Japanese Woodblock Prints

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Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

34-35 New Bond Street, W1A 2AA, London, UK
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm


Japanese Woodblock Prints


Japanese Woodblock Prints
Auction: Tue 18 May - Tue 25 May 2021
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm


The heritage of Sotheby’s illustrious woodblock print sales continues this May 18th – 25th with Japanese Woodblock Prints. The online sale includes the property from an extensive American private collection, offering an eclectic and scholarly overview of colour woodblock printing in Japan from the late 18th century to the modern day. A selection of early print masters will be offered alongside the works of Katsushika Hokusai and his pupils, a group of fine surimono and aizuri-e, and works by Utagawa Hiroshige. Prints from the Meiji period range from a charming selection of kuchi-e to the vivacious and exuberant compositions of Kawanabe Kyosai and Tsukioka Yoshitoshi. We are also delighted to showcase a wide variety of desirable designs from the early 20th century shin hanga and sosaku hanga movements.

For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:

+44 207 293 5000 


For sale enquiries please contact:

Mark Hinton


Head of Japanese Works of Art

+44 20 7293 6537


Jon Adjetey

Junior Specialist

Japanese Works of Art

+44 20 7293 6325


Important Update: Private Buyer (UK VAT)

Sotheby’s may now only provide an invoice less applicable VAT where we arrange both the shipment and direct export of purchased lots out of the UK on behalf of a private buyer.

We will be happy to provide a Sotheby’s shipping quotation following a successful purchase upon request, please do contact UKPostSaleServices@sothebys.com should you have specific shipment requirements or any questions relating to your purchase.

Due to a recent update in the United Kingdom’s VAT export refund schemes, set by the UK Government (HM Revenue & Customs), Sotheby’s will no longer be able to offer an invoice less any applicable VAT and/or VAT refunds to private buyers who export their purchased lots out of the UK using their own shipper or who wish to hand carry in person.


Business or Trade Buyers are not affected by this change where the purchase has been made in the business or trading name.

(Sotheby’s will only be able to arrange shipments and exports with Sotheby’s approved shippers. Private buyers who arrange a collection and export directly with a shipper will be charged VAT at the applicable rate and will not be able to claim a VAT refund).

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