KOSON -- "Monkey Holding a Dragonfly" (#3)

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Title "Monkey Holding a Dragonfly"
(given name)
Date c1910-23
(PRE-1923 earthquake)
Provenance Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Collection following his death.
Series na
Publisher Daikoku-ya (Tokyo publisher, 1818-1923)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 7 3/8 x 13 1/2 ("tanzaku")
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout; lightly visible woodgrain to background; light "gauffrage" to monkey's face and wiskers; sharp key-lines, much fine detailing.
Condition Very Good to Nearly Excellent. Excellent colors. Clean front and backside. Full original margins (note "kento marks" right edge, bottom right). (Soft vertical crease (nearly invisible) upper right edge; few scattered marks, very slight wear.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl# K-41.18.
Comments A delightful Koson image of a monkey holding and inquisitively studying a dragonfly. PRE-1923 earthquake (note: Daikoku-ya Publisher ceased business in 1923). A rarely seen print (our final copy).
Item # DG-65
Price $875 (Sold/RF)