KOSON -- "Scops Owl Under Crescent Moon"

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Title "Scops Owl Under Crescent Moon" (given name)
Date c1910-23
(PRE-1923 earthquake)
Provenance Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Collection following his death.
Series na
Publisher Daikoku-ya (Tokyo publisher, 1818-1923)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 7 3/8 x 13 3/4 ("tanzaku")
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout; nicely visible woodgrain entire background; the crescent moon's edges, owl, and ginko leaves raised in "gauffrage"; "burnishing" to owl's black eyes; sharp key-lines, much fine detailing.
Condition Excellent. Excellent colors. Clean front and backside. Full, original margins (note "kento marks" right edge, bottom right). (Flawless.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl# K-20.2 and cat# 80.
Comments A delightful image of a little scops owl perched on a ginko tree beneath a thin crescent moon. PRE-1923 earthquake (note: Daikoku-ya Publisher ceased business in 1923). A very RARE print. (Original Koson painting known for this print.)
Item # BG-824
Price $1250 (Reserved--KL)