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Nishimura-ya Yohachi

(seal name - Nishiyo;

firm name - Eijūdō)

10 variants shown

Marks #391

西村屋

与八

にしむらや

よはち

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. An anonymous correspondent has been kind enough to let us display it.

The bottom half of the publisher's seal is not shown  here, but the top part of it appears on the trimmed lower edge of this print.  Below is a full example from a different print.

 

 

Marks seal #23-016

We know that this seal was

 being used in ca. 1782 into1807.

Marks gives the dates of the

1880s to 1809.

Bunchō, Eiri, Eishi,

Eishō, Eizan,

Harunobu, Hiroshige,

Hokkei, Hokuju, as both Shunrō & Hokusai, Kiyomine, Kiyomitsu, Kiyomitsu II, Kiyonaga,

Kiyoshige,

Koryūsai, Kuninao, Kunisada,

Kuniyasu,

 Kuniyoshi, Sadahide,

Shigemasa, Shikimaro, Shunchō, Shun'ei, Shungyō, Shunman,  

Shunshō, Shuntei,

Shunzan,  Toyoharu, Toyohiro, Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II,  Toyoshige, Utamaro

& Utamaro II

Active as early as 1708-10

to as late as 1834 or later

Andreas Marks gives the dates ca. 1751 to 1869

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the  dates of ca. 1750 to 1850 for this publisher

"Nishimuraya Yohachi is among the most important publishers in the history of prints and may be the purblisher with the biggest output over time." This is from Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 (p. 194) by Andreas Marks as are all other entries in this box. "...since his beginning, all important and popular artists worked for him." Marks talks about Nishimurya's willingness to publish unusual themes across a large range of subjects. "In the 1830s, his production of illustrated books increased significantly until it came to an abrupt end in early 1841." Marks added later: "Nishimuraya suddenly stopped producing prints and illustrated books in early 1841, apparently because of a change in leadership from Yohachi II to the adopted Yohachi III." [Perhaps another reason might have been the restrictions of the Tempo reforms which were so destructive to other publishers at that time - especially those in Osaka.] In 1799 Toyokuni I produced a memorial print devoted to the founding member of the firm. In 1807 Nishimuraya was a member of two major guilds: the Picture Books and Print Publishers Guild and the Book Publishers Guild. Little was published between 1841-1860. "The final end came in the third month of the same year when Nishimuraya was taken over by the publisher Maruya Tokuzō."

 

 

 

 

The Kuniyoshi print shown

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

 

Marks seal #01-008

 

We know that this seal was

 being used as early as ca. 1770-72

to as late as 1825-30

as found on a Toyokuni II triptych.

 

 

 

 

The Hiroshibe print shown

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

 

 

Marks seal #16-053

 

Marks notes that this seal was

used in 1834.

 

 

 

 

The print shown to the right dated ca. 1815 is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information.  Generously provided to us by Dede and Bruce H.

 

 

 

The print shown to the right is from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to learn more.

 

 

We know that this seal to the right was used on prints published as early as ca. 1770 to as late as 1784.

 

 

 

 

The seal to the right appeared on

a Kiyomitsu I print in ca. 1770.

 

 

 

 

 

 The seal to the right appeared on a

Hiroshige print in ca. 1832-4.

The seal to the right appeared on a

Kiyonaga print from ca. 1781.

 

 

The seal to the right appeared on an

Okura Masanobu print in ca. 1708-10.

This pushed out dating back by about 55 years.

This seal - to the right -was used

on a Kiyonaga print in ca. 1778.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nishinomi-ya Shinroku.

( Firm names -

 Gangetsudō 翫月堂 and

Shunshōken  春松軒)

Marks #392

西宮新六

にしのみや

しんろく

Edo

 

The British Museum web site has the left panel of the two prints shown here. They identifiy this publisher as Nishi Shin.

 

The two panels to the right are in the Lyon Collection. Click on the image to see more information.

 

Marks seal #25-341

Marks notes that this seal

was used between

1821-27.

Harunobu, Hokusai,

 Kiyoshige,

Kiyotsune, Kunisada,

Shigemasa II,

Shigenobu,

Shunkō II,

Toyokun I,

 Utamaro

Andreas Marks gives the dates ca. 1762 to 1829

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nuno Kichi

布吉

きち

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 was sent to us from our contributor ED.  We are grateful for this addition to our site.

