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Notes (1st edition)Dated April 1932 (confirmed). Limited edition of only 100 prints, after which the blocks were destroyed. Scene number 4 among 12 Ikeda published scenes. Has also been called " Hazy Moon in Spring". Re-issued in the series "Twelve Aspects of Women" circa August 23, 1988.
Publisher (this edition): Unknown Ikeda Ikeda Ikeda Unknown Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai
Date of this item: 1932 April 1932 April 1980s 1980s 1980s 1980s 1980s 1980s 1980s 1980s
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Shin Hanga: Bijin Bust: Misty Spring

Artist: Kotondo
Format: Dai-oban tate-e: 16.5" x 10.75"

Subject: In the mist of a Spring morning, a geisha sits amid falling Cherry petals.

Date: Originally 1933, this edition later.

Condition: Fine colors. Full size. Minor creases, marks and flaws. Generally fine state of preservation.

Impression: Fine impression with gauffrage.

Other Notes: From an edition lacking title in margin at base.
TITLE: Hazy Moon in Spring
Edition: 95/100
DATE: 1930-31
SIZE: 18.75 x 11.625
MEDIUM: Woodblock Print
CONDITION: Fine impression, color and condition.

Misty Spring 1933
40.5 x 25.5 cm (image), 47.0 x 29.0 cm (sheet)
signed and stamped with artist's seal within image embossed with title below image
printer's limited edition cartouche printed verso.

Edition: First edition, Ikeda Publishers

Mr Edwin A. Dearn, Japan, c1930s
Thence by descent, private collection, Sydney

No edition number on the verso. Among a set of 10 Kotondo/Ikeda prints with no edition numbers.
Tuesday, 18 April 2006

Misty Spring
Lot AU22


Artist: Torii Kotondo
Format: Dai oban tate-e: 19" x 11.25" approx

Subject: A wistful young woman amid falling Cherry blossom petals.

Date: Originally 1933: this edition later

Condition: Full size. Fine state

Colour: Fine

Impression: Fine with gauffrage

Estimated Value: ?800 - ?1200
Torii Kotondo

The design is the one usually described as Oboro Haru (Misty Spring).

Please be aware that this print is not from the original edition published in the 1930's. It is from the later edition commissioned by the Torii family shortly after Kotondo's death in 1976.

As shown on the publisher's seal illustrated below, it was carved by Susumu Ito and printed by Uchikawa Matasaburo.

The print is the same size as the first edition: 40.8 x 25.6 cm (image); 47.5 x 32.5 cm (paper). So that you can easily see just how beautiful this print is, I have prepared some large 150dpi and very large 300 dpi close-up images of portions of the print:

In that image of the publisher's seal you can also see the watermark in the sheet of paper. It reads 'Sanso' …
Oboruharu (Hazy Spring Moon) by Torii Kotondo. Genuine woodblock print. Fine condition. Later impression. 19.1 x 13.0 inches. Ito carver's seal and Watanabe printer's seal in left margin. Wonderful color and excellent ink bleed through. Watermark in lower left margin. Never been framed. One of Kotondo's spectacular bijin scenes. Compare to print on page 134 of the book "The Female Image, 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties"

Artist TORII Kotondo (1900-76)
Title "Hazy Springtime Moon" ("Oboroharu")
Date 1930-33 (Later limited edition of 100 prints, c1980's)
Series na
Publisher Ishukankokai
Seal, Carver/Printer Maeda/Komatsu; watermark
Image Size 10 x 16 (plus wide margins)
Impression Fine. Overprinted hairlines; superb "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading.
Condition Very fine. (Slight natural printer's crease top margin.)
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #180. Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition," Plate #136.
Comments Lifetime total 21 images (most 1927-33). Re-strike published as small/immediately sold out edition (100 copies) in the mid-1980's by Ishukankokai Publisher of Tokyo (with red "moneybag" seal).
Item # JS-1583
Oboroharu (Hazy Moon in Spring) by Torii Kotondo. Genuine woodblock print. Good condition. Light foxing as shown in scans. 19.1 x 13.2 inches. Later Showa era impression with Ito carver's seal and Uchigawa carver's seal in left margin. Good detail and ink bleedthrough. Comes with original presentation folder.


Signed- Kotondo, with artist’s seal
Publisher, printer and carver seals- Red “moneybag” seal of the publisher Ishukankokai, name seal of carver and printer, watermark of publisher (all in margin as shown)
Image size- 10 1/4" x 16 1/8" (+ full margins)
Sheet size- 13" x 19" (Large woodblock print size)
Condition- Absolutely perfect condition with no flaws to note. Excellent color, no fading, fine linework. This print has been stored only, never framed.

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Shin Hanga: Hazy Spring
Lot AU10
Artist: Torii Kotondo

Format: Large oban tate-e: 19" x 13" approx

Subject: From the series Twelve Aspects of Women. Oboro Haru - Hazy Spring. A beauty is looking at the hazy moon. Cherry petals are falling around her.

Publisher: Originally by Ikeda. This special limited edition published by Ishu Kanko Kai

Date: c 1970

Condition: Full size. Minor marks and flaws. Generally fine state.

Colour: Fine

Impression: Fine

Other Notes: Numbered seventeen from the limited memorial edition and complete with original folder.
Title Hazy Moon in the Spring - Oboro Haru
Artist Kotondo Torii 1900-1976
Signature Kotondo ga
Seal artist's seal
Dated originally in 1930-31, this one is re-carved edition in 1970s.
Publisher This re-carved edition was published by I-ju Kanko Kai.
Technique/Medium Woodblock print
Impression excellent - very good … (re-carved edition) printed on "sanso" watermarked paper
Colors excellent - very good
Condition excellent - very good
Description "Oboro Haru" (Hazy Moon in the Spring). Beauty is looking at the hazy moon. Cherry petals are falling around her.
Note carver Ito Susumu, printer Uchikawa Matashiro. Iju-Kanko-kai's seal on the left margin.
Format Dai-Oban
Width 12.2 inches = 31.0 cm
Height 17.3 inches = 44.0 cm
Width of Image 10.1 inches = 25.7 cm
Height of Image 16.1 inches = 41.0 cm
Literature Newland, Amy R.; and S. Hamanaka, "The Female Image: 20th Century Prints of Japanese Beauties", Leiden: Hotei, 2000, ISBN 90 74822 20 7, - pg.134, pl.180
Note This print was hand-made by skillful artisans after a great original of a famous woodblock print. Sheets printed during the artist's lifetime are either very expensive or no longer available.

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