Toshi Yoshida

 

Toshi Yoshida Japanese Woodblock Prints

吉田 遠志

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    I have this print. I do not know if it is an origial pencil signed or its worth today. ?Also if there were posthumous prints sold of this work?
    Thank You, Lucrecia

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      Hi Lucrecia,
      This Toshi Yoshida woodblock print is not available often. There are both lifetime and posthumous editions of this woodblock print.
      If you compare the Toshi Yoshida signature and verso of your woodblock print with the examples given in http://japaneseartsgallery.com/2011/01/06/toshi-yoshida-posthumous-print-signature/ then that should help you detremine if yours is a lifetime or posthumous print. You can see an example of the posthumous version of this Toshida Yoshida woodblock print for sale at $225USD on http://www.fujiarts.com/cgi-bin/item.pl?item=141143.

      If your still not sure if your woodblock print is lifetime/posthumous then you can send me a photo/scan of your print and I’ll take a look. If you’d like to do this then let me know and I’ll send your my email address.

      A pencil signed Sangetsu-an, Hakone Museum woodblock print which was in my view in poor overall condition but with good colour sold on ebay recently for $158USD. The highest I’ve seen paid for a pencil signed print is $350USD but that was a while ago.
      Regards,
      Mike.

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    Hi, Mike. I have the same print, and I’ll be darned if I can determine if I have a posthumous signature. However, I was going to send you a picture from my phone, and realized I didn’t know how to attach the picutre to the message. Suggestions? Does you website permit sending attachments? Thanks! JWH

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      Hi Jim,
      If your Toshi Yoshida woodblock print has a series of vertically aligned Japanese kanzi characters on the verso then it would be a posthumous print. You can’t upload to the site but try flickr or another photo sharing site and send me the link if you’d like me to take a look at the signature.
      Regards, Mike.

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    Hi, there, Is this one for sell? If so, how much ship to New Zealand? Sorry about the harsh questions, was looking for this piece for long time. Cheers Cheng

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    Thanks for your help, Cheers Cheng

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    Ich habe dieses Bild geerbt und würde es gerne verkaufen. In der rechten Ecke sind mit Bleistift vier japanische Zeichen geschrieben. Das Bild ist in einem top Zustand und eingerahmt aus der Fränklin Gallery. Was ist dieses Bild denn wert??Danke für eine Antwort

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      Sorry, I don’t speak German so am using google translation. Which woodblock print do you have (die Holzschnitt haben Sie?)?

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    I have this print from my parents’ collection and wondered where I should try to sell it: Ebay? galleries? Also, what is URI referring to?

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    Hi! I have all 3 works of the Friendly Garden and was wandering what the set would be worth together. I imagine, by having the complete set, that it will be worth more. I see that each piece separately is going for $300-360.00. Any insight is much appreciated.

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      Hi Dean,
      As you note $300-360 is fairly common for Friendly Garden woodblock each print.

      Given auction seling prices jump around so much I’m not sure I could say the set is worth more than the 3 single prints. Sometimes it seems to be the reverse as people can be reluctant to pay $900+ on a single purchase.

      I’ve noted previously that I’ve seen sets sell from $247USD (ebay) to $1600+ at web galleries. At the moment someone is trying to sell single prints from the set on ebay for $2400USD!

      Good places to do pricing research are at artfact.com, liveauctioneers.com and artelino.com – they all offer historical searches. ukiyoe-gallery.com sell singles and sets regularly so they’re worth looking at as well. Their latest(?) set sold on sale for $1075 (down from $1750). They usually price single prints at around $500-600.

      Regards, Mike.

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    Thank you for the advice. I will check into these other places as well. I’ve seen the 2 prints on ebay, and they are the same exact frame and matting that I have. Each print that I have also has a green label on the reverse from The Franklin Gallery(1980) with the title by Toshi Yoshida. I know if I do decide to sell I will ask at least $1000.00. I’m also curious to how many of these prints were put into circulation.

    Thanks again,

    Dean

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    When I was Marine following Gulf Crisis 1990-91, I was stationed at Camp Fuji, and while in Tokyo on leave I purchased a woodblock print signed (in pencil) by Yoshi Toshida, a beautiful sunrise picture of Mt. Fuji, entitled Mt. Fuji from Ohito, morning. I was wondering if it’s authentic. Does anyone have a copy of his actual signature?