Hiroshige,  Kuniyoshi &

Toyokuni III

Possibly as early as 1830 or earlier and as late as 1848 or later

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Oden

Marks #U246

(尾伝)

おでん

Edo

 

 Marks seal #21-238

Kunisada, Kunitomi,

Kuniyasu & Sadafusa

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1831-1832

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okaei

Marks #U250

(岡栄)

おかえい

Edo

 

The Kuniyoshi print shown

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

 Marks seal #25-096

Marks notes that this seal

was used in 1849.

 

Kunimori,

Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni III

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1849-1850

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ōmi-ya Gonkurō

(Firm name - Shūhōdō 聚宝堂)

Marks #412

近江屋

権九郎

おうみや

ごんくろう

Edo

 

The Utamaro print to the right

is from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

Marks seal #23-068

Marks notes that this seal

was used  in 1795-6.

Eishō, Kiyomitsu II,

Kunisada,

Shuntei,

Toyohisa, Tsukimaro,

Utamaro,

Utamaro II

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1794-1812

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ōmi-ya Heihachi

Marks #413

近江屋

平八

おうみや

へいはち

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. An anonymous correspondent has been kind enough to let us display it.

 

Marks seal #01-108

Marks notes that this seal

was used from the 1810s to

1850s.

Eisen, Eizan,

Kunisada, Kuniyasu,

Kuniyoshi,

Sadahide, Shunkō,

Shunshō II, Shuntei,

Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1811-1851

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ōmi-ya Kyūjirō

( Seal name -

Kinkyū 近久;

firm name - Kiyūdō 亀遊堂;

family name -

Sawa Kyūjirō 沢久次郎)

Marks #415

近江屋

久次郎

 

おうみや

きゅうじろう

 

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. Click on it to see an enlargement of this print and more information from the Lyon Collection.

 

Marks seal #30-034

Marks notes that this seal

was used in 1856-75.

 

 

Hanpo,

Kokunimasa, Kunichika,

Kunihide, Kunihisa II,

Kunisada II,

Kunisada III, Kunitora II,

Nobukazu,

Toyokuni III,

Yoshiiku, Yoshikazu,

Yoshimori, Yoshitora,

 Yoshitoshi, Yoshitsuya

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as 1855-1904

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ōta-ya Takichi

(Family name - Ōta Takichi,

Ōta Hidekatsu after ca. 1883,

aka Hori Takichi)

4 variants shown

Marks #423

太田屋

多吉

おおたや

たきち

Edo/Tokyo

 Kuniaki,

Kunichika, Kunihisa II,

as Kunisada & Toyokuni III, Kunisada II, Kuniyoshi,

Kyōsai, Yoshiiku,

Yoshimori & Yoshitora

As early as 1830 or earlier and as late as 1872 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1849-1867

This publisher started out as a carver from a family of carvers. "In the mid 1840s, Ōtaya predomnantly worked as a carver for Kuniyoshi but then began to publish Kuniyoshi's actor prints by himself." After he quit publishing he continued carving under the name Hidekatsu until at least 1877. He died in 1882. Source and quote from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900, by Andreas Marks, p. 292.

 

 

 

 

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 publisher's seal has

been misidentified. We

shall correct it soon

if possible. Sorry!

 

 

 

Edo

 

 

The Toyokuni III diptych

shown to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

Marks seal #21-245

Marks notes that this seal

was used between

1854-6/1856.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right is an alternative

seal for Ōta-ya Takichi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right is another alternative

seal for Ōta-ya Takichi.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Owariya Seishichi

Marks #425

尾張屋

淸七

おわりや

せいしち

Edo/Tokyo

 

The Kunichika print

shown to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

Marks seal #25-173

 

Hiroshige II, Kunichka,

Kunisada II

Ca. 1851 to 1870

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ōyama Toyojirō

Marks #429

大山

豊次郎

おおやま

とよじろう

Edo

 

The Toyokuni III print

shown to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

Marks seal #08-103

is the closest to this one.

 

Marks gives a later date

for this publisher, but Waseda

University and the

Museum of Fine Ars in

Boston gives dates in the

mid-1860s.

 

 

Chikanobu,

Chikashige,

Kunichka,

Kunisada II,

Kuniteru, 

Toyokuni III,

Yoshimura

As early as ca. 1864 or earlier

to as late as 1882 or later

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sa

Marks #U258

 

The actual name of this

publisher is unknow. Marks

calls it 'Sa' because of the

character in the center of

this seal.

 

Edo

 

The Kunisada triptych

 shown to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

 to see more information.

 

Marks seal #17-002

Marks notes that this seal

was used between

1844-49.

Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni III

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1844-49

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sakai-ya Kurobei

Marks #439

堺屋

九郎兵衛

さかいや

くろべえ

Edo

 

The Kiyomitsu

 print shown to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal #16-116

Marks notes that this seal

was used between

1747-54.

Harunobu,

Ishikawa Toyonobu,

Kiyohiro, Kiyomitsu,

Kiyonaga, Kiyonobu,
Kiyoshige, Shigemasa,

Shunjō

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1747-75

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sakana-ya Eikichi

Marks #442

 

Marks says that this

publisher has been

erroneously referred to

as Uo-ya (Eikichi).

See our entry

on our T to Z publishers page.

魚屋

栄吉

さかなや

えいきち

Edo

 

The Toyokuni III

 print shown to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal #24-007

Gengyo, Hiroshige,

Hiroshige II,

Kunisada II,

Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni III,

Yoshimori

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1855-66

 

 

 

The Hiroshige II

 print shown to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal #24-008

Marks notes that this seal

was used between

1858-64.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sano-ya Kihei

(seal name - Sanoki, 

firm name - Taihōdō

until ca. 1804,

then Kikakudō,

 & Omi-ya Yohei,

family name - Okumura Kihei)

3 variants shown

Marks #446

佐野屋

喜兵衛

さのや
きへえ

Edo

 

Marks seal #25-210

Eisen, Eizan,

Hiroshige, Hokkei,

Kuninobu,

as Kunisada & as Toyokuni III,

Kunisada II, Kuniteru,

 Kuniteru II, Kuniyoshi,

Sadahide, Shunkō II,

Shunsen, Toyokuni I,

Toyokuni II, Yoshikazu,

Yoshitora

As early as ca. 1806 or earlier

to as late as 1861 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1717-1875

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the earliest date of ca. 1716 for this publisher

Andreas Marks in his Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 (p. 244) relates an interesting bit of information which not only applies to the practice of this publisher, but, by extrapolation to others as well: "From the early 1820s, he also issued actor prints, a topic he pursued constantly until the mid-1850s. With a few exceptions his actor prints are just average and well over twenty cases are kown when Sanoya reissued already existing woodblocks with old designs and just modified the actor's face line to portrait the actual actor of the new performance." We suppose this was an expedient cost-saver. In the next paragraph Marks gives Sano-ya its due: "Sanoya's stronghold was clearly prints of beautiful women, a field which he dominated undisputedly." One series was so popular new blocks had to be cut because the old ones had worn down. This firm was a member of the Guild of Fan Producers (Uchiwa toiya) "...and we know that he produced fan prints at least from the 1820s until the 1860s."

 

 

 

 

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 #17-001

Marks notes that this seal

was used between

1800s-1860s.

 

 

 

The Hiroshige print to the left was brought to me for an appraisal. The owner has kindly let us reproduce the image here plus the very poorly printed publisher's seal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sano-ya Tomigorō

(aka Kinseidō)

Marks #448

佐野屋

富五郎

さのや

とみごろう

Edo

 

This print has a seal we have not offered

yet. It was sent to us by our great

contributor Eikei  (英渓) .

 

Hiroshige II, Kuniaki II,

Kunichika,

Toyokuni III, Yoshiiku,

Yoshimori, Yoshitora,

  Yoshitoshi, Yoshitsuya

As early as 1855 or earlier

to as late as 1868 or later

 

 

 

 

 

The Yoshitoshi print to the right is from

the Lyon Collection. Click on it to

see more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sawa-ya Kōkichi

(seal name - Sawakō 澤幸)

Marks #460

沢屋

さわや

こうきち

Edo

Kunisada, Kunisada II,

Kuniyoshi, Yoshitora,

Yoshitsuya

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1845-1852,

12th month

     

The triptych to the right is from

the Lyon Collection. Click on it to

see more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

           

Senri

千里

せんり 

Edo

(or Osaka)

 

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 M's collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site

Possibly Yoshikuni, but under a different seal. This is based on an identification made by the British Museum: #2004,0619,0.2. The artist in the example shown to the right is as yet unidentified. We're working on it.

As early as ca. 1820 or earlier to as late as ca. 1844 or later

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shimizu

2 variants shown

Marks #328 -

as Mikawaya Seiemon

清水

しみず

Edo

 

Marks seal #16-011

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna says that this seal was also used by the publisher Mikawa-ya from ca. 1804 to 1818. I find this information a bit confusing and hope we can clear it up in time.

