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*NOTE: The black or white borders around many of the publisher's seals were added

by us to set them off graphically when isolated and do not exist on the prints themselves.

 

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PUBLISHER

KANJI

KANA

LOCATION

EXAMPLE

SEAL

ARTISTS

DATES

Aito

Andreas Marks says that Aito is the seal name of this publisher. The publisher's name is Sagamiya Tōkichi -  相模屋藤吉 or

さがみや.とうきち.

Marks #435

柤卜

あいと

Edo

 

Marks seal

#24-009

Gengyo, Hiroshige II,

Kunisada II, Kuniteru II,

 Kunitsuna, Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni III, Yoshifuji,

Yoshikazu,

Yoshimori & Yoshitora

As early as 1855 or earlier to 1866 or later

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the date of ca. 1850 as the start for this publisher

 

 

 

 

Arita-ya Seiemon

(aka Yueidō)

3 variants shown

Marks #014

有田屋

清右衛門

ありたや

せいえもん

Edo

 

Marks seal

#26-051

 

Eisen, Hiroshige, Hokusai, as both Kunisada & Toyokuni III,

 Kuniyasu, Kuniyoshi,

 Sadafusa, Toyokuni I,

 & Yoshikazu

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from a private collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

The image to the right is from ca. 1850.

 

As early as 1804-18 or earlier to 1855 or later

The earliest print we have found published by this house is one of a red carp by Toyokuni I. Since he died in 1825 we can only assume that it was printed in that year or before. The seal used is the second one down on the far right. It does not appear to be posthumous. Also, there is an earlier edition of this print dating from ca. 1804-18 but it may have been published by Etsukichi, but then again maybe not. Some of the information is contradictory.

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives an end date of 1864 for this publisher

 

 

 

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from a private collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

This seal was used as early as 1804-18 on a Toyokuni I print of a swimming carp .

However, we now know that this seal was also used as late as 1854 on a Hiroshige print.

 

Marks seal

#17-011

 

Marks gives the dates of  1844-61 for this seal.

 

 

 

 

 

The print shown to the right is

one panel of a triptych from the

Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see more.

 

Marks seal

#22-064

 

Marks gives the dates of the mid 1830s to 1849 for this seal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariwaradō Chūbei

(Seal name -

Ariwaradō Kōbun

有原堂好久 or

ありわらどうぶうん

firm name -

Yūgendō 有原堂

 or ゆうげんどう

Marks #015

有原堂

忠兵衛

ありわらどう

ちゅうべい

Osaka

 

The Shibakuni print shown

to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to learn more.

 

Marks seal

#04--019

Hokushū,

Shibakuni,

Yoshikuni

Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1821-1825

 

 

 

 

 

 

Azuma-ya Daisuke

(Firm names - Kinshūdō

錦集堂 or きんしゅどう

and Tōkindō

東錦堂 or とうきんどう)

 3 variants shown

Marks #025

東屋

大助

あずまや

だいすけ

Edo

 

Marks seal

#06-001

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between

1817 to 1830.

 

Kunikane, Kuninao

Kunisada, Kuniyoshi,

Sadatora

Active in ca. 1818-23. We will give a larger or more specific range when or if dates become available.

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1817-1848

 

 

 

 

Marks seal

#06-021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marks seal

#21-200

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daikoku-ya

Heikichi

(seal name - Daihei

大平 or だいへい,

firm name - Shōjudō

松寿堂 or しょうじゅどう,

amily name - Matsuki Heikichi

松木平吉 or まつへいきち)

Marks #029

大黒屋

平吉

 

だいこくや

へいきち

Edo

 

Marks seal

#22-094

 Chikanobu, Eisen,

Gekkō, Gengyo,

Getsuzō, Gyokuha,

Hanko,

Hirose Yoshikuni,

Hiroshige II,

Hiroshige III,

Hishikawa Harunobu,

Kiyochika, Kiyooki,

Kōgyo, Kōkyo, Koson,

Kuniaki, Kuniaki II,

Kunichika,

Kunimasa, Kunisada II,

Kunisato, Kunitarō,

Kuniteru II or III,

Kunitsuna, Kunitsuna II,

Kuniyasu, Kuniyoshi,

Miyagawa Shuntei,

Sadahide, Toshikata,

Toyokuni II, Toyokuni III,

Toyonobu, Yasuji,

Yoshikazu & Yoshitoshi

Andreas Marks gives the

dates 1764 to 1931 along with a separate set of dates of ca. 1820s to 1910s. [We don't understand the use of two different range of dates.]