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    Is there any way to find out how many of the Silver Pavilion-Kyoto hand signed prints were made?

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      Hi Howard,
      The Silver Pavilion print is an open edition so it’s likely they printed as many as they could sell assuming the carved woodblocks themselves lasted. The print also exists block/stamp signed. You could try searching on the internet but I’ve not really had much success doing that in the past to find out this type of information. Open editions are by their nature open.
      Good luck,
      Mike.

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    Hi, My husband and I have a set of the Four Seasons by Toshi Yoshida and the Franklin Mint Gallery of Art from about 1977. Not intersted in selling but have a need to know their worth. Thank you for your help.

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      I can’t value woodblock prints as such but I can give you and idea of what I’ve see them sell for.

      At auction the individual pints sell from around $150 up but that’s a bargin price. At the other end of the price range Web gallery Ukiyoe Gallery sells them at online ‘retail’ pricing between $400 (on sale, or in lesser condition) to $650 each. As the framing was not done using archival/museum quality materials the prints can suffer some danage over time.

      I can’t recall having ever seen a full set for sale.

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    Hi i have a pencil autographed woodblock Toshi Yoshida dated 1926 called “Tiger’s Head” this framed artwork was done by Kanda”s gallery
    .Is it possible this is one of his first pieces of work

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      Toshi Yosdia would have been fifteen in 1926. According to “Yoshida Toshi: Nature, Art and Peace” by Eugene M. Skibbe the first print was Crabs in 1925. Tigers Head in 1926 was most likely his second print. There’s a good chronology of his work given at hanga.com (http://hanga.com/gallery.cfm?ID=6)

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    I have a pencil-signed copy of “The Embryo.” The original owner purchased it in Japan in the late 1950s and had it framed there. The sides were folded under to fit the frame. I have been unable to locate any information on what this print may be worth, and if it would increase or decrease the value if I had it reframed and matted with the sides folded back out. Your site has given me good information and pointers. Any further suggestions would be appreciated.

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      Hi Mark,
      I’m not a dealer so I don’t subscribe to any auction price reporting services and I also don’t collect Toshi Yoshida abstract works so I’m not familiar with their pricing. This is just my opion from having a look around today for you – it’s always good to learn a little bit more :-)

      I didn’t see the Toshi Yoshida “Emrbyo” woodblock print listed as being sold anywhere previously – that’s not to say it hasn’t – I just didn’t see it. There are a couple of his abstract works on eBay at present with a start price of $9.99 so you may wish to follow those. On the liveauctioneer and artfact sites there are a number of abstract Yoshida prints that have been sold in the past (generally a few years+ ago) and they achieved prices from $150 to $325 – probably averaging in the low/mid $200′s and possibly in better condition than yours given the folding you reported.

      Given the prices achieved it would seem that reframing the print in quality materials to sell may not worthwhile but that’d depend on your costs (here in Australia it’d cost $250+ to do a quality job!).

      Who knows, maybe “Embryo” is a woodblock print where’s there’s collectors just waiting to snap up a copy. Price can be a “How long is a price of string” question. It just depends on who wants it and how much they’ll pay. I’d recommend that you talk with auction houses or galleries in your area to get a second opinion.
      Regards, Mike.

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    I have a Yoshida Toshi print “Embryo,” and I believe I paid $500 for it around five years ago. It actually combines several elements of day 1-3 chick embryos and can be viewed as representing an embryo or a stringed musical instrument. The trope of embryos as embodied music has a long history.

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    I have two prints PLUM TREE AND BLUE MAGPIE and WISTARIA AT USHIJIMA both unframed, they have been in a cedar chest for over fourty years in excellent condition. I met Toshi Toshida in San Diego during his USA tour in 1975. He helped pick out these two prints at the Artist Coop Gallery in I was a member. I think I paid 35 or 50 for each one; so did I make a good deal?

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      I can’t provide valuations but here’s what I can see around on the internet. I would expect typical web gallery (eg. Floating World) prices for Toshia Yoshida’s PLUM TREE AND BLUE MAGPIE and WISTARIA AT USHIJIMA prints to be around $400-$450. I see a framed copy of WISTARIA AT USHIJIMA currently listed at Trocodero for $1050 but that’s very expensive in my view. These two prints are less common than some of his other works so finding auction pricing didn’t yield anything useful. My copies of these two prints were both bought on eBay for $207 (2008) and $209 (2009) respectively. These are two of my favourite Yoshida prints and possibly for other owners to given the low number that appear to have been available in the market for resale/aucton.

