This week we are listing a wonderful collection of Japanese prints and works of art all from a single New England estate. Based on all the paperwork found with the collection it appears that this family member actively collected in the 1930's as there were numerous auction catalogs and publications that period found with the collection. Another great aspect of the collection is that almost all were kept loose individually in paper folders. All items listed today will be from this single owner collection with no additions ...
Here is a PDF file of the complete auction listing. The listings consisted of no less than 14 first edition scenes by Tsuchiya Koitsu:
Given that not a single print contains a Doi Hangaten offset seal, nor even a Doi Hangaten in-line seal, I don't think there can be much stronger evidence that the Doi Hangaten seal was not used pre-war. Nor do any of the carver seals contain the name of Harada. If, as it has been argued for decades, the Doi Hangaten seal had been used pre-war, and Harada had worked for Doi pre-war, on the balance of probabilities we would expect at least one of these 14 scenes to contain this seal. The above evidence strongly supports the statements given by the three people close to the publisher and the carver Harada (Harada's daughter, Harada's master's daughter, and Doi Sadaichi's daughter-in-law), namely that Harada did not work for Doi in the pre-war period (Harada joined Doi after the war), and that the Doi Hangaten seal was not used in the pre-war period. This is also the understanding of my co-researcher Tosh Doi and myself, based on other evidence.
Even from a statistical standpoint, this aucion data provides futher strong evidence against the hypothesis that Doi Hangaten seals were used pre-war. If prints containing the Doi Hangaten seal had existed at this time, what are the chances that one would purchase as many as 14 prints, yet not one of those prints contain the Doi Hangaten seal? It's not a statistical impossibility, but it is close.
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