KOSON -- Egret on a Snowy Branch (#4)

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Title "Egret on a Snowy Branch"
(given name)
Date ca1910-23 (Believed to be pre-earthquake.)
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer (Publisher's seals do NOT appear on these early "tanzanku" format prints.)
Image Size 9 3/8 x 14 1/4
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; "gauffraged" (embossed) feathers; crisp lines; on a striking "jet-black" background. (Minor printer's ink-smudge lower right corner margin.)
Condition Very Good to Excellent.
Strong colors. Clean backside; full, original margins. (Faint mat-line top and left; single small spot left of tail-feathers; few minor surface scratches top; slight toning.)
Reference/Illus "Crows, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #156, pg 152, and book's front cover.
Comments Unquestionably Koson's finest "kacho-e" image. Quoting: "Richard Illing describes the print as 'a masterpiece of graphic art'....one of the most highly valued designs by Koson." Rarely available--quite nice condition.
Item # BG-603
Price $2,200 (Pending--Inquire.....)