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    I just bought 4 Toshi Yoshida prints at an estate sale for $3 each, because I thought they were pretty. After doing some research on line I checked the signature, they were done in pencil. They don”t seem to be framed well. I was wondering if they are worth enough to have them reframed? They are in beautiful condition.

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    The prints are Aspen, Hummingbird and Fushia, Cardinals and Cherryblossums.

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      Hi Cindy,
      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. For $3 each you can’t go wrong :-) In good condition the prints would probably be worth $200-$250+ each on somewhere like eBay. Often original matting is not archival and that can lead to damage. If your planning on keeping them then either de-frame/de-mat them and store them in an archival folder or get them re-matted/framed with archival qulaity materials. If the frames are adequate and you wanted to display them then you could just get the matting/backing done to save money.
      Regards,
      Mike.

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    Hello Mike, My sister has the Pine Tree of the Friendly Garden by: Toshi Yoshida We have tried to figure out if it is lifetime or posthumous. If I were to send you a picture could you help us? She is thinking about selling it.
    Thank you, Edie

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      My understanding is that the Friendly Garden series for Franklin Mint is a lifetime only edition – there should be a date on the label on the back of the frame. I’ve only ever seen it say (c) 1980.

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    Hello,

    I am new in woodblock prints hobbies.

    I have some doubts about Yoshida Toshi and Kawase Hasui works.

    I understand that a block signed print, it is a piece get from the original woodblock but that didnt do from himself, did no?

    So the value of these prints is very different of the lifetime prints?

    In the case of Yoshida Toshi block signed prints, where we can know the numbers of editions and prints of each piece?

    The Toshi block signed prints were make for Yoshida Studio but in the case of Hanui…?

    Thanks

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      Hi Antonio,
      I understand that a block signed print, it is a piece get from the original woodblock but that didnt do from himself, did no? For Toshi Yoshida, Yes, it usually indicates a posthumous print, but not always as some block signed prints also have a raised seal and they were printed while he was still alive but unable to hand sign the prints. I don’t know about Hasui.

      So the value of these prints is very different of the lifetime prints? Usually yes, but not always as sometimes you can get a lifetime print cheaper than a posthumous one.

      In the case of Yoshida Toshi block signed prints, where we can know the numbers of editions and prints of each piece? Block signed prints are unlimited, they keep printing while there is demand and the blocks are still usable.

      The Toshi block signed prints were make for Yoshida Studio but in the case of Hanui…? The website hanga.com have a good section about Kawase Hasui including his publishers.
      Regards, Mike.

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    I have especial interest in these prints

    Is it possible to find any of these pencil signed prints?

    How much would be a reasonable price?

    ·  Shinjuku
    ·  Silver Pavilion-Kyoto
    ·  Pagoda in Kyoto 1942
    ·  Castle at Himeji
    ·  Bamboo Garden,Hakone Museum

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      Hi Tatiana,
      If you use the ‘Search 60+ Woodblock Sites’ function on my sites home page that’ll search all the sites I normally check for woodblock prints. You can also use Google directly but will get more ‘junk’ matches.

      The best collection of Toshi Yoshida prints for sale is at floatingworld.com. Their prices are high but the quality is also very high and they might give you a discount if you’re buying multiple prints. Typically they sell oban size prints at $450 and chuban at $400. They have some lifetime Toshi Yoshida raised seal edition prints – usually $275.

      As far as I’m aware Castle of Himeji (set) is only available at Ren Brown. Bamboo Garden is the other print that might be hard to find.

      Genrarlly I prefer to pay less than $300 for Yoshida single prints. If you’re patient some good prices ($160/200) do pop-up from time to time. I just bought a pencil signed print in excellent condition for the same price as a posthumous one on eBay.

      Regards, Mike.

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      Shinjuku is for sales at garydonald.com for a reasonable $250 – I’ve bought from them before and found them excellent to deal with.

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    I have a Toshi Yoshida Original Color Woodblock, Signed, Unnumbered Edition “Village of Plums” print. What do you think it is worth.

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      A wrinkled and toned copy of that print sold on eBay last month (July) for $139.99USD. Better condition copies are availalable on a couple of websites for $195 and $450. The $450 copy is at Floating World and comes directly from the Yoshida family collection so is in excellent condition.

