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Tea House at Imadobashi (after Kiyochika)


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Tea House at Imadobashi

after a design by Kiyochika, c. 1930s

IHL Cat. #111

IHL Cat. #172

About These Prints

This print (IHL Cat. 111) was published by the Shima Art Company and isone of 10 designs by Kiyochika or “after Kiyochika” published by Shimabetween 1930 to 1940.  It is shown on http://shotei.com/publishers/shima/catalog/shimalistkiyochika.htm and it is noted that this print is “after the original design by Kiyochika.”

Below is Kiyochika's original c. 1877 print Rest Houseunder the Moonlight at Imadobashi

Rest House under the Moonlight at Imadobashi

The Library of Congress Prints and Drawings division shows a very similar print (see below) titled Yuki no horiwari 雪の掘割 (Canal in Snow), dated "between 1900 and 1920," attributed to an unknown artist1 Hyakurin (Hiyakurin 百鱗).  The red oval seal in the lower left is unidentified.

Yuki no horiwara (Canal in Snow)
Library of Congress Prints and Drawings

The publisher and origins of the smaller print (IHL Cat. 172) is unknown.

1 The British Museum makes reference to the name Hyakurin Sori (百琳宗理) as an "also known as" name for the famous artist Katsushika Hokusai 葛飾北斎 (1760-1849), but this is clearly not a work related to Hokusai.

The Publisher - Shima Art Company

Source: An article entitled "The History of My Grandparents' Business" by Kotaro Sumii on th Shotei website http://shotei.com/publishers/shima/history.htm

Established in 1908 in New York City by Torazo Shima, the Shima ArtCompany published prints and distributed the prints of otherpublishers.  For their own publications, they contracted with companiesin Japan to oversee the carving and printing. A red Shima seal, (left),was printed within the image below the signature of the attributedartist.

Shima committed to publish shin-hanga prints having their own sealimprinted and sold at lower prices. At least some of these prints weremanufactured at Daikokuya of Tokyo. Shinnosuke Koizumi, who took overDaikokuya from the Matsuki family, collaborated with Shima, and theyselected designs that would appeal to American taste. Anothermanufacturer of Shima's prints was the Daimaru Book Company, in Osaka.(This information was uncovered by Robert Schaap, in his examination ofRobert Muller's files.)

As for the price of shin-hanga in those days,  a newly-arrived Hasuioban size print was sold at $5.00, and $7.50 - $15 for the olderprints. The prints of Shima's own were sold at $3.00 for oban size,$1.25 for chuban size, and $0.50 for Christmas card size.

After the death of Torazo Shima in 1927, his widow married Hango Sumii,a Japanee immigrant and  successful New York importer.  In September,1940, the Sumiis sold almost all the inventories of the Shima ArtCompany to Mr. Robert Muller, the famous collector of Japanese prints,for $7,500. In October, 1940, Robert Muller re-named the business asthe Robert Lee Gallery.  Immediately following the Japanese attack onPearl Harbor, Muller removed all the Japanese inventory from the storedisplaying Western pictures. The store closed during the war.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #111 and #172
 Title or Description Tea House at Imadobashi - (after a design by Kiyochika)
 Artist  after Kiyochika Kobayashi (1847-1915)
#111: Kiyochika(as shown left - as with many of the other Shima Art Company prints, the "signatures" of earlier well-known artists were displayed on these prints simply in an attempt to "enhance" their value to print collectors.1)
 #172: unsigned
 Seal  no artist seal on either print; #111: red seal of publisher Shima Art Company under Kiyochika signature, as shown below
 Publication Date c. 1930s (after an original design of c. 1877)
#111: Shima Art Company (as shown left) - possibly printed by Daikokuya in Tokyo
 #172: unknown (no indentifying information on print)
 Impression #111: excellent; #172: excellent
 Colors #111: excellent; #172: excellent
 Condition #111: excellent; #172: excellent
 Genre shin hanga
 Miscellaneous #111 provenance is Robert O. Muller collection
 H x W Paper
 #111: 10 x 15 in. (25.4 x 38.1 cm)
 #172: 4 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (11.4 x 17.1 cm)
 H x W Image
 same as paper size

 Collections This Print

 1 Source: Ukiyo’e Gallery website http://www.ukiyoe-gallery.com/still-more-look-alike.htm

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