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Notes (1st edition)Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976) Signed: Kotondo saku. Size: 408 x 261mm (image size). Editions: 200 (S&K export edition), 300 (S&K domestic edition), 300 (Kawaguchi, with embossed edition cartouche on the verso). Dated and signed Showa yonen shichigatsu (Showa 4 [1929], 7th month) Kotondo ga, with artist's seal Torii. The title, Nagajuban, embossed at centre of lower margin. Published by Kawaguchi and Sakai. The publisher's seals Sakai Kawaguchi go ban (joint venture) embossed at lower left corner. With limited edition paper label hand-numbered on verso, Gaikoku yuki ni-hyaku mai kagiri zeppan, dai xx go, Torii Kotondo (for foreign export, limited edition of 200 printed, number xx, by Torii Kotondo) with artist's red circular seal Kotondo. Description: Nagajuban, or "Long Undergarment." This print exists with several colour variations. Here, the swirling marks left purposefully by the printer's baren in the gray background provide a strong textural counterpart to the brilliant red pattern in the robe. Notes from Ross: My analysis suggests Sakai/Kawaguchi sold this scene until around edition 130, then passed the remaining stock to Kawaguchi, some with edition labels already attached. 2012: Editon 137 with Sakai/Kawaguchi seals and editioning was sold by Kawaguchi to an American collector before 1936 (collection came to America in 1935), so the transfer of stock to Kawaguchi occurred before edition 137 for the first edition of this scene. I am not yet convinced there are more than two colour variants. It is possible that most scenes that are suggested to be colour variants simply have faded colours. If you have a colour variant not listed in JAODB please email me an image. In the 1970's Ishukankokai republished twelve Kotondo scenes, but this scene was not included in that series. However, very rare examples of this scene published by Ishukankokai do exist, in two colour states. It would appear that these were issued in a smaller series called "Three Aspects of Women" (Onna San-so).
Publisher (this edition): Sakai and Kawaguchi Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Ishukankokai Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi 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 Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Sakai and Kawaguchi Kawaguchi Kawaguchi Ishukankokai Ishukankokai
Date of this item: 1929 July 1929 July 1929 July 1929 July 1929 July 1929 July 1929 July 1929 July 1929 July 1929 July 1929 July 1929 July 1930s 1930s 1980s 1980s
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Catalog ID 9032
Artist Torii Kotondo
Title "Nagajuban" (Long Undergarment)
Medium Original, Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title Beauties
Edition 139/200
Date 1929
Publisher Sakai/Kawaguchi
Reference No Female Image # 169-1
Size 18 -1/4 x 11 -1/2 " (sheet)
Condition Near fine. Faint toning on her right ankle; creases in top and bottom margin. The sheet is slightly larger than the scan; uncut, with deckled top margin.

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

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

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

Limitation number on the reverse.

PROVENANCE: An American family collection, by descent from their Grandfather who purchased the print directly from the Kawaguchi publishing firm, about 1930. The collection has been in America since 1935; carefully preserved; never matted or framed
Title Long Undergarment - Nagajuban
limited edition. This is NOT a reproduction
Artist Kotondo Torii 1900-1976 19 sold items for Kotondo Torii in our archive. View short biography of Kotondo Torii. Biography Kotondo Torii Bijin Prints in Shin Hanga Google for Kotondo Torii. Search BING for Kotondo Torii.
Description "Nagajubani" (Long Undergarment). This is a purple collar, orange-red and white square garment design version.
A rarely seen beauty print by the Shin Hanga master Torii Kotondo. One can see her classic, beautiful face and the upper back while she is relaxing a moment in a summer night. The flowing thin, black lines of the figure and the rhythmical baren movement on the abstract background showcased the fine carving and the masterful printing skills at the pinacle of the woodblock print production skills in the early 20th century.
Signature Kotondo.
Seal Artist's seal.
Dated 1929.
Publisher Kawaguchi.
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.
Impression Excellent - Very good ... The round fan is embossed. The title on the lower margin is embossed.
Colors Very Good.
Condition Good ... Light toning. Creased.
Numbered 71 / 300
Note Carver Ito. Printer Komatsu. The edition number in Japanese is embossed on the back. The number 71 in Japanese in black ink is hand written inside of the embossed edition cartouche.
Format Dai-Oban
Width Item 11.6 inches = 29.5 cm
Height Item 18.0 inches = 45.7 cm
Width Image 10.2 inches = 26.0 cm
Height Image 16.1 inches = 41.0 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. 127, pl. 169-2
Artist Torii Kotondo
Title "Nagajuban" (Long Undergarment)
Medium Original Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title Beauties
Edition 112/200
Date 1929
Publisher Sakai/Kawaguchi
Reference No Female Image # 169-1
Size 18 -1/2 x 11 -1/2 "
Condition Very fine, with superb colors.
Notes: Dated and signed middle right: "Showa 4" (1929), followed by the circular artist's seal reading: "Kotondo". Title in the lower margin reads: "Nagajuban". Numbered limitation paper label on the reverse. "Made in Japan", stamped on the reverse.

Embossed seal of joint publishers Sakai and Kawaguchi in lower left margin. The first of five color variations, and the only image published jointly by Sakai and Kawaguchi.

Provenance: From a private East Coast collection. For the past 25 years the prints were properly stored away, with many removed from their original studio folders.
Thanks to the new owner, Umberto, and Artelino, for this entry.

A colour variant.

Title
Three Aspects of Women - Long Undergarment (variant) - Nagajuban

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.

Technique
Woodblock printtoyslocal_libraryapps

Ukiyo-e Size
Dai-Oban

Width Item
13.0 inches = 33.0 cm

Height Item
19.0 inches = 48.3 cm

Width Image
10.4 inches = 26.3 cm

Height Image
16.2 inches = 41.2 cm

Impression
Excellent - Very good … The round fan is embossed. Carver Watanabe Kazuo. Printer Yoshida Hideo.

Colors
Excellent.

Quality
Excellent - Very good.


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. 127, pl. 169-2


More
Reproduction. Rare Color Valiant.

Description
From the series "Onna San-so" (Three Aspects of Woman). "Nagajuban" (Long Undergarment). This is a light blue collar, orange garment design version.
The flowing thin, black lines of the figure and the rhythmical baren movement on the abstract background showcased the fine carving and the masterful printing skills. The technique and the artistry in the woodblock print production were at the pinnacle in the early 20th century.
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.
Thanks to Francis for this entry. Thanks to Umberto (the new owner) for the extra images.

Nagajuban-Long Undergarment (light blue background, pattern on kimono) Variant 2, 1929

Woodblock Print
18.5 x 12 in

Description: An elegant beauty seated on a zabuton holds a fan with an image of Mt. Fuji. One of five variations of this Print.

Issued: 1929

Edition: 33/300 with limited edition seal verso

Condition: good overall, with some fading and toning, light mat line within image at left

Signed: in black

Sealed: in red

Special Label: Kawaguchi embossed seal left margin

Publisher: Kawaguchi

Series: Beauties
Artist Kotondo Torii 1900-1976

Description "Nagajubani" (Long Undergarment). This is a purple collar, orange-red and white square garment design version.
A rarely seen beauty print by the Shin Hanga master Torii Kotondo. One can see her classic, beautiful face and the upper back while she is relaxing a moment in a summer night. The flowing thin, black lines of the figure and the rhythmical baren movement on the abstract background showcased the fine carving and the masterful printing skills at the pinacle of the woodblock print production skills in the early 20th century.
Signature Kotondo.
Seal Artist's seal.
Dated 1929
Publisher Kawaguchi.
Medium/Technique Woodblock print.
Impression Excellent - Very good … The round fan is embossed. The title on the lower margin is embossed.
Colors Very Good.
Condition Good … Light toning. Creased.
Numbered 71 / 300
Note Carver Ito. Printer Komatsu. The edition number in Japanese is embossed on the back. The number 71 in Japanese in black ink is hand written inside of the embossed edition cartouche.
Format Dai-Oban
Width Item 11.6 inches = 29.5 cm
Height Item 18.0 inches = 45.7 cm
Width Image 10.2 inches = 26.0 cm
Height Image 16.1 inches = 41.0 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. 127, pl. 169-2
A red obi? No, I doubt this is a new colour palette; I suspect it is simply a badly faded example with the blue inks especially affected.


