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PUBLISHERS

Wakasa-ya to Z

 

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N thru S

 

T thru Uoya

 

 

 

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LOCATION

EXAMPLE

SEAL

ARTISTS

DATES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wakasa-ya Yoichi

(Seal name -

Wakayo 若与,  

firm name -

Jakurindō 若林堂,

family name -

Yamamoto Yoichi  山本与市)

2 variants shown

Marks #573

若狹屋

与市

わかさや
よいち

Edo

There is no link to the

Hiroshige II print shown above.

 

This seal is closest

to #07-008. Marks

gives the dates of the

1790s to 1850s.

Eisen, Eishi, Eishō, Eizan,

Hiroshige, Hiroshige II,

Hiroshige III,

Hokusai,

Kagehide II, Kiyonaga,

Kuniaki II, Kunichika,

Kunihisa II,

Kunisada II, Kunisato,

Kuniteru II,

Kunitomo, Kuniyasu,

Kuniyoshi,

Kyōsai, Sadahide,

Sadakage, Sadamine,

Sadatora, Shunchō,

Shun'ei, Shunkō II,

Shunman, 

Shunsen, Toyoharu,

Toyohiro, Toyokuni I,

Toyokuni III, Utamaro,

Yoshitora & Yoshitsuna

As early as ca. 1789 to as late as 1867 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates of ca. 1794 to ca. 1897

"In 1807, he became a member of the Picture Book and Print Publishers Guild (Jihon toiya). In 1811 and 1812 he was one of the print censors." Later the firm belonged to the Guild of Fan Producers or Uchiwa toiya. "Beginning in 1876, publications appeared under the family name of Yamamoto Yoichi." Quote from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 222.

 

 

 

 

The print shown to the right is not one we have offered. It is the right-hand panel of a triptych. To see the full image click on it.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wakau

 Marks #U366

 

 

Edo

 

The Kunisada print

to the right comes

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

Kunimori II, Kunisada,

Kuniyoshi, Yoshikazu,

Yoshitsuya

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1842-50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wata-ya
Kihei
(
Seal name -

Wataki 綿喜;

firm name - Kinzuidō 金随堂;

family name - Maeda Kihei 前田喜兵衛)

9 variants shown

Marks #579

綿屋

喜兵衛

わたやきへえ

Osaka

There is no link to the

Nagakuni print shown above.

Ashihiro,

Ashisato,

Ashiyuki, Kagematsu,

Kunihiro, Nagahide,

Hokuei, Hokushu,

Nagakuni, Sadamasa,

Sadanobu,

 Sadayoshi, Shibakuni,

Shigeharu, Shunchō,

Tamikuni, Toyohide & Yoshikuni

As early as 1806 or earlier to as late as 1860 or later

We know of at least 25 variant seals used by this publisher. Some of them could be grouped together according to specific motives, but others are considerably different from those shown here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Hokuei print shown

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

 

 

 

 

This seal is closest to

#12-053, but is not in

Marks.

 

 

 

The Hokuei print shown

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

 

 

Marks seal #12-008

 

 

 

The Hokuei print shown

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

Marks seal #12-007

 

 

 

 The Shigeharu print shown

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

 

Marks seal #25-056

Marks notes that this seal

was used between  the

1827-28.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the right is another alternative

seal for Wata-ya Kihei. It was sent to

us by our great contributor Eikei (英渓).

 

 

The image is trimmed on the right side

of the print. We will add the image when

or if it is made available to us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above is a diptych by Shigeharu.

There is no page linked to this image.

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

The Ashiyuki print shown

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image to see more information.

 

Marks seal #12-053

Marks notes that this seal

was used between  the

1824-25.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ya

(aka Matsuba-ya)

Marks #U370

We are using Schwaab's identification for this publisher. We have been unable to find corroborative information so far.

 Other scholars, such as Murashige Narazaki, list this seal as unidentified.

