Pagoda and Cherry Blossoms

Woodblock, image size 14 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches, signed.


"L'optique"   Peep Show

This is a very rare early French genre painting depicting a traveling vendor with his peep show in a country setting, with a mother and her children viewing the display titled "Le Vrai Jesus". Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches, overall frame size 41 x 36 inches, c. 1780s. This painting is unsigned, but it is exquisitely painted; the style and subject very reminiscent of the work of Louis Leopold Boilly (1761-1845). The painting was relined on aluminum and has some areas of inpainting, mostly the bottom edge and upper right, but overall is really quite presentable.


Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Army Advances Toward Castle of Wake
1822-1866, Japanese

This is a an original color woodblock print by Utagawa Yoshitsuya from his series '54 Battle Stories of Hideyoshi". The image size is 12 7/8 x 8 7/8 inches, c. 1860s, lifetime impression, framed. Hideyoshi was a 16th century Samurai warrior who rose through the ranks of the army to become general, leading the forces of Japan in several brutal conflicts. In the centuries since his death, Hideyoshi has become an almost mythological figure, the stories of his exploits passed down through the generations and elaborated into legends.


Strand End - Topshum
1898-, British

Pencil Drawing, image size 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 inches, pencil signed and titled.