Re: Help, please

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Posted by hess on June 11, 1999 at 21:30:41:

In Reply to: Help, please posted by Larry Hitner on June 09, 1999 at 18:06:02:

: I finally bought a print at an estate auction here in
: Louisville. I know there are lots of repros out there
: but I believe this to be authentic because I know where
: it came from.
: Iknow next to nothing about identifying it. It is oban
: size and a vertical print of a woman, perhaps a geisha.
: Can someone direct me to a web site or suggest other
: options to learn more about it? Thanks.

Even if you find the exact same image on a website or in a book you still will not be able to positively identify your print as an authentic first printing without the help of an expert.
To learn more about any woodblock print you should go to your local university library and look for "Japanese woodblock print" or "Ukiyo-e" or "Hanga". Hopefully, the books you find will explain how to identify the artist's signature and seal, the publisher's seal, and even how to date your print. Going to websites is a nice idea, but you are going to have to find a site that has either your print or enough information to help you figure out your print's identifying marks. Needle in a haystack without more info from you. And since you have no info, i.e., artist, publisher, date, title, etc.; you might as well do a websearch of the above reference suggestions and start digging in each website. When you do find what you are looking for, please keep in mind that prints are still produced after an artist's death. So that a 140 year old print may have no value if it was not printed during the artist's lifetime. Many well-to-do individuals purchased prints in 1910 or 1920 or inherited a print from great-granmama who purchased the print in 1880. Well that is not exciting if the print was published in 1860 and the artist passed away in 1858. There are many other factors to mention, but i recommend that you get an expert's help. And remember, you get what you pay for.

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