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Japanese Art

Sebastian Izzard LLC

17 East 76th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10021

Tel: 212 794 1522

By appointment only

Sebastian Izzard Asian Art LLC

With over forty years’ experience as an auction-house specialist, appraiser, and dealer in Japanese and Korean art, Sebastian Izzard LLC was established in New York in 1998 in order to offer the kind of personal expertise, attention, and insights that are especially valuable to discriminating collectors world-wide. The company deals in all periods, from early to modern, the principal criterion being one of quality. Regular travel in the United States and overseas, to Japan and Europe, keeps them abreast of the international market and in touch with a global network. Sebastian Izzard LLC welcomes inquiries from clients old and new, whether prompted by an interest in the purchase or sale of works of art, in their exhibitions and catalogues, or in their appraisal and consulting services.

Privately Commissioned Japanese Prints and Albums from the Late 18th and Early 19th Centuries

The spring exhibition at Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art features surimono, the privately commissioned counterparts to the commercial Japanese woodblock prints of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Produced in small numbers for a mostly educated audience of literati, surimono were often more experimental in subject matter and treatment, and extravagant in printing technique, than commercial prints. Two artistic groups dominated surimono production: the group of artists led by Katsushika Hokusai (1760‒1849) and his school, including Totoya Hokkei (1780‒1850) and Yashima Gakutei (1786‒1868), who specialized in still-life, landscape, and illustrations of classical Chinese and Japanese literature; and the artists led by Utagawa Toyokuni (1769‒1825)—and after his death in 1825 by Utagawa Kunisada (1786‒1865)—who became known for images of the theater and its performers. Fine examples by these artists as well as other renowned painters including Kitagawa Utamaro (1756‒1806) and Kubo Shunman (1757–1820) are included.

To watch a talk by Sebastian Izzard about Privately Commissioned Japanese Prints, click here.