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Lovely circa 1900 C-Scroll Woodblock Japan Handcolored Buddhist 500
Located in Amsterdam, Noord Holland
A handcolored woodblock print on silk hanging Measures: Axis ... vertical 155cm, horizontal 42cm in ... vertical 90.5cm, horizontal 28.5cm.
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Meiji Paintings and Screens

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Fabric

Japanese Pagoda Woodblock
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
5-3722 Japanese wood block print set in a vintage frame under glass Image size 9 x 10.5".
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Vintage 1940s Japanese Prints

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Glass, Wood, Parchment Paper

  • Japanese Pagoda Woodblock
  • Japanese Pagoda Woodblock
  • Japanese Pagoda Woodblock
  • Japanese Pagoda Woodblock
H 16.5 in. W 14.5 in. D 1 in.
1980s Japanese Modernist Woodblock Print
Located in Morristown, NJ
Sano Takao (Japanese, b. 1941), modernist nature themed woodblock print with metallic ink, 1980, signed "T. Sano", dated and numbered (4/50) lower margin. Intricate woodcut print of ...
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Late 20th Century Japanese Modern Prints

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  • 1980s Japanese Modernist Woodblock Print
  • 1980s Japanese Modernist Woodblock Print
  • 1980s Japanese Modernist Woodblock Print
  • 1980s Japanese Modernist Woodblock Print
H 17.5 in. W 15.75 in. D .75 in.
Collection of 8 Japanese Woodblock Prints Japan, C.1930
Located in London, GB
A vintage collection of 8 Japanese woodblock prints Japan, C.1930. Mounted and gilt framed. Long Panels: W14 x H48 Smaller Panels: W15 x H36.5 In excellent vintage condit...
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Early 20th Century Japanese Prints

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Mikumo Signed Japanese Modern Woodblock
By Mikumo
Located in Bridgeport, CT
Mikumo (Nenjiro Inagaki, b. 1906) signed woodblock depicting a group of five robed figures in a white field. Monogrammed in plate lower left, pencil signed, numbered 68/300 and dated...
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Edo Prints

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Wood

  • Mikumo Signed Japanese Modern Woodblock
  • Mikumo Signed Japanese Modern Woodblock
  • Mikumo Signed Japanese Modern Woodblock
  • Mikumo Signed Japanese Modern Woodblock
H 33.5 in. W 28 in. D .75 in.
Japanese Woodblock Print by Utagawa 落合芳幾
Located in Norton, MA
Japanese woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshiika ???? (1833-1904), unframed. About the Artist: Yoshiiku was a popular ukiyo-e printmaker during the Meiji period. It is thought that...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Japanese Prints

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Original Japanese woodblock print
By Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Located in Antwerp, BE
Utagawa Kunisada (1786 – 1865), also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper Edo period 1856 (Ansei 3), 11th month Actor Ichikawa Danjûrô VI...
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Early 19th Century Edo Figurative Prints

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Woodcut

Japanese Rat Woodblock Print 2/5
Located in Houston, TX
Traditional style Japanese woodblock print of a rat with traditional style flowers. The work is stamped by the artist and editioned of 5. The print is framed in a gold frame with a w...
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20th Century Modern Animal Prints

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Woodcut

  • Japanese Rat Woodblock Print 2/5
  • Japanese Rat Woodblock Print 2/5
  • Japanese Rat Woodblock Print 2/5
  • Japanese Rat Woodblock Print 2/5
H 13.75 in. W 15 in. D 1 in.
Hideo Hagiwara Signed Japanese Woodblock Print
By Hideo Hagiwara
Located in Studio City, CA
Wonderful little print by master printer Hideo Hagiwara who was generally considered one of the finest post-World War II Sosaku Hanga artists. In 1989 he was awarded a Gold Medal by ...
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Showa Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Utagawa Toyokuni I
Located in Norton, MA
Japanese Woodblock Print by Utagawa Toyokuni I (1769~1852), original and unframed. ABOUT THE ARTIST Utagawa Toyokuni (Japanese: ????; 1769 in Edo – 24 February 1825 in Edo), al...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

  • Japanese Woodblock Print by Utagawa Toyokuni I
  • Japanese Woodblock Print by Utagawa Toyokuni I
  • Japanese Woodblock Print by Utagawa Toyokuni I
  • Japanese Woodblock Print by Utagawa Toyokuni I
H 14.25 in. W 8.25 in. D 0.15 in.
Japanese Woodblock Gakutei by Harunobu Sugawara
Located in Norton, MA
Japanese Woodblock Gakutei (1786-1868) by Harunobu Sugawara, original and unframed. ABOUT THE ARTIST Born in Edo as Harunobu Sugawara, Gakutei Yashima studied printmaking under...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

