Dating japanese prints
As far as I know there is very little information - real information - to be found in English about Japanese publishers. It is the big artistic names which draw the crowds and provide the revenue.
We do have some of the addresses of the publishers and/or the personal names of the owners of particular houses, but knowing an address in early 19th century Edo or Osaka doesn't tell us much more than knowing a particular address in modern Ulan Bator or in ancient Rome. Perhaps the addresses could be a jumping off point for further research. At least we do know something about the relationships between publishers and artists. Publishers thought of themselves as the most important figures in the production process while from the perspective of some artists it was the other way around. Perhaps this is too academic an approach and would not be of interest to enough people or anyone but me for that matter.
Consider the number of exhibitions which have been devoted just to Kuniyoshi: The standard for these exhibitions has always been based on genres or chronologies, but never by publishing houses. Robinson in his monograph on Kuniyoshi...." This may not be exactly true because Robinson may have been following the Japanese model.
Lists of Japanese publishers are often organized generally according to shapes. 305) states: "The trade marks given here are arranged in accordance with the scheme first used by Mr. However, as Turk adds "...a scheme which in practice has proved to be very useful indeed." The categories are: (Go to the alphabetical list on the next page for more information about each publisher and links to print images with each particular seal.
This is not exactly a hard and fast rule because there is a miscellaneous category, but overall that is how it is done. To do this click on the image of the baren at the bottom of this page.
Fortunately there is now a new revolutionary method how to identify your print: by digital image recognition. The database currently contains over 213,000 prints from 24 institutions and, as of September 2013, has received 3.4 million page views from 150,000 people." Test Enough theory. Click on the link, a Japanese print by Koson Ohara. For your own research you have to upload the image from your PC. Once you know the artist and maybe a title of your print, please feel free to use artelino's archive with actual prices to research the "value" of your print. In order to see prices you must have an active purchase history with our company.The blocks of these prints were destroyed in the fire following the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake; therefore, they never were reprinted after 1923.These are not true "publisher's seals," but the seals of the printer (Suri) Ono Gintaro, who was one of Watanabe's long term printers.You want to know the artist of your Japanese print? Another good source for your research in Japanese prints is the JAODB (Japanese Art Open Database) project by Ross Walker.
JAODB is a database of Japanese prints collected and maintained manually by Mr. Also the JAODB contains a larger number of prints coming from the artelino archive. The advantage is the high level of quality due to the expertise and the manual maintainance by Ross Walker.Ukiyo-e Search provides an incredible resource: The ability to both search for Japanese woodblock prints by simply taking a picture of an existing print AND the ability to see similar prints across multiple collections of prints.