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Notes (1st edition)Title: Benkei Bridge Artist: Koitsu Tsuchiya 1870-1949 Signature: Koitsu Seal: shinsei Dated: 1933 Publisher: Doi Sadaichi Description: Benkei Bridge and cherry blossoms at night. Format: Oban tate-e Width: 10.8 inches = 27.5 cm Height: 15.9 inches = 40.5 cm
Publisher (this edition): Doi Sadaichi Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Hangaten Doi Doi Doi Doi Doi Doi Doi Hamamatsu-Do (Doi Hangaten) Doi Eiichi Doi Eiichi Doi Eiichi Doi Eiichi Doi Eiichi Doi
Date of this item: 1933 1948-50 1948-50 1948-50 1948-50 1948-50 1948-50 1950-1963 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1950-63 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1960s-90s 1963-81 1990-2000 1990-2000s 1990-2000s 1990-2000s 1990-2000s unknown
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:

Ross:

I have a Koitsu, see attached images.

It was once apparently mounted to a backer board of some type, and later
removed, so there is a layer of material/paper adhered to the backside.

The front image looks nice. The horizontal lightness across the sky in the upper 1/4 part of the image is not present. The sky in that region is
uniform. It was an artifact of my photography. Three images, with close
ups of the left and right seals.

Jeff
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Monday, 1 August 2005

Japanese Woodblock Print Koitsu Benkei Bridge at Night


Very fine Japanese Woodblock Print by Koitsu. Title is Benkei Bridge at Night. Oban sized. First printed in 1933. Carver on this print is Yamada. The Doi seals are Doi Hangaten Hanken Shoju. The Doi watermark is present & shown in our last picture. I believe this is a older edition. Condition is very good with strong color. There are no folds, bends, foxing or toning. A very beautiful print in fine condition.

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Artist: KOITSU
Subject: Foot bridge at night with gas lights
Publisher: Doi
Signature: Koitsu
Date: 1930s
Format: ôban
Condition: Fine, early impression; fine color and condition. Small tear to margin.
Price:

This is an early post-war edition circa 1948 to 1950 with in-line publisher seals.

Measures approx. 15.0" (39.0 cm) long x 10.0" (26.0 cm) wide. Titled, 'Benkai Bridge' and was first published in 1933 by DOI. Print has DOI marks on lower left margin and appears to be of the early printing. An example of the print can be viewed at the link below:

http://www.koitsu.com/DB/ItemDetail.asp?item=6822

CONDITION: NO DAMAGE / NO REPAIRS. Strong colors & impression.
Here is a rare find, a first edition woodblock print by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949). First off let me say this, you will not find a better example of this print anywhere!!! This is the BENKEI BRIDGE print and it has a very dark deep rich blue color that the photos just cannot capture. The size of the print is about 10.5 x 15.75 and there is some creases that come from the printing process in the top margins. As you can see from the back-side photo's the bleedthru is very strong. It also has 3 small pieces of Japanese tape on the back side which you can see in the photo. It has the round Doi watermark in the top left margin. The Doi Hangaten Publishers seal is in the left margin along with the Yamada - Ono Hiko seals. Yamada was the carver and Ono Hiko was the printer. It is believed that Ono Hiko worked for Doi only one year in 1934.

A LOVELY WOODBLOCK PRINT BY TSUCHIYA KOITSU ( 1870 - 1949 ) ENTITLED " BENKEI BRIDGE "!!! A beautiful bridge scene on a spring evening with many of the trees in gorgeous bloom. Nice rich, dark colors and has the " SHINSEI " SEAL, genuine ( see photos ), along with the circular DOI WATERMARK in the upper left hand corner. Has one small crease at top, small amont of foxing in margins and light scratched area ( see photos . Measures with margins 15 7/8 inches long and 10 11/16 inches wide.
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This is a post-war strike, 1950->1963.
This auction is for a wonderful woodblock that depicts a night scene with a bridge, trees, water, streetlight, etc. It measures 10 1/4" by 15". It is attached to a board by the corners only. There are markings on the left and right borders. There is also a red mark to the lower right corner of the woodblock. Condition is fantastic.
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Monday, 22 August 2005

VINTAGE JAPANESE WOODBLOCK PRINT BY

TSUCHIYA KOITSU: BENKEI BRIDGE AT NIGHT

PUBLISHED BY DOI HANGATEN, 1933; PRINTER: YOKOI, CARVER: HARADA

K-34-DG-YO-HD AS LISTED AT KOITSU.COM. THIS SEAL COMBINATION WAS USED IN THE 1950'S TO EARLY 1960'S

THE ROUND DOI WATERMARK IS NOT VISIBLE IN THESE PHOTOS BUT IS PRESENT IN THE UPPER LEFT CORNER.

