KOSON -- "Chrysanthemums and Running Water"

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Artist KOSON (Shoson OHARA)
Title "Chrysanthemums and Running Water"
("Kikura ni Ryusui")
Date 1931
(early pre-War printing).
Provenance Private placement. Consigned by family of Army serviceman Col.Tom Y. Horton stationed in Tokyo 1946-47.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Watanabe "E-seal" (used only 1932-42).
Image Size 9 3/8 x 14 1/4
Impression Very Fine.
Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to water and flowers; highly detailed carving, crisp lines.
Condition Good++.
Excellent colors. Clean front and verso. (Scattered light creases; difficult to see surface scratches; light toning.) No prior mounts.
Reference/Illus Blair's 1930 "Toldedo Exhibition" pl. #178; "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #S-43.5.
Comments Stylistic design, set against a jet-black background. Seldom seen. Watanabe "E-seal" used only 1932-42.
Item # BH-13
Price $650 (Sold/NK)