Yûzan: Sleeping cat
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Mori Yûzan (d. 1917)

A white cat with a collar sleeping in front of a teaburi hand warmer, three butterflies fluttering above.

Signature: Yûzan sha (utsushi). Seals: Yûzan, and unidentified

Date: Around 1900

Original Japanese colour woodblock print.
Size: 2 Ôhon book pages, together 19,5 x 26,2 cm (image), 23,4 x 27,6 cm (overall)

Excellent impression and colours, with embossing. The two book pages lightly joined without trimming. A small spot at lower left corner, paper a little bit thinner at lower right margin, otherwise very good condition.
Rare. The lovely image of the sleeping cat in front of the hand warmer is likely an homage to Yûzan's grandfather and teacher Mori Kansai (1814-1894), important painter of the Maruyama Shijô school in Kyoto. Mori Yûzan himself, apart from being a painter, is best known for his design books (e.g. Hamon shû, published in three volumes by Unsôdô in Kyoto in 1903).