Koson: Bird with wine tendrills
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Ohara Koson (1877-1945)
A bird flying under wild vine tendrils.
Signature and seal: Koson
Publisher: Matsuki Heikichi (Daikokuya), Tokyo
Date: c. 1910-20
Original Japanese colour woodblock print. Size: Vertical Ôtanzaku (Mitsugiriban), 36,4 x 18,9 cm (overall)
Excellent early impression and colours. Untrimmed, with margin in top. Paper in top and bottom minimally wavy, a small crease and a tiny bit soiled in bottom left corner, else very crisp and excellent condition. A rarely seen print.
Ill. In Reigle Newland/Perrée/Schaap, Crows, Cranes and Camellias, The natural world of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Leiden/Boston 2010, p. 195, K35.12. Rijksmuseum, Perrée Coll. Smithsonian No. S2003.8.1875, the bird described as hummingbird (?). Cf. Also japanische Kleinkunst, Elberfeld, n.d. (c. 1900), SLUB Dresden, sig. 92054306.