KOTONDO -- "Hazy Springtime Moon" (#3)

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Artist TORII Kotondo (1900-76)
Title "Hazy Springtime Moon"
Date 1930-33 (Later limited edition of 100 prints, c1980's.)
Provenance Found in small Tokyo book/print shop.
Series na
Publisher Ishukankokai Publisher
Seal, Carver/Printer Itoh Susumu/Watanabe Yoshiaki; watermarked.
Image Size 10 x 16
Impression Very Fine. Superb "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to face and kimono's flowers; light "gauffrage" to hair-pin and falling cherry blossome; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. (Short surface scratch (bottom/center of kimono), otherwise flawless--still in original "presentation folder.")
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #180; Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition," Plate #136.
Comments Lifetime total 21 images (most 1927-34). "Re-strike" published as a small, immediately sold out edition (100 copies) in the mid-1980's by Ishukankokai Publisher of Tokyo (with red "moneybag" seal).
Item # JS-1974
Price $1250 (Sold/JZ)