KOSON -- "Sparrow on Blue Hydrangea" (#4)

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Title "Sparrow on Blue Hydrangea"
(given name)
Date c1910-23
Provenance Obtained from the Estate of Robert O. Muller--world famous collector and dealer whose collection of prints were showcased in "The New Wave" book.
Series na
Publisher Daikoku-ya
(Tokyo publisher, 1818-1923)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 7 1/4 x 13 1/2 ("tanzaku")
Impression Very Fine. Wonderfully executed "bokashi" shading to hydrangea's leaves and flowers, bird, and sky area; visible woodgrain to grey background; extremely fine detailing.
Condition Very Good++.
Excellent colors. Clean backside; full original margins. (Faint scattered foxing, nearly all to margins--otherwise flawless.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl# K-33.13 and Cat# 52.
Comments A charming, colorful image, discribed as "one of Koson's most successful compositions--the design proportions are superb."
PRE-1923 earthquake (note: Daikoku-ya ceased business in 1923). Hard-to-find print.
Item # EG-746
Price $825 (Sold/RM)