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Toyohara Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Chikanobu was one of the leading woodblock print artists of the Meiji era, producing hundreds of high-quality print designs of a variety of subjects.

Early life

Born in 1838 in Niigata Prefecture, Chikanobu was the older of two sons. His father was a samurai, a retainer of the Sakakibara clan. He studied Kano school painting as a child and developed an interest in ukiyo-e in his teens. He studied with Kuniyoshi and then with Kunisada and Kunichika.

During the Meiji Restoration, he joined the Tokugawa shogun’s elite samurai brigade, the shogitai, and fought against the emperor’s forces in the Battle of Ueno and the Battle of Hakodate. After the fall of the shogun, he went to Tokyo and started to make a living as a woodblock print artist.

Woodblock printing

Chikanobu began his new career designing prints of kabuki scenes and actors in the styles of Kunisada and Kunichika. But over the years he developed his own distinctive style. It was more delicate, intricate, and sophisticated, with a beautiful array of colors. He started to take on more varied subjects. The customs, manners, and styles of women were favorite subjects. He did scenes from historical events and legendary tales, including military prints documenting the Sino-Japanese War and many other battles from the Meiji period and earlier. For a period of time, his prints showcased the modernization of Meiji Japan, but they later turned back to more traditional Japanese culture.

Chikanobu's prints were released by a number of different publishers, mostly in Tokyo. The level of detail and deluxe printing techniques resulted in some of the best prints produced in the Meiji era. His beautifully detailed designs were quite popular during his lifetime and many of the single prints and triptychs commanded high prices at the time.

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No. 11, Jiang Shi: A Miraculous Spring, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

No. 11, Jiang Shi: A Miraculous Spring, 1890


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Special selection - Bill's $25 opening bid auctions!
Bid: $25.00 Standard Auction
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Ends: 6d 12h 26m563190
No. 10, Tanzi: He Fed His Parent's Doe's Milk, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

No. 10, Tanzi: He Fed His Parent's Doe's Milk, 1890


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Special selection - Bill's $25 opening bid auctions!
Bid: $25.00 Standard Auction
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Ends: 6d 12h 25m563130
First Sino-Japanese War: The Late General Odera Yasuzumi, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

First Sino-Japanese War: The Late General Odera Yasuzumi, 1895


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $210.00
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Buy: $260.00

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Ends: 6d 11h 12m558750
Soga Juro and Oiso Tora Gozen, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Soga Juro and Oiso Tora Gozen, 1890


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $480.00
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Buy: $570.00

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Ends: 6d 10h 27m556050
Catching Fireflies at a Country House by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Catching Fireflies at a Country House


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Charming design - classic
Bid: $665.00
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Buy: $805.00

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Ends: 6d 10h 26m555990
Mother and Baby by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Mother and Baby


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Rare, double oban format Chikanobu
Bid: $405.00
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Buy: $495.00

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Ends: 6d 10h 25m555930
Returning Home with Fresh Flowers, 1896 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Returning Home with Fresh Flowers, 1896


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Rarely seen beauty series
Bid: $405.00
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Buy: $495.00

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Ends: 6d 10h 24m555870
Bonsai, 1896 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bonsai, 1896


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Rarely seen beauty series
Bid: $405.00
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Buy: $495.00

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Ends: 6d 10h 23m555810
Pleasure Boat, 1896 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Pleasure Boat, 1896


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Rarely seen beauty series
Bid: $405.00
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Buy: $495.00

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Ends: 6d 10h 22m555750
Eleventh Month: All-star Performance at Saruwaka-cho, 1889 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Eleventh Month: All-star Performance at Saruwaka-cho, 1889


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Beautiful color and condition
Bid: $915.00
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Buy: $1135.00

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Ends: 5d 10h 37m470250
The First Three Shoguns of the Tokugawa Dynasty, 1885 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The First Three Shoguns of the Tokugawa Dynasty, 1885


