Re: Kunisada/Toyokuni Woodprint

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Posted by Richard Illing on February 06, 1998 at 21:34:23:

In Reply to: Kunisada/Toyokuni Woodprint posted by Sue on February 04, 1998 at 21:36:41:

: We have been told by the curator of the Chicago Art Institute that this woodprint was painted by Kunisada using Toyokuni's name, probably around late 1850's or early 1860's. Can you tell me the name of the print and whether it is part of a series as well as any other information you may be able to offer. How sought after are the works of Kunisada?

Your print is almost certainly part of a triptych of theatrical actors in role. It would seem to date from about 1845. Kunisada was probably the foremost producer of the theatrical prints of the time but, since he and his workshop produced so many prints, and, since yours would appear to be but part of a larger composition it is unlikely to command a large price. It would seem, however, to be in good condition and with unfaded colour. I imagine that it would be worth somewhere between $200-400.

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