Seitei -- "Praying Mantis on Willow, Full Moon" (#2)

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Artist WATANABE, Seitei
Title "Praying Mantis on Willow, Full Moon"
(given name)
Date ca1930
Provenance Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Estate following his death (via dealer contact).
Series na
Publisher Shima Art Company (Tokyo/New York publisher, 1930's)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 7 3/8 x 10 ("chuban")
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to moon and willow leaves; highly detailed carving, crisp lines. (Tiny "Made in Japan" stamped verso.)
Condition Excellent. Clean backside.
(No flaws noted.)
Reference/Illus na
Comments A delightful image of a little praying mantis on willow, before a full moon. Pre-War image. Koson designed a very similar design.
(Stock photos.)
Item # DG-440
Price $475