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Beautiful burnished detail
Bid: $650.00
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Buy: $780.00

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Ends: 5d 10h 15m468930
Villa of a Wealthy Family, 1889 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Villa of a Wealthy Family, 1889


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Meiji design
$345.00
Fixed Price
Scene from Gosho no Gorozo, 1887 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Scene from Gosho no Gorozo, 1887


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $160.00
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Buy: $230.00

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Ends: 4d 10h 42m384150
Viewing the Sanno Festival, 1897 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Viewing the Sanno Festival, 1897


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Chikanobu opening at $89!
Bid: $89.00 Standard Auction
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Ends: 3d 12h 4m302670
Crane Hunt, 1897 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Crane Hunt, 1897


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


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Ends: 3d 12h 3m302610
Viewing Noh and Umbrella Giveaway Ceremony, 1897 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Viewing Noh and Umbrella Giveaway Ceremony, 1897


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Chikanobu opening at $89!
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First Poems of the New Year, 1897 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

First Poems of the New Year, 1897


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Chikanobu opening at $89!
Bid: $89.00 Standard Auction
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Ends: 3d 12h 1m302490
Wedding Ceremony, 1896 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Wedding Ceremony, 1896


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Chikanobu opening at $89!
Bid: $104.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 2
Ends: 3d 12h 0m302430
Excited Dogs, 1896 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Excited Dogs, 1896


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Chikanobu opening at $89!
Bid: $89.00 Standard Auction
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Ends: 3d 11h 59m302370
Styling Hair, 1894 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Styling Hair, 1894


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Chikanobu opening at $89!
Bid: $89.00 Standard Auction
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Ends: 3d 11h 58m302310
Tea Ceremony with Flower Arranging in Turn, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Tea Ceremony with Flower Arranging in Turn, 1895


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Chikanobu opening at $89!
Bid: $89.00 Standard Auction
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Ends: 3d 11h 57m302250
Title Page for Chiyoda Inner Palace by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Title Page for Chiyoda Inner Palace


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Chikanobu opening at $89!
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Pine, Bamboo, and Plum: Ancient Pine, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Pine, Bamboo, and Plum: Ancient Pine, 1895


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Special Auction - Original Chikanobu opening at $89!
Bid: $89.00 Standard Auction
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Ends: 3d 11h 55m302130
Confrontation at the Foot of a Bridge by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Confrontation at the Foot of a Bridge


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


First time offered
Bid: $155.00
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Buy: $225.00
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Ends: 3d 10h 40m297630
Spring Felicitations in Japanese Brocade, 1885 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Spring Felicitations in Japanese Brocade, 1885


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $145.00
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Buy: $205.00
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Ends: 3d 10h 30m297030
Visiting Sensoji Temple, 1883 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Visiting Sensoji Temple, 1883


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $235.00
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Buy: $285.00
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Ends: 2d 13h 26m221190
Horse Racing at Ueno, Tokyo, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Horse Racing at Ueno, Tokyo, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $200.00
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Buy: $250.00
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Ends: 2d 10h 36m210990
Onoe Kikugoro V as the Rickshaw Driver Matsu and Bando Shucho II as Omo, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Onoe Kikugoro V as the Rickshaw Driver Matsu and Bando Shucho II as Omo, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $35.00
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Buy: $55.00
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Ends: 2d 10h 22m210150
Sawamura Tanosuke IV as Lady Hanako and Suketakya Takasuke as Kyojiya Minosuke, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Sawamura Tanosuke IV as Lady Hanako and Suketakya Takasuke as Kyojiya Minosuke, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $35.00
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Buy: $55.00
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Ends: 2d 10h 21m210090
The Salt Beach at Miho: The Feather Robe by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The Salt Beach at Miho: The Feather Robe


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $125.00
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Buy: $175.00
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Ends: 1d 10h 32m124350
Horse Racing at Shinobazu Pond, 1885 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Horse Racing at Shinobazu Pond, 1885


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $235.00
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Buy: $285.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 12h 42m45750
Shiragi of Inagi-ro and Ochiyo of Nakanocho, 1883 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Shiragi of Inagi-ro and Ochiyo of Nakanocho, 1883


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $155.00
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Buy: $195.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 12h 41m45690
Fuji Arts Overstock Triptych - Exceptional Bargain! by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Fuji Arts Overstock Triptych - Exceptional Bargain!


