KOSON -- "Flowering Purple Iris"

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Title "Flowering Purple Iris"
("Hana Shobu")
(given name by Watanabe)
Date 1934 (Undated, but published in 1934 per Blair--old.)
Provenance Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Estate following his death (via New York contact).
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer No marginal data (Blair).
Image Size 9 3/8 x 10 5/8 ("shikishiban")
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading to flowers and soft orange-to-blue background; light "gauffrage" to outline of flowers; visible "woodgrain" to green foliage; crisp lines, highly detailed.
Condition Excellent. Wonderful colors. Full, narrow original margins. (Tiny stamped "Made in Japan" verso margin.)
Reference/Illus Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition" pl. #202; "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" #S43.7, pg 203.
Comments Colorful image flowering Japanese purple iris. (Published in 1934 as an edition of 300 copies.) Seldom encountered; shown only as b/w image in "CCC."
Item # BG-722
Price $775 (Sold/JB)