KOSON -- "Sparrows on Blue Wisteria"

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Title "Sparrows on Blue Wisteria"
(given name)
Date c1920's/30's
Series na
Publisher Nishinomiya Yosaku (Tokyo publisher, active 1872-1930's)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 10 1/4 x 16 1/2
("dai-oban," large "oban")
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading to leaves, flowers, sparrows, and background; nicely visible "woodgrain" to background; extremely fine detailing.
Condition Very Good to Excellent. Strong colors; clean backside. (Faint tape-line right image edge; tape stains left/top margins; slight wrinkling; light toning.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl# K-33.10 and cat# 142.
Comments Four brown-headed tree sparrows perched on the vine of a flowering blue wisteria. (Note: Pre-War; bears "signature" deleted on later printings.)
Item # BG-471/J
Price $1050 (Sold)