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Overstock triptych opening at $59!
Bid: $59.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 12h 20m44430
Fuji Arts Overstock Triptych - Exceptional Bargain! by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Fuji Arts Overstock Triptych - Exceptional Bargain!


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Overstock triptych opening at $59!
Bid: $59.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 12h 14m44070
Yamashiro, Flowers of Arashiyama, Lady Kumano, No. 36 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Yamashiro, Flowers of Arashiyama, Lady Kumano, No. 36


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Snow, Moon, Flowers series
Bid: $225.00
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Buy: $275.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 10h 43m38610
Edo, Flowers of Ueno, Mt. Toei Cherry Blossoms Tying, No. 2 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Edo, Flowers of Ueno, Mt. Toei Cherry Blossoms Tying, No. 2


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $190.00
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Buy: $240.00
Standard Auction
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Ends: 10h 42m38550
Yamashiro, Snow at Fukakusa, Ono no Komachi and Shii no Shosho, No. 23 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Yamashiro, Snow at Fukakusa, Ono no Komachi and Shii no Shosho, No. 23


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $190.00
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Buy: $240.00
Standard Auction
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Ends: 10h 41m38490
Mikawa, Snow at Okazaki, Kofuyu and Ishikawa Goemon, No. 11 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Mikawa, Snow at Okazaki, Kofuyu and Ishikawa Goemon, No. 11


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $145.00
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Buy: $205.00
Standard Auction
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Ends: 10h 40m38430
Angry Beauty Attacking, 1878 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Angry Beauty Attacking, 1878


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $135.00
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Buy: $185.00
Standard Auction
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Ends: 10h 22m37350
The Empress and her Retinue Leaving the Palace, 1878 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The Empress and her Retinue Leaving the Palace, 1878


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$195.00 Fixed Price
Mikagura Performance by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Mikagura Performance


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$190.00 Fixed Price
Shofuku: Mother and Child by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Shofuku: Mother and Child


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$165.00 Fixed Price
Girls' Day and Doll Festival by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Girls' Day and Doll Festival


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely design with burnished detail
$825.00 Fixed Price
Mirror of the Gods and Emperors of Japan, 1878 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Mirror of the Gods and Emperors of Japan, 1878


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$385.00 Fixed Price
Shotaku of Shinagawa-ro and Omatsu of Nakanocho, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Shotaku of Shinagawa-ro and Omatsu of Nakanocho, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Multicolored Blossoms series
$195.00 Fixed Price
Hagoromo of Kadoebi-ro and Koiku of Nakanacho, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Hagoromo of Kadoebi-ro and Koiku of Nakanacho, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Multicolored Blossoms series
$195.00 Fixed Price
Ichinose of Shinagawa-ro and Kobuki of Nakanocho, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Ichinose of Shinagawa-ro and Kobuki of Nakanocho, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Multicolored Blossoms series
$195.00 Fixed Price
No. 7, Wang Xiang: Catching Fish for His Stepmother in Winter, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

No. 7, Wang Xiang: Catching Fish for His Stepmother in Winter, 1890


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$185.00 Fixed Price
Beauties Enjoying a Waterfall at a Villa, 1893 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Beauties Enjoying a Waterfall at a Villa, 1893


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$435.00 Fixed Price
Princess Minazuru by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Princess Minazuru


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Rarely seen Genji and Heike series
$195.00 Fixed Price

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