toyokuni prints

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Posted by Robin Johnson on September 10, 1998 at 15:59:20:

I have an opportunity to buy some prints that I
was told are by Toyokuni and that they are 200
years old. In reading about Toyokuni, I found
that there were 3 artists that used that name.
The prints have the toshidama cartouche (yellow
silkworm around red shape with name) which I see
in one of the postings that this was not in use
before 1850. Could these prints be by one of the
later Toyokunis? I have been looking at all the
online galleries I can find but can't find an
exact match. They are prints of what look like
kabuki actors to me, full length with very dark
backgrounds (blacks and dark blues). The backgrounds
have dark images in them, one for instance of a woman
with a large green flowered sack has what looks like
a buddha statue behind her in black against a dark
gray background. I haven't seen any other images credited
to any of the 3 Toyokuni with such dark backgrounds.
Also 3 of the prints have a blue line (about an inch)through behind
the figure (from left margin to right). Also, the grain of the wood
is clearly visible in the background especially.
Any advice? I like the prints but don't know how much I should pay
for them.

Thanks for any help you can give me, or reference I can go to.

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