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Woodblock prints starring in Asian online sale

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Turner Auctions + Appraisals is presenting more than 240 lots of fine Japanese woodblock prints and Asian decorative arts at auction. The Sunday, Oct. 8, sale begins at 10:30 a.m. PDT.

Eclectic Representation of Woodblock Prints

Kawase Hasui

Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) woodblock print, with an estimate of $400-$600.

The online auction features works from the 1800s and 1900s. Most of the woodblock artworks come from the Japanese Print Collection of Jeff and Marilyn Smith; the remaining items come from other collectors and estates.

The online auction features a diverse range of Asian arts. Japanese prints in the sale from the Smith Collection include about 100 works by Hasui, Kuniyoshi, Yoshida, Hiroshige, Bartlett, Lum, Hyde, Masamitsu, Yoshitoshi, Eizan, Eisen, Shoson and others. These paintings include watercolors and shunga, plus calligraphy and scrolls.

Japanese decorative arts include Satsuma; Kutani ware; Imari bowls, dishes and figures; gold lacquer inro and boxes and other lacquer items; Japanese ceramic flatware; Meiji bronze vases and sculpture; bronze Buddhas; tsuba; sword fittings; wood netsuke; cloisonné items; scrolls; calligraphy; and Seikichiro Goto paper. Chinese scrolls and calligraphy, and other Asian items round out the sale.

Additional Highlights of the Sale

— Lot 80: Kawase Hasui (1883-1957) Japanese woodblock print Fuji-Showa 7.1 Doi Publisher; very good impression ($400-$600).
• Lot 233: Asian six-panel screen, appx. 72 by 96 inches ($1,500-$3,000)
— Lot 85: Yoshida Hiroshi (1876-1950) Japanese woodblock print, pencil signed, toned, early impression, 10 3/4 inches high by 15 3/4 inches wide ($600-$800).
• Lot 33: Meiji bronze vase, body cast in high relief with a herd of trumpeting elephants of various sizes and modeled in different attitudes, 12 inches high, appx. 19 inch diameter ($2,000-$3,000).

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