Koson: Knob geese at night
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Ohara Koson (Shôson) (1877-1945)
A pair of white Chinese or knob geese swimming by reeds at night.
Signature and seal: Shôson
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô, Tokyo (Seal C)
Date: Undated (1928)
Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: Vertical Ôban, 36 x 23,8 cm (image)
Excellent early impression and colours, with embossing. Full margins. Paper barely age-toned, in top left margin a small drying hole. Verso in bottom margin minimal remnants from previous attachment and a small stamp "Made in Japan". Overall excellent condition.
Blair, Toledo Cat. 1930, no. 191. ill. in Reigle Newland/Perrée/Schaap, Crows, Cranes and Camellias, The natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Leiden/Boston 2010, p. 206, S11.3. Smithsonian, Muller Coll. S2003.8.2084. MFA Boston, Keidel Coll. 2016.935 et al.