Re: Need help Identifying a Print

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Posted by Hans Olof Johansson on February 22, 2002 at 10:34:14:

In Reply to: Re: Need help Identifying a Print posted by mark waldman on February 21, 2002 at 06:36:35:

: One more point, that suggests that something is wrong: why would a print's genuineness be attested to by both Shiba and Miyanoshita, a competitor. Could be that this is a sign of a "fake" statement of authenticity! -- Mark


I'm not sure what you mean to imply here. S M Shiba was apparently a print dealer in Miyanoshita, a town in the Hakone area, where also the famous Fujiya Hotel (founded in 1878) is situated. This area is something of a must for foreign tourists in Japan, and it has been since the Meiji era.

I see no reason to suspect that Mr Shiba used his seal to sell fake prints to the foreign tourists. My intent was only to point out that such guarantees of genuineness are not necessarily trustworthy. Mr Shiba was probably sincere, but he (or his staff) could now and then be mistaken about the identity of the designer of a print. I'm sure, though, that most of his attributions are correct.

Hans Olof

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