KOSON -- "Kingfisher with Lotus Flower" (#2)

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Title "Kingfisher with Lotus Flower"
(given name)
Date ca1920's/30's
Provenance Consigned by a knowledgable SW print collector/dealer.
Series na
Publisher Nishinomiya Yosaku (Tokyo publisher, active 1872-1930's)
Seal, Carver/Printer na
Image Size 10 1/4 x 16 1/2
("dai-oban," large "oban")
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading to lotus, flowers, kingfisher, and background; light "gauffrage" to lotus flower; extremely fine detailing.
Condition Nearly Excellent. Strong colors; clean backside; full margins (note "kento" marks right). (Slight wrinkling right edge; couple surface scratches; light toning.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl# K-15.1 and cat# 144.
Comments Colorful little kingfisher perched on a bent stem with white lotus flower behind. (Note: Pre-War; bears "signature" deleted on later printings.) Rarely seen.
Item # FW-92
Price $1950* (Sold/EE)