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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

Harima-ya Shinshichi

Marks #097

播磨屋

新七

はりまや
しんしち

Edo

 

The Toyokuni I print

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see

more information.

 

 

 

Marks seal #01-002

Haruji, Harunobu,

Kiyomitsu I, Kiyonaga,

Kunimasa,

Shun'ei, Shunkaku,

Shunsho, Shuntoku,

Toyokuni I,

Utamaro, Utamaro II

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1762 to the 1790s,

but we know or believe that

 this publisher was

still operating in ca. 1810.

There is a Toyokun I print in the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston which is dated

to 11/1808.

 

In ca. 1792 this publisher produced one of the most remarkable prints ever. It is by Utamaro and shows Takashima Ohisa (高嶋おひさ) on the front holding a fan while the back of the sheet shows the same character from the back.

 

 

 

 

 

Hasegawa Sonokichi

(Seal name - Ōmiya

近江屋;

firm name -Hasegawa Enkichi? - see note below)

Marks #101

長谷川

園吉

はせがわ
そのきち

Tokyo

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1889-90.

 

Marks seal #30-048

 

Marks gives the text within this seal as Nihonbashi-ku Kotenmachō Sanchōme 17-banchi, Hasegawa Sonokichi

Chikanobu, Chikashige,

Ikuhide, Kiyochika,

Kōgyo,

Kokunimasa, Kōtō, Kunichika,

 Kuninao II, Kunisada III,

Kunitoshi, Kyōko, Nobukazu, 

Torashige

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1877

to 1905

"Sonokichi is written 其吉 until c. 1883, thereafter written 園吉. Sometimes the publisher name is misread as Hasegawa Enkichi. Identical with Ōmiya Sonokichi 近江其吉." Quoted from: Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium by Dr. Andreas Marks, p. 138.

     

 

     

Hayashi-ya Shōgorō

(Seal name - Rinshō 林庄)

Marks #106

林屋

庄五郎

はやしや

しょうごろう

Edo

Partial view. In the

box below is a full

example from a

different source.

Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1847-58.

Marks seal #22-049

Gengyo, Hiroshige,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide,

Toyokuni III,

 Yoshiiku, Yoshitsuya

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1845-63

 

 

The Kuniyoshi print

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see

more information.

 

Marks seal #22-049 -

full view

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1847-58.

 

 

The Kuniyoshi print

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see

more information.

 

This seal is not in

Marks, but is closest

to #11-002.

 

 

Hirano-ya Chōemon

Marks #112

平野屋

長右衛門

ひろのや

ちょうえもん

Edo

 

The Kunisada print

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on it to see

more information.

 

Marks seal #02-055

Eizan, Hiroshige,

Kunikane, Kuninao, Kunisada, Kunitsugu

Kuniyasu, Shuntei,

Toyokuni I

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1805-20,

but we found a Kuninao

print in the Museum of

Fine Arts, Boston dated

to 1822.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hirano-ya Shinzō

(Seal name - Hirashin 平新,

 firm name - Aikindō 愛錦堂)

Marks #114

平野屋

新蔵

ひろのや

しんぞう

Edo

There is no link to the

 triptych shown above.

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1861-66.

 

Marks seal #24-090

Hiroshige II, Hiroshige III,

 Kunichika, Kunihisa,

Kunihisa II, Toyokuni III,

Yoshiiku,

Yoshikazu, Yoshitora

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as 1861

to ca. 1869

 There is a Torii Kiyoshige print in the MFA in Boston. It dates from ca. 1731 and they identify it as being published by Hirano-ya Shinzō.

     

The print by Toyokuni III and Hiroshige II to the right is from the Lyon Collection. Click on it to see more information.

 

 

Marks seal #25-535

Marks notes that this particular seal was used in 1863-64.

"Hiranoya Shinzō started in the publishing business in the second month of 1861 by taking over the business of the small publisher Nishinomiya Shinkichi. No publications by Nishinomiya Shinkichi are known..."

Source and quote from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900, by Andreas Marks, p. 308.

 

 

         

Hirooka-ya Kōsuke

( Seal name -

Hirokō 広幸;

firm names -

Kikujudō 菊寿堂;

Eisendō 栄泉堂)

Marks #117

広岡屋

幸助

ひろおかや
こうすけ

Edo/Tokyo

 

Marks

seal #12-059

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1860-68.

Hiroshige II,

Kunihisa II,

Kunisada II,

Toyokuni III,

Yoshifusa, Yoshiiku,

Yoshitora, Yoshitoshi

Andreas Marks gives the

dates ca. 1858 to 1874

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hōeidō

(aka Takenuchi Magohachi - this name was corrected on 11/17/12.)

Marks #525

保永堂

 

Edo

 

Marks seal

#12-051 is the

closest example

given to this

one, but it is not exactly the same.

