Posted by John Fiorillo on June 17, 2001 at 19:14:38:
In Reply to: Re: Shigenaga repro? posted by Geoff Dunn on June 16, 2001 at 21:16:00:
I do not know of any originals in the Bay Area, but I don't have a database on such information. These early prints are generally quite rare (many are known in only 1 surviving impression), so you will have to hunt around for an original. Comparing your print with the similar (but different) Shigenaga design in Kikuchi's book is not of much use for authentication, nor are the attributes you cite. Perhaps you could contact the online dealers located in the Bay Area and show them your print. Check the list of dealers on Hans Olof's site (Internet ukiyo-e guide). If they are experienced enough with early ukiyo-e they should be able to offer you an informed opinion. The Butterfield's Auction house also has appraisal clinics, though getting a judgment might require your leaving your print with them for a while until they can show it to one of their consultants.
If you have an original it would be valuable, both aesthetically and monetarily. The rarity of such prints weighs against its being an original, but perhaps you are fortunate in this case.
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