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Posted By: charlene Wed, Dec 18, 2019 IP: 2603:3020:2cd7:6000:

Any help appreciated, id artist, type of print, etc.

Link :

Subject:Re: Woodcut??
Posted By: manuD Thu, Dec 19, 2019

print by Takahashi Hiroaki
(see link to MFA)

URL Title :The Pine Tree of Success on the Sumida River

Subject:Re: Woodcut??
Posted By: I.Nagy Fri, Dec 20, 2019

大川首尾の松 - Ǒkawa Shubi no Matsu - *Ǒkawa River, the Pine of *Shubi

*Ǒkawa; Old name of the Sumida River
*Shubi: Japanese expression for the beginning and end
The Shubi Pine(s) was a jetty for vessels going to and from Yoshiwara, the red-light district of Edo.
Literally, it was the beginning and end of the journey for the visitors of the above district.

The seal on Charlene's print reads;
堯 - Gyō which is nothing to do with the artist
while on the MFA link reads 松亭 Shōtei.
Furthermore, the left side of the print is cut off, or it is printed from a different block.

Takahashi Shōtei a.k.a. Takahashi Hiroaki 1871-1945

With regards,

Subject:Re: Woodcut??
Posted By: Charlene Fri, Dec 20, 2019

Any opinions on value?

Subject:Re: Woodcut??
Posted By: Marc Kahn Fri, Dec 20, 2019

The print referenced by ManuD, from the MFA, is an original print designed by Takahashi Shotei. The original poster's print is a derivative knock-off of the original.

For comparison, have a look at:
- The artist's seal - On the MFA version it reads "Shotei". On the OP's version has a seal which was historically used on many knock-offs, reading "Gyo".
- The handwriting in the title is completely different between the 2 versions.
- The watery lines just below the hull of the boat are completely different between the 2 versions. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |