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Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)
Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849)

Album of fan paintings

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) Album of fan paintings Each signed Zen Hokusai Iitsu hitsu, each sealed with seals known as ningyo (doll) or tsuetsuki rojin (old man with stick) Twelve fan-shaped paintings mounted as an album; ink and color on silk 6¾ x 18in. (17.2 x 46cm.) each approx.
Kobayashi Bunshichi (1861-1923)

Lot Essay

According to Nagata Seiji, Hokusai used this seal between Bunsei 6 and Bunsei 11 (1823-28).

Hokusai was a household name even in his own lifetime. We know him for the wide range of books and prints he produced for the commercial market, but he offered paintings--deluxe commissions--for his wealthiest clientele, often with witty themes.

The album has the Hosukaku no in seal of Kobayashi Bunshichi, the famous dealer/collector (see lot 620).

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