||ITO, Sozan (1884-??)
||"Fireflies and Reeds"
(given name by Watanabe)
||Private placement. Consigned by a southwest print collector/dealer.
||6 1/4 x 14 5/8
||Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to background sky and water;
"burnishing" to fireflie's bodies; nicely detailed carving.
||Nearly Excellent. Strong colors. Clean backside.
(Light toning; faint mat-line lower/left edge; minor thinning backside wide left
margin; very slight wear.)
Original bottom and right margins per "kento marks."
||1936 Watanabe Catalogue #233.
||A delightful nightime image--not often seen. Sozan designed prints for Watanabe from 1919 until 1926, with
Watanabe's 1936 catalogue containing 28 prints by Sozan.
||Special $500 (Sold/JD)