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Subject:Need help for two Japanese wood cut prints
Posted By: baton Thu, Oct 05, 2017 IP: 24.85.231.51

Hello does anyone can tell me who are the author of these prints? Whom do they depicture? Any information will be appreciated.





Subject:Re: Need help for two Japanese wood cut prints
Posted By: I. Nagy Sun, Oct 08, 2017

1st print
Signature catuche reads,
國周筆 Kunichika hitsu Painted by Kunichika
(Toyohara Kunichika 1835-1900 woodblock print artist)
(A close up pix from the two cartouches would help
to find out the title ...玫鏡 Mirror of..)

2nd print,
今様押繪鏡 Imayo Oshie Kagami Mirror of the Figures of Today
五斗兵衛  Gotobei
(Nakamura Shikan - Kabuki artist- in the role of Gotobei represented in a mirror)
豊國畫   Toyokuni ga (Picture)
横川彫竹  Yokokawa Horitake (Carver)
(Yellow cartouche)
松林堂   Shorindo (Publisher)
(Left upper part)

With regards,
I.Nagy



Subject:Re: Need help for two Japanese wood cut prints
Posted By: baton Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Thank you for your information! Are they rare? What do you think they cost in this condition?

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Subject:Re: Need help for two Japanese wood cut prints
Posted By: Stan Sun, Oct 08, 2017

The first print is by Toyohara Kunichika. I can't tell much else given the picture.

The second print is by Utagawa Kunisada (signing as Toyokuni III) and is from his series "The mirror of today´s picture" (Imayo oshie kagami). It is of the actor Nakamura Shikan IV. See the link below and scroll about 1/3 down the page.

Cheers,
Stan

URL Title :Today\'s Mirror


Subject:Re: Need help for two Japanese wood cut prints
Posted By: baton Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Thank you very much! Are these prints valuable?

Subject:Re: Need help for two Japanese wood cut prints
Posted By: baton Mon, Oct 09, 2017

Can you tell me what is this? Are those pages from a book? Are they very old? Are they valuable?



Subject:Re: Need help for two Japanese wood cut prints
Posted By: I. Nagy Tue, Oct 10, 2017

This is the 15th page from the 1st volume of
Zenken Kojitsu (前賢故實) a collection of biographies of Japanese historical personalities in 10 volumes
and 20 books.Published from 1843 until 1868, illustrated by Kikuchi Yosai (菊池容齋)
( A single page practically has no value)

Subject:Re: Need help for two Japanese wood cut prints
Posted By: baton Wed, Oct 11, 2017

Thank you!

Subject:Re: Need help for two Japanese wood cut prints
Posted By: Stan Wed, Oct 11, 2017

You should keep your day job.

The Kunichika print appears to be in very good condition with no fading (the green area is still green - not faded to blue). Without better pictures (and I. Nagy's translation help to ID the series) of the 1st print, putting an accurate value is difficult. Consulting artelino.com's auction archive, Kunichika prints range from about $50 to $200 (plus a 20% buyers fee).

The Kunisada print appears to have significant losses in the upper left and other lesser condition problems. This makes it of little value to a collector. Framed it makes a decent decorative object. In very good condition, prints from this series sell in the range from $50 to $240 on the artelino.com site. I didn't find a sale for your print.

The double book page has little more than decorative value. Double book pages by famous artists like Hokusai or Hiroshige will get about $50 to $80 on artelino.com.

Cheers,
Stan

Subject:Re: Need help for two Japanese wood cut prints
Posted By: baton Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Thank you, Stan! You are great!


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