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PUBLISHER

KANJI

KANA

LOCATION

EXAMPLE

SEAL

ARTISTS
DATES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maru-ya Bun'emon

(seal name - Marubun;

firm name - Bunjudō)

Marks #292

丸屋

文右衛門

まるや

ぶんえもん

Edo

 

Two points: 1) I would like to thank my friend Mike for providing this image and 2) this print has been trimmed at the bottom. That is why the publisher's seal does not form a full circle. Normally it would.

 

Marks seal #08-131

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1793-1820s

 for this seal.

 

Eiri, Eisui, Eizan, Hokusai,

Kikumaro (aka Tsukimaro),

Kunimasa,

 Kunisada, Sekihō,

Shinsai, Shuntei,

Toyokuni I,

Toyomaru,

Utamaro & Utamaro II

As early as 1793 or earlier

 to as late as 1825 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates ca. 1793 to 1834

"In 1807, Maruya is listed as a member of the Picture Book and Print Publishers Guild (Jihon toiya). In the third month of 1813 and the first month of 1814, Maruya served as censor (gyōji)..." Few books and prints were published between the last half of the 1820s and the time the firm closed. Source and quotes from Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 216.

Maru-ya Heijirō

Marks #293

丸屋
平次郎

まるや
へいじろう

Edo/Tokyo

There is no longer a page

linked to this print.

 

Marks seal #25-126

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1868-71 for

this seal.

 

Kunichika, Kunisada II

& Kuniteru

As early as 1866 or earlier

to as late as 1871 or later

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maru-ya Jimpachi
(seal name - Marujin;

 firm name - Enjudō

from 1807-33;

Tōkokudō from 1865-72)

Marks #294

丸屋
甚八

まるや
じんぱち

Edo

 

There is no longer a link to this print.

 

This is probably

Marks seal #08-088.

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1810s-32 for

this seal.

 

 

 

Bunchō, Eirin,

Eisen, Eishin, Eizan,

Harunobu, Hiroshige,

Hiroshige II (aka Shigenobu),

Kaigetsudō Anchi

Kiyomitsu, Kiyomitsu II

Koryūsai,

Kunichika, Kunisada II,

Kunitsuna II, Kuniyoshi,

Sadahide, Sekihō,

Shigemasa,

Shun'ei, Shunkō

Shunkō II (Shunsen),

 Shunshō, Toyokuni I,

Toyokuni II, Toyokuni III,

Utamaro, Yoshiiku,

Yoshikazu, Yoshitora,

Yoshitoshi & Yoshitsuya

As early as the 1710s

 to as late as 1872 or later

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1759-1872.

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the earliest date of ca. 1751 for this publisher.

       

This print was contributed to our site by F.

There is no page linked to it.

 

 Marks seal #24-021

 

Andreas Marks notes that

this particular seal was used only in 1865.

 

"Maruya Jinpachi is among the most active publishrs in the history of Japanese woodblock printing." In 1807 he was a member of the Picture Book and Print Publishers Guild. "In the 1850s, Maruya had no successors and in the sixth month of 1853, he adopted Iseya Chūsuke, who was  asmall nearby publisher active since c. 1849. In the tenth month, Iseya Chūsuke continued the business under the name Maruya Jinpachi." Source and quotes from Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 198.

           

Maru-ya Kyūshirō

(Seal name -

Marukyū 丸久)

Marks #298

 

丸屋

久四郎

 

まるや

きゆうしろう

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 from the Eikei (英渓) Collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

Marks seal #21-126

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1854-59  for this seal.

 

Hiroshige,

Kunichika,

Kunisada II,

Kuniyoshi,

 Toyokuni III,

Yoshikazu

Marks gives the

dates XII/1853 to

VI/1865 for this publisher.

 

 

 

 

The Toyokuni III print

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal #01-064

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maru-ya

Seijirō

(seal name - Marusei

丸清,

 firm name - Jukakudō

寿鶴堂)

Marks #299

丸屋

   清次郎    

まるや

せいじろう

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 from a private collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

Marks seal #27-010

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1835-55  for this seal.

