Re: Yoshida Signatures

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Posted by John Fiorillo on May 15, 1999 at 03:44:12:

In Reply to: Yoshida Signatures posted by kmadsen on May 15, 1999 at 02:49:10:

K. Madsen,

Yoshida prints with the jizuri seal were supervised by the artist (a few were actually printed by him, but all were approved by him). They are the true lifetime original impressions, and the seal is the key to authenticity (with possibly a few exceptions for occasional proofs that will forever cause debate).

Some jizuri-impressions exist with only the brushed-in Japanese signatures, thus omitting the pencil English signatures. These are genuine and were probably meant for sale to Japanese customers. Western collectors like to see the written English signatures along with the brushed-in signatures, but if you have a jizuri seal and only a brushed-in signature, you still have a lifetime impression of value equal to those with pencil signatures.

As for the inconsistencies in using stamped titles, thatís just a result of the vicissitudes of printmaking. Jizuri-stamped impressions appeared with either stamped or written English titles; there is no difference in authenticity between prints with written versus stamped titles. Their market value would also (or should) be the same. I do not know whether particular editions were consistently issued with only one type of English title (written versus stamped), but I would guess that if all the lifetime Yoshida impressions ever made could be gathered together, we would see many inconsistencies within and between at least some editions. It appears that some impressions must have left the studio before or without being stamped, which would have no special significance (particularly as they already had Japanese titles carved into the blocks). Again, many impressions without printed or written English titles were probably sold to Japanese buyers who were satisfied with the block-carved Japanese titles. It is only significant when the signatures are stamped (Japanese or English), thus indicating a posthumous studio print.

A dealer could tell you the relative market value of posthumous impressions, which has varied a lot over the years, as has the value of lifetime impressions. The relative market value between a posthumous impression and a lifetime impression depends on the rarity of the original impressions and the popularity of the design. In some cases Iíve seen a ten-fold difference, in others as little as only two- or three-fold.

Posthumous impressions are still being made (or were until quite recently).


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