||ITO, Sozan (1884-??)
||"Fireflies and Reeds"
(given name by Watanabe)
||Private placement. Consigned by a southern print collector/dealer.
||6 1/4 x 14 5/8
||Very Fine. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to background sky and water;
"burnishing" to fireflie's bodies; nicely detailed carving.
||Very Good++. Strong colors. Clean backside.
(Light toning; minor/faint horizonal creasing near top; slight wear.)
Original bottom and right margins per "kento marks."
||1936 Watanabe Catalogue #233.
||A delightful nightime image--not often seen. Sozan designed prints for Watanabe
from 1919 until 1926, with Watanabe's 1936 catalogue containing 28 prints by Sozan.
||$450 Special (Sold/JC)