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    hi I have 2 prints by Hokusai one is waterwheel at onden and has a faint red stamp on bottom left the other is yoshida on the takaido road
    How can I tell how old they are and if they are woodblock prints or reproductions..thanks

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    A very interesting and helpful website. Came accross it as I was researching a dustly old framed print I just purchased at a thrift store for $6. I know nothing about this (or any other) type of art except that I like it. Mine is “Sumida at Night,” From the Ryogoku Bridge, appears to be hand signed but through the dust, I just not sure. Again, great website!

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      Glad you like the site. There’s lots of woodblock prints that feature the Sumida river and/or the Ryogoku Bridge so a Google image search may tell you the artist etc.

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    I think I typed that wrong – mine is From the Ryogoku Bridge by Toshi Yoshida.

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    I have all of the friendly garden series. They are matted with silk, I’m curious if you know if the matting itself should be replaced. Thanks

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      Hi Samuel,
      I’ not sure if the matboards are acid free are not. The only damage I’ve see with the couple of Friendly Garden sets I’ve owned is that the prints are affixed to the boards with tape which has stained/burned the top margin of the prints – In one case very cose to the image. The presence of the silk mats can be important for collectors so personally I’d leave them alone if there is no mat burn already present. I’ve not seen mat burn on my prints. I have replaced the backboards on mine as inspecting the prints condition usually means the backboards suffer a little damange in the process.
      Regards, Mike.

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    I have 2 of Toshi Yoshida’s prints. I read your article and believe to my eye they are signed! I have Sangetsu-an At Hakone Museum and Shrine of the Papermaker, Fukui. Are you interested in buying these two?

    Thanks in advance
    Diana

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    Hello,

    I had a question regrading 2 paintings my grandmother left after she passed. I know they are Yoshida’s and they are signed in pencil. One is Matsumoto and the other is Kikuzoka Street…I was wondering if these are common or rare compared to the others and how much I should ask for them?? I haven’t been able to find a lifetime print for sale to compare it to.

    Thanks,

    Em

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      Hi Emily,
      These prints aren’t common but they do come up for sale. I can’t give you a valuation as such or tell you how much to ask for them but here’s some info that will hopefully help.

      Pricing at the top end for pencil signed prints in very good condition from a web gallery would be $400. Floating World have both your prints at that price so if you wish to compare condition go to http://www.floatingworld.com/scripts/catalog.asp and select Yoshida, Toshi from the Artist drop down list.

      Auction pricing by its nature is usually all over the place. Copies of Kikuzaka Street sold at auction for $75 in July 2011 (framed, looks in good condition), $160 in August 2011 (framed, not as nice as the $75 copy). Matsumoto sold at auction for $200 in July 2012 (framed, fair condition).

      If you are thinking of having them auctioned with an auction house the’ll have research tools to help work out an estimate.
      Regards, Mike.

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    When I bought the print “Tenryu River” it was my first Toshi Yoshida only seen before on internet. As soon as I opened the pack I fall in love with this shore in a way I didn’t expect. T.Y. was a rare person who knew how to share the beauty he saw beyond reality. A contemplative print as many others by this grand artist.

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    The print “Linnoji Garden” is on my priority list, I have its brother print “Stone lanterns garden”. With their chuban size ( I think it is chuban) they are easy to place around the house to create a quiet atmosphere. At least it works for me as I like gardening and emptying my mind!

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      Hi Alex,
      Yes the print is chuban in size. I only acquired my copy of Linnoji Garden recently and although it does have a mat line the colours are very good and I got it at a fair price. The only thing that bothers me a little (even though it is quite common) is the absence of facial features on the figure in the background – it does freak me out a bit when a figure has no face. Regards, MIke.

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    Hello From Michigan,

    I have this print, Half Moon Bridge.

    It is penciled signed. Could you give me any additional info? Worth? Age?

    Thank you!
    Dupri

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      Hi Dupri,
      The Half Moon Bridge print was initially produced in 1941 but potentially (although unlikely) could have been made as late as the early 1990′s depending on demand. I’m not aware there’s any way to tell what year or edition (first, second?) a particular pencil signed print of any of Toshi Yoshida works may belong to (limited editions excepted).

      I’ve not seen a Raised Seal edition of this print i.e. a life time print but not pencil signed but there are posthumous prints typically stamped on the verso with the Yoshida printer Numabe Shinkichi’s name.

