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Kiyoshi Saito, (1907 - 1997)
Japanese Printmaker, Sosaku Hanga

        Kiyoshi Saito was born in Sakamoto, Fukushima prefecture. He studied Western-style painting at the Hongo Painting Institute and exhibited his oil paintings with various art groups and societies. After having a print accepted by the Kokugakai ("National Picture Association"), Saito began to seriously pursue printmaking. In 1938 he issued his first prints in his now famous "Winter in Aizu" series. His first solo exhibit was held in Tokyo in 1942.

        After steadily gaining recognition, he won first prize in 1951 at the Sao Paulo, Brazil international biennial exhibition for his print called "Steady Gaze," where it won, over both prints and paintings. Saito admired Piet Mondrian and some of Saito's views of buildings and temples seem to display that influence in simplified form. Saito worked primarily in the woodblock medium, while also producing works in collagraph, drypoint, and color and ink paintings. He carved his images into blocks of various woods, either solid katsura or plywood faced with katsura, rawan, yanagi, keyaki, shina, or lauan to obtain a wide range of textures. In some cases he used only one block for all the colors in a design, while for others he needed as many as six different blocks.

        Saito has been widely known for his distinctive style and it is easily recognized by simplified and graceful renditions, usually in tranquil greens, grays or browns. Although his work is well appreciated in Japan, his prints have been especially popular in the West. Saito depicted peaceful images of traditional Japanese gardens, temples and his hometown village of Aizu. He often utilized the grain of the woodblock as an integral part of the design, and employed harmonious lines and shadows to evoke tranquil serenity.

        In every print, he offered his own unique approach to composition. Architectural studies became abstracted, renditions of gardens or temples have an intriguing perspective to add mystery, studies of joyful children include complex fabric patterns, and pathways and tree limbs are offered in provocative juxtaposition to an old thatched roof farmhouse. The viewer is constantly challenged by the artistís creativity and ingenuity, while at the same time being offered quiet, restful scenes rendered in an easy and affectionate mode. Saito continued to do traditional woodblock printmaking well into his eighties.


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Item # Pix Estimated Value Description My Best Offer
D01M001 d01m001 $ 2,200.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: Shisendo Kyoto (F)
Signature: White Ink at lower left
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: 1965
Edition 91/100
Tagged: Rear right side
Tag Statement: Self-carved, Self printed with printed Kiyoshi Saito
Size: 17 3/4"H x 23 3/4"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with no defects
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D01M004 d01m004 $ 2,200.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: Onri-An Arashi-Yama Kyoto (B)
Signature: Black Ink at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: 1964
Edition 95/100
Tagged: Rear left side
Tag Statement: Self-carved, Self printed with printed Kiyoshi Saito
Size: 17 3/4"H x 23 3/4"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with no defects
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D01M006 d01m006 $ 2,200.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: Katsura Kyoto
Signature: White Ink at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: 1965
Edition 16/100
Tagged: Rear left side
Tag Statement: Self-carved, Self printed with printed Kiyoshi Saito
Size: 17 3/4"H x 23 3/4"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with no defects
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D01M008 d01m008 $ 2,200.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: Onri-An Arashi-Yama Kyoto
Signature: Black Ink at lower left
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: 1964
Edition 64/100
Tagged: Rear left side
Tag Statement: Self-carved, Self printed with printed Kiyoshi Saito
Size: 17 3/4"H x 23 3/4"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with no defects
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D01M010 d01m010 $ 550.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: No (Subject: Building)
Signature: White Ink at lower left
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: No, Purchased in 1965
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: No
Tag Statement: N/A
Size: 17"H x 11 1/2"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with no defects
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D01M023 d01m023 $ 550.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: No (Subject: Dachshund Facing Forward)
Signature: White Ink at top left
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: No, Purchased in 1965
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: No
Tag Statement: N/A
Size: 11 1/2"H x 17"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with staple marks in 4 corners
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D01M027 d01m027 $ 550.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: No (Subject: Boy child with Baby on Back)
Signature: Pencil at lower left
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: No, Purchased in 1965
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: No
Tag Statement: N/A
Size: 17"H x 11 1/2"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with no defects
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D01M028 d01m028 $ 550.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: No (Subject: Girl child with Baby on Back)
Signature: Pencil at lower left
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: No, Purchased in 1965
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: No
Tag Statement: N/A
Size: 17"H x 11 1/2"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with no defects
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D01M029 d01m029 $ 550.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: No (Subject: Child in Snow Suit)
Signature: Pencil at lower left
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: No, Purchased in 1965
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: No
Tag Statement: N/A
Size: 17"H x 11 1/2"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with no defects
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D01M030 d01m030 $ 350.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: Haniwa (7)
Signature: Pencil at lower left
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: No, Purchased in 1965
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: No
Tag Statement: N/A
Size: 15"H x 9 1/2"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with no defects
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D01M031 d01m031 $ 350.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: Haniwa (6)
Signature: Pencil at lower left
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: No, Purchased in 1965
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: No
Tag Statement: N/A
Size: 15"H x 9 1/2"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with no defects
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D01M034 d01m034 $ 550.00 Kiyoshi Saito Woodblock Print
Title: Haniwa (3)
Signature: White Ink at lower left
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: No, Purchased in 1965
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: No
Tag Statement: N/A
Size: 11 1/2"H x 17"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality with staple marks in 4 corners
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Jun'ichiro Sekino, (1914 - 1988)
Japanese Printmaker, Sosaku Hanga

