KONDO -- "Irises"

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Artist KONDO, Shiun
(active 1912-45)
Title "Irises" ("Shobu")
Date 1924 (Later limited edition of 100 prints, c1980's.)
Series "Collection of New Ukiyo-e Style Beauties--June"
("Shin Ukiyo-e Bijin Awase--Roku-gatsu")
Publisher Ishukankokai Publisher
Seal, Carver/Printer Itoh Susumu/Watanabe Yoshiaki; watermarked.
Image Size 10 1/2 x 17 1/4 (quite tall)
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to face, hair, and irises; light "gauffrage" to hair-line, hair-pieces, and irises; white highlights to eyes and lower hairline; over-printed layers to hair; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. Excellent colors. (No flaws noted--still in original "presentation folder.")
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #129.
Comments One of the very few "bijin-ga" images of this seldom encountered artist. "Re-strike" edition published as a small, immediately sold out edition (100 copies) in the mid-1980's by Ishukankokai Publisher of Tokyo (with red "moneybag" seal).
Item # DG-392
Price $875