Re: Koitsu prints

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Posted by Ross Walker on November 21, 2002 at 11:39:11:

In Reply to: Koitsu prints posted by Elmer on November 20, 2002 at 04:49:54:

Hello Elmer,

: Does someone know who was the publisher (Doi Teiichi or Doi Hangaten), printer and carver were for these first edition Koitsu prints: Asakusa Kinryusan, Evening at Ushigome, and Teahouse.

There is definitely a Teiichi-published print for Teahouse shown in the Chikazaki catalogue. Part of the Tokyo Fuukei series, it has Matsushita printer seal and Katsumura carver seal.

As for the other two prints you mention, we have not located a print containing a Teiichi seal. The earliest example of Asakusa Kinryusan that we know of contains the offset Hangaten seal combination (Harada/Yokoi). The earliest print example for Evening at Ushigome contains this same seal combination too (offset Hangaten/Harada/Yokoi).

>>Is Yokoi and Harada printer/carver seals the first edition of these prints??<<

This is something that a group of us are trying to determine. I think Marc will have something to say on this subject. Tosh Doi (no relation to Doi Hangaten) has a great database of seal combinations for Koitsu/Doi prints that have been observed over the last few years. There are still 22 prints without Teiichi examples, but this number is gradually reducing as new (read 'rare') examples of Teiichi prints are found.

Hope that helps.

Ross Walker

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