A general question on Ukiyo-e

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Posted by John Huscha on January 07, 1999 at 21:44:37:

I am quite ignorant in this field. However, back in the early 1980s I worked with a Japanese lady at the World Bank. We became friends and I discovered (for the first time) the beautiful world of the ukiyo-e. Her great grandfather, Baron Sakata, was Royal Archaeologist and language instructor to the last Meiji Emperor. Baron Sakata was also an avid art collector. At the end of WWII the family donated the vast bulk of his collection to the Imperial University where it is housed in the Sakata Art Wing. My friend had quite a number of block prints she brought with her from that collection. I was fortunate to acquire 10-15 of these prints and have them framed. I've been told by her, and a number of Japanese here at work (International Monetary Fund) that all my prints are Toyokuni III except one which is by Kuniyoshi.

My dilemma now is that I would like to sell these prints. Again, colleagues here tell me that only in Tokyo would art such as this be appreciated.

Some of the prints are almost pristine. Others have small worm holes and one has a fold.

Could anyone give me information as to how best I should proceed? Any help would be appreciated.

most sincerely -- John Huscha

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