Impression (刷)Condition(状態)
Detail (詳細)

: Very Good
: Good
: 昭和4年 (1929)
: ed300
: カワグチ版
: Slight soiling on margins (マージンに少ヤケ)
Lot # 081
Auction 10/17/2015
Artist Kotondo, Torii, 1900-1977
Title In a Long Undergarment
Edition 170/200 (no! 47/200)
Date 1929
Medium woodblock
Dimensions 16 x 10 1/4 inches
Condition Faint toning and soiling to front margins and on reverse
Comments Published by Kawaguchi & Sakai; first state, numbered 170/200 (no! 47/200)
Artist: Kotondo (1900-1976)
Title: Nagajuban
Medium: Woodblock Print
Publisher: Kawaguchi
Seals: Ito (engraver), Komatsu (printer), Kawaguchi (publisher)
Edition: 80/300
Date: 1929
Size: 18" x 11.75"
Signature: Kotondo saku
Condition: Very good impression and overall state, color very slightly faded
Torii Kotondo "Long Undergarment" 1929

Japanese woodblock print

limited edition: 74/200!

image size: "dai-oban", appr. 11 3/4 x 18 in.

title "Long Undergarment"("Naga-juban") embossed into lower margin

publishers: Kawaguchi / Sakai, publisher's "go-ban"-seal embossed into lower left corner
July 1929 "limited edition" no. 74 /200 paper label hand-numbered/stamped verso

An early 1929 bijin-ga design by Torri Kotondo--renowned for his images of beautiful women. The extensive use of "baren sujizuri" (circular tracings) to background provides a strongly textural contrast to the brilliant red-patterned summer bathrobe.


in excellent condition: fresh, strong colours, no foxing, creasing, etc.

back of the print a tiny bit toned, otherwise flawless

attached to backing board at one spot (easily removed)


A very fine and extremely rare 1929 print in excellent condition!
Tuesday, 25 October 2005

KOTONDO, Torii (1900 ? 1977)

Nagajuban / In a long undergarment


Signed: Kotondo Saku, with artists seal: Kotondo
Publisher: Sakai and Kawaguchi
Date: Showa 4 (1929)
Size: 477 x 311 mm
Edition of ?? copies for export abroad. This is nr. 55 (see label on the back)
Fine impression, colours and condition.
Lit.; The female image nr. 169-1
Artist: Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)
Description: Nagajuban, or "Long Undergarment." This print exists with several color variations. Here, the swirling marks left purposefully by the printer's baren in the gray background provide a strong textural counterpart to the brilliant red pattern in the robe.
Signed: Kotondo saku
Date: Showa 4 (1929) Sealed on reverse as No. 50 of a limited edition of 100?? Prints.
Size: 408 x 261mm
Price: SOLD.
Condition: Very good impression, color and condition.
Artist Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)
Title Long Undergarment 29/200

Date Of Work 1929

Publisher Sakai and Kawaguchi

Dimensions 18.25 x 11.875

Condition Fine impression, color and condition.

Notes (I don't think this is correct. Ross)
This is the first of the 5 color variations and was published prior to Sakai and Kawaguchi becoming separate businesses. The 4 variations were published by Kawaguchi alone. 169.1 in The Female Image.
Torii Kotondo, 1900-1976

Long Undergarment (darker grey background, darker overall)
(Nagajuban)

Dated and signed Showa yonen shichigatsu (Showa 4 [1929], 7th month) Kotondo ga, with artist's seal Torii. The title, Nagajuban, embossed at center of lower margin. Published by Kawaguchi and Sakai. The publisher's seals Sakai Kawaguchi go ban (joint venture) embossed at lower left corner. With limited edition paper label hand-numbered on verso, Gaikoku yuki ni-hyaku mai kagiri zeppan, dai rokujusan go, Torii Kotondo (for foreign export, limited edition of 200 printed, number 63, by Torii Kotondo) with artist's red circular seal Kotondo.

