Woodblock Prints Title: The Waterfall at Ono on the Kisokaidô Road (Kisokaidô Ono no bakufu)
Size: Vertical ôban; 35.7 x 26 cm (14 1/16 x 10 1/4 in.)
Publisher: Nishimuraya Yohachi (Eijudô)
Signature: Saki no Hokusai Aratame Hitsu 前北斎為一筆
2 originals from different sources:
Estimated Value: Ref # TJW3
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/ Different shape between the original and the replica
2/ Top of waterfall shaped differently. One drop missing on the replica.
An easy way to distinguish the difference between the original and the near perfect replica is by looking at the upper section of the print. 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 # TJW3a
2/ Adachi's replica 1950's
Images 1 & 2 are the replica, image 3 is the original 1st state for comparison.
1/ Extra Protuberance
2/ Smooth "S" type of line instead of rough line
3/ "Straight" line instead of curved line
Estimated Value: Ref # TJW3c
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/ Missing Lines
2/ Round shaped bushes instead of 3 "steps"
Estimated Value: Ref # TJW1c