Posted by Noel Chiappa (220.127.116.11) on December 25, 2014 at 12:35:12:
In Reply to: Hiroshige date? Thanks a million! posted by Chip from Rhode Isla on December 20, 2014 at 17:02:59:
Hi, this isn't censor seal, it's a publisher's seal.
It's not in Marks (the biggest collection of publisher seals), but... It's very similar to the joint Take-Mago/Tsuruki seal on the Nihonbashi print from the Hoeido Tokaido; in fact, allowing for character variations, that may in fact be what it reads. The character in the upper right is definitely Take, for what that's worth...
You can't put too much weight on a print having a Hiroshige signature on it; around the turn of the century, when there was a big craze for Hiroshige prints, publishers added that signature to any number of new scenes. Ditto for the age - some reproductions from the late 1800s are now antiques in their own right (and look it), and only careful examination of the paper and ink can show that it's an antique reproduction.
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