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Subject:Chinese Print Information
Posted By: Kelly Fri, Dec 30, 2016 IP: 2602:0306:346e:4380:

Bought this print at antique store for a big discount. No information from seller. Wanting to know the translation, age, or subject.

Many thanks from a long-time lover of this forum!

Subject:Re: Chinese Print Information
Posted By: Stan Sat, Dec 31, 2016

Your Japanese woodblock print is by Utagawa Kunisada. It was done fairly early in his career. Going by the signature alone, I would guess circa late 1820s. If you blow up the date seal (the small dime-sized circular seal in the center of the 3rd picture), I can tell the year printed.

Do you know the size? Since there are two signatures, I am guessing that it is a diptych formed by joining two oban prints.


Subject:Re: Chinese Print Information
Posted By: Kelly Mon, Jan 02, 2017

That is great information! Thanks for all the help. They are 10x15 each so probably Oban as described. I have attached an enlarged picture of the censor's seal that for the date.

Subject:Re: Chinese Print Information
Posted By: Stan Tue, Jan 03, 2017

That doesn't help. It's the kiwame censor seal - not a date seal. This print predates the Nanushi censor seals. That makes it before 1842. geo is probably closer to right than I was. Say circa 1840.

Yes. 2 oban sized prints. This is an actor print. The female role is the onnagata Onoe Eizaburo (?). I can't see the characters over the samurai role to try to figure out who it is.

See the link below to look up the second actor.


URL Title :Actors depicted by Kunisada

Subject:Re: Chinese Print Information
Posted By: geo. Sat, Dec 31, 2016

Actually, this is a Japanese print by Kunisada - the most prolific of Ukiyo-e print artists. It dates to early 1840s. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |