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Toys from the portfolio Hanga kanshōkai sakuhin-shū, Volume 1

Hatsuyama Shigeru (1897-1973)

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Toys from the portfolio

Hanga kanshōkai sakuhin-shū, Volume 1

by Hatsuyama Shigeru, 1980 (orig. 1959/1960)

Untitled (Children Playing Tug of War)

IHL Cat. #2072

About This Print

A magazine and book illustrator and print maker, the artist Hatsuyama Shigeru's pallet often goes to the soft blues and pinks. His work as a children's illustrator adds a note of fantasy to many of his prints. This print, featuring what appear to be children's dolls, appeared in volume 1 of the 2-volume set of small prints titled Hanga Kanshōkai Sakuhin-shū.

Hanga Kanshōkai Sakuhin-shū 
(Collection of Works by the Woodblock Print Appreciation Society)

From what I can deduce from available information, this two volume portfolio consisting of twenty-four small format prints by fifteen artists was published by the Yokohama publisher Chikuhōdō [竹芳洞 or 竹芳堂], under the name Hanga kanshōkai (Woodblock Print Appreciation Society), in 1959 or 1960 and re-issued at least once in 1980 in an edition of 200.*  The two-volume portfolio was originally issued in a limited edition of 700 copies for volume 1 and 500 copies for volume 2.  Each print was tipped-in to a mat measuring 14 1/2 x 11 1/8 in. (36.8 x 28.3 cm).  The prints along with a table of contents were placed in a brown paper envelope, as shown below. It appears that some of the prints in the two portfolios were re-issues of earlier designs.

Note that prints from the portfolios are still sold individually by Chikuhōdō on their website http://chikuhoudou.com/showa_ca2.html.

* the portfolios shown or referenced on line are variously dated 1958 by Saru Gallery, c. 1960 by Scholten Japanese Art, 昭和50年頃(c. 1975) by Yamada-Shoten and  昭和55 (1980) by the Japanese Association of Antique Book Dealers Natsume Books and the Aomori Museum. 

Prints included in Volume 1:

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1. Onsen by Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
2. Shirasagi Castle by Hashimoto Okiie (1899-1993)
3. Autumn leaves by Mizufune Rokushu (1912-1980)
4. Nasu in spring by Mabuchi Toru (1920-1994)
5. Child of the flowers by Takei Takeo (1894-1983)
6. Oku-nikko by Maeda Masao (1904-1974)
7. Suichuka-Artificial flower in the water by Seimiya Hitoshi (1886-1969)
8. Yamagata Daikoku Dance by Miyao Shigeo (1902-1983)
9. Toys by Hatsuyama Shigeru (1897-1973)
10. Pigeon in Florence by Sekino Junichiro (1914-1988)
11. Red face by Azechi Umetaro (1902-1999) 
12. Kitten by Inagaki Tomoo (1902-1980)

Prints included in Volume 2:

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1. Photography Studio (18.7 x 14 cm), by Kawakami Sumio (1895-1972)
2. Crystal (17.7 x 13.4 cm), by Maeda Masao (1904-1974)
3. Autumn at Lake Haruno (13.3 x 15.2 cm), by Maekawa Senpan (1888-1960)
4. Castle in Autumn (Matsue Castle) (17.5 x 12.7 cm), by Hashimoto Okie (1899-1993)
5. Somon (22.6 x 14.2 cm), by Yamaguchi Gen (1896-1976)
6. Stone Fish (21.8 x 14.7 cm), by Mizufune Rokushu (1912-1980)
7. Interior Still Life (21.2 x 13.1 cm), by Kawanishi Hide (1894-1965)
8. Haniwa (19 x 14.3 cm), by Mabuchi Toru (1920-1994)
9. Flower and Bird (12.6 x 17.2 cm), by Takei Takeo (1894-1983)
10. Poppies (14.2 x 17.7 cm), by Inagaki Tomoo (1902-1980)
11. The Observing Eye (23.8 x 18.2 cm), by Azechi Umetaro (1902-1999)
12. Moulin de la Galette, Paris (22.6 x 14.7 cm), by Sekino Jun'ichiro (1914-1988)

portfolio covers for volumes 1 and 2 original edition

index for volume 2 original edition

Portfolio covers for 1980 edition
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Print Details

 IHL Catalog #2072
Toys 玩具
label on verso reading 初山滋 「玩具」
Hatsuyama Shigeru "Toys"
 Series Hanga Kanshōkai Sakuhin-shū 版画鑑賞会作品集
 Collection of Works by the Woodblock Print Appreciation Society
 Hatsuyama Shigeru (1897-1973)
unread, possibly 滋 Shigeru

 Seal not sealed
 Publication Date originally
 Edition unnumbered edition of 200
 Publisher 版画鑑賞会 竹芳洞 Hanga Kanshōkai and Chikuhōdō 
 Printer likely Chikuhōdō
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent
 Genre sosaku hanga (creative prints)
 Format chuban
 H x W Paper 6 5/8 x 7 13/16 in. (16.8 x 19.8 cm)
 H x W Image 6 x 7 1/4 in. (15.2 x 18.4 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature
last revision:
4/22/2021 created