Pair of japanese paintings

Jul 21, 2021. 20:10 UTC
Pair of Japanese paintings
Wendy
United States of America

Category
Fine art

Acquired from
Inherited

For sale
Maybe
Description

Ladies with kimonos and cherry blossoms

Provenance

Muriel Leggett owned before

Answered within 5 days
Jul 26, 20:21 UTC
By Leah I.

Fair Market Value

$50 - $150 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$100 USD
What does this mean?

Thank you for contacting Mearto and I apologize for the delay. This is a pair of Japanese ukiyo-e prints. They are reproductions of two 1860 works by Utagawa Kunisada. Below are links to the originals at the Rijksmuseum and information about Utagawa.
Following these are hammer prices of similar pieces.

Original prints:

https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/my/collections/1723604--yosi/kunisada/objecten#/RP-P-2008-162A,15

https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/search/objects?set=RP-P-2008-162#/RP-P-2008-162C,3

Utagawa Kunisada bio:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunisada

Auction sales:

$15
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/102630939_japanese-woodblock-print-utagawa-kunisada

$35
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/104960926_japanese-woodblock-print-utagawa-kuniyoshi

$40
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/75329363_japanese-woodblock-print-utagawa-kunisada-ii

$50
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/70357962_japanese-woodblock-print-utagawa-kunisada

2 for $50
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/104932577_two-japanese-woodblock-prints

$80
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/90686170_shin-hanga-watanabe-reproduction-asakusa-utagawa-print

2 for $140
https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/87368459_2-japanese-woodblock-prints-utagawa-kunisada

Wendy leggett Jul 27, 15:27 UTC

Is this a painting, oil, or woodblock? Do you know what the value of the original is? Should I look at the back of the pictures for any particular markings? Will it effect the value if I change the frame?

Leah i. Jul 28, 22:38 UTC

They are woodblock prints. The markings are on the front for these kinds of works. I think the frames are okay as they are and changing them wouldn't affect the price.

The original prints of yours that I linked to above use different ink colors. This is why I think that yours are not true originals. In person, there are clues to look for with ukiyo-e (Japanese woodblock) prints. This might be interesting/helpful...

https://woodblockprintsworld.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/how-to-recognize-an-original-hiroshige-print-vs-a-later-re-print-or-re-carved-edition/

Here are examples of prices of originals...

$875
https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/japanese-woodblock-prints/utagawa-kunisada-1786-1864-two-woodblock-prints

$2628
https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/japanese-woodblock-prints/utagawa-kunisada-1786-1864-koharu-and-jihei-in-the

$4906
https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2021/japanese-woodblock-prints/utagawa-kunisada-1786-1864-three-woodblock-prints-2

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