Lot 131: Extremely Rare, Listed Artist, Isoda Koryūsai (礒田 湖龍斎, 1735–1790) Japanese Figural Painting on Silk
October 22, 2016
St. Augustine, FL, USALive Auction
Description: This is a Rare Antique Isoda Koryūsai (礒田 湖龍斎, 1735–1790) Japanese Figural Painting on Silk. This piece framed measures approximately 21” x 52”. The piece is very old and shows signs of age, wrinkles, and cracking around the outer trim, verifying period. This piece comes with an appraisal from the estate of the previous owner in 2002 indicating at the time, a value of $14,500.00. The piece is singed in the lower left matching other markings found for Isoda Koryūsai. The attached appraisal is from Paul E. Sternberg Appraisers. This piece was originally purchased in Japan, during WWII in the 1940’s and was purchased from the original owner of the piece that the artist gifted to his family personally. Isoda Koryūsai (礒田 湖龍斎, 1735–1790) was a Japanese ukiyo-e print designer and painter active from 1769 to 1790. Koryūsai was born in 1735 and worked as a samurai in the service of the Tsuchiya clan. He became a masterless rōnin after the death of the head of the clan and moved to Edo (modern Tokyo) where he settled near Ryōgoku Bridge in the Yagenbori area. He became a print designer there under the art name Haruhiro in 1769, at first making samurai-themed designs. The ukiyo-e print master Harunobu died in 1770, and about that time Koryūsai began making prints in a similar style of life in the pleasure districts. Koryūsai was a prolific designer of individual prints and print series, most of which appeared between 1769 and 1881. In 1782 Koryūsai applied for and received the Buddhist honour hokkyō ("Bridge of the Law") from the imperial court and thereafter used the title as part of his signature. His output slowed from this time, though he continued to design prints until his death in 1790. Despite Provenance and Appraisal, you must utilize your own expertise in determining authenticity and age. Please view the photos, or in person carefully to determine the age, condition, and quality of this lot. Please Note: All items are sold As-is, Where-is, with no warranties or guarantees, expressed or implied. We DO NOT offer Refunds, Returns or Exchanges. All sales are Final. We want you to be happy with your purchases, so please preview the items carefully before bidding. We do our best to describe items, but it is your responsibility to determine accuracy, authenticity, condition, age, quality, etc. If you are not certain about an item, please do not Bid without satisfying your concerns beforehand.