Re: Later 19th Century Prints

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Posted by hess on September 06, 1999 at 08:04:18:

In Reply to: Later 19th Century Prints posted by C. Jennings on September 06, 1999 at 03:05:30:

: As I am a novice collector of ukiyo-e prints, it has been suggested to me that I should stay away from the later 19th century prints, as the use of aniline dyes and sometimes careless printing make them largely worthless for a serious collector. Does anyone have any thoughts or suggestions on this subject?

Howdy....First of all, whoever told you Meiji (late 19th century) prints are largely worthless is definitely someone you should no longer listen to. Meiji print prices have been rising steadily since the mid-80's and quality prints of wonderful images by prestigious Meiji print artists command thousands of dollars. Second of all, follow the basic rules of collecting. Rule 1; you need to buy what you like. In order to discover what you like, you must expose yourself to as broad a variety of Japanese prints as possible. Rule 2: learn the prices of what you like. Rule 3; focus on buying prints in as fine a condition as you can reasonably afford....learn to distinguish quality from damaged or lesser condition pieces so that you can discipline your buying. Third (and last) of all, if you are shocked by prices of prints that you covet, do not give up on collecting Meiji prints. The Meiji period was an incredibly prolific production period for Japanese prints. And images were geared towards Western tastes (produced for export). So you will discover many images to your liking that will be incredibly affordable. And if you follow rules 1 through 3 above, you will never become discouraged in your collecting. And when you finally decide to set your collection free, you will be pleased that you did not lose money while having a great time. Good hunting.

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