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10. Nichôsai (1751-1802/3)
Sake is heavenly
Signed: Nichô & kaô
Technique: Sumi and little pink on paper 32,3 x 39
Mounting: dark blue silk damask and decorated paper
wood and bone rollers, 112,5 x 49,4
Condition: old flaws and old restaurations, otherwise very good

The inscription reads: 酒者天之美祿也

Sake mono ame kore biroku desu,
Liquor is a pretty reward from heaven.

Matsuya Heizaburô was a sake brewer and curio dealer in Osaka. Nichôsai was his art name. He was a comic writer; writing plays for the puppet theatre (bunraku), and a painter of kyôga – light-hearted comic pictures.

Itami 2005
Roberts p. 60
Araki p. 811

Price: EUR 1,200 / USD 1,308