Bartlett -- "Kobe" (#4)

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Artist Charles W. Bartlett
Title "Kobe"
(aka "Festival in the Rain")
Date 1916
(PRE-earthquake, RARE)
Provenance Consigned by a knowledgable collector/dealer.
Series "Japan Series" (Initially a 6-print portfolio, 1916; later totaling 9 prints, all 1916.)
Publisher Watanabe Shozaburo
Seal, Carver/Printer Bartlett's round "red seal" upper corner, artist's "red pencil signature" lower margin.
Image Size 9 1/8 x 14 1/4
Impression Very Fine.
Superbly executed "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage" (embossing) to overhead poles and lower area details; crisp "key-lines," highly detailed carving.
Condition Very Good++.
Very Good colors.
Clean front and verso.
(Very faint "mat-folder-line" in margin; minor paper residues top verso margin; light toning; few scattered marks--per consignor.)
Reference/Illus "Charles Bartlett-A Printmaker in Paradise," pl# 30, pg 118.
Comments Dramatic, atmospheric nighttime streetscene in the seaport of Kobe. Exceptional condition for this surviving PRE-earthquake image--as woodblocks destroyed by fire. ("Completed editions were intended to number 100 impressions, with key-blocks to be scored and color-blocks to be planed down for reuse. Rarity was thus guaranteed." Miles/Saville)
(Images provided by consignor.)
RARELY seen.
Item # PA-53
Price Sold/NK
(was $POR/Make Offer)
(This consigned item will be sold by Christmas to highest acceptable offer. Inquire.)