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Osaka prints and other Japanese works of art

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.

Links: Here we recommend Other Websites with information and images related to Osaka prints.

Search: Provides text/keyword and image searches. See the Search Page.

Video: Offers an introduction to the art of kamigata-e (Osaka video).


Winter Sale 2024

Dear friends,

Welcome to our newest update, somewhat delayed due to John having to finish a 320-page magnum opus on Hokuei — more about this later. We confidently feel that these new offerings constitute one of our best sales ever.

Hokuei Book coverAmong the Osaka offerings, special attention must be paid to the dramatic polyptychs by Ashiyuki, Hokushû, Hokuei, and Yoshikuni, which are rarely encountered, if found at all, in such fine condition. Also notable are the three portraits of Osaka beauties, all participants in a costume parade, and the particularly strong chûban actor designs by Kunimasu.

The Edo print section showcases three warrior triptychs by Chikanobu, plus a much sought-after "magician series" image by Toyokuni III (Kunisada).

Lastly, the 20th-century section boasts a wide variety of works, from an arresting Kabuki portrait by Sadanobu III to numerous prewar landscape images. These latter works include pieces that span more than two decades in the career of Kawanishi Hide, plus our first-ever showcasing of designs from the 1917 Hanshin meisho zue series, and a true rarity from Ishizaki’s 1937 Inland Sea set. And, oh yes, there is a stunning early impression of Hiroshi Yoshida's Grand Canyon!

As always, we have sought to provide descriptions and condition statements that are as thorough as possible, something, in fact, that we have become rather well known for. The person responsible for our carefully detailed descriptions over the years is John Fiorillo, who partners on this website and is also behind the design and content for the more all-encompassing, an invaluable resource for print lovers. John has just completed a lavishly illustrated catalogue raisonné on the very important Osaka artist Shunbaisai Hokuei, which includes a wealth of information on Japanese printmaking and kabuki culture. The book is due to be published this coming August.


Peter Ujlaki
John Fiorillo

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