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Sozan

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Artist:  Ito Sozan
Title:
Peacock in a Plum Tree
Date:
c.1920, published by Watanabe
Size: o-hosoban approx. 6.8" x 15"
Condition: VG, drying hole in the lower left corner, uncirculated print with slight discoloration at upper right edge from the mat it was issued in (since removed), "Made in Japan" stamped in bottom margin on verso
Impression: Fine, solid key lines, tight registration, and good surface texture
Color: Fine, deep saturated color with bleed through to verso
Provenance: from the Robert O. Muller estate

About Ito Sozan
Ito Sozan designed prints known for the Tokyo publisher Watanabe Shozaburo. Sozan's speciality was bird and flower prints, or kacho-e. He began working with Watanabe in 1919 and continued to design prints through 1926. This happens to be the same year that another kacho-e artist, Ohara Shoson, started working for Watanabe. It is not known if Shoson was hired to replace Sozan, or why Sozan stopped designing prints at this time. Watanabe's 1936 catalog included 28 prints by Sozan.