KOTONDO -- "Peony Snowflakes" (#2)

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Artist TORII Kotondo (1900-76)
Title "Peony Snowflakes"
Date 1931 (Later limited edition of 100 prints, c1980's)
Series na
Publisher Ishukankokai
Seal, Carver/Printer Ito Susumu/Kajikawa Yoshio; watermark.
Image Size 9 7/8 x 16
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading throughout; "gauffrage" to areas of red undergarment; nicely over-printed hairlines.
Condition Nearly Excellent. (Slightly faded; mat-line (in margins only) from folder.) No prior mounts--still in original "presentation folder."
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #181. Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition," Plate #142.
Comments Amoung Kotondo's lifetime total 21 images (most 1927-33), one of the most sought-after images with umbrealla and large falling snowflakes. Re-strike published as small/immediately sold out edition (100 copies) in the mid-1980's by Ishukankokai Publisher of Tokyo (with red "moneybag" seal).
Item # BG-440
Price $1150 (Sold/JG)
(If perfect, would be $1250+-plus.)