SHUNSEN -- "Bando Shucho as Shizuka"

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Artist Natori SHUNSEN (1886-1960)
Title "Bando Shucho as Shizuka"
Date 1925
(First Edition, 150 prints.)
Provenance A recent Tokyo find.
Series "Collection of Shunsen Portraits"
("Shunsen Nigao-e Shu")
(Aka: "Thirty-six Kabuki Actors Portraits," 1925-29)
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Black recangular "Watanabe-ko" seal (used only for Shunsen prints mid-late 1920's). Red ovoid "Natori" approval seal lower/right margin.
Image Size 9 7/8 x 14 7/8
Impression Very Fine.
Nicely executed "bokashi" shading; extensive "gauffrage" (embossing) to collar and kimono's blue/white pattern; light blue "mica" to hair-ornament; extensive "baren sujizuri" (circles) to background; highly detailed carving, crisp "key-lines."
Condition Excellent.
Excellent colors. Clean front and verso. (Very slight wear; light toning.)
No prior mounts.
Reference/Illus Blair's 1930 "Toldedo Exhibition" pl. #134.
Comments A striking print--from Shunsen's first series, "Thirty-six Kabuki Actors Portraits"
(1925-29), which Watanabe lavishly produced in a limited edition of 150 prints sold only by subscription. (Unusual "Watanabe-ko" seal used only 1925-29.)
Item # JS-2217
Price $900