KATO -- "Beauty in White Kimono"

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Artist KATO, Shinmei (1910-??)
(active 1938-54)
Title "Beauty in White Kimono"
(given name)
Date ca1938-54 (purchased before 1957)
Provenance Private placement. Consigned by family of Air Force serviceman John Kinney stationed in Tokyo 1946-57.
Series na
Publisher Kondo Kihachiro Hanken Shoju
Seal, Carver/Printer unread (carver); Ono Tomi (printer)
Image Size 9 7/8 x 14 3/4 ("dia-oban"--large oban) (plus margins)
Impression Very Fine.
Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to face; extensive "gauffrage" (embossing) to entire kimono; gold metalic pigment highlights to kimono; crisp line-work, highly detailed carving.
Condition Nearly Excellent. Excellent colors. Clean front and verso.
(Slight wear; slight toning.
No prior mounts.)
Reference/Illus na
Comments Nicely detailed and boldly colored "bijin-ga" image. ODA is known to have produced "bijin-ga" prints during the 1938-54 period. Rarely seen--only copy we've encountered.
Item # BK-37
Price $850 (Sold/AP)