||Koson (Shoson OHARA)
||"Two Bats Against a Full Moon"
||Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Collection following his death (via dealer contact).
||Daikoku-ya (Tokyo publisher, 1818-1923)
||7 1/8 x 13 3/8
||Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage" to outline of moon, bats, and tree;
woodgrain visible in background sky; highly detailed carving, crisp lines. (Tiny "Made in Japan" stamped
||Excellent. Clean front and verso.
(Light toning; a couple tiny scattered marks;
very slight wear--an uncirculated print.)
||"Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #k41.3 and cat #135 (pg 138).
||Striking image of two bats seen flying beneath a willow tree, silhoutted against a full moon.
A VERY RARE print. Likely PRE-1923 earthquake (note: Daikoku-ya Publisher ceased business in 1923).
(Confirmed to be Muller's ONLY/final available copy.)