  • Japanese Woodblock Gakutei by Harunobu Sugawara
  • Japanese Woodblock Gakutei by Harunobu Sugawara
  • Japanese Woodblock Gakutei by Harunobu Sugawara
  • Japanese Woodblock Gakutei by Harunobu Sugawara
H 8.125 in. W 11.25 in. D 0.15 in.
Original Japanese woodblock print
By Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Located in Antwerp, BE
Utagawa Kunisada (1786 – 1865), also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper Edo period 1857 (Ansei 4), 3rd month signed: Toyokuni ga, in to...
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Early 19th Century Edo Figurative Prints

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Woodcut

Original Japanese woodblock print
By Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Located in Antwerp, BE
Utagawa Kunisada (1786 – 1865), also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper Edo period 1859 35 x 23.5cm each sheet These are original Nish...
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Early 19th Century Edo Figurative Prints

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Woodcut

Original Japanese woodblock print
By Utagawa Kuniaki
Located in Antwerp, BE
Utagawa Kuniaki II (1835-1888) Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper Edo period 1861 signed: Kuniaki ga, in toshidama cartouche (on each sheet) actors: Kabuki actor, B...
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Early 19th Century Edo Figurative Prints

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Woodcut

Original Japanese woodblock print
By Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Located in Antwerp, BE
Utagawa Kunisada (1786 – 1865), also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper Edo period 35x23,5cm each sheet These prints are original Nish...
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Early 19th Century Edo Figurative Prints

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Woodcut

Original Japanese woodblock print
By Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Located in Antwerp, BE
Utagawa Kunisada (1786 – 1865), also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper Edo period 35x23.5cm each sheet These prints are original Nish...
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Early 19th Century Edo Figurative Prints

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Woodcut

Original Japanese woodblock print
By Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III)
Located in Antwerp, BE
Utagawa Kunisada (1786 – 1865), also known as Utagawa Toyokuni III Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper Edo period 1859 35 x 23.5cm each sheet These are original Nish...
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Early 19th Century Edo Figurative Prints

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Woodcut, Paper

Japanese Pagoda Woodblock Landscape
Located in Douglas Manor, NY
3722 Woodblock on paper set in a vintage wood frame Image size 9x10.5"
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1940s Landscape Prints

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Ink

Japanese Woodblock - Street Scene
Located in Houston, TX
Lively Japanese woodblock print featuring street life. Ink on paper, circa 1860. Original artwork on paper displayed on a white mat with a gold border. Mat fits a standard-size f...
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1860s Landscape Prints

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Paper, Woodcut

  • Japanese Woodblock - Street Scene
  • Japanese Woodblock - Street Scene
  • Japanese Woodblock - Street Scene
  • Japanese Woodblock - Street Scene
H 10 in. W 8 in. D 0.1 in.
Japanese Woodblock Print by Hokusai Katsushika, 葛飾北齋
Located in Norton, MA
Original Japanese Woodblock print by Totoya Hokkei ???? '1780-1850' About the artist Japanese artist, Hokusai Katsushika, was born in Edo as Tamekazu Nakajima. Adopted by the m...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Eizan Kikugawa,菊川英山
Located in Norton, MA
Japanese Woodblock Print by Eizan Kikugawa,???? (1787~1867) ABOUT THE ARTIST A native of Edo, Eizan Kikugawa was born as Toshinobu Omiya in 1787. He began his artistic career s...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Yanagawa Shigenobu 柳川重信
Located in Norton, MA
Japanese Woodblock Print by Yanagawa Shigenobu 1787-1832, unframed. ABOUT THE ARTIST Born in Yanagawa in 1787, Shigenobu worked as a puppet maker before a successful career as ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Keisai Eisen 渓斎 英泉
Located in Norton, MA
Japanese Woodblock Print by Keisai Eisen ?? ?? (1790~1848), original and unframed. ABOUT THE ARTIST Keisai Eisen (?? ??, 1790–1848) was a Japanese ukiyo-e artist who specialize...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock by Mikumo, Signed and Dated
By Mikumo
Located in Pasadena, CA
Beautiful and simple mask Japanese woodblock signed "Mikumo" The neutral colors make this piece complementary to any environment. Signed and marked 168/200, dated 1966 Lives in a...
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Japonisme Prints

