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Notes (1st edition)Artist Torii Kotondo Title: "Yuki" (Snow) A lady is warming herself under a "kotatsu" (Japanese traditional foot warmer usually built into the floor). The snow is falling outside. Publisher Sakai/Kawaguchi Medium Original Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print Date: October 1929. Sheet size: 18-1/4 x 11-3/4" Notes: Embossed title in the lower margin reads: "Yuki". Dated and signed in the upper right: Showa 4 (1929), followed by the circular artist's seal reading: "Kotondo". First printed as a 300 sheet domestic edition and a 200 print export edition. Reference No. Female Image #172 Re-issued in the series "Twelve Aspects of Women" circa August 23, 1988.
Publisher (this edition): Unknown Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Unknown Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai
Date of this item: 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 October 1929/30 1929/30 1929/30 1980s 1980s 1980s 1980s 1980s 1980s 1980s 1980s
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Tuesday, 14 March 2006

As you can see from the picture, attached to the back of the picture (it folds down), is a label that reads 'Japanese Wood Cut Print, Original Artist's Proof, k19, By Genjin Torii, Title Yuki (snow), Date Oct 1929, No 10-1/4x20, Published in Tokio, Japan, at Limited Edition. Proof of printed from blocks, engraved in Cherry Wood, on Paper made of Mulberry bark, in vegetable dyes, all hand made. The blocks destroyed at the end of the limited edition.'

Also stamped on the back is KAWAGUCHI Shokai, 56 East Randolph St., Chicago, Ill. (I did not take a picture of this. The overall condition is very good although there are some creases on the print (noticable when holding at an angle in light???) and it seems to need some cleaning (looks like greasy finger prints…possibly???).

The print measures approx 9-15/16" tall x 6-3/8" wide. I do not know anything else about this jem other than what I have stated.

I am putting this revision in my listing. It is a copy of a question I received (also at the bottom of page) and my answer…obviously, I am no expert on these matters and I described the item by the tag attached. I try to be as honest as possible in all my listing and I thought the below may be important. Q: Hello, Do you think this may be a machine-printed print, not a woodblock? If you hold the paper up to strong light, can you see lines (called chain lines) running through the paper? I'm wondering whether this is actually a picture of the original, much larger, woodblock print. Cheers. Mar-12-06
A: Hello and thank you for the inquiry. I just followed your suggestion and held the picture up to a naked lightbulb, and no, I do not see lines running thru the paper. I by no means meant to be misleading, I was just describing the listing by the attached (and pictured) tag that is attached to the picture. I am going to cut/paste your question and my answer in the listing itself. Again thank you for the inquiry. G


Torii Kotondo, 1900-1976
Snow
(Yuki)

Dated and signed, Showa yonen jugatsu (Showa 4 [1929], 10th month), Kotondo ga, followed by rectangular artist's seal Kotondo. The title, Yuki, embossed on the bottom margin; as are the publisher's marks, Sakai Kawaguchi go ban (joint venture), at the lower left margin. Limited edition paper seal hand-numbered with artist's name in sumi ink on verso, Gaikoku iki ni-hyaku mai kagiri zeppan, dai yonjuichi go, Torii Kotondo (for foreign export, limited edition of 200 printed, number 41, by Torii Kotondo).
dai oban tate-e 47 by 30 cm

Published:
Amy Reigle Newland, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th century prints of Japanese beauties, 2000, p. 129, pl. 172
Edition 136 of 750 from the first edition.

Title: Twelve Aspects of Women - Snow - reproduction - first edition
Artist: Kotondo Torii 1900-1976
Description: From the series "Twelve Aspects of Women". "Yuki" ("Snow") A lady is warming herself in a "kotatsu" (Japanese traditional foot warmer usually built into the floor). The snow is falling outside.
The alluring "bijin" (the beauty) prints in Shin Hanga period have been the highlight of Japanese woodblock print making tradition. Many of the originals from the period command the prices over $3000 today.
Signature: 'Kotondo'.
Seal: Artist's seal.
Dated: Originally in 1929, this re-carved edition was made in 1980's.
Publisher: Originally by Sakai-Kawaguchi. This re-carved edition was published by Ishu Kanko Kai.
Medium: Woodblock print.
Impression: Excellent - very good … Printed on a "sanso" water marked Japanese paper. Embossed. "Shozuri", First printing, of the re-carved edition.
Colors: Excellent.
Condition: Excellent - very good.
Numbered: 136 / 750
Note: The item will be sent in the original presentation folder. Carver Koike Shigeru. Printer Uchikawa Matashiro.
Format: Dai-Oban
Width Item: 13.2 inches = 33.5 cm
Height Item: 19.1 inches = 48.5 cm
Width Image: 10.2 inches = 26.0 cm
Height Image: 16.1 inches = 41.0 cm
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Title Yuki: Snow
Artist Torii Kotondo1900-1976
Date 1929
Dimensions 10" x 16"
Medium Woodblock
Condition Excellent
Edition Size 43/200
Kotondo, Torii- Snow (Yuki)- Full11.jpg:

Thursday, 28 December 2006

Artist: Kotondo Torii (1900-1976)
Publisher: Sakai-Kawaguchi
Series:
Date: 1929
Size: Dai-Oban
Price: Status - Available
Classification: Beauty
Condition: 84/200 ed.Very good condition
Kotondo (1900-1976)
Snow
Medium: Woodblock Print Date: 1929 Edition: 44/300 Size: 16" x 10.25" Signature: Kotondo ga Condition: Very good color, impression and state
Artist Torii Kotondo
Title Yuki (Snow)
Medium Original Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title Beauties
Edition #134/200
Date 1929
Publisher Sakai/Kawaguchi
Reference No Female Image #172
Size 18 x 11 -3/4 " (sheet)
Condition Very fine impression and colors; Very faint toning in the margins; short crease in lower right corner, well away from the image. The full sheet is slightly larger than the scan; uncut, with deckled top edge.
Artist Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)
Title Snow (Yuki) 81/200
Date Of Work 1929

Publisher Sakai and Kawaguchi

Dimensions 18.125 x 12

Condition Fine impression, color and condition.

Notes Edition sticker and seal on verso.
Wednesday, 4 October 2006

Catalog ID: 6665
Artist: Kotondo
Title: "Yuki" (Snow)
Print Type: Limited Edition Woodblock Print
Edition No: #97/200
Date: 1929
Publisher: Kawaguchi
Reference No: Female Image #172
Condition: Very fine.
Notes: Paper limitation sticker on the reverse, tied to the sheet with the artist''s circular red seal. Provenance: Ex McCabe Collection, UK. AN EXTREMELY FRESH & BRIGHT EXAMPLE OF THIS ELEGANT DESIGN.

Ross: Yes, definiately 97/200
Wednesday, 20 April 2005

Title: Watching the Snow 115/200 40.9 x 26.2cm
Artist: Torii Kotondo
Date of print: c1929
Condition: A,B,2A,4A

Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900 -1976). Title: Watching the Snow, 57/200, Oban. Date: c1929. Category: Beauties - Bijinga. Condition B,B,5. Catalog ID 8770
Artist Torii Kotondo
Title "Yuki" (Snow)
Medium Original Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title Beauties
Edition #136/200
Date 1929
Publisher Sakai/Kawaguchi
Reference No Female Image #172
Size 18 x 11 " (sheet)
Condition Very fine, with superb colors. The full sheet is slightly larger than the scan; uncut, with deckled top edge.


Notes: Embossed title in the lower margin reads: "Yuki".

Dated and signed in the upper right: Showa 4 (1929), followed by the circular artist's seal reading: "Kotondo".

Embossed seal of joint publishers Sakai and Kawaguchi in the lower left margin.

Limitation seal, #136/200 on the reverse.
H24-48
KOTONDO
Yuki (Snow), published by Sakai/Kawaguchi, numbered on verso 21/300, 1929
Fine impression and condition
46.2x30.6cm.
We are selling a large estate of Japanese prints originally acquired in the 1950s. Please see our other listings. Domestic shipping is free. Print is numbered in Japanese on the reverse and measures 18 by 11 3/4 inches.

Note from Ross: this is the first domestic edition, 34/300.
鳥居言人画◆雪◆昭和◆額入り◆美人画

サイズ:およそ 版画 46cm×30cm、額 57cm×44.5cm×2.8cm
商品状況:鳥居言人による、雪になります。額入りです。時代物になりますので、シミや汚れや色あせなどがみられる場合がございます。
Kotondo, Torii- Snow (Yuki)- Full10.jpg:

Tuesday, 19 December 2006

木版美人画●鳥居 言人(清忠)「雪」タトウ入り

彫師の伊藤 進や絵師の鳥居 言人の詳細はヤフー検索(多数)をご参照下さい。
画寸41×26cm、紙寸48.2×33cm、タトウ 54.8x40.4cm です。写真のとおり本紙は彫り・摺り・保存ともにベストで、美品に近い良品です。以上は拡大写真で再確認ください。本画は鳥居言人と名乗っていた昭和4〜10年の作品で、昭和51年の死後まもなく当時の日本芸術院院長の高橋誠一郎氏の推薦により新刻再版されたものです。版元は活竡刊行会です。

Edition 131 of 750 from the first edition.
Shin Hanga: Snow

Artist: Torii Kotondo

Format: Large oban tate-e: 19" x 13" approx

Subject: From the series Twelve Aspects of Women. Yuki - Snow. A lady is warming herself with a kotatsu - Japanese traditional foot warmer.

Publisher: Originally in 1929. This special limited edition published by Ishu Kanko Kai

Date: c 1970

Condition: Full size. Minor marks and flaws. Generally fine state.

Colour: Fine

Impression: Fine

Other Notes: Numbered seventeen from the limited memorial edition and complete with original folder.

Estimated Value: £450 - £600
Title Snow
Artist Kotondo Torii 1900-1976

Signature Kotondo
Seal artist's seal
Dated originally in 1929, this is a re-carved edition published in late Showa
Publisher Ishukankokai
Technique/Medium Woodblock print
Impression excellent … (re-carved edition) printed on a "sanso" water marked Japanese paper
Colors excellent … fine gradations
Condition excellent

Note carver Koike Shigeru, printer Uchikawa Matashiro
Width 13.2 inches = 33.5 cm
Height 19.1 inches = 48.5 cm
Literature Newland, Amy R.; and S. Hamanaka, "The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties", Leiden: Hotei, 2000, ISBN 90 74822 20 7, - pg. 129, pl.172
Note This print was hand-made by skillful artisans after a great original of a famous woodblock print. Sheets printed during the artist's lifetime are either very expensive or no longer available.
2006年2月17日

Shin Hanga: Bijin Bust: Snow
Lot AU17

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Artist: Torii Kotondo
Format: Dai oban tate-e: 19" x 11.25" approx

Subject: A beautiful young bijin sitting pensively by a window through which the snows of winter can be seen. Dated, signed and sealed by the artist centre right edge.



Date: 1st 1929: this edition later

Condition: Full size. Minor wrinkling of paper at base. Generally fine state of preservation.

Colour: Fine

Impression: Fine with gauffrage. This impression lacks the publisher's seals bottom left and the export limitation seal on verso.
Artist TORII Kotondo (1900-76)
Title "Snow" ("Yuki")
Date 1929 (Later limited edition of 100 prints, c1980's)
Series na
Publisher Ishukankokai
Seal, Carver/Printer Ito Susumu/Kajikawa Yoshio; watermark
Image Size 10 1/4 x 16
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to face, blanket's colors, and window view; "baren sujizuri" circles to door panels (right); thin "burnished" highlights to black garment's folds; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. (Flawless--still in original "presentation folder.")
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #172. Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition," Plate #132.
Comments Lifetime total 21 images (most 1927-33). Re-strike published as small/immediately sold out edition (100 copies) in the mid-1980's by Ishukankokai Publisher of Tokyo (with red "moneybag" seal).
Item # BG-120
Snow (Yuki) by Torii Kotondo. Genuine woodblock print dated October Showa 4 (1929). Later impression. Fine condition, color and impression. 19.1 x 13.0 inches. Publisher's seals, Koike carver's seal, Uchigawa printer's seal and watermark in margin. Very nice print with beautiful color and sharp keyblock lines. Strong ink bleedthrough and texture. One of Kotondo's best.

Snow (Yuki) by Torii Kotondo. Genuine woodblock print dated October Showa 4 (1929). Later impression. Fine condition, color and impression. 19.1 x 13.0 inches. Publisher's seals, Koike carver's seal, Uchigawa printer's seal and watermark in margin. Very nice print with beautiful color and sharp keyblock lines. Strong ink bleedthrough and texture.

20/12/2004

Signed- Kotondo, with artist’s seal
Publisher, printer and carver seals- Red “moneybag” seal of the publisher Ishukankokai, name seal of carver and printer, watermark of publisher (all in margin as shown)
Image size- 10 1/4" x 16 1/8" (+ full margins)
Sheet size- 13" x 19" (Large woodblock print size)
Condition- Absolutely perfect condition with no flaws to note. Excellent color, no fading, fine linework. This print has been stored only, never framed.

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