Osaka

Hokuei

Ca. 1833

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yahata-ya Sakujirō


(*There are several alternate readings for this publisher's name.

One source refers to it as Hachimanya Sakujirō. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts refers to this publisher as Yawataya Sakujirō.)

Marks #581

八幡屋作次郎
 

やはたや
さくじろう

Edo

 

Marks seal #01-020

Hiroshige,

Kunimori II, Kuniteru,

Kuniyoshi,

Sadahide, Sadahiro,

Toyokuni III, Yoshifuji, 

Yoshikatsu, Yoshimaru

Yoshitora

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1844-53

 

 

 

 

The print to the right is the

center panel from a

Kunisada triptych in

the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

 

Marks seal #19-038

 

 

 

 

The print to the right is the

center panel from a

Kuniyoshi triptych in

the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

 

Marks seal #02-060

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used from 1845-48.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamada-ya Shōbei

(Seal name - Yamashō 山庄,

firm name -

Kinkyōdō 錦橋堂)

Marks #585

山田屋

庄兵衛

やまだや

しょうべい

Edo

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal #01-070

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used from 1828-51.

Eisen, Eizan, Hiroshige,

Kunimaro, Kunimaru,

Kunisada, Kunisada II,

Kuniteru, Kuniyasu,

Sadahide, Shunkō,

Yoshitora, Yoshitsuya

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as late ca. 1789 to 1851

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamada-ya Shōjirō

(Seal name - Yamashō 山庄,

firm name - Kinkyōdō 錦橋堂)

Marks #586

山田屋

庄次郎

やまだや

しょうじろう

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. The image  has been sent to us from ED. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 Hiroshige,

Hiroshige II, Kunihisa II,

Kunisada II,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide,

Sekkyō,

 Toyokuni III & Yoshitora

Possibly as early as

ca. 1809-13 or earlier to

as late as 1860 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as late 1851 to ca. 1866

"As early as 1789, the publisher Yamadaya Shōbei issued woodblock prints..." Then "In late 1851, a change in leadership of the business caused a name change and Yamadaya Shōbei became Yamadaya Shōjirō, continuing however to use the same publisher seals." This firm did so well that by the 4th month of 1852 it was able to take over the publishing house of Tsutaya Juzaburō." Source and quotes from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900, by Andreas Marks, p. 300.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamaguchi-ya Chūsuke

Marks #590

山口屋

忠助

やまぐや

ちゅうすけ

Edo

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal #05-001

Eiri, Eishi, Eishō, Eiu,

Hokusai, Ikku, Kunimasa,

Shūchō, Shundō, Toyokuni I,

Tsukimaro, Utamaro

Andreas Marks gives the

dates of ca. 1793 to 1809.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamaguchi-ya Tōbei

(firm name -  Kinkōdō

錦耕堂,

family name - Arakawa Tōbei

荒川藤兵衛)
 2 variants shown

Marks #591

山口屋

藤兵衛

やまぐや

とうべえ
(きんこうどう)

Edo

 

Marks seal #15-005

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used from 1806-41
and possibly 1848.

 

Chikuyō,

Eisen, Eizan, Gengyo,

Hiroshige, Hiroshige II,

Hokusai, Isai,

Kuniaki I, Kuniaki II,

Kunichika, Kunihisa II,

Kunimaro, Kunimasa III,

as Kunisada & as Toyokuni III, Kunisada II, Kuniteru,

Kunitomi, Kunitoshi,

Kuniyasu, Kuniyoshi,

Sadahide, Sadakage,

Sadatora, Shun'ei,

Shungyō,

Shuntei, Torinyō,

Toshinobu,

Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II,

Tsukimaro,

Utamaro, Utamaro II,

Yoshifuji, Yoshiharu,

Yoshiharu II, ,

Yoshiiku, Yoshimasa,

Yoshitora, Yoshitoro-jo

& Yoshitoshi

Andreas Marks gives the

dates of ca. 1805 to 1895

"Yamaguchiya Tōbei was one of the publishers, if not the publisher, with the biggest output in the history of Japanese woodblock printing." Like other early, prominent houses Yamaguchi-ya was a member of the Picture Book and Print Publishers Guild (Jihon toiya) in 1807 and like others the head of the firm served, too, as a censor, but in 1812 and 1813. Source and quote from: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 248.

