Re: Sadanobu Hasegawa prints

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Posted by hess on August 13, 1999 at 20:25:28:

In Reply to: Sadanobu Hasegawa prints posted by Matt on August 12, 1999 at 04:03:28:

: Hi, we have recently inherited several pieces of art, 2 of which are original woodblock prints by Hasegawa titled: "Warrior Kajiwara Kagesue" and " Warrior Sasaki Takatsuna".
: They are in mint condition with authentication by The Collector's Guild Ltd. Does anyone have an idea of value or who Hasegawa was?
: Thank you.

Your prints are 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 prints, you should see the large UCHIDA watermark within the paper's margins. Your images were originally printed right before WWII, but the "Collector's Guild Ltd" was known for only handling later printings (still woodblock prints, just not as good to own as first printings). So I would guess their true printing date was posthumous but there is a chance they might have been done right after the Korean war.
On your prints in MINT condition will sell for $40- to $75- during the peak buying season. In off season, expect $25- to $50-.

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