THE PRINT IS TIPPED TO THE ORIGINAL PRESENTATION FOLDER AT UPPER AND LOWER LEFT CORNERS.

IT IS IN SUPERB CONDITION: NO TEARS, FOXING, TONING OR FADING WITH WONDERFUL BOKASHI SHADING IN THE NIGHT SKY, SHARP KEY BLOCK LINES AND RICH COLOR BLEED-THROUGH TO THE BACK.

OBAN PRINT MEASURES 15 3/4" X 10 1/2"

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Monday, 25 July 2005

The print size is 15 1/2 x 10 3/4 inches. The colors, which are vivid and vibrant, are in layers. The artist’s signature and his chop stamp are at the lower right corner of the print. Four borders (margins) are intact. In the lower right border, there are the title of this woodblock print and the publication date “April Showa 8”, which is 1933. The original Doi publisher’s seal and the chop marks of the carver and printer are in the lower left border.

Benkei Bridge by Tsuchiya Koitsu. Genuine woodblock print dated April Showa 8. Later post war impression from original blocks. Fine condition. Still tipped to original presentation folder. Oban size measures 15.8 x 10.7 inches. Strong ink bleedthrough. Title and date in right margin. Doi Hanga Ten publisher's seal, Harada carver's seal and Yokoi printer's seal in left margin. Doi watermark in upper left corner.

Old Japanese Woodblock Print, Unknown Artist
This is a beautiful print. About 11 x 16 inches. Full margins and strong impression. I keep thinking I should recognize the artist style or signature, but it just doesn't match anything I have for reference. Very probably pre WWII. Similar in style and color to Hasui. Excellent Condition

#305, 2003
A Japanese woodblock print by Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870-1949) titled Benki Bridge At Night, early edition 1933, 16" x 10 1/2" . On the lower margin and corners there is a little bit of tape residue (this was framed and then removed from the frame about 50 years ago and kept in a folder with other prints). Published by Doi, see image of the seals of printer and carver ( Harada and Ito). Great bleed thru and tiny tear up in the tree !!

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Wednesday, 8 June 2005

Offering an incredible Tsuchiya Koitsu 1879 - 1949 Woodblock Print.

As shown with no damage. Signed with publishers and date marks.Print measures about 15" x 11" (oban).

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Tuesday, 31 May 2005

Japanese woodblock print by Koitsu, titled “Benkei Bridge”. The print bears the seals of Harada and Yokoi, indicating that it is an early edition print. There are two paper tape hinges in the top margin. There is a small hole in the printed area, just below the bridge; I have the print in a portfolio with black backing, and it is virtually impossible to see, but it is there.

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Sunday, 1 May 2005

Old Japanese Woodblock Moonlit Bridge Print


Here is an Old Japanese Woodblock Print for your consideration in a Moonlit Bridge motif. The print itself (excluding margins and frame) measures 9 1/8" X 14". Framed, the entire piece measures a total of 14" X 18 3/4".
I'm sorry that I can not articulately identify this work, but I am no expert in this field. Anyone out there in eBay land who can suggest an excellent reference material in this area would be greatly appreciated. I have no doubt this piece is old. It appears to have been framed in the 1940's or 1950's. The print appears to be older, though how much older I do not know. The woodblock bears a tag on the back that reads "Ace Art Shop - Tokyo."

The print remains in excellent condition and appears to have never been removed from the frame.

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Tuesday, 29 March 2005

This is a wonderful Japanese Wood block print, please see the photo for signatures, and just to enjoy the wonder of this lovely scene, with the water gently reflecting the lamp light in this stunning print of a wooden bridge crossing a stream in the woods.

This print is about 10 1/2 X 15 1/2 inches from the outside edges. The last photo is of the tag on the back of the print from the gallery it was sold at.
Ace Art Shop

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Tuesday, 27 December 2005

ANTIQUES AUCTION
Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
at The Frank Jones Center, Portsmouth, NH
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Wednesday, 8 June 2005

Famous Koitsu image of beautiful bridge at night with cherry blossoms. First printing published by Doi with their watermark and correct seals. Image is sharp and clear, borders have matt line from previous framing and toning on the reverse.

This auction is for a 1933 woodblock by the "Poor Mans Hasui", Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949).
The print was published in by DOI HANGATEN and has the title "BENKEI BRIDGE AT NIGHT" .

The woodblock is in superb condition, Both color and impression are outstanding.

The print depicts the Benkei bridge illuminated by two lanterns whose reflection is seen in the water, the trees surrounding the road to the brige are illuminated and appear to be cherry blossom laden, no moon is in sight. .

. The Colors are deep and rich and the bleedthrough is excellent.

Removed from its original folder it has no wrinkles or foxing, no acid burns and has never been framed or mounted..

The print is 10 1/2" by 15 3/4" and is untrimed. The image is 9 1/2 by 14 1/4".

