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SOSEKI KOMORI Japanese Woodblock Print MALLARD DUCKS 1st EDITION 1929

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SOSEKI KOMORI Japanese Woodblock Print MALLARD DUCKS 1st EDITION 1929

SOSEKI KOMORI

Two Mallard Ducks


Date: c. 1929, published by Kawaguchi & Sakai, signed and sealed Soseki Komori, with Kawaguchi & Sakai C and D seals, consistent with very early edition in left and right margins respectively; number 52 on verso
Size: 8.6" x 15.25"
Condition: VG, minor flaws, uncirculated print, never framed
Impression: Fine, excellent bokashi treatment and very fine details throughout
Color: Fine, deep saturated color and bleed through to verso
Provenance: from the Robert O. Muller estate (see below for more information)


A rare Kawaguchi & Sakai published print from the Muller estate. Please take a look at the pictures to note the fine details and the superior quality of the printing. A fine rendering of an rare Soseki print.

Kawaguchi and Sakai were a team of Tokyo publishers known for producing high quality woodblock prints. They began working together in the 1920's (apparently around 1929) and collaborated with several noteworthy artists, including Kawase Hasui and Ohara Koson. They published prints in limited editions of 100, numbered on the back side.

Unfortunately, in 1931 their partnership was dissolved. Kawaguchi continued to operate the publishing house by himself until World War II, but he primarily concentrated on reprinting earlier designs rather than publishing new prints. In the 1950's, Kawaguchi sold his printing blocks to another publisher, Shobisha.


ABOUT KOMORI SOSEKI
Soseki was a designer of plant and bird prints during the 1920's and early 1930's. His prints, now difficult to find, were published by Kawaguchi and Sakai, and are especially noteworthy for their sensitive renderings and lush printing. Of particular note is the blended printing of the water in this print. See my other listings for other Soseki prints.



WHO WAS ROBERT O. MULLER?
Robert O. Muller first encountered Japanese prints in the 1930s as a student in New York City. As a newly wed in 1940 he went on a print shopping tour to Japan with his wife where he met the shin hanga publisher Watanabe Shozaburo and Watanabe's stable of artists including: Kawase Hasui, Shiro Kasamatsu, and Ito Shinsui. He also met and befriended Hiroshi Yoshida.

After WWII, Muller continued to deal in Japanese prints, but he was also an avid collector with a keen eye for good art. Although the Muller Collection is best known for shin hanga, Mr. Muller also collected late nineteenth century prints and good reproductions of famous Edo masters.

When Mr. Muller passed away on April 10, 2003, he had left possibly the largest and finest collection of 20th century Japanese prints in the world, and the question of what would become of his notorious collection was a major topic among Japanese print collectors. The finest 20th century prints from his collection were given as a gift to the Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., and an exhibit was mounted. Other portions of the collection were sold at auction and still more remains with his heirs. Several books have been published about the collection.


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