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Notes (1st edition)???:????????? ??????? 46cm16,5cm
Publisher (this edition): Watanabe Shozaburo Watanabe Shozaburo Watanabe Shozaburo Watanabe Shozaburo
Date of this item: 1920 1920 1920 1920
Notes (this edition)
These notes were written by the original owner/seller/auctioner of the item and may be inaccurate.:
Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Kawase Hasui Rare Pre-Earthquake Woodblock Print - 1920

This is a very rare Kawase Hasui Japanese woodblock print from the set "Pictures of Mitsubishi Fukagawa Villa" that was commissioned by the Mitsubishi Co. during the early, pre-earthquake days of Hasui's career and is titled "View of Iwasaki Family Villa" or "Panaromic View of the Daisensui Pond". From what research I've been able to do, it appears that there were only about 500 or 600 copies of this series printed and they were never available commercially - only given as gifts to the guests visiting the villa of Baron Yanosuke Iwasaki. The print blocks were destroyed during an earthquake and resulting fire in 1923. The prints of this series are quite possibly the most rare of the Hausi pieces ever produced. Personally speaking, I would think this print to be the key image of the series as it is an overall view of the area. The image size of the print is 17 7/8" by 6 9/16" and the overall size - approximate due to the deckled edges on 2 sides - is 18 11/16" by 7 1/2". The Hasui signature and seal are in the top right corner and the circular publishers seal is in the bottom left corner. There are minor condition issues, but in general, the print is in very good condition. There is minor, old, faint brown spotting at the bottom corners (particularly noticeable on the back) which a professional restorer has said can be easily removed - if bothersome. There is very minimal overall toning. The masking tape on the right side of the print will be difficult to completely remove but is basically outside the image field. And, to be accurate, there is a 'wrinkle' in the paper at the bottom center of the image which was done during printing.
Sunday, 19 June 2005

"View of Iwasaki Family Villa"
by Kawase Hasui, 1920
Sunday, 17 September 2006

Hasui pl. 51, Panoramic View of the Daisensui Pond, 6 1/2" x 17 7/8"

Condition: Light toning on left margin
Part of full set
Sunday, 19 June 2005

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