The Falling Mist Waterfall at Mount Kurokami

The Falling Mist Waterfall at Mount Kurokami
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Woodblock Prints Title: The Falling Mist Waterfall at Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province (Shimotsuke Kurokamiyama Kirifuri no taki)

Publication: 1832

Size: Vertical ˘ban; 38 x 26 cm (15 x 10 1/4 in.)

Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijud˘)

Signature: Saki no Hokusai Aratame Hitsu

Original:

2 originals from different sources: Estimated Value: Ref # TJW1

Other Versions:

1/Enji Takamizawa's Replica 1918

Enji Takamizawa's replicas are near perfect, and designed to deceive collectors and experts. The key blocks are very similar to the original, the paper used has the same thickness and consistency, even the hues and pigments are from the 19th century. Many museums still carry his replicas and have them listed as originals. All the replicas from this series were made based on "trimmed" originals, so Takamizawa had to "re-create" the missing edges. If it wasn't for that mistake, the set could easily pass for a second state. Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original for comparison.

1/ The river is going toward the floor, instead of going right
2/ Since Takamizawa's prints were trimmed, he didn't know the lines would continue and go up !!!
3/ The bush is bigger on the replica than on the original.

A quick way to distinguish the difference between the original and the near perfect replica is by the river heading directly toward the bottom margin of the print. See Pictures below :



An important point when it come to the value of this replica, is that since Takamizawa was attempting to sell these prints as "originals", he also priced them as such. When they were sold in the early 1920's, they were sold between $ 1,000 to $ 1,500 of today's current money value.
Estimated Value: Ref # TJW1a

2/ Adachi's replica mid 1930's

Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original for comparison.

1/ The 4 lines inside the wave are in contact with both sides of the wave, instead of being in contact with the left side only
2/ The 2 Green "bush" sections are separated instead of being in contact.

Estimated Value: Ref # TJW1b

3/ Oedo Mokuhansha's replica 1960's

Published by Kaiseisha / Oedo mokuhansha; Carved by Torazo Matsuda, Printed by Isamu Nakai.

Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original for comparison.

1/ Portion of the print is trimmed almost 1.5cm ( 1/2"), very visible on the left side of the print.
2/ The 4 lines inside the wave are in contact with both sides of the wave, instead of being in contact with the left side only
3/ The block lines should be open to the grass area, and are closed in this version.

Estimated Value: Ref # TJW1c

4/ Takamizawa Tadao's replica

This reduced size edition was published by Tadao Takamizawa in the early 1930's, but printed later by his son Takaaki Takamizawa.



Estimated Value: Ref # TJW1d