Dai oban tate-e 46.8 by 30.3 cm

References:
Reigle Newland, Amy, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image: 20th century prints of Japanese beauties, 2000, p. 127 (five variants)
Koyama Shuko, Beautiful Shin Hanga- Revitalization of Ukiyo-e, Tokyo Metropolitan Edo-Tokyo Museum, 2009, p. 114, no. 3-19
Tuesday, 5 September 2006

Torii Kotondo (Torii VIII) 1900-1976. 47 x 30.3 cm. Young girl sitting on a blue Zabuton (cushion). It carries a ' Naga Juban ' specified on the edge in coinage as titles (= untergewand) and faechelt themselves with a Uchiwa after the bath cooling too. The red garb is decorated with a wave sample and has one murasaki to farbenen collars. Background: fine sample in bright grey, probably resulted from circling movement with the baren. Sign.: Kotondo saku & seals: Kotondo. Publishing house: Sakai Kawaguchi. File: Showa 4, July = 1929 (in blindpraegung left down on the edge). Karazuri.
Torii Kotondo
1900-1977
In a Long Undergarment (Nagajuban), 124/200
1929
Japanese woodblock print
Image size: 16 by 10 1/4 inches
Illustrated: Kotondo, pl. 26, Female Image, pl. 169-1

Light creasing
Embossed fan; for an alternate color state, see lot 91
Shin Hanga: Seated Bijin

Artist: Torii Kotondo
Format: Dai- Oban tate-e: 18" x 12"

Subject: A young woman, seated on a blue cushion, wearing a long under-garment (nagajuban, holding a fan with an image of Fujisan.

Date: 1929

Condition: Full size. The scan does not show the full margins which are present on the print being auctioned. Fine colors. Light foxing. Minor marks and flaws. Generally good state.

Impression: Fine impression with gauffrage. Numbered 4 from the 1st edition of 250 copies on verso. Impressed title on bottom margin. There is also a later edition of this design with a simplified color scheme.

Other Notes: Subject illustrated in Kotondo at plate #26.
Artist: TORII, KOTONDO
Title: Nagajuban (Long Undergarment)
Print Type: Original Japanese Woodblock Print
Edition #: 115/200
Date: 1929
Publisher: Sakai/Kawaguchi
Size: 18 1/8 x 11 1/2 inches (paper)
Condition: Fine impression, very good color and state.
Notes: Title: "Nagajuban" embossed in lower margin. Embossed joint publisher's seal in lower left margin "Sakai" & "Kawaguchi". Paper limition label, "115/200 on the reverse, tied to the print with the artists red stamp. Blind-stamped embossing on the fan. Illustrated: "The Female Image, Pl. 169-1
Interesting. This edition contains the Kawaguchi publisher seal but contains the Sakai and Kawaguchi limited edition seal on the verso. Clearly, some of the prints obtained by Kawaguchi from S&K already had the edition seals on the verso. Note the high edition number of 176. My analysis suggests S&K sold this scene until around edition 130, then passed the remaining stock to Kawaguchi, some with edition labels already attached. 2012: Editon 137 with Sakai/Kawaguchi seals and editioning was sold by Kawaguchi to an American collector before 1936 (collection came to America in 1935), so the transfer of stock to Kawaguchi occurred before edition 137 for this scene.

Artist Kotondo
Title Long undergarment
Date 1929
Publisher Kawaguchi
Engraver Ito
Printer Komatsu
Edition 176/200
Format 11 3/4" X 18"
Comment Embossing in the fan; glue residue on upper corners on verso.
The title, Naga Juban, is embossed in the lower margin
Artist Kotondo, Torii, 1900-1977
Title In a Long Undergarment
Date 1929
Medium woodblock
Dimensions 16 1/8 x 10 3/4 inches
Illustrated Beauties, pl. 169-1
Condition Foxing and staining on reverse showing through to the front in image
Comments Published by Kawaguchi and Sakai; limited edition label with hand written numeration 123/200 on reverse;
Catalog ID 8769
Artist Torii Kotondo
Title "Nagajuban" (Long Undergarment)
Medium Original Limited Edition Japanese Woodblock Print
Series Title Beauties
Edition #137/200
Date 1929
Publisher Sakai/Kawaguchi
Reference No Female Image #169-1
Size 18 x 11 " (sheet)
Condition Fine, with fresh, bright colors. Slightly toned in the margins, not affecting the image. The sheet is slightly larger than the scan; uncut, with deckled top edge.

