Peacock and Cherry Blossom

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Peacock and Cherry Blossom

by Ohara Shōson, 1930/1936

Ohara Koson (Shōson) (1877-1945)

IHL Cat. #1537

About This Print

This untitled print picturing a peacock and peahen on cherry tree branch was tipped into the 1936 Watanabe sales catalog, Catalogue of Wood-cut Color Prints, of S. Watanabe, p. 39.  On p. 36 of that catalog the print is titled "Peacock and cherry blossom". [For the entire Watanabe 1936 catalog go to Catalogue of Wood-Cut Colour Prints of S. Watanabe, 1936.]

Postcard size prints were first offered by Watanabe in his 1931 sales catalog.

Catalogue Raisonné

Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945

Print Details
 IHL Catalog #1537
 Title Peacock and Cherry Blossom (as titled in 1936 Watanabe sales catalog titled Catalogue of Wood-cut Color Prints, of S. Watanabe, No. 427, p. 36.)
Also titled "Peacock and Peahen in a Flowering Cherry Tree"
 Ohara Koson (1877 - 1945)
 not signed
Shōson 祥邨
 Date 1930/1936
 Edition possibly first
 Publisher Watanabe Shōzaburō (no publisher seal/marks) [Marks: pub. ref. 576]
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition excellent - slight toning; remnants of prior mounting in Watanabe 1936 catalog along left edge verso
 Genre shin-hanga (new prints)
 H x W Paper 5 7/16 x 3 9/16 in. (13.8 x 9 cm)
 H x W Image 5 1/4 x  3 3/8 in. (13.3 x 8.6 cm)
 Collections This Print Art Gallery of Greater Victoria SC458
 Reference Literature
Catalogue Raisonné: Crows, Cranes & Camellias: The Natural World of Ohara Koson 1877-1945, Amy Reigle Newland, Jan Perrée, Robert Schaap, Hotei Publishing, 2001, cat. AS-30, p. 217.
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