 

Eisen,

Hiroshige, Kunihide,

Kunimasa,

as Kunisada & Toyokuni III,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide,

Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II,

Yoshikazu,

Yoshinobu, Yoshitora

& Yoshitsuya

As early as 1825 or earlier to as late as 1855 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1799-1863.

According to Andreas Marks there was a hiatus in the production of prints from 1802 until the late 1820s or early 1830s. At the end of its run the firm was "...taken over with not much success by Fukushimiya Taschichi in the ninth month 1863." Source and quotes from Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 238.

 

 

 

 

 

The triptych to the right is from

the Lyon Collection. Click on it to

see more information.

 

 

Marks seal #08-090

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1799-1853  for this seal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maru-ya

Tetsujirō

(seal name - Marutetsu 丸銕,

firm name - 涎寿堂,

family name - Kobayashi Tetsujirō

小林銕次郎)

Marks #300

丸屋

銕次郎

まるや

てつじろう

 

Edo/Tokyo

This seal is not exactly like

the one in Dr. Marks book, but

it is close enough to list here.

 

Marks seal #12-015

Arinobu, Chikanobu,

Chikashige, Eitaku,

Fusatane, Gengyo,

Hiroshige II, Hiroshige III, Kunichika, Kunihisa,

Kunisada II, Kunisada III,

Kuniteru II, Kyōsai,

Sadahide, ShōShōzan,

Toyokuni III, Toyonobu,

Tsuyanaga, Yoshiiku,

Yoshimori, Yoshitora

and Yoshitoshi

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1847-97.

     

 

     

 Maru-ya

Tokuzō

(seal name - Marutoku 丸徳,

firm name - Hōzendō 宝善堂,

family name - Sekiyama Tokuzō

関山徳造

Marks #301

丸屋

徳造

まるや

とくぞう

Edo

There is no image to post yet.

Sorry!

 

Marks seal #22-097

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1860-61.

Gengyo, Sadahide,

Toyokuni III & Yoshiiku

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1860-67.

Marks notes that this publisher took over the business of Nishimura-ya Yohachi in 1860.

           

Masugindō

Marks #304

?

ますぎんどう

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 from a private collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

Marks seal #08-096

 

Andreas Marks notes that this particular seal was used between 1830s-54.

Kuniyoshi

We know that this publiser was active as early as 1847 to as late as 1850 or later

 

 

         

Matsumura Tatsuemon

(seal name - Matsu 松)

Marks #311

松村辰
右衛門

 

(We have corrected

the kanji using information

provided by Andreas Marks.)

まつむら
たつえもん

Edo

 

Marks seal #03-009

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1810s-32 for

this seal.

 

 

Eisen,

Kunimaru, Kunimasu,

Kunisada, Kuniyasu,

Sadafusa, Sadahide,

Sadakage, Toyokuni I,

Toyokuni II & Utamaro

As early as 1795 or earlier to as late as the late 1831 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates of ca. 1793 to ca. 1832.

 

 

 

 

 

The seal to the right is not listed in Marks. Nor can we find it anywhere other than in the Lyon Collection. However, we are fairly confident of our assigning this seal to this publisher.

Click on the triptych to the right to see more information

about it.

Andreas Marks in his Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 (p. 218) says: "Since the mid 1790s he bagan also to issue actor prints and really concentrated on this field in the 1810s when he became one of the most active publishers in this field."

 

 

Matsumura Yahei

Marks #312

 

松村弥

兵衛

まつむら

やへい

Edo

Not in Marks

Fusanobu, 

Hokusai,

Kiyohiro,

Kiyomitsu,

Kiyonaga,

Kiyotsune,

Koryūsai,

Masanobu,

Shigemasa,

Shunshō,

Toyoharu

Andreas Marks gives the

dates of ca. 1753 to ca. 1802.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mikawa-ya

Marks #U225

 

 

Edo

 

The triptych to the right is from

the Lyon Collection. Click on it to

see more information.

