SHUNSEN -- "Nakamura Kichiemon as Mitsuhide"

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Artist Natori SHUNSEN (1886-1960)
Title "Nakamura Kichiemon as Mitsuhide"
Date 1926
(First Edition, 150 prints.)
Provenance Consigned by a discriminating midwest USA collector.
Series "Collection of Shunsen Portraits"
("Shunsen Nigao-e Shu")
(Aka: "Thirty-six Kabuki Actors Portraits," 1925-29)
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Black recangular "Watanabe-ko" seal (used only for Shunsen prints mid-late 1920's). Red ovoid "Natori" approval seal lower/left margin.
Image Size 10 x 14 3/4
Impression Very Fine.
Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; extensive baren "sujizuri" (circles) to entire background; highly detailed carving, crisp "key-lines."
Condition Nearly Excellent.
Excellent colors. Clean front and verso. (Sight toning; minor wrinkling--otherwise flawless. With original "presentation folder.")
No prior mounts.
Reference/Illus Blair's 1930 "Toldedo Exhibition" pl. #128.
Comments A striking print--from Shunsen's first series, "Thirty-six Kabuki Actors Portraits"
(1925-29), which Watanabe lavishly produced in a limited edition of 150 prints sold only by subscription. (Unusual "Watanabe-ko" seal used only 1925-29.)
Item # EM-01
Price $1450 (Sold)