|10. Nichôsai (1751-1802/3)|
Sake is heavenlySigned: 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.
Roberts p. 60
Araki p. 811