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Munakata Prints: Free appraisal, value and prices of woodblock prints and paintings by Shiko Munakata

Free Shiko Munakata – Appraisal, Values and Valuation

Free appraisal/valuation of Shiko Munakata's woodblock prints and paintings

We have nearly 50 years of active experience with Munakata's works, appraising, buying and selling.
We help collectors, museums, libraries, auctioneers, lawyers, and inheritors with buying and selling works by Munakata.
We are very active and regularly travel in USA, Canada, Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia as expert appraisers of Japanese artworks and Shiko Munakata's prints and paintings.

FREE APPRAISAL – Shiko Munakata's Woodblock Prints, Paintings and Calligraphies

Value of Shiko Munakata's Woodblock Prints

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Shiko Munakata - Hawk Woman, 1955, woodblock print, black and white.  Munakata is showing a nude sitting woman, the hawk is perched her gauntleted right hand.
Shiko Munakata - Hawk Woman (The Hawk Princess), 1955, woodblock print (woodcut print), black and white.  Munakata is showing a nude sitting woman, the hawk is perched on her gauntleted right hand, the falconry tethering leash in her left hand. Sheet size circa 23 x 16 3/4 in. (ca. 58.5 x 42.7 cm). © A. Rikardson 2016.

Hawk Woman – Hand colored woodblock print by Shiko Munakata. Value, appraisal and valuation
This is the much rarer and more valuable hand colored version of the above print. Fading of the coloring affects the value quite alot. Also one has to be careful with prints which have been colored by unethical dealers and other unscrupulous individuals. These later colored or recolored prints are in principal worthless.
Shiko Munakata - Hawk Woman (The Hawk Princess), 1955, woodblock print (woodcut print), black and white, with hand coloring by Munakata. © A. Rikardson 2016

Munakata’s Value

Factors which affect the value and price of Munakata’s woodblock prints

To establish the establish the right value of Munakata’s prints in an appraisal and valuation.


  • Condition — Condition problems which seriously compromise the value and the price are tape stains, backing, toning, soil, smudges, holes, and tears. See more in the paragraph Munakata - Condition - Value and Prices (anchor)
  • Colour condition
  • Size
  • Colour or Black and White
  • Rarity
  • Design
  • “Fashion”

Munkata - Condition - Value and Prices

Generally one can say 
condition affects the value of Munakata’s woodblock prints more than prints by most other modern Japanese print artists. The factors which are most detrimental to the value and are also most often encountered; fading, tape stains, toning, fox-marks (brown-spots), backing and trimming. All of these will make the value lower, usually, much lower. Sometimes one can do some restoration which sometimes but usually doesn’t improve the monetary value but do enhance the visual appeal. Any restoration of Munakata’s prints and paintings MUST be done by an expert restorer with great familiarity Japanese prints in general and with the unique aspects of Munakata’s works, otherwise, you might see a substantial decrease in value or maybe even a total loss of value. There are only 2-3 conservators in the world who can perform adequate restoration of Munakata’s paintings and prints.

Munkata - Colour - Value and Prices

The amount of fading is very important. A pristine print has very bright colors. Just a small amount of nominal fading can decrease the value by 30% or more. While a fading which brings down the color to clear but muted compared with the original color condition can take 50% of the price. If the colors become light pastel toned than the loss of value can be 70-75% or even larger.

Munkata - Size - Value and Prices

As a general rule of thumb, larger sized woodblock prints are higher priced than smaller works (not quite unexpected).

Munkata - Colour or Black and White - Value and Prices

If a Munakata print exists in both colored and black and white variants, the colored version is nearly always worth more. This has led some unscrupulous individuals trying to color B/W prints. It is easily detected by the Munakata expert. The “faked” coloring more or less ruins the value of the woodblock print. A faded colored woodblock print can be much less valuable than a pristine copy of a B/W version of the same design. Again this has made some unethical individuals to bleach out the faded colors. This is also very easy to detect by the true specialist.  To be able to correctly judge the colors exactly and the exact amount of fading is of utmost importance to be able to assign a correct value and price in an appraisal.

Munkata - Rarity - Value and Prices

Rarity usually affects the price/value up. Sometimes the prints are rare because they are not so good designs, in which case rarity means little.

Munkata - Design - Value and Prices

Better designs are usually worth multiples of less good designs.

Munkata - Fashion - Value and Prices

Fashion and collector trends affect the value. generally one can say the black and white prints by Munakata was comparatively worth more then the equivalent colored examples in the 1950s and 1960s. 

