Posted by Thomas Crossland (Ukiyoe-Gallery.com) on July 23, 2002 at 07:51:44:
In Reply to: Ichiryusai Hiroshige I Toto Yukimi Hakkei posted by Barbara C. Evans on July 20, 2002 at 22:33:28:
Your set of “Eight Snow Scenes in the Eastern Capital” (“Toto Yukimi Hakkei”) comprise a very unusual and unique set of Hiroshige images—-the reason being that they were not carved and printed until well after Hiroshige’s death in 1858. In fact, it was not until 1928 that these original, unpublished circa 1840-47 pen and ink drawings were then produced as multi-color woodblocks by the Japanese publisher, Shotaro Sato of Kyoto.
Because these prints were not executed during Hiroshige’s lifetime—-indeed, not until three-quarters of a century later—-they have consistently received mixed reviews from collectors of Hiroshige’s prints. A recent sale occurred in May of this year in London auction of an “original” set (8 prints) published by Shotaro Sato Publisher (vertical seal in right margins) at 925 British pounds, or about $1,300 for the set. (Note—Several other publishers have since issued their own “sets,” but not from the “original” Sato blocks—-and certainly worth less.).
Your Jacoulet prints are, generally speaking, highly collectable depending largely on their specific images (and condition). Many Jacoulet prints are sold in the $6/700 to $2,000 area.
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