KOSON -- "Sparrows Frolicing above Snow-covered Plum"

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Title "Sparrows Frolicing above Snow-covered Plum"
(given name)
Date ca1930
Provenance Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Estate following his death (via dealer contact).
Series na
Publisher Nishinomiya Yosaku (Tokyo publisher, active 1872-1930's)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 10 3/8 x 16 1/2
("dai-oban," large "oban")
(Narrow margins as published.)
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sparrows, branch, and background; deep "gauffrage" (embossing) to sparrows and snow accumulation; nicely visible "woodgrain" to background; extremely fine detailing.
(Tiny "Made in Japan" stamping verso.)
Condition Nearly Excellent. Fresh, excellent colors. Very clean front and verso.
(Slight toning ; 3/8-inch archival repaired tear right edge; slight wear.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl# K-33.8 and cat# 143.
Comments Two brown-headed tree sparrows frolic above a snow-covered blossoming plum branch. (Pre-War; bears "signature" deleted on later printings.) A RARELY seen Koson design.
Item # EG-674
Price $850 (Sold/DJ)
(Guaranteed early/pre-War printing)