Posted by Dick Illing on February 06, 2003 at 13:02:14:
In Reply to: Unidentified archaic print (#3) posted by Noel Chiappa on February 06, 2003 at 09:45:23:
Hi Noel, Kiyomasu, Masanobu, Toshinobu and Shigenaga all produced prints of this ilk. In this instance, I think we can go for Okumura Toshinobu. In the Art Institute of Chicago Buckingham collection (1927.1382) is a print in the same format with a a series title and signature in a separate panel to the right of the image (trimmed off in your example). Howard Link in 'Ukiyo-e Prints & Paintings of the Primative Period' (AIC 1971) illustrates Autumn from the series Shiki no asobi 'Pleasures of the Four Seasons'. Yours has a similar rondel with the character 'to' for winter. I am afraid that it will have to be up to someone with greater skill than me at reading sosho script to decipher the subtitle and text.
: And here's the third one: an early tan-e (I think that's what it is - it's
: definitely hand-coloured) print which was attributed by the dealer from whom
: it was purchased to Shigenaga, but a previous owner wrote Masanobu on the
: back. Anyone know more? Again, thanks in advance for any further info...
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