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Notes (1st edition)
Publisher (this edition): Wantanabe Watanabe Shozaburo Watanabe Watanabe Watanabe Watanabe Watanabe
Date of this item: 1930s 1932 1932 1932 1932 1932
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Artist: Koitsu Ishiwata b. 1897
Signature: Koitsu
Publisher: Watanabe - seal used from 1929 - 1942
Seal: unidentified
Date: showa 7 = 1932
Size: 38,9 x 26,0 cm
Format: oban
Title: Twilight in Imamiya Street
Twilight in Imamiya Street, Choshi, the street with well lit houses at dusk
Impression: fine
Colors: fine
Condition: very good - , paper slightly toned
Wednesday, 9 November 2005

ARTIST: Ishiwata, Koitsu (born 1897)
SERIES: Publisher Watanabe
TITLE OR SUBJECT: Twilight in Imamiya Street, Choshi
SIGNATURE AND SEAL: Signature and seal, C/D style seal (1929-42)
DATE OR CIRCA: 1932 (early state)
PAPER SIZE: 10 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches
CONDITION DETAILS: Toned interior, toning line (ends 1/4 from right edge of image), otherwise good state
This is a genuine first state shin hanga Japanese woodblock print by Ishiwata Koitsu (Born 1897) titled "Twilight at Imamiya Street, Choshi", dated Showa 7 (1931). Theis print was published by Watanabe Shozaburo and bears the Watanabe "C" cartouche (1929-1942). The print is a shin hanga masterpiece, the photos do not do justice to the quiet peaceful feel of this print.
The print is in fine condition. Excellent impression and registration, good color and excellent bleedthrough. No foxing, toning, folds or creases. The print is not trimmed or setdown. Print size is 10.25" x 15.25".

This Japanese woodcut print is by Koitsu and published by Watanabe. It depicts a lovely twilight scene with people walking home. It is a full sheet with full margins, approx. 15 1/2 x 10 1/2 inches. I believe that this is a very early state, perhaps the first state for this print, but I am not positive. The print is in good condition with wonderful color.

This print (along with 9 others that I am offering) came out of a wonderful estate full of beautiful Japanese objects. The original owners had lived in Japan from the 1930's.

Koitsu, Ishiwata-Twilight at Imamiya Street - Choshi.jpg is:

Twilight Imai Street, Choshi

This print was published by Watanabe Shozaburo, of Tokyo. Watanabe's use of publisher's seals has been well documented here (http://www.hanga.com/publishers/watanabe/). Since your print was originally published in 1932, it could be considered to be original if it had the B, C, D, or E seal in the margin. I have an image of the same print in the book "The new wave" with the C seal.
Exquisite early-edition Japanese woodblock print by by Ishiwata Koitsu (1897-1987), 1932. Twilight in Imamiya Street, Chosi. Acquired during the early 1950’s in Japan by a private collector, prior to the artist’s death in 1957. Very good impression and condition, with some browning. Dimensions: 15 ¼” x 10”.

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