      The value of a print is always difficult to answer, it really depends who or how many people want that print. In web galleries I’ve seen asking prices from around $400 up to the $500-$700 range. At auction prices vary widely (or should that be wildly) but a typical selling range would be $150-$250 with the highest I’ve seen at auction being $750 (i.e higher than ‘retail’!) in 2005. Auctions generally only work for the seller in there’s at least two buyers, if not, then the buyer often does better from the auction than the seller.

      For those interested in learning more about Toshi Yoshida probably the best book available is Yoshida Toshi: Nature, Art, and Peace by Eugene M. Skibbe. I have a copy and its been very useful and is an easy read so I am happy to recommend it. That link is a affiliate one, so I may make a small commission from Amazon but it does not affect the price a buyer pays.

      Regards, Mike.

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    i have the same exact picture with 2 others from the same artist original would like to sell any body has any idea?

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    We received “sangetsu-an hakone muesum” for christmas from our son and family who brought it with them from Tokyo. We knew it was special but until going on the computer to learn more we knew absolutely nothing about the artist or how the pieces are painted, produced, signed or just plain photo and printed. I noticed that the signiture on the piece is not quite the same as the signiture on the same piece in this site. Therefore I am wondering if this piece that we received is one that the artist actually signed? Does the artist actually paint each piece? Thankyou.

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    I have the print “Autumn in Hakone Museum” that I purchased from a gallery in 1976. It’s in pristine condition and pencil-signed. Do you know how much it is worth? Thx

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      Hi Kay,
      I’m not an appraiser so can’t give you a valuation. I did however see that a copy of your print which was somewhat creased sold on eBay two days ago for $216.60USD. Generally I see Toshi Yoshida woodblock prints of this size (Oban) typically be around $250-350. You will see higher priced Toshi Yoshida prints on eBay but they often don’t sell. At a web gallery it’d probably have a ‘retail’ selling price around $450.
      Regards, Mike.

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    I have an original, pencil signed Hummingbird and Fuchsia which was purchased in 1984. The woodblock print is matted and framed, and it is in perfect condition. It was purchased from Kanda’s Gallery B.O.Q. in Japan. Could you tell me the valve of this woodblock print today?

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    Interesting comments. I have 30+ prints, all hand signed and signed on the back of the framed works. I too purchased them in Ginza and at Kanda’s BOQ gallery between 1990-1994.

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      That sounds like a nice collection. I’ve only ever bought over the internet – it must be nice to see what you’re actually buying ‘in the flesh’.

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    I have two Toshi Yoshida prints (Matsumoto and Autumn in Hakone Museum). I purchased both and had them framed at an art gallery in Misawa, Japan in 1976 and 1985. (They are in perfect condition.)

    Would it be safe to assume these are NOT posthumous prints? When were posthumous prints first sold?
    (Actually Toshi Yoshida was there when the last one was purchased. He was doing a demonstration – and my daughter (10 at the time) won that piece as a ‘door prize’.)

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      Toshi Yoshida was alive until 1995 and as you bought them no later than 1985 they would be pencil signed prints.

      In the last few years of his life the prints have a stamped signature AND an embossed seal mark – they’re generally referred to as raised seal edition prints. At that time he was still supervising the print production/quality but was too ill to sign the prints himself.

      Posthumous prints would be progressively phased in some time circa 1995+ depending on when the pencil signed and any raised seal edition copies of each woodblock print became sold out.

      Typically looking at the signature it’s easy to tell pencil signed from posthumous stamped from raise seal editions with a bit of practice. If you can view the rear of the print it’s even easier as only posthumous prints have a set of vertical stamped kanji lettering on them.

      Examples of Toshi Yoshida Signatures.
      Regards, Mike.

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    My wife owns 5 lifetime prints (Linmoji Garden, Stone Lanterns, Okaramon, Sacred Garden, and Shirasagi Castle) all framed and in good condition, but possibly the colours are slightly faded. The prints were purchased by my wife’s parents in the 1960′s and the pencil signatures are all different so these are definitely lifetime prints. My wife is uncertain whether to keep, reframe and hang the prints or to sell them. We live in the UK and was wondering how/where would be the best place to sell the prints in order to get the best price. Thank you.

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    I have inherited a Toshi Yoshida print called ‘Tigers Head’ (1926) in excellent condition and signed in pencil (not posthumous). Do you know how many of these prints were made in total? What would be its current value if I decided to sell it?