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Walnut, Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print " Three Geishas" Kikukawa Eizan (菊川英山) #1
Located in Norton, MA
Original woodblock work by " Three Geishas" Kikukawa Eizan (????) 1787-1867, depicting the traditional Japanese ladies with the traditional beautiful custom to express the charm of J...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Sadanobu Hasegawa III
Located in Norton, MA
Japanese Woodblock print by Sadanobu Hasegawa III,(1881~1963), unframed. About the artist Born in Osaka, Sadanobu Hasegawa III combines traditional ukiyo-e subject matter with ...
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Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Pair Japanese Woodblock, Matted, Custom Ebony Frames
Located in Stamford, CT
A pair of Japanese Woodblocks each in a fine custom matted frame with fine ebony and gilt decorations. Each signed and dated on the reverse. Listed below. -A courtyard lady in a com...
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Antique 1880s Japanese Japonisme Prints

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Papercord, Wood

  • Pair Japanese Woodblock, Matted, Custom Ebony Frames
  • Pair Japanese Woodblock, Matted, Custom Ebony Frames
  • Pair Japanese Woodblock, Matted, Custom Ebony Frames
  • Pair Japanese Woodblock, Matted, Custom Ebony Frames
H 32.000 in. W 27.000 in. D 1.250 in.
Japanese Minimal Interior Woodblock Print
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Houston, TX
Kiyoshi Saitō (1907 – 1997) Title Not Known, signature and seal lower right. Modern, interior Japanese print featuring dark tones with a splash of neon green. Mat board covers the m...
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20th Century Modern Interior Prints

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Woodcut

Japanese Woodblock Print " Three Geishas" Kikukawa Eizan (菊川英山) #2
Located in Norton, MA
Original woodblock work by " Three Geishas" Kikukawa Eizan (????) 1787-1867, depicting the traditional Japanese ladies with the traditional beautiful custom to express the charm of J...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

XXL Japanese Woodblock Prints Book
By TASCHEN
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Woodblock Wonders A visual history of 200 Japanese masterpieces From Edouard Manet’s portrait of naturalist writer Émile Zola sitting among his Japanese art finds to Van Gogh’s met...
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21st Century and Contemporary Books

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Paper

  • XXL Japanese Woodblock Prints Book
  • XXL Japanese Woodblock Prints Book
  • XXL Japanese Woodblock Prints Book
  • XXL Japanese Woodblock Prints Book
H 15.6 in. W 11.4 in. D 5 in.
Edo Landscape Japanese Woodblock Print
By Utagawa Hiroshige (Ando Hiroshige)
Located in Houston, TX
Edo Meisho woodblock print of a famous Japanese coastal dock. This woodblock is most likely apart of the series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo." The woodblock print is printed on r...
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1850s Edo Landscape Prints

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Woodcut

Japanese Woodblock Prints, '1680-1938'
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The Japanese woodblock print is a phenomenon with no Western equivalent, one where breathtaking landscapes exist alongside blush-inducing erotica; where demons and otherworldly creat...
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Antique 18th Century Books

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Other

  • Japanese Woodblock Prints, '1680-1938'
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints, '1680-1938'
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints, '1680-1938'
  • Japanese Woodblock Prints, '1680-1938'
H 15.6 in. W 11.4 in. D 2.5 in.
Biensennyo-ko Japanese Woodblock Print
By Keisai Eisen
Located in Houston, TX
Japanese Woodblock print of a Biensennyo-ko a powder face women. Behind the women is a framed cityscape. The print is possibly from the series "Eight Favorite Things in the Modern Wo...
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Early 1800s Edo Portrait Prints

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Woodcut

Japanese Antique Handmade Woodblock Print Depicting a Ceremonial Kimono
Located in Yonkers, NY
A Japanese handmade woodblock print from the 19th century, depicting a Ceremonial Kimono. Created in Japan during the 19th century, this woodblock print features a white Kimono, ador...
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Antique 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Glass, Wood, Paint

Haku Maki Japanese Woodblock "Poem 69-17" Signed
By Haku Maki
Located in New York, NY
Haku Maki (1924-2000) Japanese Woodblock Poem 69-17. This art is from the Poem collection. Signed and numbered in pencil. Edition 15/86. Color wood blocking with embossing. Measures ...
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Paintings and Screens

