||"Egret on a Snowy Branch"
||Consigned via a discriminating dealer/collector.
||(Publisher's seals never appear on these early "tanzanku" format prints.)
||6 3/8 x 14 1/4 ("tanzaku")
Original narrow margins--as published.
||Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; deep "gauffrage" (embossing)
to snow accumulation and feathers; crisp
lines; on a striking "jet-black" background.
||Very Good++. Strong colors.
(Light/moderate toning front and verso; few light surface scratches; slight wear.)
||"Crows, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #156, pg 152, and book's front cover.
||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--our 13th copy in now 13+ years. Pleasingly age-toned.