Posted by hess on August 27, 1999 at 22:15:19:
In Reply to: Hiroshige's era posted by Laurent Gherardi on August 27, 1999 at 18:39:30:
: Hi there,
: Does anyone know what were the years Hiroshige produced prints?
: Anything I should look for or ask a seller, to avoid buying a reproduction?
: Thank you.
Hiroshige began with woodblock prints in 1815. Hiroshige was still actively involved with the production of woodblock prints until his death in 1858 (although some prints are considered lifetime printings through 1859).
Before buying, one should learn as much as possible about what one wants to buy. But enthusiam and desire to acquire are always stronger than the desire to study. If you wish to buy first, then you need to find sellers that you feel comfortable with (do not count upon Japanese print sellers to educate you). At the same time, you should become familiar with Hiroshige's designs (books at your local college/university Library are a good start) so that you develope a focus on the type of image's you like best. In lieu of learning how to distinguish between lifetime printings, later states, and reproductions (this learning process can take hundreds if not thousands of hours of study) you will be counting upon the print seller(s)'s knowledge of the Hiroshige prints that you are buying. Thus, you must ask for (and expect, if not require) any dealer selling you a Hiroshige print to GUARANTEE that print's authenticity (genuine lifetime printing).There is much to learn about the various levels of both condition and desirabiltiy of particular Hiroshige images that will dictate the price. I recommend to everyone who starts out that they buy as cheaply as possible. For two reasons; 1) when you make a mistake (and you will make many when you start collecting) your mistake will not cost you very much and it will be money well-spent in the learning process, and 2) you want to avoid becoming discouraged in your collecting.
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