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the dates of ca. 1772 to 1930 for this publisher

 

 

 

 

Daikoku-ya Kinnosuke

(aka Kinjirō)

4 variants shown

大黒(国)屋金之助

だいこくや
きんのすけ

Edo/Tokyo

 

There is no page linked

to this print.

Hiroshige II, Kunihisa II,

Kunisada II,

Kuniteru II, Kuniyoshi, Kyōsai, Sadahide, Toyokuni III,

Yoshifuji, Yoshiiku,

Yoshimune, Yoshitora,

Yoshitoshi, Yoshitoyo

& Yoshitsuya

Possibly as early as 1818 to as late as 1872 or later

 

 

To the right is an alternative

seal for Daikoku-ya Kinnosuke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seal to the right is from a

Kyōsai print dated 1863.

 

Marks seal

#22-094

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between

1863 to 1865.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The seal to the right is from a

Yoshitoshi print dated 1865.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ebisu-ya Shōshichi

( Seal name - Ebisuya,

 firm name - Kinshōdō -

until ca. 1875

then Bunshōdō in ca. 1883,

family name - Kumagi Shōshichi)

3 variants shown

Marks #039

恵比寿屋

庄七

 

(We corrected our kanji

based on the work done

by Dr. Marks.)

えびすや
しようしち

Edo

There is no longer a page

devoted to this print.

 

Marks seal

#26-007

Hirokage, Hiroshige,

Hiroshige III,

Kunichika, Kunimori II,

 Kunisada II, Kuniyoshi, Kyōsai, 

Toyokuni III,

Yoshiiku, Yoshitora

& Yoshitoshi

As early as the early 1840s or earlier to as late as 1875 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1846-1883

Although this publisher did not start his business until the mid-1840s he soon "became one of the most productive..." In fact, "His flourishing business allowed him to take over the business of the publisher Kawaguchiya Shōzō in the fourth month of 1852." [See Kawaguchi-ya Shōzō on our K thru M publishers page.] Source and quotes from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900, by Andreas Marks, p. 290.

 

 

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from the Eikei (英渓) Collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

Marks seal

#21-137

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from a private collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

 

 

 

 

Ebi-ya Rinnosuke

(Seal name - Ebirin,

firm name - Kaijudō)

4 variants shown

Marks #040

海老屋

林之助

えびや
りんのすけ

Edo

 We know this seal was used in

ca. 1847-8. to as late as

the 11th month of 1861

 

Marks seal

#07-021

Ginkō, Hiroshige,

Hiroshige II, Hiroshige III, Kunichika,

as Kunisada & as Toyokuni III,

Kunisada II, Kuniteru I,

Kuniteru II,

Kunitsuna II, Kuniyoshi,

Kyōsai, Sadahide, Toyonobu,

Yoshiharu, Yoshiharu II,

Yoshiiku,

Yoshikazu, Yoshitora,

Yoshitoshi,

Yoshitsuya & Yoshitoyo

As early as 1843 or earlier to as late as 1867 perhaps

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1832-1895

Dr. Marks notes: "As early as 1832, Ebiya Rinnosuke was in business as a fan merchant, issuing fan prints." In the 1840s they were printing standard oban sized prints mainly by Kuniyoshi and Kunisada. By 1851 "We know that... he was situated in the same shop as his fellow publisher Enshūya Matabei. An earlier address for Ebiya is not known and he might have actually joined the established Enshūya when he had started his business. Already in 1845, both publishers were engaged in two co-operational projects..." working with Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige and Kunisada. "Sealed as Ueki Rinnosuke since 1876, Ebiya was in business until c. 1895, however not exceedingly active." Quoted from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900, p. 280.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 We know this seal was used

at least from 1843-45 into 1866

 

 

 

To the right is another alternative

seal for Ebi-ya Rinnosuke.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The MFA in Boston identifies

this seal as an alternative for Ebiya

Rinnosuke. Ebi (shrimp) is 海?

(a variant of 海老)

and rin (forest) is .

This seal was used on a

Yoshiharu print in 1865.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Echizen-ya Hachiemon

(Firm name - Honkindō)

2 variants shown

Marks #043

越前屋

八右衛門
 

えちぜんや

はちえもん

 

Edo

Kuniyoshi & Toyokuni III

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from a private collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

As early as 1847 or earlier

to as late as 1854 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1849 to 1853

 

 

 

To the left is an alternate seal

for this publisher. Used sometime

between 1847-52.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Edo-ya Matsugorō

(Seal name - Ematsu)

2 variants shown

Marks #048

江戸屋

松五郎

えどや

まつごろう

Edo

Hiroshige, Kunisada,

Kuniyoshi & Toyokuni I

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from a private collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as the mid-1820s to 1841

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the dates of ca. 1835-68 for this publisher

 

 

 

 

 

 

This variant contains the first character of Edo, , and the character for matsu or pine tree, .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eijūdō

(aka Nishimura Yohaichi)

Go to the publisher's page for N thru Z to see more info.

