The largest collection of original Japanese woodblock prints in Austria.

Japanese & European woodblock prints, Japonism, Asian Objects

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Mon, Thur & Fri 11:00-18:00, Sat 11:00-15:00

Sizes of original Japanese woodblock prints (hangata)

For printing Japanese woodblock prints, there was a simple method to determinate the paper sizes: Standardized sheets got divided into two, three or four parts. A paper size bigger than the full-sized paper got glued together. Even though it seems simple, it is not so easy to name the actual size. Although the full-sized sheets have been standardized, the actual sizes can vary quite a lot. That could have different reasons:

  • The full-size paper could be different in any location it was produced.
  • During time, some sizes got more popular than others and some publishers favored specific full-size sheet sizes, because they were sold easily.
  • The woodblock prints got cut in different sizes after printing.

sizes of japanese woodblock prints

Early 18th century
, the bigger sizes lost their importance and the size hosoban and chūban were the most popular. One reason was the publisher’s decision for the faster and easier sale.

The sizes generate from the standard paper shōhōshō:

  • daiaiban (full-size paper): 47 x 33 cm
  • chūban (medium size): 16 x 23 cm
  • hosoban (small vertical print): 33 x 15 cm, often used for single actor portraits of the Katsukawa School. Originally, they were cut three on one block and divided after printing. It is very rare to find three hosoban prints in an undivided state.

 

From about 1780 the size ōban was the most common size. It originates from the standard paper daihōsho with the full-size daiōban (see picture). Some sizes, like ōban, have been used vertically (yoko-e) and horizontally (tata-e).

 

See in the picture how sizes like Oban, Chuban and Koban (from the standard paper daihōsho) measure (in cm). Please remember, that original Japanese woodblock prints are handmade antiques and these sizes are average.

 

Single ōban size sheets have been put side by side: Diptych (a composition complete in two sheets), Triptych (a composition of three oblong prints), Pentaptych (a composition consisting of five sheets)             

 

 

Vertical pictures

Hashira-e or Kakemono-e

It’s not easy to differ between harshira-e and kakemono-e. Both are long narrow sizes, intended to hang from pillars (hashira) of a Japanese house to decorate the living rooms. These sheets used most for hanging scrolls, differ in size dramatically. Heights between 68 and 73 cm and width from 12 to16 cm where most common from 1670.

Not too many have survived to our day and are often discolored by smoke. Some were printed completely on one sheet, but late examples, such as those of the early nineteenth century by Shunsen, Eizan and Eisen are often on two joined sheets. Kakemono is in general considered to be wider than hashira-e and generates mainly from two ōban sized sheets, which makes the width between 25 and 30 cm.

Tanzaku (tan short, saku a piece): narrow slips, like miniature kakemono-e, on which poems were inscribed. Used by Hiroshige for thumbnail sketches of birds and flowers, slight figure-studies, ect. Can vary in size:

  • ōtanzaku:  39 x 18 cm
  • chūtanzaku: 39 x 13 cm, 36 x 16 cm
  • shōtanzaku: 39 x 8 cm, 33 x 11 cm, 24 x 12 cm

The sizes of surimono can be different, because they have been ordered to special occasions.

Art Austria Wien 15.-18. Oktober im MQ

ART AUSTRIA HIGHLIGHTS im MQ Wien 15.-18. Oktober 2020

Besuchen Sie uns am Stand 25 // Visit us at booth 25.

 MuseumsQuartier Wien

15. - 18. Oktober 2020 | Donnerstag 11 h - 20 h, Freitag,  Samstag und Sonntag 11 h - 18 h

SIAF Salzburg International Art Fair

SIAF Salzburg International Art Fair

We are happy to announce our participation at the SIAF Salzburg International Art Fair

August 5 - 9, open daily 11:00 - 18:00

We are happy to see you at booth 12!

For free parking change your ticket at the fair's front desk.

Art History Research: The Great Hokusai Exhibition 1901

 

Some months ago, the gallery's team member joined a research team at the Universität Wien to recreate the biggest exhibition of Hokusai's works in Vienna in 1901.

 Please read the whole article on the MAK Blog.

8th - 14th June: Online valuation week for Asian art

Submit now! 

Take pictures of your Asian artwork and the renowned expert for Asian art Dr. Marcus Oertel will valuate your objects without charge and nonbinding and can also advise you if you are interested in expanding or improving your collection.

 

 All further information please see our submission page.

It's always more fun to see beautiful artwork with your own eyes. We are OPEN AGAIN 😃

Please notice our temporary new opening hours:

MONDAY, THURSDAY, FRIDAY 11am - 6pm

SATURDAY: 11 am - 5 pm

We take social distancing seriously, so please take the chance and come for a visit. 

 

New Items Online

COVID-19 Restrictions

Due to the current situation, our gallery remains CLOSED until further notice.

Please feel free to get in touch by phone at +43 (0)676 38 77 331 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nevertheless, we still work constantly on putting more artworks online and our webshop remains in service.

Exhibition Meiji Era Collection Heinrich von Siebold Weltmuseum Vienna

We recommend/Wir empfehlen: Japan in the Meiji era, The collection Heinrich von Siebold

Visit the exciting exhibiton at the Weltmuseum, Vienna.

13 Februar to 10 May 2020

Wikam Frühjahrsmesse, Palais Ferstel Palais Niederösterreich 2020

WIKAM Spring Art Fair 2020

Canceled.

Visit us at Palais Niederösterreich booth 1, Vienna

Preview and Opening: March 6th, 16:00/18:00 (invitation needed)

Open: 7. -15. March 2020, 11:00 - 19:00 (except 15.3. 11:00 - 18:00)

 

 

We recommend/Wir empfehlen: KUNIYOSHI + | UKIYOE NOW Ukiyo-e now exhibition MAK, Museum für angewandte Kunst

We recommend/Wir empfehlen: KUNIYOSHI + | UKIYOE NOW

Visit the exciting exhibiton at the MAK Vienna, Museum of Applied Arts (Museum für angewandte Kunst).

LAST DAY: February 16, 2020

LuxExpo2020

ANTIQUES & ART FAIR LUXEMBOURG 31. January - 3. February 2020

Thank you for visiting!

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ART&ANTIQUE Hofburg VIENNA

ART&ANTIQUE Hofburg VIENNA

We will show our great collection of original Japanese Woodblock prints at the ART & ANTIQUE, Hofburg Vienna.

Opening on Friday November 8, 6 pm.

Visit us in Booth 25 at the Festsaal from Nov. 9 - 17, 11 am - 7 pm.

99th Art and Antique Fair Munich

We will show our great collection of original Japanese Woodblock prints at the 99. Art and Antique Fair in Munich.

Opening on Friday October 11, 4 - 10 pm.

Visit us in Booth 26 from Oct. 12 - 20, 11 am - 7 pm. Thursday until 10 pm.

Kunstsalon Burg Perchtoldsdorf

We are happy to invite you to the Kunstsalon at the Burg Perchtoldsdorf.

Asian prints

Second evaluation day for Asian art

We are happy to announce the second evaluation day for Asian art with Dr. Marcus Oertel.

Meet us on November 28, 2019 at the gallery in Vienna or on November 27, 2019 in Graz.

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