OTO ( Otgonbayar Tsogt is a London-based visual artist)
Oto's collection (28/12/ 2010)
Hi, these are 27 Edo period Ukiyo-e by Utagawa Kunisada 歌川国貞 also known as Utagawa Toyokuni Ⅲ 三代歌川豊国 (1786-1865) from one of top three market Kitano Shrine Tenjin-san held on the 25th of every month in Kyoto. (Utagawa Toyokuni Ⅲ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyokuni_III )
Seal below shows
a. From around late Edo period*1850 on allmost (but not all) prints have the signature enclosed in a Toshidama cartouche (the first use of this signature -yellow background in red Toshidama cartouche- can be dated to 1847 on a shini-e = memorial print). Just to 1860 the very most prints were only signed with "Toyokuni ga" in these cartouches, mostlyred but also yellow, blue or green coloured.
Edo period* 1603-1868
b. In the following years to 1850 only a few prints were simply signed as "Toyokuni ga" sometimes accompanied by thered Toshidama seal*.
Toshidama seal* the red, almost circular mark underneath the signature is the most common version of the toshidama seal of the Utagawa school.
c. "Kōchōrō" [香蝶楼] as gō has been in use from 1825 to 1861. It´s formed by the second character of Shinkō, the pseudonymof Hanabusa Ikkei, the master of the Itchō painting school, and the second character of Itchō which come from Hanabusa Itchō, the founder of this school.
As it looks below prints sticked on the both side of the news paper and one edge hinged possibly for binding book in private purpose.
You can see date in Japanese on the backing newspaper that 1893 year in Europan calendar 西暦紀元一千八百九十三年
Pilling off prints from backing paper requires extra concentration.
And here is some other prints
Next it is about antique Urushi laquare finished frame. It perfectly matches with Ukiyo-e and it looks great.See below!
There were few Urushi laquare finished frame and some of them looks as french polish effect.
But this makes tasty with solid thick black Urushi finished. And I would like to know how do they make round joint specially in neutral wood finished frames.
This item possibly made for Japanese kimono packadge. Prints pasted on Caligraphy paper by nori. Working on identify prints at the moment. But there is one hint found that inside of the backing paper layer. This is hand writing date "Meiji 30 year" (1897) between names in 2 images below.