Re: Asahina Surimono

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Posted by Dan on June 22, 2002 at 04:20:10:

In Reply to: Re: Asahina Surimono posted by Theo de Kreijger on June 22, 2002 at 03:15:46:

Hi Theo,

Oh, I didn't realize this was an on-going quest. I can point out 2 quick references, though you may have them already. Actually, to reduce the redundant, if you could share what you have and what you need, that would help. I'd also be most interested in your list.

The first reference is to Richard Kruml catalogue 15, Print 8, misattributed to Toyokuni. The second, which I saw just recently, was a print that sold through Auction Ukiyo-e in London. I think the image is gone, but if you wrote them I think they would help you. The auction was just a short time ago, and the print flew as high as an Asahina kite!

Best luck,

: : There's an excellent article by Matthi Forrer on this subject in an early issue of Andon (#2, 1981), with a list of the Asahina prints (about 40 of them). It seems this was a yearly practice with Jinihari/Toyohiro and perhaps even carried on by Hiroshige after his master's passing. Very interesting subject!

: This is the only (indeed excellent) article I know about, but if you look at the list lots of pieces in the puzzle are still missing, incomplete or even incorrect. For instance: the print described as no. 35 (Toyohiro - Achenbach Collection), in fact appeares to be no. 25 in the series. It's displayed in Roger Keyes' book "The Male Journey in Japanese Prints". I stumbled upon no. 35 myself, so this vacancy in the list has been filled. I hope to expand Forrer's list (hopefully with your help) and add extra data and images about the subject.

: I already have to thank John Fiorillo and the Achebach Foundation for the effort they've already made to help me in this quest ...

: Theo

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