HASUI -- "Fujiya Hotel, Miyanoshita, Japan" (Summer)

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Artist Hasui KAWASE (1883-1957)
Title "Fujiya Hotel, Miyanoshita, Japan" (Summer)
("Hakone Miyanoshita, Fujiya Hoteru")
Date 1949 ("First Edition" printing)
Provenance Private placement. Consigned by family of Air Force serviceman John Kinney stationed in Tokyo 1946-57.
Series A 4-print "seasonal" series
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Red "6-mm seal" (lower/right corner), appropriate "First Edition" seal. Deeply embossed "Fuji-ya" seal lower/left image corner.
Image Size 8 1/4 x 15 1/2
("nagaban" long-format)
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout print; deep "gauffrage"
(embossing) to clouds and buildings; crisp key-lines, highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Bright fresh colors. Very clean front and verso. (Absolutely flawless.)
Reference/Illus Narazaki #450; Hotei #523.
Comments Commissioned by the Fujiya Hotel (established 1878) as a 4-print set--this is "Summer."
A rarely encountered set.
"First Edition" printing.
Item # BK-33
Price $2000 (Sold/NK)
(or $6500 as 4-print set)