Eisen, Eizan,

Hiroshige, Kunimitsu,

Kunisada, Kuniyoshi,

Toyohiro,  Toyokuni I, 

Toyokuni II

Andreas Marks gives
the dates as ca. 1805-1829

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the end date of ca. 1840 for this publisher

Dr. Andreas Marks identifies this publisher as Mikawaya Seiemon. He says: "Some sources follow Ishii 1920a who gives only Shimizu..." This is how this publisher is listed by the British Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Of course, that could be due to the lag time of updating their on-line information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the left is another seal used by this publisher.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shimizu

Marks #U283

 

 

Edo

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

 

Marks seal #16-079

Hiroshige, Kunisada,

Toyokuni II

ca. 1818 to the late 1820s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shimizu-ya Naojirō

Marks #468

清水屋

直次郎

しみずやなおじろう

Edo

 

Marks seal #01-081

 

This is the only known seal

for this publisher.

Kunichika,

Kunisada II,

Kuniyoshi, Toyokuni III,

Yoshimune, Yoshitora

As early as 1843 or earlier

to as late as 1868 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives
the dates as ca. 1845-1873

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shimizu-ya

Tsunejirō

(Seal name: Shitsune - 清常 - family name:

Hasegawa Tsunejirō -

長谷川常次郎)

3 variants shown

Marks #469

清水屋

常次郎

しみずや

つねじろう

Edo

 Chikanobu,

Fusatane or Hideteru ?,

Hideki,

Hiroshige II,

Kokunimasa,

Kunisada II,

Kuniteru,

Kuniyasu,

Kuniyoshi,

Nobukazu,

Shungyō,

Toyokuni III,

Yoshitaki,

Yoshiteru,

 Yoshitoshi, 

& Yoshitsuya

Marks gives the

dates of ca. 1843 to

1904 for this publisher.

 

 

 

 

The triptych shown to the right is not one we have offered. However, it has an alternate publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. This image has been sent to us from the Michi Trading Company of Houston, Texas . We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

This seal is closest to

Marks  #25-331

 

 

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

There was only a partial seal shown

due to trimming. We found another

full example from a different print.

 

 

 

Marks  #23-043

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shio-ya Chōbei

(Seal name:

Enchō/Shiochō - 塩長 -

  firm names: Fukusōdō or Taibundō - family name:

Yamamoto Harushige -

山本春樹)

Marks #475

塩屋

長兵衛

しおや

ちょうべい

Osaka

 

The Ashiyuki diptych

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks  #25-092

Ashinuki, Ashiyuki,

Ashitomo, Harusada,

Hokkei, Hokuchū, Rankōsai,

Ryūkōsai, Shōkōsai,

Shunchō, Shunko, Shunkyō, Utakuni,

Yoshikuni

Andreas Marks gives two sets of dates for this publisher. We will go with the first one - ca. 1793 to the 1830s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sōshiya

Marks #U300

 

 

Osaka

 

The Kunihiro diptych

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks  #24-060

Ashihiro, Ashikuni,

Ganjōsai, Harusada,

Hokushū, Kunihiro,

Tamikuni

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1816 to 1823

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sumimaru-ya Jinsuke

Marks #494

住丸屋

 甚助

みまるや

じんすけ

Edo

 

Marks seal #16-015

Eizan,

Hokusai, Kunimaru,

Kunisada, Shuntei,

Toyokuni I,

possibly Utamaro,

 Utamaro II

 Active 1801 to 1834?

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1803 to 1814

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sumiyoshi-ya Masagorō

( Seal name: Sumimasa 住政; firm name: Hōraidō 鳳来堂)

Marks #498

住吉屋

政吾郎

みよしや

まさごろう

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

 

This seal is not the one that

appears on the print to the left,

but one from another print that

is more readable.

Hiroshige,

Kunisada II,

Kuniyoshi, 

Toyokuni III,

Yoshikazu

 

Marks gives the dates of ca. 1847-53. However he notes that this house also had been in operation since ca. 1804-60 for other printing needs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suruga-ya Hanbei

Marks #499

駿河屋

半兵衛

するがや

はんべい

Edo

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal #02-062

Eiri,

Eishō,

Shun'ei,

Shuntei,

Toyokuni I,

Utamaro

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1797-1808

 

 

 

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

 

Marks seal #22-081

Marks notes that this seal

was used between

1797--1798.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suzuki Ihei

( Seal name: Suzui 鈴伊)

Marks #502

鈴木

伊兵衛

すずき

いへえ

Edo

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal #04-028

Eisen, Eizan,

Kunisada, Kunitsugu,

Toyokuni I

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1810-1819

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
   

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