Woodblock of utagawa hiroshige's "returning sails at yabase"

Apr 09, 2020. 21:01 UTC
Woodblock of Utagawa Hiroshige's "Returning Sails at Yabase"
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purchased in Japan by soldier living there

Answered within about 22 hours
Apr 10, 19:23 UTC
By Sara S

Fair Market Value

$25 - $300 USD

Insurance Value

$325 USD
What does this mean?

Hello Shirley,

Thank you for your appraisal inquiry with MeArto. The item presented appears to be a woodblock, possibly by Utagawa Hiroshige (歌川 広重; Japanese; 1797 - 1858) titled "Returning Sails at Yabase." The print is from the series titled "Eight Views of Ōmi (Ōmi hakkei 近江八景)," originally published in 1857.

Please note that these images are highly reproduced and further examination of the print along them margin may aid in properly attributing date, publisher, and value. The estimate provided is based on recent auction estimates and results of both original and reproduced print of this scene by Utagawa Hiroshige.

Thank you. Please take care and stay safe.

Shirley hughes Apr 11, 12:50 UTC

hi, I have 8 of these. how would I determine if they are original or repro?

Sara s Apr 12, 16:16 UTC

Hello Shirley,
If you can remove the prints from the framing or matting, you can examine the margins along the image. You may find Chinese or Japanese script detailing publishing information. If you see inscriptions along the margin, feel free to upload images, I'd be happy to translate for you. If there are no inscriptions, they are most likely reproductions.

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