Bibliography: Monographs on Munakata and his art works

There are many catalogs published on Munakata Shiko by various galleries and art dealers, mainly during the 1950s through the 1970s, in Japan as well as the USA and Europe. We are making a separate section for the exhibition and sales catalog


ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY

Shiko Munakata (Kodansha Library of Japanese Art), Yasuda Yojuro (editor); English text by Oliver Statler, Charles E. Tuttle Co. / Kodansha, Tokyo and Rutland, 1958.
A very small sized volume which despite its Lilliputian size is one of the best introductions to Munakata and his woodblock prints in any language.
A black & white frontispiece, 97 illustrations of which about 20 are color plates, a number are fold-outs. Some photos of Munakata in his studio.  Easily available in the 2nd hand book market. The present bibliographer first became interested in Munakata’s works after getting this book as a birthday present for his 10th birthday. The book is still enjoyable after more than fifty years, a good starting point, maybe complemented with a tome with somewhat larger illustrations. Recommended. 

Yanagi, Soetsu (ed.), 'Shiko Munakata Woodblock Prints: Chronologically arranged (1935-1958)', Chikuma Shobo, Tokyo, 1958.

Munakata, Shiko: Munakata - Japanese Prints, Tokyo, Kodansha, 1970
An oversized tome, limited edition of 3000. Selection of prints made by Munakata himself, which constitutes his overview of his life work in the woodblock medium. 221 pp, 215 plates many in colors, many text illustration. Japanese text.

'Shashin Munakata Shiko' (photographs of Munakata Shiko), Kodansha, Tokyo, 1972.

'Munakata Shiko hanga zenshu', 12 vols, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1978-9, (vol. I - XII).
The most complete catalog of Munakata’s woodblock and stencil printed works. Volume 12 of the book includes a very full bibliography of writings on and by Munakata up until 1978. For the dedicated student of Munakata’s works – a must item in the library.

Yanagi, Sôri: 
The Woodblock and the Artist: The Life and Work of Shikô Munakata. Tokyo & New York: Kodansha, 1991.


Castile, Rand: 
Shikô Munakata: Works on Paper. New York: Japan Society, 1982.
Exhibition catalogue

Hayward Gallery, London: 
'The Woodblock and the Artist: The Life and Work of Shiko Munakata', Tokyo, Kodansha et al. 1991.
Exhibition catalog


Shiko Munakata’s woodblock prints, stencil prints and paintings in Museums with holdings of Japanese prints

An Annotated List of Locations



Links

List of Locations we regularly or can visit for appraisals, valuations and for meeting buyers and sellers


  • New York; New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Ithaca
  • California; Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, Oakland, Bakersfield, Anaheim, Santa Ana, Riverside, Stockton, Chula Vista, Irvine, Fremont, San Bernardino
  • Illinois; Chicago
  • Texas; Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Plano, Laredo, Lubbock, Garland, Irving
  • Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pittsburgh
  • Arizona; Phoenix, Tucson, Mesa, Chandler, Glendale, Scottsdale, Gilbert town
  • Florida; Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah
  • Indiana; Indianapolis, Fort Wayne
  • New Hampshire; Hanover
  • Ohio; Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo
  • North Carolina; Raleigh, Greensboro, Charlotte, Durham, Winston-Salem
  • Michigan; Detroit
  • Tennessee; Memphis, Nashville
  • Massachusetts; Boston, Cambridge
  • Washington; Seattle
  • Colorado; Denver, Colorado Springs, Aurora
  • District of Columbia; Washington
  • Maryland; Baltimore
  • Kentucky; Louisville/Jefferson, Lexington-Fayette
  • Oregon; Portland
  • Oklahoma; Oklahoma City
  • Wisconsin; Milwaukee, Madison
  • Nevada; Las Vegas, Henderson, Reno
  • New Mexico; Albuquerque
  • Missouri; Kansas, St. Louis
  • Kansas; Lawrence, Wichita
  • Virginia; Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake
  • Georgia; Atlanta
  • Nebraska; Omaha, Lincoln
  • Oklahoma; Tulsa
  • Minnesota; Minneapolis, St. Paul
  • Louisiana; New Orleans, Baton Rouge
  • Hawaii; Honolulu
  • Alaska; Anchorage
  • New Jersey; Newark, Jersey City, Princeton
  • Idaho; Boise
  • Alabama; Birmingham
  • Rhode Island; Providence
  • Connecticut; New Haven

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