KOSON -- "Monkey Reaching for the Moon" (#6)

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Title "Monkey Reaching for the Moon" (given name)
Date c1910-23
Series na
Publisher Daikoku-ya (Tokyo publisher, 1818-1923)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 7 1/4 x 13 5/8 ("tanzaku")
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading throughout; nicely visible woodgrain entire background; the reflected moon's edge raised in "gauffrage"; sharp key-lines, much fine detailing.
Condition Very Good++. Very good colors. Clean front and backside. Full, original margins (note "kento marks" right edge, bottom right). (Some fading; mat-line bottom image.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl# K-41.25 and cat# 136, pg 139.
Comments An absolutely charming and delightful Koson image. PRE-1923 earthquake (note: Daikoku-ya Publisher ceased business in 1923). (Believed based on an earlier Gekko-designed image (learn more).) Rarely seem image.
Item # EG-953
Price $1500 (Sold/LD)