Japanese Color Woodblock Print 


by Ohara Koson, 1921/1939

Peacock and Cherry Blossom

IHL Cat. #16

About This Print

One of a large number of prints the artist made in the square shikishiban format.  Many were published by the Tokyo publisher Daikokuya. It is unclear exactly when Daikokuya published these prints, but it is likely they were printed c. 1930s or possibly early 1940s, after Daikokuya was taken over by S. Koizumi from the Matsuki family.  This print is stamped with the number 1 and "Made in Japan" on the verso, as show below. The date 8/19/47 is also written on the back.  For another Koson print in this collection in this format see Swallow and Wisteria.

There is also another state of this print without the black border, shown below, that can be found in the online collection of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. 

Pheasant, about 1920s
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Print Details

 IHL Catalog  #16
 Title  Pheasant 雉 (titled as "Colourful pheasant looking to the right" in Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945)
 Catalogue Raisonné
K21.6 (as listed in Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945)
 Ohara Koson (1877 - 1945)
Koson 古邨 
 Seal  Koson 古邨 in seal script (see above)
 Date  1921/1939
 Edition  Unknown edition with no publisher's seal.  See the image from the Indianapolis Museum of Art, above, for another printing of this image.
 Publisher  Daikokuya (Matsuki Heikichi)
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  good - toning on top and bottom on verso and top and side edge of front.  Wrinkling on top left margin.
 Miscellaneous MADE IN JAPAN and No. 1 printed on verso.  Koson and 8/19/47 CO hand written in pencil on verso. 
The stamp "MADE IN JAPAN" indicates the print was destined for export to the United States and likely created between 1921, when the specific wording "Made in Japan" (rather than "Made in Nippon", for example) was required for imported goods, until 1939 when imports of Japanese products essentially ceased.
 Genre  shin-hanga (new prints)
 Format  shikishiban
 H x W Paper  10 3/4 x 11 1/4 in. (27.3 x 28.6 cm)
 H x W Image  9 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (23.5 x 24.8 cm)
 Collections This Print
 Reference Literature
Catalogue Raisonné: Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Amy Reigle Newland, Jan Perrée, Robert Schaap, Hotei Publishing, 2003
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