Woodblock Prints Title: The Falls at Aoigaoka in the Eastern Capital (T˘to Aoigaoka no taki)
Size: Vertical ˘ban; 38 x 26 cm (15 x 10 1/4 in.)
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijud˘)
Signature: Saki no Hokusai Aratame Hitsu
3 originals from different sources:
Estimated Value: Ref # TJW2
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 top of the hill is darker green
2/ The sky opening is much smaller than in the original
A quick way to distinguish the difference between the original and the near perfect replica is by looking at the color of top of the hill. The original is green like the rest of the hill, the replica is green like the color of the trees. See Picture 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 # TJW2a
2/ Adachi's replica 1950's
Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original 1st state for comparison.
1/ Green Color instead of Yellow
2/ Shaped differently
Estimated Value: Ref # TJW2b
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.
Estimated Value: Ref # TJW2c