 

Marks seal #U225

 

Dr. Marks gives the

date of 1851 for

this seal.

Kiyomasu II,

Kuniyoshi, Shigenaga

Andreas Marks gives the

dates of the 1740s to ca. 1851.

Mikawa-ya DenbeiNo Marks number

found as yet.

三河屋

伝兵衛

みかわや

でんべえ

Edo

There is no page linked to

this print.

Eizan &
Kunisada II

As early as 1807 or earlier

to as late as 1865 or later

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Marks identifies

this publisher as

Mikawa-ya Kihei

(Seal name - Miki 三河)

Marks #326

 

Originally posted as

Mita-ya Kihachi

(A contributor wrote to point out certain mistakes in this entry. We originally referred to this as Mita-ya Kihei, but now believe that was a mistake. Thanks ED.)

 

Dr. Marks notes that

"Seals are sometimes misassigned

to Mitaya Kihachi."

 

Now

三河屋

喜兵衛

 

 

Originally

田屋

喜八

みかわや

きへえ

 

 

(Corrected but wrongly)

みたや

きはち

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 contributor Eikei (英渓). We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

Marks seal #12-047

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1848-54 for

this seal.

 

Gengyo, Hiroshige,

Kuniyoshi, Toyokuni III

Active as early as ca. 1852

to as late as 1856

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1845 to 1865

 

 

         

Mikawa-ya Rihei

(Seal name - Sanri

三利)

Marks #327

三河屋

利兵衛

みかわや

りへい

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 by FDL, a new contributor.

 

Marks seal #25-219

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1845-50 for

this seal.

As Kunisada and Toyokuni III, 

Kuniyoshi, Shigemasa

Yoshimori

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1766 to XII/1860. This business was taken over by Kagi-ya Shōbei.

 

 

         

Mikawa-ya Tetsugorō

(Seal name - Santetsu

三鉄)

Marks #329

三河屋

鉄五郎

みかわや

てつごるう

Edo

 

Marks seal #20-015

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1845-50 for

this seal.

Kōsai, Kunisada II,

Kunisato, Kunitaka,

Kuniyoshi, Toyokuni III,

Yoshiho,

Yoshikazu & Yoshitsuna

As early as 1852 or earlier

to as late as 1858 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1845 to 1858

Dr. Marks notes that this publisher operated out of the same shop as Yamashiro-ya Heisuke.

   

 

       

Minato-ya Kohei

(Seal name -

Minatoko 湊小,

family name - Kinsendō

錦船堂)

Marks #332

湊屋
小兵衛 

みなとや
こへえ

Edo

 

Marks seal #24-075

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1846-62 for

this seal.

 

Gengyo,

Kunichika, Kunihisa II,

Kunisada II, Kunitsuna,

Kuniyoshi, Shigemitsu,

Toyokuni III,

Yoshifuji, Yosikazu,

Yoshitsuna

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1841 to 1862

Hori Chōsen carved blocks for this publisher's Kuniyoshi Tokaidō series in 1853.

 

 

 

 

The Toyokuni III print

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

 

Marks seal #24-074

Dr. Marks notes that this publisher may have become the house of Okamoto Kaitoku. Marks #406

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miyakozawa

 

Marks #U227

(都沢)

みやこざわ

Edo

 

The Toyokuni III print

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal #25-446

Kunisada, 

Kuniyoshi,

Shigemitsu

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1845 to 1851

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morita-ya Hanzō

 

 

Formerely referred to

 as Morita-ya Hanjirō.

Marks #352

森田屋

半蔵

 

もりたや
はんじろう

Edo

 

 

There is no longer a link to this print.

 

Marks seal #04-010

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1825-35 for

this seal.

 

Eisen, Hirosada,

Hiroshige,

Kunisada, Kuniyoshi,

Sadatora, Toyokuni I

and possibly Toyokuni II

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1825 to 1835

 

 

 

 

We have now added a link

to an example of this print

in the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to learn more.

 

Marks seal #23-026

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates of the early

1830s for this seal.

