Philip Vos Fellman: 30-Year Collector

Philip Vos Fellman: 30-Year Collector

Philip Vos Fellman (Shirogitsune) has been collecting for over 30 years. He was introduced to woodblock print collecting by the late Robert O. Muller, Sr. who mentored a number of Yale students and graduates (Marc Kahn has a very nice short bio of Bob Muller on his website:

Philip finds the varied aesthetics and the atmosphere of old Japan very appealing. Favorite artists are: Kawase Hasui, Yoshitoshi, Hiroshige and Hokusai.

Philip also studied Japanese swords and sword fittings with Cary Condell in San Francisco. He has a small hobby business on eBay (his eBay handle is Shirogitsune99).

His advice to novice collectors is simply:

Study and buy from reputable dealers.


Favorite Prints


Hokusai bridge
Hokusai - Viewing the Sunset over Ryōgoku Bridge from the Onmaya Embankment (Onmayagashi yori Ryōgokubashi sekiyō o miru), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjūrokkei) 1830–31


Kawase Hasui print
Kawase Hasui - Starlit Night, Miyajima (Hoshizukiyo, Miyajima) from the series Souvenirs of Travel III. 1928
Fujiwara Yasumasa
Tsukioka Yoshitoshi - Fujiwara Yasumasa Plays the Flute by Moonlight (Fujiwara Yasumasa gekka roteki). Meiji period, late 19th century
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