KOTONDO -- "Geisha in Summer Style"

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Artist TORII Kotondo (1900-76)
Title "Geisha in Summer Style"
Date 1934 (Later limited edition of 100 prints, c1980's.)
Provenance Found in small Tokyo book/print shop.
Series na
Publisher Ishukankokai Publisher
Seal, Carver/Printer Koike Shigeru/Watanabe Yoshiaki; watermarked.
Image Size 10 1/8 x 16
Impression Very Fine. Nicely over-printed hairlines; superb "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading to face, hand, and background; light "gauffrage" to summer kimono and fan's ribs; light "mica" to fan a satchel; highly detailed carving.
Condition Excellent. (Flawless--still in original "presentation folder.")
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #187.
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-1976
Price $1500