Posted by Theo de Kreijger on July 09, 2003 at 20:49:23:
In Reply to: Re:- Censorīs seals posted by Elisabeth Lundin on July 09, 2003 at 10:27:50:
The real date of a print is always difficult. In the case of your Hiroshige prints they always talk about it's state (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) or about a reprint from a certain period if it's done considerably later. And then there are of course the copies (with their states and reprints) and the modern reproductions.
The ommision of publisher seals might indecate the fact that the original publisher had sold the blocks to a minor colleague, who though he could still earn a bit of money out of the used (and often worn) blocks. In the case of Hiroshiges this was certainly profitable, because the prints remained popular until most of the original blocks were completely worn out.
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