The print is original and as shown in the online catalog of Koitsu Complete works.

It was purchased in Japan at the time of the Korean Conflict by a Naval Aviator and has been stored ever since.
Beautiful Japanese Woodblock Print - Benkei Bridge by Tsuchiya Koitsu (dated 1933) most likely post war impression. Publisher Doi Hangaten and bears seals in left margin along with Doi watermark on the top left. Oban size measures 15 3/4" x 10 1/2" with actual image size of 14 1/4" x 9 1/2". Condition is Very nice with great bleed thru and color graduation, strong impression, vibrant colors. Very nice popular Koitsu woodblock print. Koitsu, Tsuchiya- Zozoji Temple in Snow- Zojyoji- Zojoji- Full18.jpg:

Friday, 5 August 2005


Description: Wonderful early edition Japanese woodblock print by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949) entitled "Benkei Bridge at Night" - one of Koitsu's most popular prints. It is signed "Koitsu" in the bottom right, and is marked with the "Shinsei" or genuine seal. It is dated "Showa hachi-nen" (Year 8 of the Showa era or 1933.) in the lower right margin. It is marked as being published by Doi in the left hand margin and printed and carved by "Harada-Yokoi." There is some debate as to when Koitsu prints with this particular publisher, printer, and carver seal were printed, but the time frame should be somewhere between 1936 and 1965.
Measurements: Framed: 21 1/2" x 16 3/4"; Image size: 14 1/4" x 9 1/2." This print was published in the oban size of 15" x 10."
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This is a gorgeous woodblock print by shin hanga master Tsuchiya Koitsu. It is an early postwar printing (1950s), as evidenced by the Harada/Yokoi carver/printer seals in the lower lefthand margin, and by the Doi publishers' watermark in the upper lefthand corner. The print is in beautiful condition but for two pieces of paper tape in the upper margin well out of the image. Superb color and impression. Oban size, about 14 1/4 x 9 1/2 plus full margins.
Title: Night View at Benkeibashi
Artist: Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949)
Size: 10in. X 15in

The Stokes Collection
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Tuesday, 23 August 2005

Benkei Bridge from the series Tokyo Fukei by Tsuchiya Koitsu. Genuine woodblock print dated April, Showa 8 (1933). Later wartime era impression with Doi Hangaten publisher's seal, Harada carver's seal and Yokoi printer's seal in left margin. 13 mm Doi watermark in top left corner. Fine, color, condition and impression. Never been framed. Oban size measures 15.8 x 10.5 inches.
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Saturday, 23 April 2005

Benkei Bridge
by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949)




A handsome image with beautiful coloration.


Image size is 9 3/8 inches by 14 3/8 inches.


Published by Doi Hangeten with the Doi watermark at upper left. Carved by Harada and printed by Yokoi.


The photos tell the story of the condition. Please examine them closely and bid on what you see. There is a minute pinhole at upper right. The paper shows light age toning.


It come in a matted folder showing it was purchased from M. Nakazawa - Fine Art Curios - Especially Original Old Prints - Opposite Imperial Hotel - Tokyo. My guess is it was purchased just before or just after the war.

Saturday, 24 December 2005

Dear Ross,


I'm sending a jpeg of it just as it hangs on my wall… note the water stain in the upper left. It does not appear to have reached the print itself. The print is "glued" to the back sheet of paper all along its left side. The backing in the frame is clearly not original (teak plywood), but the frame itself, judging from the hardware, might be.

Happy solstice! Steve
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Wednesday, 28 September 2005

ARTIST: Tsuchiya, Koitsu (1870-1949)
SERIES: Publisher Doi
TITLE OR SUBJECT: SANSUI (landscape)
SIGNATURE AND SEAL: Signature and seal, Doi Hangaten seal
DATE OR CIRCA: 1933
PAPER SIZE: 15 1/2 x 10 3/4
IMPRESSION/COLOR/CONDITION: Good/Good/Good
CONDITION DETAILS: Toning, foxing, otherwise good state

Japanese woodblock print by Koitsu Tsuchiya (1870-1949) entitled “Benkei Bridge.” Originally published in 1933; margin is dated “Showa 8.” Later Hama impression posthumously printed from Koitsu’s original blocks. These later editions are identical to the earlier editions except for the publisher’s seal. With their intense realism, Koitsu’s woodblock prints have immortalized his country’s scenic beauty. Subtle effects of light and shadow endow his scenic renderings with an aura of captivating beauty, making his prints highly prized among collectors. The workmanship in both carving and printing is very good. Skillfully executed changes of color shading ("bokashi") are seen throughout the print. Pristine condition, with excellent color and registration, and strong ink bleed through. Oban size image measures 12 ¼” x 9 1/4”, plus full margins.
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Wednesday, 18 May 2005

Japanese Woodblock Print Koitsu Benkei Bridge at Night


Fine Japanese Woodblock Print. Artist is Koitsu. Oban sized. Title is Benkei Bridge at Night. Signed & sealed at lower right "genuine Koitsu". Originally published in 1933. This one is a later edition. Condition is very good with no folds, no tears, no foxing. Impression & color are strong.