 

     

 

 

 

This seal is not in Marks.

 

After a quick search we found that this seal may have appeared as early as 1842 and as late as possible 1877.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamahei

Marks #U436

山平

やまへい

Edo

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal #20-019

Toyokuni I

Andreas Marks gives the

dates of ca. 1809 to 1812

 

 

         

Yamaichi

3 variants shown

Marks #U438

山市

 

 

やまいち

Osaka

 

The Kunihiro  print shown

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal #02-036

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used from 1822-23.

Ashiyuki, Haruchō,

Hokuchō, Hokushū,

Kunihiro, Shibakuni,

Yoshikuni

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1822-24

 

 

 

 

The Hokushū  print shown

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal #25-477

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used in 1822.

 

 

 

 

The Hokushū  print shown

 to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

 

Click on the image

to see more information.

 

Marks seal #25-220

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used in 1822.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamamoto-ya Heikichi
(firm name -  Eikyūdō,

family name -

Yamamoto Heikichi,

 and aka Yamamoto Kyūbei)

Marks #595

山本屋

平吉

やまもとや

へいきち

Edo

There is no link to the

Kunisada print shown above.

 

Marks seal #04-007

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used from 1812.

Chikanobu, Eisen,

Eizan, Hiroshige, Hokuju,

possibly Kiyonobu II,

 Kunichika, Kunihisa,

Kunihisa II,

Kuninao, Kuniharu, 

as both Kunisada

& Toyokuni III,

Kunisada II,

Kuniteru II,  Kunitora,

Kunitsuna, Kuniyasu,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide,

Shunkyō II, Shuntei,

Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II,

Toyonobu,

Yoshifusa & Yoshitora

Possibly as early as 1733

to as late as ca. 1875

or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates of ca. 1812 to 1886

Andreas Marks in his Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 (p. 258) says: "The publishing firm Eikyūdō was first operated by a Yamamoto Kyūbei form c. 1805 until 1811. Presumably in 1812, Heikichi took over, who might have been some kind of relative of Kyūbei. ¶ Yamamotoya became one of the top five most active publishers in the history of Japanese woodblock prints." Later Marks adds: "His output in the 1830s and 1840s was enormous and at that time he seemed to have rarely produced illustrated books like other publishers and instead concentrated fully on prints." Marks noted in the 1850s that "...generally speaking, Yamamatoya's publications mainly served the mainstream interest and are not very remarkable. A continuous production and market presence seem to have been the main goal and he published almost 800 compositions by Kunisada alone. ¶ In the sixth month of 1865, the son Kinjirō inherited the business and took the name Heikichi. He continued until c. 1886 by issuing actor prints by Chikanobu and others."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yama-Mura

Marks #U403

 

 

Edo

 

The Kuniyasu print to the right

is from the Lyon Collection. To

see more about this print click on it.

Not listed in Marks

but closest to 04-016

Eisen, Kuniyasu,

Shuntei, Utamaro

Andreas Marks gives the

dates of ca. 1802 to the 1820s

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamashiro-ya

Jinbei

( Seal name -

Yamajin 山甚;

firm name - Sansendō 山泉堂)

Marks #601

山城屋甚兵衛

やましろうや

じんべえ

 

 

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

 

Marks seal #04-007

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used between  the

1844-1861.

 

 

Hiroshige, Hiroshige II,

Kunimasa IV, Kunisada II,

 Kuniyoshi,  Sadahide,

 Toyokuni III,

Yoshiiku, Yoshikazu, Yoshitora,

Yoshitoshi,

Yoshitsuna, Yoshitsuya

Possibly as early as ca. 1830 to as late as

1867 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates of ca. 1842 to 1873

 

Frank Turk identifies this publisher

as Yamashiroya Kambei.