        Jun'ichiro Sekino was born in Aomori. He made woodblock prints with friends while still in middle school. He moved to Tokyo in 1939 after winning a 1936 Teiten prize for an etching. He studied woodblock print techniques with Koshiro Onchi and Munakata, both of whom he worked from time to time as a printer. It was from Onchi that Sekino reported he had learned the "spirit of art."

        When looking at many of Sekino's large format prints, one can recognize elements of Onchi's style. Sekino's technique, like Onchi's, involved soft edge overprintings with various shades of colors for the modeling of the face. This was a complex method requiring carved-out shallow depressions in the blocks and nuanced shading of pigments as he applied them to the blocks in multiple overprintings.

         Sekino was represented in many international competitions in Tokyo, Ljubljana, and elsewhere. He won wide acclaim in the United States after World War II for his woodblocks. He was a prolific printmaker in styles ranging from detailed portraits in the late 1940's and early 1950's to semiabstract prints with greater emphasis in pattern and design after the mid-1950's. Due to the complexity of printing and Sekino's own sense of experimentation, each impression of a Sekino print varies somewhat in the choice and density of colors and quality.


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Item # Pix Estimated Value Description My Best Offer
D02M001 d02m001 $ 2,500.00 Jun'ichiro Sekino Woodblock Print
Title: no title (Subject: Bunraku Theater of Puppets)
Signature: Pencil at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: no date (purchased 1965)
Edition 93/100
Tagged: no tag
Tag Statement: no statement
Size: 21 1/2"H x 28 1/2"W
Condition: Very good, as-printed quality w/corner fold mark in right corner
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D02M002 d02m002 $ 2,200.00 Jun'ichiro Sekino Woodblock Print
Title: no title (Subject: Christ on Cross, Newspaper background)
Signature: Pencil at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: no date (purchased 1965)
Edition 29/100
Tagged: no tag
Tag Statement: no statement
Size: 27"H x 25"W
Condition: Very good, as-printed quality w/margin tape marks at top & bottom center, Margin wrinkles at lower right & left
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D02M003 d02m003 $ 2,200.00 Jun'ichiro Sekino Woodblock Print
Title: no title (Subject: Cemetery with city skyline)
Signature: Pencil at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: no date (purchased 1965)
Edition 26/100
Tagged: no tag
Tag Statement: no statement
Size: 15 1/2"H x 22"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality w/no defects
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D02M004 d02m004 $ 2,200.00 Jun'ichiro Sekino Woodblock Print
Title: no title (Subject: Four black, grey, white tiers of city buildings)
Signature: White Ink at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: no date (purchased 1965)
Edition 43/100
Tagged: no tag
Tag Statement: no statement
Size: 25"H x 18"W
Condition: Very good, as-printed quality w/slight edge wrinkles at top & bottom
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D02M005 d02m005 $ 2,000.00 Jun'ichiro Sekino Woodblock Print
Title: no title (Subject: Picaso style of boy, girl & owl)
Signature: Pencil at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: no date (purchased 1965)
Edition 17/50
Tagged: no tag
Tag Statement: no statement
Size: 21"H x 27"W
Condition: Very good, as-printed quality w/corner fold mark in right top corner
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D02M006 d02m006 $ 1,800.00 Jun'ichiro Sekino Woodblock Print
Title: no title (Subject: Futuristic eagle)
Signature: White Ink at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: no date (purchased 1965)
Edition 84/100
Tagged: no tag
Tag Statement: no statement
Size: 12"H x 24"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality w/no defects, in frame
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D02M007 d02m007 $ 550.00 Jun'ichiro Sekino Woodblock Print
Title: no title (Subject: Girl w/Red Birds)
Signature: Pencil at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: no date (purchased 1965)
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: no tag
Tag Statement: no statement
Size: 18"H x 12 1/2"W
Condition: Very good, as-printed quality w/no defects
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D02M008 d02m008 $ 550.00 Jun'ichiro Sekino Woodblock Print
Title: no title (Subject: Girl w/Bird's Nest)
Signature: Pencil at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: no date (purchased 1965)
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: no tag
Tag Statement: no statement
Size: 18"H x 12 1/2"W
Condition: Very good, as-printed quality w/no defects
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D02M009 d02m009 $ 400.00 Jun'ichiro Sekino Woodblock Print
Title: no title (Subject: Girl w/Cat)
Signature: Pencil at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: no date (purchased 1965)
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: no tag
Tag Statement: no statement
Size: 12 1/2"H x 9"W
Condition: Very good, as-printed quality w/no defects
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D02M010 d02m010 $ 400.00 Jun'ichiro Sekino Woodblock Print
Title: no title (Subject: Cat w/Kitten)
Signature: Pencil at lower right
Sealed: Yes, above signature
Dated: no date (purchased 1965)
Edition Unlimited
Tagged: no tag
Tag Statement: no statement
Size: 9"H x 12 1/2"W
Condition: Very good, as-printed quality w/no defects
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Toshi Yoshida, (1911 - 1995)
Japanese Printmaker, Sosaku Hanga