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Totoya Hokkei 魚屋北溪 '1780-1850'
Located in Norton, MA
Original Japanese woodblock print by Totoya Hokkei ????(1780-1850) About the artist Totoya Hokkei (?? ??, 1780–1850) was a Japanese artist best known for his prints in the ukiy...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Totoya Hokkei 魚屋北溪 '1780-1850'
Located in Norton, MA
Original Japanese Woodblock print by Totoya Hokkei ????(1780-1850) About the artist Totoya Hokkei (?? ??, 1780–1850) was a Japanese artist best known for his prints in the ukiy...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Totoya Hokkei 魚屋北溪 '1780-1850'
Located in Norton, MA
Original Japanese Woodblock print by Totoya Hokkei ????(1780-1850) About the artist Totoya Hokkei (?? ??, 1780–1850) was a Japanese artist best known for his prints in the ukiy...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Tomikichiro Tokuriki Signed Japanese Woodblock Print A Squirrel and Chestnuts
By Tokuriki Tomikichiro 1
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderful and whimsical Japanese woodblock print by modern printer maker/artist Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-2000). Tokuriki's family of artisans were designated as the official Kyot...
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Vintage 1950s Japanese Showa Prints

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Paper

Shuzo Ikeda Signed Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print, 1961
By Shuzo Ikeda
Located in Studio City, CA
A very regal and beautifully stark woodblock print by Japanese artist Shuzo Ikeda. The work is signed, titled ("No. 476"), dated (1961) and numbered (4/50) by the artist. Print is fr...
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Showa Prints

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Paper

Clifton Karhu Signed Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print "Kamigano"
By Clifton Karhu
Located in Studio City, CA
A beautiful, large woodblock print by American master printmaker Clifton Karhu who lived in Japan for over 50 years. Karhu's work gained great esteem not only in Japan but worldwide....
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20th Century Japanese Showa Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print " Farm Family" by Sanzo Wada #2
Located in Norton, MA
Original woodblock work by Sanzo Wuda depicting the beautiful life in the traditional Japanese countryside calm and easy, framed and signed. Dimension: Image 13 1/2" x 10" : with fr...
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20th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Totoya Hokkei 魚屋北溪 '1780-1850'
Located in Norton, MA
Original Japanese woodblock print by Totoya Hokkei ????(1780-1850) About the artist Totoya Hokkei (?? ??, 1780–1850) was a Japanese artist best known for his prints in the ukiy...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Yanagawa Shigenobu 柳川重信 '1787-1832'
Located in Norton, MA
Japanese woodblock print by Yanagawa Shigenobu 1787-1832, unframed. About the artist Born in Yanagawa in 1787, Shigenobu worked as a puppet maker before a successful career as ...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Tomikichiro Tokuriki, 1902-1999
Located in Norton, MA
About the artist The art of Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902~1999) is an important bridge between the two great movements of Japanese art in the early twentieth century; shin hanga and ...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Yanagawa Shigenobu 柳川重信-(1878~1832)
Located in Norton, MA
Japanese Woodblock Print by Yanagawa Shigenobu 1878~1832, unframed. ABOUT THE ARTIST Born in Yanagawa in 1787, Shigenobu worked as a puppet maker before a successful career as a uk...
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Antique Early 19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川廣重 Landscape Woodblock Print, Japan, 1826-1869
Located in Norton, MA
Evening Bell at Ikegami is part of the Eight Views of the Environs of Edo and Man Leading An Ox Between Mountain Slopes. Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige is recognized as a master of th...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Utagawa Hiroshige 歌川廣重 Landscape Woodblock Print, Japan,1826-1869
Located in Norton, MA
- Collection of Boston Art Museum Dimension: Image 8 1/4" x 13 1/2" : with frame 15 in x 19 in Artist: Utagawa Hiroshige is recognized as a master of the ukiyo-e woodblock pr...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Tomikichiro Tokuriki, 1902-1999
Located in Norton, MA
About The Artist: The art of Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-1999) is an important bridge between the two great movements of Japanese art in the early twentieth century; shin hanga and...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Utagawa Yoshitora 一猛齋芳虎 '1836-1880'
Located in Norton, MA
Utagawa Yoshitora, ????? ( ????) was a designer of ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints and an illustrator of books and newspapers who was active from about 1850 to about 1880. He was b...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Utagawa Yoshitora 一猛齋芳虎 '1836-1880'
Located in Norton, MA
Utagawa Yoshitora, ????? ( ????) was a designer of ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints and an illustrator of books and newspapers who was active from about 1850 to about 1880. He was b...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Japanese Woodblock Print by Utagawa Yoshitora 一猛齋芳虎 (1836~1880)
Located in Norton, MA
Utagawa Yoshitora, ????? ( ????) was a designer of ukiyo-e Japanese woodblock prints and an illustrator of books and newspapers who was active from about 1850 to about 1880. He was b...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Japanese Prints

