Toyokuni I

Utagawa Toyokuni I

1769-1825

Parody of Eight Views of Garment Shops in the Eastern Capital: Pine Tree at Daimaru, Karasaki
(Toto mitate gofukuya hakkei: Karasaki)

signed Toyokuni ga with censor's seal kiwame and publisher's seal of Matsumura Tatsuemon, ca. 1818

oban tate-e 14 3/8 by 9 1/2 in., 36.4 by 24 cm

The theme of 'Eight Views' was adapted from a classical Chinese landscape grouping of 'Eight Views of the Hsiao and the Hsiang.' The Japanese landscape version, Omi Hakkei (Eight Views of Lake Biwa [Omi]), is a collection of eight famous views from the scenic area around Lake Biwa in Omi, which were frequently likened to beauties or employed in mitate-e (parody prints). While the landscapes were presented in the context of poetic references: Evening Snow, Evening Bell, Evening Glow, Autumn Moon, Returning Sails, Wild Geese Descending, Clear Breeze, and Evening Rain, the locations were often changed as suited the needs of the artist (or poet). In this scarce series, the locations presented in the round cartouches accompanying the images of beauties are department stores, in this case the famous Daimaru dry-goods shop which was located at Odenma-cho 3-chome in the Nihonbashi neighborhood from 1743 until 1910.

References:
British Museum, accession no. 1948,0410,0.101 (Sailboats Returning to Matsuzakaya from the same series)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, accession no. 17.3210.28 (Evening Bell of the Matsuzakaya in Ueno Hirokoji from the same series)

(inv. no. 10-5231)

price: $3,500 (reserved)


Utagawa Toyokuni I

Utagawa Hiroshige, Famous Places in Edo: Daimaru Shop on Odenma Street, 1845


Utagawa Toyokuni I

Kobayashi Kiyochika, The Daimaru Store at Odenmacho, 1881

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