Re: Kawase Hasui print questions


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Posted by Serge A (90.41.242.5) on July 06, 2019 at 15:26:29:

In Reply to: Kawase Hasui print questions posted by Anita on July 06, 2019 at 03:49:40:

This print is named Shinshu - Matsubarako (Lake Matsubara in Shinshu) and is dated 1941. The first edition would have a black rectangular Watanabe seal (Watanabe Publisher written in Kanji) in the right margin and subsequent strikes would normally (but not always) have a 6mm round Watanabe in the lower right corner of the print. Recent editions Heisei have a red rectangular Watanabe seal in the right margin (with Watanabe written in Hiragana). It is not unusual to have prints without these seals and this makes the dating difficult.
You should get the print out of the frame and check. Your copy is discoloured from exposition to light and it might be that the seal has faded to such a point that it is very difficult to see through the glass. If there is no seal anywhere, it is most probable a posthumous late Showa strike (1970's-1980's)


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