KOSON -- "Owl Under Cherry Blossoms and Full Moon"

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Title "Owl Under Cherry Blossoms and Full Moon"
("Sakura ni Fukuro")
Date 1926 (undated, but 1926 per Blair); very early-edition, c1920's/30's.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Watanabe "C-seal"
(used only 1929-42)
Image Size 9 3/8 x 14 1/2
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; "gauffraged" (embossed) outline of moon; highly detailed carving, crisp lines.
Condition Nearly Excellent.
Clean backside.
(Small faint, light stain upper margin.) Still "top-tipped" to original backing.
Reference/Illus Blair's 1930 "Toldedo Exhibition" pl. #184;"Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #S-20.1.
Comments Striking image of a scops owl in flight under a full moon. Watanabe "C-seal," used only 1929-42.
Item # CG-555
Price $1,100 (Sold/FL)