4 screen wood block print

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Posted by Richard Kanner on December 01, 2002 at 17:46:20:

How can I tell if my 4 screen print is an original woodblock print or just a reproduction. It was originally purchased in 1978 from the Harumi Antiques Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. The "Certificate of Antiquity" states: "4-panel flower/bird screen Mid 19 century (Original Hand-done work of art)" The bill of sale is signed by the owner of the gallery license number 1274.

Each panel bears a small red seal inscribed with Japanese characters. I purchased this art recently not from the original owner. As stated, this piece is represented as "original hand-done work of art", but it is difficult for me to ascertain whether that statement is true, or whether it is simply a reproduction of an original wood block print. Is it also possible that it might be an original painting. In this respect the birds, flowers, and trees (the birds and flowers are white, and one bird is multi colored) appear under a magnifying glass as rather flat to be a painting.

I would certainly appreciate your comments.

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