||"Sparrows Frolicing above Snow-covered Plum"
||Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Estate following his death
(via dealer contact).
||Nishinomiya Yosaku (Tokyo publisher, active 1872-1930's)
||10 3/8 x 16 1/2
("dai-oban," large "oban")
(Narrow margins as published.)
||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.)
||Nearly Excellent. Fresh, excellent colors. Very clean front and verso.
(Slight toning ; 3/8-inch archival repaired tear right edge; slight wear.)
||"Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl# K-33.8 and cat# 143.
||Two brown-headed tree sparrows frolic above a snow-covered blossoming
(Pre-War; bears "signature" deleted on later printings.)
A RARELY seen Koson design.
(Guaranteed early/pre-War printing)