HASUI -- "Grapes and Apples"

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Title "Grapes and Apples"
("Budo to Ringo")
Date 1940 (early edition printing)
Provenance Private placement. Purchased 1947--consigned by family of Army Air Force serviceman stationed in Tokyo.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Watanabe "E-seal"
(used only 1932-42)
Image Size 9 3/8 x 14 1/4
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading to grapes and shadowing; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to red apples; light baren "sujizuri" (circular tracings) to background; nicely detailed carving.
Condition Very Good to Nearly Excellent. Deep, rich colors. Clean front and verso. (Some minor wrinkling lower image/margin, slight wear.)
Reference/Illus Narazaki #417; Hotei #442.
Comments An unsual composition by Hasui, who is typically a landscape artist. A seldom seen print.
Item # MB-19
Price $600 (Sold/PB)