We specialize in kamigata-e, original eighteenth to twentieth century Japanese woodblock prints from Osaka and the surrounding region. We also offer nineteenth-century Edo prints and twentieth-century art works from Osaka, Tokyo, and other regions of the world. Our inventory is comprehensive and always changing, with a broad range of artists and prices.
Gallery: Our Sales Gallery is arranged by genre and artist. Each print is accompanied by a full description.
Articles and More: We offer Articles on topics related to Osaka prints, many covering aspects of Japanese printmaking that have been overlooked in the standard literature. Essays on other topics can be found at Varia. We also maintain an Archive of the information pages for all sold prints. An extensive Glossary, artists' Biographies, and detailed Bibliography serve as additional resources.
Contacts: You may write to us or E-mail us with your questions or requests to purchase Osaka prints, drawings, and paintings — see Contact Us and Conditions of Sale.
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Video: Offers an introduction to the art of kamigata-e (Osaka video).
We trust that you are all safe and well, and that you have been making effective use of any Covid downtime.
For our part, we have spent the winter gathering exceptional prints in all genres. The number of items lying outside our traditional Kamigata-e focus has increased, but the emphasis remains on pieces that are eye-catching, rarely encountered, or truly attractively priced.
Among the Kamigata-e, not to be overlooked this time are celebrated designs by Hokushu and Ashiyuki, strong imagery from Shigeharu, Hirosada and Yoshitaki, plus a sui generis “bunmei kaika” print by Kunikazu.
The Edo-e section is smaller, but still spans the period from the Katsukawa school to Yoshitoshi, the latter represented by a bijin masterpiece.
The Modern section boasts early, self-printed works by Azechi and Tokuriki, in addition to captivating pieces by Kawanishi and Karhu.
Also in this last section are two woodblock books of special interest. One is a rather well-known collaborative volume on the theme of flowers, orchestrated by Onchi in the immediate aftermath of WW II to bolster faith in the enduring refinement of Japanese culture. The other is prewar and far rarer: a huge compendium of Nagasaki woodblock imagery by Onchi-inspired Tagawa Ken.
As ever, you can depend on each piece having a full description, including an accurate condition report. Please have a look, and we look forward to hearing from you.
Also new are nearly 60 expanded introductory biographies of artists that were researched and written by John Fiorillo (Bio-Listings). Please also check out John's sister website (https://viewingjapaneseprints.net/). It has evolved over time into a major repository of information on print collecting and individual print artists.
Important note on shipping: I am happy to announce that, as of this writing, Japan Post has resumed EMS service to the US. However, Canada and Australia are still problematic, so buyers in those countries must regrettably be charged a FedEX surcharge. The amount of the surcharge will vary; after placing an order, please wait to hear from us about final cost. (Of course, you are free to delay shipment until EMS resumes to those countries, or withdraw your order at that time.) We appreciate your understanding in these still-difficult times.
All the best,
Spring Sale 2021
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