KOSON -- "Blue Robin on Maple Branch"

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Title "Blue Robin on Maple Branch" (given name)
Date ca1930 (in Watanabe's 1936 Catalogue)
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Unsealed (normal state for this print)
Image Size 6 1/2 x 14 5/8 ("tanzaku")
Impression Very Fine.
Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading throughout; "gauffrage" (embossing) to bird's feathers; nicely visible "woodgrain" to background; highly detailed carving, crisp lines.
Condition Very Good++.
Clean front and verso. (Slight wrinkling bottom; unobtrusive crease upper center/left; margin bumping; light wear; light toning.)
Reference/Illus Watanabe's 1936 Catalogue, #551; "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #S-35.1.
Comments A striking "aizuri-e" (shades of blue) image of a robin perched atop a Japanese maple branch. Seldom seen. (Only copy we've encountered.)
Item # GG-090
Price $875