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      Hi Louise,
      Tigers Head was Toshi Yoshida’s second woodblock print. It’s an unlimited edition but given he was 15/16 years old at the time it was produced, was an unknown primtmaker (albeit with a famous father) I’d expect not a huge number were produced.

      Does your print actually have the date 1926 on it? Some copies of this print have the date to the right and above the signature and some don’t. I’ve seen at least one museum list this print as ca 1950′s so perhaps there’s two editions of it.

      As Floating World have a dated version of this chuban sized print currently for sale at $400 you could say thats the retail, replacement/insurance price. Your selling price would obviously need to be below that.

      You can try contacting some of the following galleries who buy and sell Toshi Yoshida prints to see what they will offer for the print. Auction sites like eBay are also a possibility if your not happy with the galleries prices.

      http://www.floatingworld.com/
      http://ukiyoe-gallery.com/
      http://fujiarts.com/
      http://www.fandrfinearts.com
      http://www.castlefinearts.com/
      http://www.renbrown.com/

      Regards, Mike.

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    I recently purchased a Toshi Yoshida print, framed and in excellant condition. It is Hiejinja. It doesn’t go with my house decor and I was wondering if there is an interest in someone purchasing it. It’s very nice but just doesn’t go with my style. Thanks.

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    Hi Mike,

    I have a print that is a lady and it says No. 5, 1952 and am sure it is pencil signature. It was framed at Accent on Art Co on Lexington Ave in NY. It must have been framed around the original date because the phone number for Accent is Butterfield 8-9377! I looked on Hanga and they don’t have an image for No. 5. I am wondering if this is a rare print? I can send a picture if you let me know where to send it.

    Nanci

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      Hi Nanci,
      I’ve setup an ‘add attachment’ option to our Contact Us page which you can use to send the pciture/s to me.
      Regards, Mike.

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      Hi Nanci,
      Thanks for sending the images.
      As you noted, this 1952 print by Toshi Yoshida is pencil signed.

      Generally these abstract prints are a little rarer than his non-abstract prints but that’s not necessarily reflected in prices. I had a look around but couldn’t find anything on this print (especially as just being called ‘No. 5′ makes searching tricky) although I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a copy up for sale in the last couple of years.

      The Floating World website has a No. 1 pencil signed woodblock for sale at $300. It’s the same size and year as your No. 5. I’m a collector not a dealer so don’t have access to the same resources they would have. A web gallery like http://www.floatingworld.com/ or maybe http://www.ukiyoe-gallery.com may be able to help you further.

      Regards,
      Mike.

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    I acquired these prints in 1990 in Los Angeles, the frame broke so I stored them away and just now taking them out and thinking of framing them. Wondering what they are worth:
    Irozaki, Evening – looks to be original pencil signature, no red Kanji stamp and on the reverse TY140 is written in pencil on the margin
    Irozaki, Morning (not Day but looks to be the same) – looks to be original pencil signature, has red Kanji stamp in lower right corner, on the back is printed in pencil is TY8087

    Any feedback?

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      Hello John,
      Toshi Yoshida produced four variants of the Irozaki woodblock print – Morning, Day, Afternoon and Evening. The TY140 and TY8087 are probably a collector or dealer catalogue number for the prints.

      Use of the red seal on these woodblock prints varies a little as shown by the combinations I’ve seen on pencil signed prints listed below.

      Irozaki Morning – Red seal
      Irozaki Day – Red seal and no red seal
      Irozaki Afternoon – No red seal
      Irozaki Evening – No red seal

      I’m not a appraiser/valuer so can’t give you a value but I can say I’ve seen pencil signed prints sell at auction recently for $125 (Irozaki Day) and $275 (Irozaki Morning, Irozaki Day, Irozaki Evening – two of them had a couple of foxing spots which put me off bidding). At retail they can be found for $450 each but they’ve been sitting there unsold at that price for several years.

      My idea of a fair price when buying these prints is $200-$300~ depending on condition. If you’d like me to check the signatures you can upload photo/scans via the Contact Us page.

      Regards, Mike.

      PS. You can see copies of the four variants of the Irozaki woodblock print here.

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    I recently purchased the full set of four seasons bird prints, framed with the FMGFA 1977 label on the back. I have read (here?) that the framing and matting is not archival, although only one of the prints (Spring) has some minor spotting/discoloration. My question is, should I have these re-matted and framed or is it better to keep them in their original FMGFA frames? I am purely interested in maintaining them for my own enjoyment and not concerned about resale value.

