Posted by DG (188.8.131.52) on July 14, 2014 at 02:20:34:
In Reply to: \;#33031;\;#30000;\;#29256; is this Publ posted by Gordon Friese on July 01, 2014 at 21:46:12:
This is the mark of the infamous Takamazawa!
Heres a nice writeup from artelino:
One of the early cases of Ukiyo-e fraud is connected with the name of Takamizawa Enji 1870-1927. His Takamizawa Woodblock Print Company, established in 1911, produced not only official copies, but perfect deceptive fakes of valuable and expensive old prints as well.
Takamizawa Enji did it partly by using old and cheap originals with faded colors and in very bad shape and then printing with newly carved blocks over the old paper. This form of deception is called rejuvenations.
Helen Merritt mentions that Watanabe called him the "demon of reproduction" and considered him what he was, a scoundrel. Nevertheless he could apparently follow his practices for years without any major disturbances and Takamizawa Enji probably would not have been noticed outside Japan if he had not deceived a prominent collector - Frank Lloyd Wright.
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