永寿堂

えいじゅどう

Edo

Hiroshige

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from a private collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

 

 

 

Eikyūdō

(aka Yamamoto-ya Heikichi)

 

 

Edo

Eizan, Hiroshige,

Kunisada, Kunisada II,

Toyokuni I & Toykuni II

As early as 1816 or earlier to as late as the 1830s

The carver Hori Chō worked on blocks for Kunisada II for this publisher in 1865.

 

 

 

 

Enomotoya Kichibei

Marks #054

榎本屋

吉兵衛

えのもとや

きちへい

Edo

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

 

Marks seal

#01-053

 

Marks notes that this seal was used between 1786-1830.

Eishi, Eishō, Hokusai,

Ikku,

Kunisada, Kuniyasu,

Masanobu,

Masayoshi, Shun'ei,

Shuntei, Toyokuni,

Toyokuni II, Toyomaru,

Utamaro

 

 

 

Enshū-ya

Hikobei

Marks #055

 

遠州屋

彦兵衛

 

えんしゅうや

ひこべい

 

Edo

 

The triptych shown to the right from the

Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see more

information about it.

 

 

Marks seal

#21-016

Gengyō, Hiroshige,

Hiroshige II, Kunichika,

Kunihisa II,

Kunisada II, Kyōsai,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide,

Toyokuni III,

Yoshitora, Yoshitoshi,

Yoshitsuru, Yoshitsuya

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1847 to

the 1867

 

 

Enshū-ya

Matabei

Marks #057

2 variants shown

遠州屋

又兵衛

えんしゅうや

またべい

Edo

 

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from a private collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

Marks seal

#01-031

 

Click on the seal above to go to a page with a diptych by Kuniyoshi which we added Aug. 9, 2005 and which displays the same seal.

 

Hiroshige, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi,

Utamaro & Yoshiiku

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1768 to

1881

 

 

 

 

The seal to the right appeared on 

Kuniyoshi & Kunisada prints in ca. 1845-6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Etsu-Ka

Andreas Marks says that Etsu-ka is the seal name of this publisher. The publisher's name is Echizenya Kaju

越前屋嘉十 or

えちぜんやかじゅう

Marks #045

越嘉

えつか

Edo/Tokyo

 

Marks seal

#23-017

 

Chikuyōdō, Kuniaki,

Kuniaki II, Kunichika,

Kunihisa II, Kunisada II, 

Kunitsuna,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide,

Toyokuni III & Yoshitsuya

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1860-1868

In the 12th month of

1860 this publisher

took over the firm of

Maru-ya Kinzō

 (丸屋金蔵 or

まるやきんぞう).

 The carver Hori Chō worked on blocks for Kunisada II and Toyokuni III for this publisher between 1861-3.

 

 

 

 

Ezaki-ya Kichibei

(Seal name - Eichi 江吉 - firm name - Tenjudō - 天寿堂)

Marks #058

江崎屋

吉兵衛

えざきや

きちべい 

Edo

 

The print to the right is

the right-hand panel of a

Kunisada diptych

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see

the whole diptych

and to learn more.

 

Marks seal

#21-091

 

Marks notes that this seal was used between 1807-45.

 

Eisen, Eizan, Hokusai, Kiyomitsu II, Kuninaga, Kunisada, Kuniyasu, Kuniyoshi,  Sadafusa, Sadatora, Shinsai, Shūchō, Shun'ei, Shuntei, Toyokuni I, Utamaro, Yoshitama

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1773-VI/1852

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ezaki-ya Tatsuzō   

(Seal name: Etatsu 江辰 - firm name: Sengyokudō)

4 variants shown

Marks #059

江崎屋

辰蔵

えざきや

たつぞう

Edo

 

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us by our great friend Mike Lyon..  To see it as his web site click on the publisher's seal.

 

Marks seal

#21-092

Eisen, Hiroshige,

Kunitomi, Kuniyasu,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide,

Sadanobu, Sadatora,

Shunchō (fl. 1815-23),

Taito II, Toyokuni I,

Toyokuni II, Toyokuni III

& Yoshitora

As early as 1808 to

as late as ca. 1845 or later

Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1822-1852

 

 

 

The seal to the right appeared on

a Hiroshige print in ca. 1840-42.

It appeared as early as 1831 on a

Kunitomi print. It was on another print

 as early as 1815-23.

 

Marks seal

#02-006

 

 

 

 

The seal to the right appeared on

a Hiroshige print in ca. 1844.

