Re: Harunobu and Utamaro prints?

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Posted by Thomas Crossland on February 28, 1998 at 03:22:23:

In Reply to: Harunobu and Utamaro prints? posted by Barbara Yaney on February 27, 1998 at 08:50:58:

: As a new collector, I have really appreciated this web site and the quality of the discussion. I have just purchased 2 "prints" at an auction. (See link below) I have identified them as Harunobu and Utamaro. Can anyone help me to identify the titles and subjects or themes? I am now assuming (based on the previous discussions) that these are probably reproductions??? How do I tell a true print from a reproduction? How
: should they be preserved? Acid-free paper? What else?
: Thank you all in advance.
: Barbara Yaney

Beautiful prints!! As for proper mounting and care, I would refer you to "Care of Japanese Prints," found under "About Japanese Prints" at Shogun Gallery's website (you'll easily find their link below, thanks to Han Olaf). It will provide you with good advice. I wish to also point out and share their feelings that care must be taken as we each, individually, are only "temporary custodians" of each of these rare and beautiful works of art. Many of these "hanga" have been passed done several generations before reaching us, their temporary owners. As for authentic print, I can only advise you to first view print from backside; have the inks flowed through from the front side to the back? If so, you at least have an individually hand made print. Now the tricky part. You may well have a "fukusei" which is Japanese for a later set of prints done not from the original set of woodblocks but from a subsequently produced set of re-cut blocks. This was commonly done during period running perhaps 1895 to 1905 to satisfy the demand for earlier, popular prints. (One clue can be if print in question is smaller than the original size.) If a "fukusei," it may well be still a treasured piece of (handmade) art, just far less valuable than the original print produced 50 to 75 years earlier. Wish I could offer more. Hans Olaf or someone else can likely offer more....

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