Seven (7) Utagawa Kunisada also Utagawa Toyokuni III (Japanese, 1786-1865) color woodblock prints on paper, including one (1) Edo Period print with a Toshidama cartouche. 1st item: Woodblock print depicting a seated woman playing a shamisen and a man with a sword standing behind her in a room, both wearing black and white kimono or yukata. Printed red Toshidama cartouche, lower right with title, top right, censor and publisher seals, lower left and right. 14 5/8" H x 10 1/4" W. Edo period, circa 1857. 2nd-3rd items: Two (2) diptych woodblock prints, one (1) depicting a samurai in a Mino (straw cape) and holding a helmet, standing in the snow covered entryway to a house, one (1) depicting an elderly man seated in a room, both with a snowy mountain range in the background. Printed artist's signature and seals, lower left and right, titled, top left. 14 3/8" H x 9 7/8" W. Meiji Period. 4th-7th items: Four (4) woodblock prints from an unknown series, each depicting a man or woman in nighttime landscape or cityscape scenes, all connected by a yamato-e style "floating cloud" in the middle ground. One (1) male print with red titled cartouche, top right. Printed artist's signature, censor and publisher seals, lower left and right. Three (3) hinge mounted to cardstock. Prints – 14 1/4" H x 9 7/8" W. Cardstock ranging in size from 17 1/8" H x 11 3/4" W to 18 1/8" H x 13" W. Meiji Period. CONDITION: All items in overall good condition. Toning, few minute foxing spots, few minute tears to edges. Strong colors, good register and impression, average bleed through en verso.
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