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Subject:Antique Japanese piece
Posted By: PM Thu, Jan 06, 2022 IP: 2601:1c0:5d02:f600:4

Hello, I was wondering if anyone is familiar with this artist and series. And perhaps the value. Thanks in advance!

Subject:Re: Antique Japanese piece
Posted By: I.Nagy Fri, Jan 07, 2022

Basically the information on the label is correct.

Title cartouche,
假手本忠臣蔵 七段目 - Kanadehon Chushingura Nanadan-me - Copybook of the Treasury of the Loyal Retainers Act. 7.
(Classic play cycle of the Japanese Kabuki theatre, it consist of 11 acts)
Signature cartouche,
貞秀画 - Sadahide-ga - Picture of Sadahide
Publisher's mark,
福川堂 - Fukukawado
Censor's mark,
極 - Kiwame - Approved

Published in the 1830s

Utagawa Sadahide 歌川貞秀 1807-1873

Value ca. $150-200

With regards,

Subject:Re: Antique Japanese piece
Posted By: Horst Graebner Sat, Jan 08, 2022

Dear I.Nagy,
for publisher’s marks and logos of Japanese woodblock prints the best book is: Andreas Marks, Publishers of Japanese Woodblock Prints: A Compendium, Leiden 2011.
In this case the kanji "福川堂" read "Fukusendō" (Mark’s seal no. 25-502).
Kindest regards

Subject:Re: Antique Japanese piece
Posted By: I.Nagy Sat, Jan 08, 2022

Dear Horst,
Thank you for the recommendation of Marks; A Compendium. I know about it, but I find it a bit expensive, maybe someday I'll catch a cheaper used copy. Until that time I have to make do with the
原色 浮世絵大百科事典 (第三巻)様式 彫摺 版元
/ 大修館書店発行 , however, it contains only 1020 publishers.
This time due to late hours I was too tired to check the reading.
With regards, I remain,

Subject:Re: Antique Japanese piece
Posted By: Stan Fri, Jan 07, 2022

Your print is by Sadahide Utagawa and is Kanadehon Chushingura, 47 Ronin - Act 7.

I searched the auction site. A copy of your print sold for $200 on August 13, 2017. Other prints in the series sold on the same date for $100 - $200 with the exception of Act 9 which sold for $320. The site does declare it as a rare series.

If you set up an account on Artelino, you can view your print here:


Subject:Re: Antique Japanese piece
Posted By: Horst Graebner Fri, Jan 07, 2022

Look on the backside, most data are there.
artist: Utagawa Sadahide
title: Kanadehon Chūshingura, act VII (仮名手本忠臣蔵 七段目)
publisher logo: Fukusendō han (= Kawaguchiya Uhei)
censor seal: kiwame seal
date: c. 1840
For other prints from the series search the internet for "Sadahide Chushingura".
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