Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on February 18, 1998 at 13:54:57:
In Reply to: Koson posted by Ralph Protsik on January 20, 1998 at 00:55:15:
Sorry for the long delay in replying, due mostly to a heavy workload. I was hoping that somebody else would provide an answer to your query, as I know very little about Koson, and I have not been able to find any good sources of information.
Generally, Koson prints are quite common both in Europe and America. A very large part of his production was intended for these markets. One problem with his prints is that they are seldom or never dated, and there may be reprints around, that are very difficult to tell apart from the originals.
Reference works often say that he changed his art name from Koson to Sh˘son in 1911, and that he did not design any prints between ca 1911 and 1926. This is probably not true. There are so many prints around, bearing the signature and/or seal Koson, that a great deal of them simply must have been produced after 1911.
: I have a small (12 x 6) Koson original (I think) of three sparrows sitting on the ground. What should I look for in order to establish authenticity? Are such Kosons common? Any sense of its worth? What would be a good place to run for information about Koson?
: Ralph Protsik
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