The Roben Falls at Oyama in Sagami Province

The Roben Falls at Oyama in Sagami Province
Item# the-roben-falls-at-oyama-in-sagami-province

Woodblock Prints Title: The Rben Falls at yama in Sagami Province (Ssh Rben no taki)

Publication: 1832

Size: Vertical ban; 35.7 x 26 cm (14 1/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijud)

Signature: Saki no Hokusai Aratame Hitsu 前北斎為一筆


2 originals from different sources:

Estimated Value: Ref # TJW4

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/ Yellow grass strip is longer on the original
2/ Pole is going through the roof in original, on top of the roof in the replica.

An easy way to distinguish the difference between the original and the near perfect replica is by the length of the yellow green grass area in the upper right corner. The original has a long and thin strip, the replica is short and round, as seen on the 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 # TJW4a

2/ Adachi's replica mid 1930's

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

1/ The triangle between the 2 sections of the river should be Gray colored
2/ The Gray colored section of the replica is much small than it is on the original
3/The hole between the branches / bushes is much smaller than in the original.

Estimated Value: Ref # TJW4b

3/ Oedo Mokuhansha's replica 1960's

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

1/ This section is brown just like it is below the cloud, instead of being white.
2/ Between the two branches, this section of the stream is blue green instead of being white.
3/ All the reprints from the series by Oedo have a distinctive ink stain in the right margin, and in the lower right corner.

Estimated Value: Ref # TJW4c