3 prints

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Posted by Ann on August 15, 2002 at 22:22:47:

First, thank you for reading my plea for help! I came across three prints, and from my snooping on the internet I am assuming they are Japanese wood block prints. I don't have a digital camera this week so can't show the prints...but here is my question. Has anyone ever seen a Japanese woodblock print with a small copyright sign in the corner? These three panels are approximately 12"x17" each, apparently old because of the color of the paper and show secnes of (1) women socializing around a beautiful room (2) women primping, drawing on a scroll and (3) fawning over a sitting man, serving tea, several women holding large fans somewhat ceremoniously. Anyway there is a "mark" on one a part of a "mark" on the 2nd and no mark on the 3rd. But they all have (in the left hand bottom of each print) what appears to be a copyright mark with P.L.B c2, c3 and c4. An art appraiser I know casually says she has never heard of such a thing on japanese woodblock prints. There is no signature by hand only those stamped "marks". Could these not even be Japanese? Maybe chinese, I really can't tell, due to ingnorance--only know that they surely are lovely. Very detailed, very nice coloration, but not shockingly intense (i.e. the reds are red but not overpowering. I'd say they have at least 7-10 colors used. The drawing itself is very, very detailed with an odd perspective used. I love them, so if they have no monetary value that is fine, but I would like to know what the heck I have. If I had to guess, they look Chinese...the funiture, lack of Obi's or small ones....Well that's all I know. Anyone got a guess as to what these are. As I said they are in beautiful shape and appear to be old. I'd appreciate any input if someone has the energy to reply to this odd request!!! Thanks.

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