(1896-1976) (aka Rakuzan)
||"Red-crowned Crane and Chicks (Late Spring)"
("Tanchou-zuru to Hina (Banshun)") (aka,"Downy Goose")
||April 1929-1933 ("First Edition" state,
||Private placement. Consigned by the family of Air Force serviceman
John Kinney stationed in Tokyo 1946-57.
||"Rakusan's Birds and Flowers"
(a 100-print series)
("Raku-zan Ka-chou Ga-fu")
||Bears "6-kanji First Edition watermark"
in lower margin ("Raku-zan Ka-chou Ga-fu")
||LARGE 13 x 18 5/8
(plus wide margins)
||Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to feathers;
gold metallic flecks to sky; highly detailed carving.
||Good++ to Very Good.
Clean front and verso.
(Soft vertical centerfold;
minor bumping/wear to outer wide margins; slight toning; light wear.)
||"Rakuzan" reference, pl #15.
||Colorful "kacho-e" (bird and flower) image.
Rakuzan's 100 "Birds and Flowers of Japan" prints were sold via private subscription, with
designs issued monthly from April 1929 until completion in 1933. During production, Rakuzan
apologized to his subscribers for delays resulting from his difficulty in finding artisans
capable of producing these large and technically complex images.
A RARELY seen print.
||$550 Special (Sold/JW)