||KATO, Shinmei (1910-??)
||"Beauty in White Kimono"
||ca1938-54 (purchased before 1957)
||Private placement. Consigned by family of Air Force serviceman
John Kinney stationed in Tokyo 1946-57.
||Kondo Kihachiro Hanken Shoju
||unread (carver); Ono Tomi (printer)
||9 7/8 x 14 3/4 ("dia-oban"--large oban) (plus margins)
Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to face;
extensive "gauffrage" (embossing) to entire kimono; gold metalic pigment highlights to kimono;
crisp line-work, highly detailed carving.
||Nearly Excellent. Excellent colors. Clean front and verso.
(Slight wear; slight toning.
No prior mounts.)
||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.