Davidson Galleries

Kunisada Utagawa as Toyokuni III (1786 - 1864)

Kabuki Actor

Medium: Color woodblock
Size: Oban, 13 3/4 x 9 3/8 inches
Stock Number: 51679c
Price: $285.00