Eisen, Hiroshige,

 Kunisada

As early as ca. 1832 or earlier to as late as 1838 or later

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honmo

Marks #U074

本茂

 

 

Edo

Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni III

The diptych to the right
is from the Lyon Collection.
Click on it to see more details.

Andreas Marks gives the

dates ca. 1855 to 1856

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honsei

 Andreas Marks gives this publisher's name as Honya Seishichi and Honsei as the seal name.

(Seal name - Shōhon-ya Seishichi

正本屋清七, family name -

Tamaoki Seishichi)

Marks #123

本清

ほんせい

Osaka

There is no longer a link

to the print shown above.

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1817-38.

Marks seal #25-527

 Ashihiro, Ashiharu, Ashiyuki,

Fujikuni, Ganjōsai,

Hikokuni, Hironobu,

 Hokkai, Hokuchō, Hokuei, Hokuju,

 Hokushū, Kuniharu, Kunihiro,

 Kunimasu, Kunishige,

Masakuni, Nagahide,

Sadahiro, Sadamasu,

 Sadanobu, Sadayoshi, Shibakuni, Shigeharu, Shunchō,

Shunshi, Shunyo,

Shunzan, Shunzei,Tanko,

 Toyohide, Umekuni, Yoshikuni,

 Yoshiume, Yoshitaki, Yoshitoyo

Andreas Marks gives the

dates ca. 1803 to 1896

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This seal is not

in Marks.

 

 

Horikoshi

 

 

Marks #U077

 

 

Edo

 

The print by Kuniyoshi to the right is from the Lyon Collection. Click on it to see more information.

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1858-60. However, there is this print in the Lyon Collection which is dated 6/1857.

 

Marks seal #21-073

Kunisada, Kuniyoshi,

Yoshi-jo, Yoshitori-jo

[Are these last two versions

of signatures of the same

female artist?]

Marks gives the dates of

ca. 1857-60.

 

 

Horimasa

 

 

Marks #U078

彫正

 

Edo

 

The print by Kuniyoshi to the right is from the Lyon Collection. Click on it to see more information.

 

Marks seal #25-403

Kuniyoshi,

Sadafusa,

Toyokuni III,

Yoshifuji,
Yoshitoyo

Marks gives the dates of

ca. 1847-49.

 

 

Hori Takichi

(aka Ōta-ya Takichi)

 

Marks #423

 

 

Edo

There is no longer a link

to the print shown above.

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1848-60s.

 

Marks seal #01-119

Kuniyoshi, Toyokuni III,

Yoshiiku

Marks gives the dates of

ca. 1848-67.

Andreas Marks identifies this publisher under the heading of Ōta-ya Takichi and we agree. A fuller entry on this publisher can be found on our N thru Z publisher page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iba-ya

Kyūbei

(Seal name -

 Ibakyū 伊場久,

  firm name -

Kinseidō 錦政堂)

Marks #126

伊場屋

久兵衛

いばや

きゆうべ

Edo/Tokyo

 

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

#19-040

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used in 1829.

Eizan, Hiroshige,

as both Kunisada

and Toyokuni III,  

Kuniyoshi, Sadashige,

Sadatora, Utamaro,

Yoshitomi

Marks gives the dates of

ca. 1804-69.

 

 

The Kuniyoshi print

to the right is

from the Lyon Collecton.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal

#11-005

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used in both 1845 and again in 1851.

 

 

The Kuniyoshi print

to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal

#21-068

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used in 1845.

 

 

The Utamaro print

to the right is from the

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

 

Marks seal

#08-055

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used from 1804

to the 1840s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iba-ya

Senzaburō

(Seal name - Ibasen,

firm name - Dansendō)

Marks #127

伊場屋仙三郎

 

いばや

せんざぶろう

Edo/ Tokyo

There is no longer a link

to the print shown above.

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1840s-52.

 

Marks seal

#11-001

Hiroshige, Hiroshige II,

Kunisada,

Kunisada II, Kuniyoshi,

Sadahide,

Toyokuni I,

Toyokuni III, Yoshifuji,

Yoshiiku

Andreas Marks gives the

dates ca. 1815 to 1869

 

"Ibaya Senzaburō specialized in fan prints showing a broad range of subjects." Quoted from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 266.

 

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal

#21-095

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1845-54.

 

 

 

 

The print to the right is

from the British Museum.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal

#22-036

 

Marks notes that this particular seal was used in

1847,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imari-ya Ushizō

( Firm names -

Bunhōdō 文芳堂;

Bunhōdō 文宝堂)

Marks #138

今利屋

丑蔵

りや

うしぞう

Edo

Andreas Marks gives no specific dates for this seal.

As Kunisada &

Toyokuni III,

Kuniyasu,

Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II

Marks gives the dates

as ca. 1816-27.

 

 

       
   

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