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Paper

Set of Four Japanese Woodblock Prints
Located in Stamford, CT
Set of four Japanese wood block prints. Each in a custom gilt wood frame with black matted interiors under glass.
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Vintage 1940s Prints

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Paper

  • Set of Four Japanese Woodblock Prints
  • Set of Four Japanese Woodblock Prints
  • Set of Four Japanese Woodblock Prints
  • Set of Four Japanese Woodblock Prints
H 18.000 in. W 5.750 in. D 0.500 in.
1963 Woodblock Print "The Rule" by Hodaka Yoshida, Japan
By Hodaka Yoshida
Located in Point Richmond, CA
1963 Woodblock print "The Rule" by Hodaka Yoshida, Japan. Hodaka Yoshida, Japanese 1926-1995 The Rule, 1963 Woodblock print Frame size: 36 inches (91.5 cm) x 26.25 inches (66.7...
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Mid-20th Century Japanese Mid-Century Modern Prints

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Paper

Kiyoshi Saito Signed Japanese Woodblock Print "Summer in Aizu"
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Studio City, CA
A gorgeously composed woodblock print by famed Japanese printmaker Kiyoshi Saito. Many consider Saito to be one of the most important, if not the most important, contemporary Japanes...
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Vintage 1960s Japanese Showa Prints

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Paper

Japanese Fan with Rabbit Woodblock Print
Located in New York, NY
Original Japanese woodblock print, circa 1920.
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Early 20th Century Animal Prints

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Paper

Hani Japanese Woodblock Print with Child
By Yoshitsuya (Ichieisai Yoshitsuya)
Located in Houston, TX
Hani Japanese woodblock print with a mother and a young child. The text at the top reads 枝しろひさ一ヶ月の内 which translates roughly into Withing a Month. The woodblock print is printed on r...
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Mid-19th Century Edo Figurative Prints

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Woodcut

"Earthenware And Haniwa" Japanese Woodblock Print
By Mabuchi Toru
Located in Houston, TX
Mabuchi Tōru (1920 – 1994) Earthenware and Haniwa (D) 1959. Signature and seal upper right. Mat board covers the margin which may have date, title and edition. Visible area: H 21.5 i...
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1950s Modern Portrait Prints

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Woodcut

"Maiko Kyoto" Japanese Figurative Woodblock Print
By Kiyoshi Saitō
Located in Houston, TX
Kiyoshi Saitō (1907 – 1997) Maiko Kyoto (B) 1959, portrait of a girl facing left, with black and white obi; strong woodgrain texture background. Signature and artist’s seal lower le...
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20th Century Modern Prints and Multiples

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Woodcut

Junichiro Sekino Signed Japanese Limited Edition Woodblock Print Aquarium
By Junichiro Sekino
Located in Studio City, CA
A wonderfully composed and richly colored, limited edition woodblock print by famed Japanese artist Junichiro Sekino This print, which is titled "Aquarium", is signed and sealed/ ...
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Vintage 1950s Japanese Showa Prints

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Wood, Paper

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Bring Authentic Japanese Woodblock Prints into Your Home

For concision, power and delight, it’s hard to beat authentic Japanese woodblock prints, the products of an artistic tradition that is aging very well indeed.

The genre, unique to Japan, grew out of 17th-century developments in printing and book publishing. The form became known as “picture of the floating world,” an evocative name that captures the dreaminess of many of the scenes (which were often erotic). In an overview of the years from 1680 to 1938 in Taschen’s Japanese Woodblock Prints, author Andreas Marks presents the reader with a brief history of the development of woodblocks, describing for example how extra colors were added, and then devotes most of the following chapters to significant individual artists over the centuries. Four of the most common subjects are delineated: beauties, actors, landscapes and bird-and-flower compositions. Famous for book illustrations as well as paintings, Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushika Hokusai captured the grand power of nature by depicting Mount Fuji, Japan’s tallest peak, as a tiny triangle seemingly being swallowed by an enormous wave in his The Great Wave off Kanagawa.

Some of the great creators of the 18th and 19th centuries, such as Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), are still well known, their works frequently shown in museums today. European artists like Van Gogh and Manet were indelibly influenced by them, for reasons that are plain.

But Marks’s stated aim is to spread his attention around and not “single out the handful of ‘stars’ commonly found in books and exhibitions.” Some of the later talents covered in his compendium — like the relatively unfamiliar Yamamura Koka (also known as Toyonari), whose beguiling 1920s works convey suggestions of the Jazz Age — the heady, optimistic era between the end of World War I and the crash of 1929 — may be the biggest revelations.

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