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Notes (1st edition)Title: Pine Trees After Snow limited edition, provenance: Robert O. Muller estate Artist: Hasui Kawase 1883-1957 Description: "Matsu no Yukibare". A clear day after snow. Pine trees are covered by the heavy snow. Hasui made only sixteen prints for the publisher Kawaguchi and Sakai. These handful works were considered among his finest work, especially the snow scenes. This print shows well also the printing style of Kawaguchi - Sakai, which has more textured looks compare to those of other publishers. Signature:'Hasui'. Seal: Artist's seal ('sui'). Dated: 1929. Publisher: Sakai - Kawaguchi. Medium: Woodblock print. Editions of 100 and 350. Note: "Made in Japan" is stamped on verso. Provenance: Robert O. Muller estate. Limited edition number in Japanese is stamped on the back. Carver Maeda. Printer Komatsu. Format: Oban tate-e Width Item: 10.6 inches = 27.0 cm Height Item: 16.1 inches = 41.0 cm Width Image: 9.5 inches = 24.1 cm Height Image: 14.3 inches = 36.4 cm Literature: Brown, Kendall; Amy Reigle Newland, "Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints", Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, ISBN: 9074822460, - pg. 376, pl. 185
Publisher (this edition): Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi
Date of this item: 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929 1929
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Title: Pine Trees After Snow limited edition, provenance: Robert O. Muller estate
Artist: Hasui Kawase 1883-1957
Description: "Matsu no Yukibare". A clear day after snow. Pine trees are covered by the heavy snow.
Hasui made only sixteen prints for the publisher Kawaguchi and Sakai. These handful works were considered among his finest work, especially the snow scenes.
This print shows well also the printing style of Kawaguchi - Sakai, which has more textured looks compare to those of other publishers.
Signature:'Hasui'.
Seal: Artist's seal ('sui').
Dated: 1929.
Publisher: Sakai - Kawaguchi.
Medium: Woodblock print.
Impression: Excellent First edition printing.
Colors: Excellent.
Condition: Excellent - very good The red square stamp on the bottom on the back is slightly visible from the front.
Numbered: 7 / 100
Note: "Made in Japan" is stamped on verso. Provenance: Robert O. Muller estate. Limited edition number in Japanese is stamped on the back. Carver Maeda. Printer Komatsu.
Format: Oban tate-e
Width Item: 10.6 inches = 27.0 cm
Height Item: 16.1 inches = 41.0 cm
Width Image: 9.5 inches = 24.1 cm
Height Image: 14.3 inches = 36.4 cm
Literature: Brown, Kendall; Amy Reigle Newland, "Kawase Hasui; The Complete Woodblock Prints", Amsterdam, Hotei Publishing, KIT Publishers, 2003, ISBN: 9074822460, - pg. 376, pl. 185
Thursday, 7 August 2008


Title Pine Trees After Snow
rare, limited edition - provenance: Robert O. Muller estate
Artist Hasui Kawase 1883-1957 Biography Resume
Signature 'Hasui'.
Seal Artist's seal ('sui').
Dated 1929.
Publisher Sakai - Kawaguchi.
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.
Impression Excellent - Very good Slightly embossed.
Colors Very good.
Condition Very good Slight toning. Slight toning lines visible around the image edges. Margins slightly soiled and creased.
Edition Size 350
Numbered 172 / 350
Description "Matsu no Yukibare". A clear day after snow. Pine trees are covered by the heavy snow. Hasui made only sixteen prints for the publisher Kawaguchi and Sakai. These handful works were considered among his finest work, especially the snow scenes. This print shows well also the printing style of Kawaguchi - Sakai, which has more textured looks compare to the those of other publishers.
Note "Made in Japan" stamped on verso. Provenance: Robert O. Muller estate. Edition number in Japanese stamped on verso. Carver Maeda, printer Komatsu.
Width Item 10.6 inches = 27.0 cm
Height Item 16.5 inches = 42.0 cm
This is a beautiful original woodblock print by noted shin hanga printmaker Kawase Hasui. It is entitled "Pine Tree, Snow, Clear Day", and it was published by Kawaguchi and Sakai, as opposed to his usual publisher Watanabe (hence no Watanabe seals). I imagine that this is a later impression, as it is my understanding that early Kawaguchi and Sakai prints were numbered, and this one does not appear to be. That said, it is quite old nonetheless, not a recent reprinting (please don't confuse this lovely print with the late edition restrike Hasui prints so often found on ebay!). Color and impression are superb; condition is very good, with just some light toning to the reverse of the print where it was (and still is) stored in its original presentation folder. Oban size, about 14 1/4 x 9 1/4 plus full margins.
Saturday, 3 December 2005

Artist Hasui
Title Pine Tree After Snow
Medium Woodblock Print
Date 1929
Size 16.5" x 11"
Edition numbered 187/350 on
Condition Excellent color, impression and state, full margins
Sunday, 10 June 2007

For your auction consideration is a antique Japanese woodblock print by shin-hanga artist Kawase Hasui (1883-1957). This print bears the artist signature "Hasui" and red seal "sui". It is titled along the lower margin. Any feedback on the title will be very much appreciated and acknowledged. The left side of the margin bears the publishers B seal. It is thier most common and was in use from 1929-1931. There is a black chrysanthemum and running water symbol in the lower left margin. The prints they published for Hasui were in limited editions of 100. The edition number were printed on the verso.

Hasui prints with Kawaguchi&Sakai seals are quite rare and highly sought after. Most of Hasui's prints were published by Watanabe Shozaburo. This print was published during the artists' lifetime. The partnership of Kawaguchi&Sakai dissolved in 1931. This print is considered Pre-war. Due to it being glued down I am not able to show the edition number on the verso. Please email me for the websites that will show you the publishers' seals. The viewing dimensions are 9.5" by 14 and 1/4". There is age toning along the margin from having being matted. The mat was taped to the backboard and I was able to remove it with ease to show the signatures.
Friday, 2 January 2009

Artist Hasui
Title Clearing after a snow in the pines
Date August 1929
Publisher Sakai and Kawaguchi
Engraver Maeda
Printer Komatsu
Edition 35/100
Format Large oban (10 5/8" X 16 1/8")
Comment This is the earliest edition.
Saturday, 1 March 2008


Title Pine Trees After Snow
limited edition, provenance: Robert O. Muller estate
Artist Hasui Kawase 1883-1957
Signature 'Hasui'.
Seal Artist's seal ('sui').
Dated 1929.
Publisher Sakai - Kawaguchi.
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.
Impression Excellent - very good Slightly embossed.
Colors Excellent - very good.
Condition Excellent - very good Light toning. Discolorations along the left margin edge. The lower right margin slightly soiled.
Edition Size 350
Numbered 166 / 350
Description "Matsu no Yukibare". Clear day after snow. Pine trees are covered by the heavy snow. Hasui made only sixteen prints for the publisher Kawaguchi and Sakai. These handful works were considered among his finest work, especially the snow scenes. This print shows well also the printing style of Kawaguchi - Sakai, which has more textured looks compare to the those of other publishers.
Note "Made in Japan" stamped on verso. Provenance: Robert O. Muller estate. Edition numbers were written in Japanese on the back, also.
Width Item 10.8 inches = 27.5 cm
Height Item 17.3 inches = 44.0 cm
Width Image 9.4 inches = 24.0 cm
Height Image 14.4 inches = 36.5 cm
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