Subject:Re: Japanese scroll signature
Posted By: peter Fri, Sep 04, 2020
A reference can only be a painting, not only a sea, especially not a book. Your reference book is not accurate, it also gives no source for the information. Offen it only contains reproductions of other books, even woodblocks. I attached a photo of the 如川之章 seal, and a second of the 如川章 seal, both are not only showing the inaccuracy of your printed reference but also that the characters are in the originals much better and in style consistent. The 章 in your print is in fact only readable as 章 because it couldnt be anything else. Your reference is reproducing older woodblock prints.
As for the painting of Mladen. If its only for the painting I would be willing to accept it, as the quality is very high. Especially the ink wash! Unfortunately such landscapes are not giving a very individual brushwork.
There are however slight issues with the signature and the seal. Latter is consistent in style and might just be another more linear version. Its not really conclusive for me in any direction.
The painting is an old painting (the material) is at least 18th century mounted new in the second half of the 20th century. The reused fine old ivory ends and the good condition show the appreciation of a good collector.
A copy of Chikanobu in the late 19th and early 20th century is not a thing I really could expect.