KOSON -- "Monkey and Baby Reaching for the Moon"

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Title "Monkey and Baby Reaching for the 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 5/8 ("tanzaku")
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout; lightly visible woodgrain to background; the reflected moon's lower edge lightly raised in "gauffrage"; sharp key-lines, much fine detailing.
Condition Nearly Excellent. Excellent colors. Clean front and backside. Full, original margins (note "kento marks" right edge, bottom right). (Few scattered marks, very slight wear.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl# K-41.26.
Comments An absolutely charming and delightful Koson image. PRE-1923 earthquake (note: Daikoku-ya Publisher ceased business in 1923). A very RARE print. (Also see an earlier Gekko-designed image (learn more).)
Item # BG-826
Price $1800 (Sold/SC)