 

Sebastian Izzard gives a date

of ca. 1826 for this seal and

the Museum of Fine Arts in

Boston gives ca. 1827.

 

    

 

         

Mori-ya Jihei

(seal name -

Moriji 森治,

firm name -

Kinshindō 錦森堂,

family name -

Ishikawa Jihei

石川治兵衛)

Marks #353

森屋

治兵衛

もりや

じへえ

Edo

 

Marks seal #01-079

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1807-52 for

this seal.

 

Chōki, Eisen,

Eisho, Eizan,

Fusatane, Hiroshige,

Hiroshige II, Hokuju,

Hokusai,

Kiyohiro, Kiyomitsu,

Kunichika, Kunihisa,

Kunimaru,

Kunimitsu, Kuninao,

Kuninobu,

as Kunisada & Toyokuni III,

Kunisada II,

Kuniteru, Kuniyasu,

Kuniyoshi, Sadafusa,

Sadahide,

Sadatora, Shigemasa,

Shigemasa II,

Shun'ei, Shuntei,

Toyokuni I,

Toyokuni II, Utamaro,

Utamaro II, Yoshikazu,

Yoshitora

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 collector. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

As early as 1760 or earlier

to as late as 1864 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates of ca. 1797 to 1886.

Andreas Marks in his Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 (p. 222) says: "Moriya's business went well and by 1807 he was one of the few members of the newly founded Guild of Picture Book and Print Publishers (Jihon toiya). From 1811 until 1813 he sometimes acted as a censor of prints."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murata-ya

Jirōbei

(seal name - Murata

村田,

firm name - Eiyūdō

栄邑堂)

Marks #359

村田屋

治郎兵衛

 

(Andrea Marks gives a

reading of 村田屋.次郎兵衛

which we believe is a correct

alternate form.)

むらたや

じろうべえ

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 the Eikei (英渓) Collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

This is either Marks seal #08-098 or #08-099.

They represent two

different publishers

but look the same. From

what we can tell this one

is #08-098 which operated

from 1725-1810s.

 

Baishō,

Bunchō, Chikanobu,

Chōki, Eishō, Fusanobu, 

Hagawa Wagen,

Hiroshige,

Hokuba, Hokusai,

Ikku, Kikumaro,

Kiyomasu II, Kiyomitsu,

Kiyonobu I,

Kiyonobu II,

Kiyotsune,

Kunimasa, Kuniyasu,

Kuniyoshi,  Kyosen,

Masayoshi,

Tamura Sadanobu, Shigemasa,

Shigenaga, Hirose Shigenobu,

Shunchō, Shun'ei,

Shunkō, Shunshō,

Shuntei, Toyokuni I,

Toyonobu, Tsukimaro

Utamaro, Utamaro II,

Wagen

As early as ca. 1659

 to as late as 1815-20 or later.

Andreas Marks believes it extends as late as 1844. See quote below.

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

Andreas Marks in his Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 (p. 188) says: "It is not clear if Murataya Jirōbei's business came to an end in the early 1820s as he suddenly disappeared from the scene. In the first half of the 1840s however there appears a small number of series by Hiroshige and Kuniyoshi that bear a 'Murata' publisher seal." Originally a publisher of books the firm started printing actor and bijin prints in ca. 1720s. In 1807 the head of the firm was listed as a member of the Picture Books and Print Publishers Guild (Jihon toiya - 地本問屋? or  じほんといや) and the Book Publishers Guild (Shomotsu toiya - 問屋). In 1811 and 1812 the head of the firm was also a censor of prints.

 

 

 

 

 

The Shunchō print

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to learn more.

 

Marks seal #16-050

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates of the 1770s to the

1790s for this seal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Murata-ya Tetsu

(This is a correction based on information from Dr. Marks of the name we first listed.)

Seal name - Muratetsu 村鉄

Marks #360

村田屋鉄

むらやてつ

Edo

 

Marks seal #25-376

 

Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and

Yoshitora

As early as 1842

to as late as 1846

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1843 to 1844

 

 

       
   

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