Original Hiroshige (1797 - 1858) Japanese Woodblock Print
From an untitled series of Kacho-e (Bird and Flower prints)
Original, Limited Edition Hiroshige prints - We are excited to offer a fantastic group of rare original Hiroshige prints from their first and only printing in the 1970's. Hiroshige created the designs for this group, but they were never printed during his lifetime. They were intended for Edo era release, however, the sketches were never published.
In the 1970’s, Robert G. Sawers learned of the existence of these 21 original drawings and expertly produced the only edition of this group ever released. He limited the production to only 250 prints of each design. Included in this first edition group are prints from a series titled "Calligraphy as Taught by the Chancellor Sugawara," prints intended for a series entitled "Sights of the Provinces", as well as several rare kacho-e designs by Hiroshige.
Originally conceived during the height of Hiroshige's creative output, this series is an absolute masterwork and a must-buy for any serious Hiroshige collector. Limited to only 250 prints, this is an extremely rare series - don't miss this opportunity to acquire a beautiful original Hiroshige print from this most unusual group. You just won’t find these prints elsewhere, so bid now!
Collection Information - Each print is presented in an individual windowed paper folder with the limited edition number in pencil on both the reverse of the folder and the reverse of the woodblock. The set was released with a scholarly, introductory foreword by noted expert Jack Hillier. Please see below for Hillier’s forward and description of this project (a photo copy of this will be included with each print).
Magpie - Dramatic image of a long-tailed blue magpie perched on a branch of weeping cherry. The tail feathers curve gracefully, reinforcing the flowing lines of the branches covered with pink buds and blooms. A wonderful example of Hiroshige's nature designs.
Signed - Hiroshige ga
Sealed - Ichiryusai
Limited Edition number - 53/250
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Image Size - 9 1/2" x 4 1/2" + full margins as shown (tanzaku pillar print)
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Slight toning, a couple spots at edge. Please note, each print is "tipped in" to the windowed paper presentation folder with two very small spots of wheat paste at the upper reverse corners, exactly as originally produced. The print can be easily removed by the collector if desired.