235 is "Fine Wind, clear weather)," or "Red Fuji," by Katsushika
Hokusai (1760-1849), a woodblock print that measures 14 7/8 by 10
catalogue entry provides the following commentary:
"Despite the omnipotence of the 'Great Wave' and most connoisseurs find 'Red Fuji' the centerpiece of Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji; It, like its variant, 'Fuji over lightning,' is the only design without human element in a set otherwise devoted to activities in familiar places, presided over by the sacred mountain. The scene here is late summer or early autumn on the eastern side of the volcano. Dawn is breaking over the Pacific Ocean, flushing the slopes, here printed in brick red and brownish saturations at the crown. The fine wind of the title is blowing from the south, penetrating cumulus clouds that the Japanese liken to a shoal of small fish. The great off-center triangle of thye mountain reduces the tree line to a peppering of blue dots. Unusual in Japanese depictions of the day, the air is a wide swath of Berlin plue pigment, a novelty import in the 1830s that gradually darkens to the top. In this impression, the printer has gone for dramatic effect with measured fuss, using the natural grain of the wood block for contour and contrast.
utmost simplicity of shapes and palette, Hokusai delivers not
versimilitude but a sensation of the majesty and supernatural power
that inspired his personal devotion to Mount Fiji, as is obvious from
his countless drawlins of it that culminate in his 1834 book One
Hundred Views of Mount Fiji....Unlike other prints in the series in
which he uses perspective to link the foreground humand scene to the
background theme, Mount Fiji, his emphasis on two-dimensionality is
deliberate; it accentuates both the symbolic aspect and the visual
lot has an estimate of $90,000 to $120,000. It sold for $507,000.
Lot 258, "Arawaruru koi (Obvious Love)," by
Kitagawa Utamaro, woodblock print, 14 7/8 by 9 3/4 inches
258 is a nice woodblock print by Kitagawa Utamaro (1735?-1808) that is
entitled "Arawaruru koi (Obvious Love)." It measures 14 7/8 by 9
There are silver mica highlights on the hair comb, traces of mica in the background and the image is from the artist's series Kasen koi no hu.
lot has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 260, "Osagawa Tsuneyo II as Osan, Ippei's Elder Sister," by Toshusai Sharaku, woodblock print, 14 1/4 by 9 3/4 inches
"Kanshojo," by Utagawa Kunisada, woodblock print, 15 by 10 inches
Lot 263, "Kanshojo," by Utagawa Kunisada (1785-1865), is a fine and dramatic woodblock print that measures 15 by 10 inches. It has an estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. It sold for $35,000.
269, Monster Skeleton thwarts princess in plot, woodblock print,
by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 14 3/4 by 29 5/8 inches
Lot 269 is a famous woodblock print of Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) of a Monster Skeleton thwarts princess in plot. It measures 14 3/4 by 29 5/8 inches. It has an estimate of $15,000 to $25,000. It sold for $21,500.
Lot 340, Peacock incense burner, signed Suetgugu, late 19th Century, 14 5/8 inches high
340 is an attrative Peacock incense burner, signed Suetgugu, late 19th
Century. It is 14 5/8 inches high. It has an estimate of
$30,000 to $40,000. It sold for
See The City Review article on the Spring 2012 Japanese Art auction at Christie's New York
See The City Review article on the Fall 2011 Japanese Art auction at Christie's New York
See The City Review article on the Fall 2010 Japanese Art auction at Christie's New York