Toyohara CHIKANOBU Gallery

B. Takada, Niigate Prefecture. Original name Hashimoto Tadayoshi; also known as Yoshu Chikanobu. Became member of shogun's government. After Meiji Restoration studied under Toyohara Kunichika and took his surname. He primarily produced prints of historical subjects, actors, women and children. Still active after 1900. Chikanobu represents one of the last artists of the Ukiyoe tradition. His prints are represented in the collections of the British Musem, DeYoung Museum of San Francisco, Tokyo National Museum, and Honolulu Academy of Arts.

Chikanobu Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912). "Azuma Nishiki Chuya Kurabe (Edo Embroidery Pictures, Comparison of the Day and Night)" depicting the villain, Sansho-dayu, in the upper panel, and the sister-brother, Anju and Zushio, who were sold to him; oban tate-e (13" x 8"). Signed "Yoshu Chikanobu hitsu"; published by Tsunashima Kamekichi in 1886. Condition: very good; very slight toning throughout; strong colors; Meiji album backing. $325. (#A0CJ)
Chikanobu Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912). "Shichifukujin (The Seven Gods of Good Fortune - in contemporary garb)" from the series Edo Fuzoku (The Customs and Manners of Edo); oban tate-e (13" x 9"). Signed "Chikanobu" with seal reading "Yoshu"; published by Takegawa Unokichi in 1887. Condition: good to very good; strong colors; slight toning throughout; laid down. $275. (#A0DE)
Chikanobu Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912). Unidentified Scene from the series Famous Women in Japan; diptych, with each panel ca. 13" x 9". Signed "Yoshu Chikanobu;" published by Takegawa Unokichi in 1894. Condition: good to very good; strong colors; slight toning throughout; lower margin trimmed. $375. (#99BV)
Chikanobu Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912). Hina Matsuri with dolls set up on heirarchical display from the series Chiyoda no O-oku (Noble Ladies from the Chiyoda Palace); triptych, with each panel ca. 14" x 10". Signed "Yoshu Chikanobu;" published by Fukuda in 1895. Condition: fair to good; strong colors; very slight toning throughout; pencil writing of name in margins; wrinkling. $475. (#A0BJ)
Chikanobu Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912). "Keio no koro (The Keio Period)" from the series "Jidai kagami (Mirror of the Ages)"; top panel depicts palanquin carriers, noodle vender, shamisen players, samurai and a dog; oban tate-e (13" x 9"). Signed "Chikanobu" with seal reading "Yoshu"; published by Matsuki Heikichi in 1897; in folio. Condition: very good; very slight toning throughout. $350. (#LS31)
Chikanobu Toyohara CHIKANOBU (1838-1912). Beauty from the series "Shin bijin (True Beauty)"; oban tate-e (12" x 8"). Signed "Toshu Chikanobu;" published by Akiyama Buemon in 1897; attached to folio back at upper corners. Condition: very good; very slight toning throughout; strong color; very fine carving of hair. $325. (#A0EE)


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