Subject:Re: Help Identifing a Calligrapher
Posted By: Jim N Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Mikeoz, Guy and Rat,
You all may very well be correct that this calligraphy is a “poseur”, but I want to offer a couple of thoughts.
I shared this post and your comments with my late father’s former student to get his take. When I started this post, I didn’t realize that he had studied and written about Ito Jinsai, otherwise I probably would have asked him about the scroll earlier. He tells me that Jinsai often signed his name with just 藤 and not 伊藤, which could explain the discrepancy that Rat pointed out. I don’t know much about seals, so I’ve learned quite a bit about how they are constructed from your comments. However, isn’t another explanation that Jinsai over the course of his life used more than one seal and they were not identical? Further what motivation would someone have to go to the trouble of copying Jinsai’s seal? His works may be rare, but I don’t believe that they were ever particularly valuable. This scroll sat on the top shelf of my father’s closet for 60 years, so someone would have had to have the incentive to copy it prior to the 1950’s.
Thanks for your comments on this and helping me learn more. I feel confident that both the work my father owned and the work on the internet are Ito Jinsai’s. And if I were to agree that one was real and the other is not (which I don’t), I’m not sure why we should assume that my father’s is the copy.