KOSON -- "Cat Catching a Mouse"

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Artist KOSON (Shoson OHARA)
Title "Cat Catching a Mouse"
(given name)
Date c1930/31
Provenance From the Robert O. Muller Estate. Consigned by a knowledgable collector/dealer.
Series na
Publisher Kawaguchi & Sakai
Seal, Carver/Printer K & S "D-seal"
(used 1931/40); Maeda/Komatsu
Image Size 10 x 15
Impression Very Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" shading throughout; deep "gauffrage" (embossing) to cat's hair; baren "sujizuri" (circular trackings) to background; nicely visible "woodgrain" bottom; crisp lines, highly detailed carving.
Condition Nearly Excellent. Excellent colors. Full, original margins. (Slight wrinkle lower/left corner; light glue residue verso from original folder mounting; light toning.)
A uncirculated print--never framed.
Reference/Illus "Crow, Cranes, and Camellias" pl# H-41.1.
Comments A dramatic image of a cat capturing a fleeing mouse--scattered matches and paper lantern astray. One of only 20 Koson print designs published by K&S--all "full-oban" format. A RARELY seen print.
Item # PA-54
Price $1650 (SOld/NK)