KOSON -- "Egret on a Snowy Branch" (#8)

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Title "Egret on a Snowy Branch"
(given name)
Date ca1910-23 (Believed to be pre-earthquake.)
Provenance Obtained via a discriminating dealer/collector.
Series na
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer (Publisher's seals never appear on these early "tanzanku" format prints.)
Image Size 6 3/8 x 14 1/4 ("tanzaku")
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; lightly "gauffraged" (embossed) feathers; crisp lines; on a striking "jet-black"
Condition Nearly Excellent.
Strong colors.
Clean backside; full, original margins. (Still "top-tipped" to original backing. Few surface scratches--otherwise flawless.)
Reference/Illus "Crows, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #156, pg 152, and book's front cover.
Comments Unquestionably Koson's finest "kacho-e" image. Quoting: "Richard Illing describes the print as 'a masterpiece of graphic art'.... one of the most highly valued designs by Koson." Rarely available--very fine condition.
Item # PA-33
Price $4250 (Sold/NK)