Japanese picture

Jan 10, 2020. 15:17 UTC
Japanese Picture
Victoria
United States of America

Category
Japanese art

Acquired from
Auction House

For sale
Yes
Description

It is signed Ichitosai (utahawa Toyokuni 2nd). Height is 37 1/2 inches, including frame and the width is 26 1/2 inches.

Provenance

Unknown

Answered within about 3 hours
Jan 10, 17:54 UTC
By s.k. Breider

Fair Market Value

€70 - €120 EUR

Insurance Value

€190 EUR
What does this mean?

Dear Victoria,

The woodblock print or ukiyo-e you bring in is original designed by Utagawa Toyokuni II or Toyoshige. He continued the work of his (adoptive) father with the same name ( Utagawa Toyokuni I ). I believe your print is a later reprint and not printed in his live. It is definitely an antique one made, I believe, in second half 19th century. Many prints were made later so it is quite common to have a later version. Colors of the old one's are little more faded and are different. The metropolitan museum of art has a nice collection. If you use the search button and search for him you find some nice original one's. If you would like to sell I recommend an auction house with a prescription to an online platform like Invaluable, live-auctioneers or other. That way you are sure there is a good international audience for it.

Victoria bailey Jan 15, 19:19 UTC

There is nothing on the back. It is plain white and printed on poster paper

S.k. breider Jan 18, 11:43 UTC

Dear Victoria,

Here's an example of how the back of an original woodblock must look like. See the ink is also visible on the back ( click on the picture of the back in this lot ). Please show the 'naked back' of yours in the light if possible so I can see the back in original way. If this is not possible please let me know.

Simon Breider
https://www.catawiki.nl/l/15541617-original-woodblock-print-by-utagawa-toyokuni-ii-toyoshige-ca-1802-1835-goat-from-series-elegant-edo-women-as-the-12-zodiac-animals-japan-ca-1820-30

Victoria bailey Jan 26, 14:49 UTC

That is not possible.

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