Posted by Thomas Crossland (Ukiyoe-Gallery.com) on July 23, 2002 at 08:29:04:
In Reply to: Hiroshi Yoshida signed origional posted by Bret Maulsby on June 25, 2002 at 10:06:28:
Your “Nigatsudo Temple” print was originally published in 1926, so at #79 out of Hiroshi’s lifetime total of 259 woodblock images produced, it’s a fairly early image. It’s also a print that I personally recall seeing come onto the market only very infrequently, so obviously there’s not a large number of this print image available for sale (hence worth more).
Assuming that your print does indeed bear a “jizuri seal” (two lone “kanji” characters, typically upper left margin—above print’s Japanese date and title)—-and that it is indeed in “excellent condition” as you believe—-your print could then likely be worth somewhere in the $1,200-$2,000 area. Much of that truly depends upon a close (out-of-the-frame) inspection of the print's condition.
You may also be interested to learn that if your print is indeed a “pencil-signed” copy by Hiroshi himself, that the black Japanese “signature” seen within your print’s image is ALSO “brush-signed” by the artist. An examination of two or more “duplicate” print images will reveal that NO two print’s “signatures” are identical (that is, the “signature” is NOT part of the print’s carved “key-block”)
Enjoy your print!!.
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