Posted by john on May 16, 2002 at 19:36:53:
In Reply to: Re: any Kiyoshi experts? posted by Dick Illing on May 16, 2002 at 15:41:28:
Thank you the information. I see on the Viewing Japanese Print site that Takamizawa was involved in a scam involving reprinting colors from recut blocks onto faded ukiyo-e prints. I was thinking that was the publishing seal that was on this website. I wonder if this is the same publisher who was associated with Kiyoshi, producing limited editions which I have seen go for in excess of $20,000 a piece? If so they went from producing fraudulent prints in 1919 to producing these very nice, very expensive limited edition Kiyoshi prints in the early 1930’s. On another site I see that one of Kiyoshi prints ‘Expression of the eyes’ was reprinted in the 1980s by a publisher ‘Ishukankokai’. I guess if I see a Takamizawa seal on the print then it must be an early edition or an original woodblock print and not a post humus edition? With the ‘After the Bath’ print there is a different color stripe on the black yukata the women is wearing (I have seen an olive green stripe-which I assume to be an early edition, a blue stripe which I think maybe a later edition and a light black stripe which I think maybe a mid-edition…although I really am guessing at this and have no real idea) Less expensive prints go for a couple of thousand, limited editions of 100 can go for more than $20, 000 it seems. I just don’t want to pay too much for a lesser edition print. Thanks.
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