KOSON -- "Owl and Crescent Moon"

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Artist Koson (Shoson OHARA)
Title "Owl and Crescent Moon"
(given name)
Date c1910-23
Provenance Obtained directly from Robert O. Muller's Collection following his death
(via dealer contact).
Series na
Publisher Daikoku-ya (Tokyo publisher, 1818-1923)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 7 1/2 x 13 5/8 ("tanzaku")
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout; strongly visible woodgrain to grey background; light "gauffrage" to owl and moon; sharp key-lines, much fine detailing.
Condition Excellent. Excellent colors. Very clean front and verso. Full, original margins (note "kento marks" right edge, bottom/right corner). (Slight wear; bumping upper/right corner; surface scratch--otherwise flawless.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl# K-20.6 and cat# 81, pg 97.
Comments A wonderful Koson owl image. PRE-1923 earthquake (note: Daikoku-ya Publisher ceased business in 1923). An original painting is known for this design. Rarely seen.
Item # EG-173
Price $1100 -- (Sold/AP)