NEW YORK — Jasper52 launches an elite collection of Japanese woodblock prints March 31 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern. Discover why Japanese printmakers impacted the development of modern art across names like Hasui Kawase, Kogyo and Isoda Koryusai. This sale reveals nuanced techniques and traditional Japanese values. Whether capturing the serenity of a temple or a moonlit ocean, these images exemplify both fine art and elegant decoration. Online bidding is available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers. A top lot includes The Tama River at Chofu (now Tokyo Metropolis) by Utagawa Kunisada. Part of a set of triptychs entitled Famous Places of Musashi, this impression is from the original 1854 edition. As an oban triptych, this item is expected to realize $2,500-$3,000.
An amazing collection of oban-size prints can be found in the next lot, A Book of Drawings of Flowers and Birds by Kono Bairei (1844-1895). These woodblock prints total 25 (only seven are depicted on the auction page), plus a table of contents and last page colophon. This second edition is dated December 24, 1899, and is expected to bring $2,000-$2,500.
A later example of the woodcut print artform is Odai Ferry in Tokyo by Takashi Ito (1894-1983). This circa-1930 design is marked with a special publisher’s seal indicating immediate postwar printing (circa 1945-1950). It is expected to bring $1,100-$1,500.
There’s something enticing for every Japanese woodcut print collector in this Jasper52 auction event. Click here to sign up now to bid; the action begins March 31 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, available exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
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