Koson: Two quails
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Ohara Koson (1877-1945)

Two quails in the dark perched between blue flowers and a perennial plant.

Seal: Koson

Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya), Tokyo

Date: c. 1910

Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: Vertical Ôtanzaku (Mitsugiriban), 36,7 x 19 cm (overall)

Excellent early impression and colours, details printed in gofun white. Well visible wood grain. Untrimmed, retains the margin at top. Very lightly wavy in bottom margin, upper left corner minimally bevelled, else excellent condition. Rare image, as always without signature.
Ill. In Reigle Newland/Perrée/Schaap, Crows, Cranes and Camellias, The natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Leiden/Boston 2010, ill. p. 64, cat. No. 39, p. 187, K21.3. Cf. Smithsonian, S2003.8.1870. Cf. also Japanische Kleinkunst, Elberfeld, n.d. (around 1900), SLUB Dresden, sig. 92054306.