Shibaraku. c. 1975. 6 x 6 (sheet 11 7/8 x 9 1/4). Edition 100, #2. A dramatic impression printed on tan mulberry paper. Numbered, signed in Japanese and English in pencil; titled verso. $450.
September. c. 1980. Serigraph printed in colors. 6 7/8 x 9 1/2 (sheet 9 7/8 x 12 3/4). Edition 100, #93. Pistine color and condition. An exquisite tonal image. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. $275.
Yuki no yougure. (Snow at Dusk). c. 1920. Watercolor on Japanese paper with a chrysanthemum watermark. 37 1/2 x 25 1/4. Original frame: 45 x 32. The shop on the right sells cigarettes. An extremely large and dramatic image in fine condition. Works by this short-lived artist are rare. Signed "E. Kato" lower right. $2,500.
Reference is made to the excellent new study by Newland, Perée and Schaap, Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson (Leiden, Hotei Publishing, 2001).
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Bats Against a Full Moon. 1933.Otanzaku: 13 7/8 x 7 1/8 (sheet 14 1/2 x 7 7/16). Publisher: Daikokuya. Illustrated: Newland an Uhlenbeck, Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga, p. 201; Newland et al. Crows, Cranes & Camellias,p. 138, checklist K41.3, catalog 135. "Made in Japan" stamp verso. A fine impression with subtle "bokashi" shading; light "gauffrage" to outline of moon, bats, and tree. Good original condition. An extremely rare image. Signed and sealed Shoson. Housed in an original 19 x 11 1/8-inch mat.. $1,450.
Carrion Crow on a Snow-covered Branch at Dawn. c. 1930. Otanzaku: 14 9/16 x 6 5/8 (sheet 14 15/16 x 6 3/4). Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo. Illustrated: Crows, Cranes & Camellias S5.5. Signed and sealed Shoson. $975.
Two Carp and White Lotus. 1933. Shikishiban: 10 14/16 x 9 7/8 (sheet 10 10/16 x 9 11/16). Signed and sealed Shoson. Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo. Illustrated: Crows, Cranes & Camellias, S39.5, p. 201. A fine impression with subtle shading and glowing colors, in pristine condition. $550.
Two Wild Ducks Near Water, Reeds Behind. Otanzaku: 14 15/16 x 6 3/4. Illustrated: Newland, Crows, Cranes & Camellias, S7.4, page 196. Signed and sealed Shoson. An excellent impression with subtle bokashi shading throughout, and gauffrage in the birds' feathers and in the ripples of the water. $650.
White Fronted Geese Flying above Reeds and Water. c. 1933. Shikishiban: 10 10/16 x 9 1/16 (sheet 10 14/16 x 9 12/16). Signed and sealed Shoson. Publisher: Watanabe Shozaburo. Illustrated: Crows, Cranes & Camellias, S11.6, p. 197. A fine impression with subtle shading and gauffrage (embossing) in the 2 large BIRDS'' feathers. Based on the body markings, these actually appear to be mallard ducks not geese. Pristine color and condition. $500.
February -- Orchid. (Nigatsu - Ranjo no saku). 1956. Woodcut with hand-applied color. 17 x 13 (sheet 18 1/4 x 21 1/2). Series: Calender in the Mood of the Tea Ceremony. Signed in pencil "Munakata" and sealed in red Hogan Muna Siko -- sumizuri-e. On the full sheet with deckle edges. $7,500.
A woodcut calender of twleve images was made for the Urasenke tea ceremony school, which reproduced one image each month in its magazine Tanko. Most of the months, including February, are represented by examples from nature traditionally associated with the season. Illustrated: Sori Yangai, The Woodblock and the Artist. The Life and Works of Shiko Munakata.
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Heroine Osan in Daikyoji Mukashi-Goyomi. c. 1923. Dai oban. Image: 15 3/8 x 7 7/8 (sheet 17 3/4 x 11). Series: Complete Works of Chikamatsu. Publisher: Nishima. Printed in tones of grey and beige. A sensitive study of a young woman. $550.
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Mt. Fuji from Miho. c. 1920-30. Woodcut printed in colors. Watanabe 1936 catalogue 228; shotei.com M28. Tanzaku: 14 3/4 x 6 3/8 (sheet 15 x 6 1/2). Signed and sealed "Hiroaki." A fine impression with bokashi shading throughout, and gauffrage on the pine trees and boat. Excellent color and condition. $475.
The Flight Into Egypt. 1969. Color dye stencil (Kappazuri). 27 x 24. Edition 50, #35. Printed on crumpled, hand-made paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed and numbered in ink. Housed in a 35 1/2 x 30 3/4-inch gold leaf frame. $2,500.
Hope. 1961. Color dye stencil. 20 1/2 x 17 5/7 (sheet 25 x 23). Edition 50, #16. . Printed on (momogami) crumpled, hand-made paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed, dated and numbered in white ink. Housed in a 32 x 30-inch gold leaf frame. $2,000.
Nativity. (A similar image with color variant from 1960 in an edition of 50 is entitled The Three Wise Men Visit Mary. 1961. Hand-colored dye stencil (Kappazuri). 21 1/2 x 24 1/8 (sheet 23 1/8 x 30 1/4). Edition 200, #27. Printed on (momogami) crumpled, hand-made paper on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed, dated and numbered in white ink. Housed in a 29 x 32-inch wood frame with a gold metal front. $2,000.
Fragment. 2001. Etching, aquatint and mezzotint. 11 1/2 x 10 3/4 (sheet 20 1/2 x 15). Edition 30, #7. A fine impression printed on the full sheet with deckle edges. Presenttion print to celebrate the one year reunion of the 25th anniversary of the Fumin Fukyu. Original presentation folder. Signed, dated, titled and numbered in pencil. $400.
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Evening After Rain. 1926. Yoshida 39. Oban: 9 3/4 x 14 3/4 (sheet 10 1/2 x 15 1/2). First Inland Sea series. Signatures: Yoshida in brush, artist's seal Hiroshi. Hiroshi Yoshida in pencil on the lower margin. Publisher: Jizuri seal (self printed). Signed and titled in pencil. $2,500.
Miniature Japanese Woodblock Prints.
The Four Seasons: Sparrow, Peony, Stook, Snow. Woodblock print. 2 9/16 x 2 1/2 (image and sheet). Subtle shading and gauffrage. Sealed ,lower right. [Crane]. Woodblock print. 7 7/8 x 3 3/4 (image and sheet). Signed and sealed, lower right. Subtle shading and gauffrage. $50 each.
Deer in Moonlight and Fisherman in Moonlight. Woodcuts printed in colors. Sho-tanzakus: 9 11/16 x 3 and 9 1/16 x 3 1/16 (image and sheet). Subtle shading; gauffrage in the moon and deer; in the moon and in the net. Unsigned; sealed. $50 each.
Plum Blossoms in Moonlight and Moonlight. Woodcuts printed in colors. Sho-tanzakus: 9 11/16 x 3 and 9 3/4 x 3 1/16 (image and sheet). Subtle shading; gauffrage in the branch and flowers; in the moon and in the lantern. Unsigned; sealed. $50 each.
[Boatman]. Woodblock print. Yatsutiri-ban: 3 3/4 x 6 1/4 (image and sheet). Sealed, lower left. $50.
Stooks in Moonlight. Woodcut printed in colors. 6 5/8 x 4 9/16 (image and sheet). Subtle shading; gauffrage in the waves. Signed and sealed. $50.
Torii (8 x 3 7/16). $50. Bamboo (8 x 3 7/16). $50.
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