Posted by hess on June 23, 1999 at 14:23:52:
In Reply to: Need info on this print! posted by Michael Vines on June 21, 1999 at 18:13:22:
: Would anyone have information relating to the print I have posted?
: The sheet measures 8-1/2" x 11-5/8". It is titled, "Maiko Girl,
: Washing Hand," and was done by Sadanobu Hasegawa (successor to Sadanobu
: Third). The paper is somewhat aged and soiled but otherwise in
: excellent condition. A recent find.
: Thanks in advance.
: Mike Vines
Your print is by Hasegawa Sadanobu III 1881-1963 (son of Sadanobu II) whose images are primarily of warriors, actors, and maiko. The overwhelming majority of his prints were published by the Uchida Print Co. of Kyoto, Japan, a print publisher catering to the tastes and demands of Western customers. Thus, the majority of images and artists handled by the Uchida Print Co. were deemed "Tourist" prints. If you backlight your print, you should see the large UCHIDA watermark within the paper's margins. Your image was originally printed right before WWII but your print does not bear any of the insignia of the early printings. So I would guess it's true printing date was in the 1950s or perhaps even posthumous. The toning, foxing, and staining on your print is not due to aging but rather a result of poor handling and storage (not your fault). You can have this "repaired" but it is not practical. On ebay.com your print in AS IS condition will sell for $25- to $45- and in MINT condition it will sell for $40- to $75-. So you can see that you will lose money "repairing" your print.
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