A LOVELY WOODBLOCK PRINT BY TSUCHIYA KOITSU ( 1870-1949), ENTITLED " BENKEI BRIDGE "!!! A beautiful bridge scene on a beautiful spring evening with many of the trees in gorgeous bloom. Nice RICH, DARK COLORS & HAS THE " SHINSEI " SEAL, genuine ( see photos )Two small holes on left side margin, aside from this excellent condition and measures 15 3/4 inches by 10 1/2 inches.
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Tuesday, 6 September 2005


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Tuesday, 27 December 2005

The print size is 16 x 11 inches. The colors, which are vivid and vibrant, are in layers. The artist’s signature and his chop stamp are at the lower right corner of the print. Four borders are intact. In the lower right border, there is written the title of this woodblock print and made in April Showa 8, which is 1933. This woodblock print is attached to an original Japanese mulberry backing paper in a protective folder only at the left edge of the print and strong ink bleeding can be seen through the back of original Japanese Washi paper.
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This is a beautiful Japanese woodblock print by Tsuchiya Koitsu measuring approximately 10 7/8” by 16”. I believe the print is titled Benkei Bridge and as can be seen it depicts a fine bridge over a swift flowing river with wonderfully flowering trees along the walk. The print is in wonderful condition with no tears or holes and with good color and bleed through.

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Thursday, 7 July 2005

Print Number CON 0080 ( t)
Artist Koitsu
Title Benkei Bridge
Medium Woodblock Print
Date 1935
Size 15.5" x 10.5"
Edition Posthumous printing
Condition Excellent color, impression and state, full margins
"Benkei Bridge at Night"
by Tsuchiya Koitsu, 1933
oban
Title Benkei Bridge
Artist Koitsu Tsuchiya 1870-1949
Signature Koitsu
Seal shinsei
Dated 1933
Publisher Doi Eiichi
Technique/Medium Woodblock print
Impression good … (posthumous printing) printed on a "do" watermarked paper
Colors excellent
Condition excellent - very good
Description Benkei Bridge and cherry blossoms at night.
Note carver Harada, printer Hamano
Format Oban tate-e
Width 10.6 inches = 27.0 cm
Height 15.6 inches = 39.5 cm
Width of Image 9.4 inches = 24.0 cm
Height of Image 14.4 inches = 36.5 cm
Note Image is from another copy. As this print has no major condition problem, you will get what you see.
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Title Benkei Bridge
Artist Koitsu Tsuchiya 1870-1949

Signature Koitsu
Seal shinsei
Dated 1933
Publisher Doi Eiichi
Impression very good … (posthumous printing) printed on a "do" watermarked paper
Colors excellent
Condition excellent - very good
Description Benkei Bridge and cherry blossoms at night.
Note carver Harada, printer Hamano
Format Oban tate-e
Width 10.8 inches = 27.5 cm
Height 15.9 inches = 40.5 cm
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Japanese woodblock print titled "Benkei Bridge" by Tsuchiya Koitsu (1870-1949) dated 1933. The print depicts a night scene with a bridge extending over a river. A row of trees with lavender blossoms are lit by two lamps and the water glistens with the reflection. The lower left margin contains the cartouche of the publisher Doi Eiichi and a offset cartouche bearing the names of the printer Hamano and the carver Harada, thus dating this impression to the 1990's. The print is in excellent overall condition. The paper size is 15 5/8"V x 10 3/4"H (image: 14 1/4"V x 9 3/8"H).
Benkei Bridge, Akasaka, Tokyo

Artist: Koitsu
Format: Oban tate-e: 15.5" x 10.5"

Subject: A delightful evening scene with the bridge and park beyond illuminated by lantern-lamps at Cherry blossom time.

Publisher: Doi

Date: Dated on Print: Showa Eight (1934)

Condition: Fine colors. Full size. Fine state of preservation.

Impression: Fine impression with gauffrage.

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Artist: Tsuchiya, Koitsu (1870-1949)
Series: Publisher Doi
Title or Subject: Benkei Bridge
Signature or Seal: Signature and seal, Seal Doi Eiichi
Date or Circa: 1934 (posthumous printing)
Paper Size: 17 x 11 1/4 inches
Impression/Color/Condition: Good/Good/Good

Description: Good state
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Tuesday, 23 September 2005

LETS TALK CONDITION: The print has sharp, clear outlines and finely controlled applications of color. There are no rips or stains.
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