KOSON -- "Cormorants at Coast" (#2)

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Title "Cormorants at Coast"
(given name)
Date ca1930's
(early edition, ca1930's)
Provenance Obtained from Robert O. Muller's Estate. Private placement--consigned by a discriminating collector. (Learn more) about from publisher Nishinomiya Yosaku's remaining inventory.
Series na
Publisher Nishinomiya Yosaku
(Tokyo publisher--known active 1938 until late 1950's; then sporatically until present day.)
Seal, Carver/Printer Publisher's "Hanken shoyu, Nishinomiya Yosaku" seal, left margin.
Image Size 10 5/8 x 16 1/2
(large "dai-oban" print)
Impression Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to feathers, rocks, water, and sky; light "gauffrage" to cormorant; visible woodgrain to sky; very detailed carving, crisp lines. (Tiny "Made in Japan" stamping verso.)
Condition Excellent. Excellent colors. Clean front and verso.
Full, original margins.
(Slight toning. No flaws noted.)
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl. #K-3.3 and catalogue #139, p141.
Comments A striking image of a red-faced cormorant sitting atop a wave-splashed rocky outcropping. Pre-War printing.
Item # PA-51
Price $1350