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Notes (1st edition)Artist: TORII, Kotondo Description: Combing her hair, ed.100, numbered, Scene number 7. Dated 1932 (confirmed. Month not yet confirmed). Limited edition of only 100 prints, after which the blocks were destroyed. I have seen both "A Nap" and "Hair Combing" marked as scene number 7. One of them must be scene 8 in reality. Ikeda published a total of 12 scenes. Signed: Kotondo Dimension: 41.0 × 25.5 cm Re-issued in the series "Twelve Aspects of Women" circa August 23, 1988.
Publisher (this edition): Ikeda Ikeda Ikeda Ikeda Ikeda Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai
Date of this item: 1932 1932 1932 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.:

Combing the Hair 1932
40.5 x 25.5 cm (image), 47.0 x 29.5 cm (sheet)
signed and stamped with artist's seal within image
embossed with title below image
printer's limited edition cartouche printed verso

edition: First edition, Ikeda Publishers

Mr Edwin A. Dearn, Japan, c1930s
Thence by descent, private collection, Sydney

No edition number on the verso. Among a set of 10 Kotondo/Ikeda prints with no edition numbers.
Note: no scene or edition numbers on verso.

ARTIST: Kotondo, Torii, 1900-1977
SIZE 16 1/4 x 10 1/4 inches
Shin Hanga
Title: Combing Her Hair (Kamisuki)

Edition: Edition of 100

Date: 1933

Illustrated: Beauties, pl. 184

Notes: Published by Ikeda; without numeration in edition stamp on reverse; silver mica highlights; one of Kotondo's most desirable designs
Faint toning and soiling on front margins and on reverse; remnants on reverse top margins from previous mount
Artist Torii Kotondo (1900-1976)
Title Combing Her Hair 7/100

Date Of Work 1932

Publisher Ikeda

Dimensions 18.5 x 11.75

Condition Fine impression, color and condition.
Wednesday, 27 December 2006

Torii Kotondo, 1900-1976

Combing Her Hair

Edition 67/100 Dai rokuju-nana gou.

Ikeda issued Kotondo prints in editions of 100. Presumably the keyblock was cancelled shortly thereafter as an assurance to collectors that the production would indeed be limited (unlike other publishers such as Watanabe who typically retained the blocks and issued new prints at will). Scene number 8. This impression has an edition number (not all do), and is accompanied by the cancelled key block (illustrated below) as well as an original folder (see cover flaps).

Price: Sold
Monday, 29 September 2008

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Artist TORII Kotondo (1900-76)
Title "Combing the Hair" ("Kamisuki")
Date 1933 (Later limited edition of 100 prints, c1980's)
Series na
Publisher Ishukankokai
Seal, Carver/Printer Ito Susumu/Kajikawa Yoshio; watermark
Image Size 10.25 x 16
Impression Fine. Overprinted hairlines; superb "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading.
Condition Very fine. (very slight backside toning)
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #184. Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition," Plate #139.
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)
Title Combing Her Hair
Artist Kotondo Torii 1900-1976
Signature Kotondo ga
Seal artist's seal
Dated originally in 1933, this one is re-carved edition in 1970s.
Publisher This re-carved edition was published by I-ju Kanko Kai.
Technique/Medium Woodblock print
Impression excellent - very good … (re-carved edition) printed on "sanso" watermarked paper
Colors excellent - very good
Condition excellent - very good
Description "Kami Suki" (Combing Hir Hair).
Note carver Ito Susumu, printer Kajikawa Yoshio, Iju-Kanko-kai's seal on the left margin.
Format Dai-Oban
Width 12.2 inches = 31.0 cm
Height 17.3 inches = 44.0 cm
Width of Image 10.2 inches = 26.0 cm
Height of Image 16.3 inches = 41.5 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.137, pl.184
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.


Combing the Hair “Kamisuki”, 1933

The Ishukankokai Edition of Kotondo Beauties-With the permission of Kotondo’s heirs, a small commemorative run of his prints were produced by the Ishukankokai publishers in the early 1980’s. This commemorative edition was limited to 100 pieces- a very small run. The Ishukankokai prints are also very rare today. But, they offer an opportunity to collect a Kotondo woodblock at a cost in line with most collectors’ budgets. These commemorative prints were produced to the same exacting standard of the Kotondo first edition prints. Expert carvers were contracted to produce the highest quality wood blocks and printers meticulously printed Kotondo’s designs with the same attention to quality and detail. These reprints are on beautiful, hand made paper. The prints offered tonight in our auctions are from one of the Ishukankokai editions.

This Print; Combing the Hair “Kamisuki”- A beautiful Kotonodo print and masterwork from his bijin designs. This lovely image of a woman, in a private moment, combing her hair is a classic print from the shin-hanga tradition. Beautiful color and fine detail. The gold ring on her left hand treated with a shimmering mica power as was the first edition print, great detail. A shin-hanga masterwork and a Japanese woodblock print treasure that would be a fine addition to any collection.

With original presentation folder- Each print is being sold with its original presentation folder. The prints are stored in a beautiful inner folder with paper surround and protective liner and a heavy outer folder with subject and series titles in Japanese. See example photo below for the type of folders you will get with your print.

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 1/2" (+ 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.

Monday, 28 March 2005

Title: Kamisuki (combing the hair)

Reference: The Female Image, plate: 184

Size (paper): 33 x 48 cm. (13" x 19"); the wrinkles in the white borders are there, but much less visible than the unforgiving images of my scanner.

Edition size: given as 100 in all sources about this set.

Publication date: 1980s

Publisher: Ishukankokai.
Tuesday, 26 December 2006

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