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      Hi Katie,
      Of the Toshi Yoshida Franklin Mint woodblock prints I’ve seen the damage caused by the non-archival materials has been only to the margin of the print under the matting board so you generally wouldn’t see it. Mostly that’s been due to the tape used to hold the print in place and occasionally mat burn to the margin. I’ve not seen mat burn to the whole print.

      I collect Yoshida prints so I’ve re-matted mine (reusing the teak frames and acrylic glass) to ensure they stay in the best condition for as long as possible but that’s a personal choice. Re-matting would potentially affect the value. In your position, I’d just keep an eye on them and only do something if the print image started to be affected.

      It’s hard to know but the spotting/discoloration you mentioned is probably foxing and is more likely due to environmental conditions than the materials used to frame the print. A paper conservationist can treat the print if your concerned about it.

      Regards, Mike.

  43.  

    i acquired a woodblock print titled “elephants” and signed by toshi yoshida, both in pencil…….i found in excellent condition in estate sale…what do u think worth and how best to sell

  44.  

    I have a Toshi Yoshida print of Shinjuku. It is signed posthumously. The gallery which sold the print referred it as an original but I can’t recall the reason why. I vaguely recall that they said it was from the blocks which were created during Yoshida’s lifetime. It this correct or am I mistaken? Is is correct for the gallery to refer to the posthumously signed print as an original? Please advise.

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      Hi Kevin,
      To the best of my knowledge all Toshi Yoshida posthumous prints are made from the original woodblocks. People will often refer to a woodblock print as an original and whether that’s correct or not is debatable – it depends on your definition of ‘original’.

      Is your Toshi Yoshida posthumous woodlbock print an original? Well, it was made from the original hand carved woodblocks, it was printed by hand on handmade washi and it was one of many that were made. I don’t tend to use the term original in reference to either life-time or posthumous Yoshida woodlbock prints but I don’t have an issue with someone that does.

      Regards, Mike.

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    I have about 6 of Toshi Yoshida I have a letter from the franklin Gallery saying we take great pride in sending Pine Tree the first in your set of three original woodblock prints by Toshi Yoshida. we have enclosed a Certificate of Authenticity attesting to the limited edition status. this prints has been personally inspected by Mr.Yoshida, who has indicated his approval by inscribing it with his signature. It said a lot more also. I bought these for my mom back in the 1980 or near there and they have been put away because I went to Hawaii to live she has pass away and they are still in the boxes they came in. I will send you a list of the names if they are worth anything. I just wonder if you knew.
    Mike

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      Hi Michale,
      If you go to the page you can send me a list of the print names. Condition is important so if possible please attach photo’s of the prints and I’ll be happy to take a look and see what you have.
      Regards,
      Mike.

  46.  

    Hello,

    I have two Toshi Yoshida prints

    1. Heirinji Temple Bell

    and

    2. White Plum in the Farmyard

    I checked the back of them and they appear to be originals. How would you suggest someone sell such pieces?

  47.  

    I found 2 prints in my grandparents attic. They recently passed and I was going through some boxes when I found the prints. I was wondering the value, if any for the prints. They are etched on the bottom White Farm in the Farmyard and Ricefield in Suizu by Toshi Yoshida. I also found 2 more prints by Hiroshi. One is entitled Hirusaki Castle(it hard to read). The second I cant read at all but the signature(or print) looks good.

  48.  

    Hi
    we have a print that we bought when we lived in Japan it is call Road to the river 7/100 out of print it is by Tanaka Ryohei can you tell me what it is worth?

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      Hi Linda,
      I’m not an appraiser/valuer so don’t provide valuations for woodblock prints. For those artists I collect I’m happy to provide prices for works I’ve seen sell. I don’t collect works by Tanaka Ryohei so can’t help with that artist.

      You can look-up that artist and or the particular work at places like artelino.com, liveauctioneers.com and artfact.com. You may need to register on those sites to see past sales prices but that’s (mostly) free as far as I’m aware. You can also contact an auction house such as Eldreds, Cowens, Rachel Davis Fine Arts etc.

      If you search for woodblock or woodcut on liveauctioneers.com or artfact.com you’ll easily find the names of auction sites names that list lots of woodblock prints.

      Regards, Mike.

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