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

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

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

Limitation number on the reverse.

From Castle's email newsletter:
The New Acquisitions for September 2012 feature fine examples of scarce, limited edition works by Torii Kotondo and Kawase Hasui, published by Kawaguchi in 1929/30. The first of three Kotondo prints is "Yuge" (Vapor), long considered one of the artist's finest bust portraits; followed by five prints by Hasui which include "Snow in the Pines", and "Snow at Miyajima". All eight prints are numbered on the reverse. The majority of the prints in this month's show are from the same collection as last month - an American collection which passed by descent for three generations. The entire collection was brought to America in 1935 where it remained carefully stored in folders.

Later on the Art of Japan:
TITLE: Long Undergarment 137/200
DATE: 1929
SIZE: 18.25 x 11.625
MEDIUM: Woodblock Print
PUBLISHER: Sakai and Kawaguchi
CONDITION: Fine impression, color and condition.
Artist: Kotondo Torii 1900-1976
Signature: Kotondo
Publisher: Kawaguchi
Seal: Kotondo
Date: dated July 1929
Size: 30.1 x 46.5 cm
Format: dai-oban
Title: "Nagajuban"
Cloth under the Kimono
Numbered 21 of 200, first ed.
Impression: fine
Colors: fine
Condition: very good - , slightly toned

Literature: The female image - 20th century prints of japanese beauties, Abe Publ. LTD and Hotei Publ., 2313 Leiden, The Netherlands 2000, ISBN=4-87242-141-8 C3071, Reference: no. 169-1 in color

Literature: Exhibition of Modern Japanese Beauties, Riccar Art Musem, Tokyo, Japan 1982, Reference: Front cover
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 lightly toned and numbered in Japanese on the reverse. It measures 18 by 11 3/4 inches.

This is editon 99 of 300.
Wednesday, 27 December 2006

Torii Kotondo, 1900-1976

Long Undergarment (light blue ground, pattern on kimono)
(Nagajuban)

Dated and signed Showa yonen shichigatsu (Showa 4 [1929], 7th month) Kotondo ga, with artist's seal Torii. The title, Nagajuban, embossed at center of lower margin. Published by Kawaguchi and Sakai. The publisher's seal Sakai-Kawaguchi at lower left corner, and again Kawaguchi (in katana) at lower right corner. With embossed edition stamp hand-numbered on verso, San-hyaku mai kagiri zeppan, dai hyaku-shi, go (300 limited edition, number 104).

Dai oban tate-e 45.7 by 29.9 cm

Published:
The Female Image, 2000, p. 127, pl. 169-2

A colour variant.

In the early 1980s as a commission of Kotondo's heirs, the venerable publisher Ishukankokai produced a limited edition set of 12 of Kotondo's 22 designs. Only 100 sets were produced (therefore, only 100 of each design, of course). These fantastic, Kotondo designs were again available in this strictly limited quantity for collectors to enjoy. Today, once again, Kotondo works are almost impossible to find in the market- including these Ishukankokai prints. We recently purchased one of these sets including all of the Ishukankokai Kotondo prints.

Signed- Kotondo-saku
Publisher Seal- Ishukankokai, with red moneybag seal, also sealed with carver and printer name. Bearing publisher's watermark in lower left corner.
Image size- 10 1/4" x 16 1/8"
Sheet size- 13" x 19"
Condition- This print in pristine condition overall, excellent with no issues to report. Fine color, excellent detail, a top-notch printing job. Full margins, not backed. No holes, tears, damage, repairs, or any issues to report. An excellent choice for the discerning collector.
Kotondo, Torii- Nagajuban- Long Undergarment- Full12.jpg:

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Signed- Kotondo-saku
Publisher Seal- Ishukankokai, with red moneybag seal, also sealed with carver and printer name. Bearing publisher's watermark in lower left corner.
Image size- 10 1/4" x 16 1/8"
Sheet size- 13" x 19"
Condition- This print in pristine condition overall, excellent with no issues to report. Fine color, excellent detail, a top-notch printing job. Full margins, not backed. No holes, tears, damage, repairs, or any issues to report. An excellent choice for the discerning collector.
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