KOITUS -- "Sparrows"

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Title "Sparrows"
Date 1940 (early printing by Yokoi, 1940-62)
Provenance Small private collection, purchased in Yokosura, Japan 1957.
Series na
Publisher Doi Publisher
("Doi Hangaten" seal)
Seal, Carver/Printer Doi "E-seal" (circa 1936-62), Harada/Yokoi
(Yokoi printed 1936-65)
Image Size 10 x 15 3/8 ("dai-oban")
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully done "bokashi" shading; nicely visible woodgrain to entire grey sky background; "gauffrage" to foliage and sparrows; exeptionally fine detailing, crisp lines.
Condition Nearly Excellent. Exceptional colors; clean backside. (Known to date to mid-1950's collection--not new). (Creasing to outer edges of top/bottom left corners; light wear--otherwise flawless.)
Reference/Illus na
Comments Delightful image of three swallows flying above a snow-covered Nanten bush. Exceptional printing with nicely visible woodgrain. Seldom seen image.
Item # BG-775
Price $525 (Reserved/JD)