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Notes (1st edition)Dated 1933 (confirmed. Month not yet confirmed). Limited edition of only 100 prints, after which the blocks were destroyed. Scene number 9 among 12 Ikeda published scenes. Re-issued in the series "Twelve Aspects of Women" circa August 23, 1988.
Publisher (this edition): Ikeda Ikeda Ikeda Ikeda Ikeda Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai Ishukankokai
Date of this item: 1933 1933 1933 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.:

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Lot 89

Peony Snowflakes 1933
40.5 x 25.5 cm (image), 46.5 x 29.5 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.
Note that this print does not have the scene number "9" nor the edition number written in the verso cartouche.

Torii Kotondo, 1900-1976
Peony Snow
(Botan Yuki)

signed Kotondo ga with artist's square seal Kotondo; with title, Botan Yuki (Peony Snow) on lower margin, the blocks carved by Ito and printed by Komatsu Wasakichi; with publisher's limited edition cartouche on verso, Ikeda hanken shoyu, hyaku mai kagiri zeppan, -- kai dai -- go (copyright Ikeda, edition limited to 100, -- printing, -- number), with artist's seal Kotondo, ca. 1931
dai oban tate-e 18 1/4 by 11 1/2 in., 46.3 by 29.3 cm
Reigle Stephens, Amy, gen. ed., The New Wave, 1993, p. 203, pl. 271
Gallery Beniya, Torii Kotondo, 1995, p. 14, no. 5
Reigle Newland, Amy, and Hamanaka Shinji, The Female Image, 2000, p. 135, pl. 181
Reigle Newland, Amy, gen. ed., Printed to Perfection, 2004, p. 117, pl. 111
Tuesday, 31 October 2006

40.6 x 25.3cm image size

slight browning; centrefold;

Large Snow Flakes 91/100

Wednesday, 27 December 2006

Torii Kotondo, 1900-1976

Peony Snow
(Botan Yuki)

Signed Kotondo ga with artist's rectangular seal Kotondo; with the title, Botan Yuki embossed on the lower margin. Published by Ikeda with the blocks carved by Ito and printed by Komatsu Wasakichi. The red oval Tobin collector's seal on right-hand margin. The publisher's limited edition cartouche printed on verso, Ikeda hanken shoyu, hyaku mai kagiri zeppan (Ikeda, copyright; edition limited to 100). Undated, published by Ikeda ca. 1931.

Dai oban tate-e 46.4 by 29.6 cm

James D. Tobin, Portland, Oregon

Monday, 31 December 2007

Japanese Kotondo Woodblock Print called "Snow Flakes", unmatted and unframed, loose print. It measures 18 1/4" l x 11 1/2" w. I am not an expert on this but will be happy to answer any questions, I have shown many photographs to show the condition of this print. The top right of print has Japanese writing in black and red, below border of print are three japanese markings, on back right bottom corner are writings or markings, and in hand written in pencil on back bottom it reads 45/100, Gonjin-pupil of Shin Sui. The colors and condition of print are excellent, a work of art! I believe this to be circa 1920's. This piece of art was acquired from an estate of an advanced collector of objects of art, rare prints,glass, china, etc. I also have another Japanese water color from same estate currently up for auction. Condition of print is excellent, it does have some minor tearing to outer edge of paper and a small tear to bottom left side that goes right up to outline of woodblock print. There are three or four faint crease marks to print, one is at cheek, and the others are around background.
Monday, 4 December 2006

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Artist TORII Kotondo (1900-76)
Title "Peony Snowflakes" ("Botan Yuki")
Date 1931 (Later limited edition of 100 prints, c1980's)
Series na
Publisher Ishukankokai
Seal, Carver/Printer Ito Susumu/Kajikawa Yoshio; watermark
Image Size 9 7/8 x 16
Impression Fine. Superbly executed "bokashi" (gradation of colors) shading throughout; "gaffrage" to areas of red underdarment; nicely over-printed hairlines.
Condition Excellent. (Only very slight blemish on cheek.)
Reference/Illus "The Female Image," Plate #181. Blair's 1936 "Toledo Exhibition," Plate #142.
Comments Amoung Kotondo's lifetime total 21 images (most 1927-33), one of the most sought-after images with umbrealla and large falling snowflakes. 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 # CG-995
Botanyuki (large snow flakes) by Torii Kotondo. Genuine woodblock print. Fine condition. 19.1 x 13.1 inches. Fine color, condition and impression. Good ink bleedthrough. Nice baren rubbings on verso. Later impression with Ito carver's seal and Watanabe printer's seal in left margin. Publisher's watermark in lower left corner.


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 1/8" x 16" (+ 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.

Monday, 28 March 2005

Title: Botanyuki (large snow flakes)

Reference: The Female Image, plate: 181

Size (paper): 33 x 48 cm. (13" x 19"); the wrinkles in the white borders are there, but much less visible than the unforgiving images of my scanner.

Edition size: given as 100 in all sources about this set.

Publication date: 1980s

Publisher: Ishukankokai.

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