KOSON -- "Two Beauties in Rain"

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Title "Two Beauties in Rain"
(given name)
Date ca1935 (First Edition).
Provenance Consigned by a discriminating eastcoast USA collector.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Watanabe "D-seal" (used only 1931-41) + "6-mm shozuri" combination (First Edition).
Image Size 9 3/8 x 14 1/8
Impression Very Fine.
Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; "gauffraged" (embossed) lower willow leaves and lower kimono; baren "sujizuri" circles to foreground; highly detailed carving; very crisp "key-lines."
Condition Excellent.
Excellent colors. Clean front and verso. (Very slight wear.) No prior mounts.
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #S-44.4.
Comments A gorgeous print--one of Koson's very few "bijin-ga" images. Two beauties strolling under umbrellas during an early summer shower. Quite a rare print--lack of later printings would indicate that "block-set" destroyed. Watanabe "D-seal" used only 1931-41.
Item # MM-07
Price $1750 (Sold--MJ)