 

 

 

The seal to the right appeared on

a Toyokuni III  print in ca. 1844-7.

 

 

 

Fujioka-ya Hikotarō

(aka Shōgendō)

3 variants shown

Marks #062

藤岡屋

彦太郎

ふじおかや

ひこたろう

Edo

 

Marks seal

#01-036

Hiroshige, Kunimaro I,

Kunisada, Kuniyoshi

& Shunshō II

Ca. 1775 - ca. 1852

 

 

 

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal

#22-014

 

 

 

 

 

The seal to the right appeared on

a Hiroshige print.

 

 

 

 

The seal to the right appeared on

a Hiroshige print in ca. 1840.

 

 

Marks seal

#12-045

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fujioka-ya

Keijirō

(Seal name - Fujikei 藤慶,

firm name - Shōrindō 松野堂,

Mizuno Shoten 水野書店

 from the 1880s,

family name - Mizuno Keijirō

水野慶次郎)

Marks #063

藤岡屋

慶次郎

ふじおかや.けいじろう

Edo

 

Marks seal

#21-026

Gengyo,

Hiroshige I, Hiroshige II,

Hiroshige III, Hokui,

Ikumaru, Kuniaki, Kuniaki II,

Kunichika, Kunihisa II,  

Kunimaro, Kunisada II,

Kunisato, Kuniteru,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide, Toyokuni III,

Yoshifuji, Yoshiharu,

Yoshiiku, Yoshikazu,

 Yoshimune, Yoshinao,

 Yoshinobu,

Yoshisato,

 Yoshitora & Yoshitoshi

As early as 1847 or earlier to as late as 1868 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1843-1923

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the date of ca. 1830 as the start for this publisher

"Fujiokaya Keijirō is one of the few publishers about whom detailed information is available. The reason for this lies in the family records published by his successors. [¶] Fujiokaya Keijirō I (1823-1883) was the younger brother of the publisher Fujiokaya Hikotarō. [See the publisher's entry above this one.] Fujiokaya Keijirō started in the publishing business around 1843 with warrior prints by Kuniyoshi.... He managed to get all three leading Utagawa artists working for him from the start and they designed prints as well as book illustrations." The business under the leadership was Keijirō IV was destroyed in the Great Kantō quake of September 1, 1923. Source and quotes from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900, by Andreas Marks, p. 284.

 

 

 

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

 

Marks seal

#26-104

 

Marks notes that this seal was used between 1852-54.

 

 

         

Fukuda Kumajirō

(Firm name - Gusokuya 具足屋)

4 variants shown

Marks #071

福田

熊次郎

ふくだ

くまじろう

Tokyo

There is no link to the

Kokunimasa triptych shown above.

Chikanobu, Chikashige,

Fusatane, Ginkō, Ikuhide,

Kiyochika, Kokunimasa,

Kunichika, Kunisada III,

Kuniyasu, Kyōsai,

Seisai, Toshimitsu,

Toshinobu, 

Yoshiiku, Yoshimune

& Yūsai Toshiaki

Active from as early as 1876 to as late as 1897 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as 1874 to x/1898

Marks says that this publisher was previously Gusokuya Kahei and that it became Fukuda Hatsujirō.

 

 

 

This seal was used on

a Kunichika print

in 1896

 

 

 

 

We know that this seal was used on

a Kunisada III print and that of one by Fusatane in 1877.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funazu Chūjirō

(Seal name - Kinju Kaisha

錦寿会社, firm name - Kinjudō  錦寿堂)

Marks #077

船津

忠次郎

ふなつ

ちゆうじろう

Tokyo

Chikanobu & Yoshitoshi

Active from as early as 1878 or earlier to as late as 1882? or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1877 to 1882

 

 

 

Gusoku-ya Kahei

5 variants shown

具足屋

嘉兵衛

ぐそくや
かへえ

Tokyo

There is no link to the

Ginko triptych shown above.

 

Ginkō, Hiroshige II, 

Hiroshige III, 

Kuniyoshi, Kunichika,

 Toyokuni III, Yoshitora

 & Yoshiiku

Active from as early as 1843 to as late as 1874 or later

Marks says that this publisher became Fukuda Hatsujirō.

It is also possible that Gosuka-ya Kahei may have experimented with printing lithographs during the Meiji period.

 

 

 

 

The seal to the right  was used on a

Toyokuni III print in 1865.

 

 

 

 

The seal to the right  was used on a

Kunichika print in 1864.

 

 

 

 

 

The seal to the right  was used on this

Kuniyoshi print in 1844. There is no

separate link to this picture.

The seal to the right  was used on this

Kuniyoshi print in 1843.

 

 

 

       
   

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