This Complete Set - This is an extremely rare complete set of carved blocks for a fine reprint of Hiroshige's masterpiece "Sudden Shower over Shin-Ohashi Bridge and Atake," from his "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" series. The set comprises six cherry wood blocks and a single print made from the blocks. Five of the blocks are double-sided, and one block is single sided. Two blocks are carved to print more than one color.
Many colors were used to produce the image, along with the black key block. The key block features all the black lines in the print, and is carved with incredible precision and fine line work. Pigments remain on the blocks, including yellow, green, red, light rust, blues, and grays. Most interesting, two different blocks were used to create the rain. Paper remnants of the hanshita or preparatory drawing are still glued to some of the blocks. The colors were registered by aligning each print along an L-shaped kento mark on the lower right corner of each separate image.
The complete set of blocks are a fascinating, rare artifact from the recent past. Serious collectors often ask about block sets. They are almost never seen on the market. Once in a while a single block from a broken set is sold for a high price. This is an extremely rare complete set - apparently still usable. A once in a lifetime opportunity for a serious collector to add a block set to a collection.
Kyoto Hanga-in - Founded in 1935, Kyoto Hanga-in produced high quality reprints of works by classic ukiyo-e artists like Hiroshige, Hokusai, Harunobu, Utamaro, and Sharaku, along with shin-hanga prints by artists such as Tsuchiya Koitsu, Bakufu Ohno, and Gihachiro Okuyama. The reprint includes the Kyoto Hanga-in publisher's mark in the right margin, along with the red circular personal seal of the owner, Kiyoomi Shinagawa. Printing blocks are rarely seen on the market, and even more rarely found as complete sets for a single image. These intricately carved blocks offer a wonderful look at the incredible skill and complexity involved in creating a Japanese woodblock print. Don't miss this exceptional opportunity!
Publisher - Kyoto Hanga-in
Artist - Hiroshige (1797 - 1858)
Size - Print 14 1/8" x 9" + margins as shown; block size and thickness varies, approximately 15 7/8" x 10 3/8"
Condition - Blocks: Worn, pigment remaining, labels and writing on sides, some paper remnants from the hanshita (preparatory sketches glued to the blocks before carving). Please see photos for details.