 

 

 

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

Click on it to see more information.

 

Marks seal #09-003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamashiro-ya

Sahei

(Seal name - Yamasa 山佐,

firm name - Bunseidō 文政堂,

family name - Fuji Sahei 藤井文政堂)

Marks #603

山城屋

佐兵衛

 

やましろうや

さへえ

 

Edo

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal #seal 01-027

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used

in ca. 1818.

Goshichi, Nagahide,

Seikoku, Toyokuni I

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as circa 1803 - 1878.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamashiro-ya

Tōemon

( Seal name - Yamatō 山藤, firm name - Rakutōsha 洛藤舎)

Marks #605

山城屋

藤右衛門

 

やましろうや

とうえもん

Edo

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal #01-099

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used between  the

1801-1817.

Hidemaro, Hokuga, Hokusai,

Kunimaru, Kunisada,

Kunitsugu, Shuntei,

Toyokuni I, Tsukimaro,

Utamaro, Utamaro II

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1801 to 1817

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamato-ya

Jūbei

Marks #607

 

大和屋

重兵衛

やまとや

じゅうべい

Edo

 

The print to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

 

Marks seal #21-074

Toyokuni I

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1812 to 1814

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yamato-ya

Kyūbei

Marks #608

大和屋

久兵衛

やまとや

きゅうべえ

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

 

Marks seal #02-034

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used 1847.

Kuniyoshi

As early as ca. 1847

to as late as 1855 or later

So far, after much searching, Kuniyoshi is still the only artist who seems to have worked with this publisher - and even there there are only a couple of examples with this seal.  There was one reference to a Toyohiro print I found, but that was dated from the first years of the 19th century which leaves too great of a time a gap for the probability that this is the same publishing house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yama-Wata

Marks #U427

 

 

Edo

 

The triptych to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Marks seal #01-115

 

Marks notes that this seal

was used in 1830-1831.

Kunisada

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1830 to 1831

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yokoyama Ryōhachi

Marks #623

 

横山

良八

 

よこやま

りょうはち

Tokyo

 

The image to the right is

from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to go to its

full page.

 

Chikanobu, Gekkō,

Kōgyo, Kunichika,

Kunisada III, Nobukazu,

Shungyō

Ca. 1883 as to 1895

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yorozu-ya Magobei

(Seal name - Manson/Yorozumago,

firm name - Kinseidō,

family name - Ōkura Magobei)

Marks #627

 萬屋

孫兵衛

 

Andreas Marks gives

the kanji as

万屋孫兵衛 

よろずや

まごべい

Tokyo

 

 

Bairei, Chikanobu,

Ginkō,

Hayakawa Shōzan,

Hiroshige II, Hiroshige III,

Ikkei, possibly Ikumaru,

Kuniaki II,

Kunichika, Kunisada III,

 Kuniteru, Kyōsai,

Rinsai,

 Yasuji, Yoshiiku,

Yoshitora & Yoshitoshi

Andreas Marks gives the

dates ca. 1865 as to 1919

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the earliest date of ca. 1845 for this publisher.

Yorozu Magobei was not only an important publisher during his day, but the firm went on to import Western paper products and to help found the porcelain works which is known as Noritake.  Source: Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900, by Andreas Marks, p. 312.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yorozu-ya Zentarō

formerely listed as Manzen (万善)

which is the seal name.

Marks #629

万屋

善太郎

よろずや

ぜんたろう

Edo

 

Marks seal #21-129

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1863-68 for

this seal.

Hiroshige II, Hiroshige III,

Kunichika, Kunisada II,

Kunitaka, Kuniteru II,

Toyokuni III, Yoshiiku,

Yoshimune, Yoshitora

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1861 as to 1868

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
   

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