        Toshi Yoshida was born in Tokyo. He studied oil painting with his father, Hiroshi Yoshida and block carving with Maeda Yujiro. He traveled widely in India, Europe and the United States and was represented in international competitions in Switzerland, Australia, Canada and Mexico. After his father's death in 1950, he felt free to experiment with abstract designs, quite different from his earlier landscapes. He designed 289 abstract prints in his career, most between 1954 and 1969. There are amazing variations in these prints, although through the years certain unifying themes emerge. Unlike Toshi's earlier designs, many of these prints were published in limited, numbered editions. He is an artist of great breadth and vision.

        Known primarily for his woodblock prints, he was also a remarkable painter and illustrator. His style cannot be easily summarized, because he was constantly innovating and pushing the boundaries of the woodblock medium. His work ranges from realistic landscapes to imaginative abstract designs to detailed portraits of animals in their environments. There was quite a difference between Toshi and his father, Hiroshi, and this difference is more prominant in their art. Compared to the misty grandeur of Hiroshi's perfectly composed prints, Toshi's early landscapes are very down-to-earth and straightforward. Toshi was masterful at depicting the charm of ordinary life. Occasionally, he depicted famous landmarks, but his prints focused on the human element rather than the monumental.


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Item # Pix Estimated Value Description My Best Offer
D03M001 d03m001 $ 1,100.00 Toshi Yoshida Woodblock Print
Title: Space & Movement
Signature: in Pencil
Dated: 1963
Edition 5/30
Size: 18"H x 34 1/2"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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D03M002 d03m002 $ 1,100.00 Toshi Yoshida Woodblock Print
Title: Space & Formm
Signature: in Pencil
Dated: 1963
Edition 2/30
Size: 34 1/2"H x 18"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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D03M003 d03m003 $ 300.00 Toshi Yoshida Woodblock Print
Title: E
Signature: in Pencil
Dated: 1962
Edition unlimited
Size: 15"H x 6"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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D03M004 d03m004 $ 300.00 Toshi Yoshida Woodblock Print
Title: K
Signature: in Pencil
Dated: 1962
Edition unlimited
Size: 15"H x 6"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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D03M005 d03m005 $ 550.00 Toshi Yoshida Woodblock Print
Title: Image E
Signature: in Pencil
Dated: 1958
Edition unlimited
Size: 22"H x 16"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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D03M006 d03m006 $ 800.00 Toshi Yoshida Woodblock Print
Title: Through Time
Signature: in Pencil
Dated: 1962
Edition 7/50
Size: 22"H x 16"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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D03M007 d03m007 $ 800.00 Toshi Yoshida Woodblock Print
Title: Mystery
Signature: in Ink on Drawing
Dated: 1964
Edition Artist's Proof
Size: 22"H x 15 1/2"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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Kaoru Kawano, (1916 - 1965)
Japanese Printmaker, Sosaku Hanga

        Kaoru Kawano was born in Otaru, Hokkaido and in 1934 began his studies at the Kawabata Art School. In 1944 his prints were first accepted by the Japan Print Association. By the 1950's, he began to exhibit more frequently in solo exhibitions and international competitions. Many of his prints lean toward the sentimental, particularly his depiction of young children. Some of his best works are restrained and introduce an effective balance of design elements, some slightly sculptural in quality and arrangement. In many of his prints, he makes effective use of woodgrain patterns for both the background and the body of his subject. This provides both depth and texture to his designs.

        Another element of his work was his simplification of form and shape. They are always in balance which adds a certain movement and slight tension to his compositions. Overall his prints are a pleasing balance among many elements creating a satisfying and timeless feeling. Most of his prints are signed or sealed and many are self-carved and self-printed.


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Item # Pix Estimated Value Description My Best Offer
D04M001 d04m001 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Girl and Shell
Signature: In Pencil lower right
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 16"H x 11"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality, staple holes/4 corners
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D04M002 d04m002 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Two Ducks
Signature: In Pencil lower right
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 11"H x 16"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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D04M003 d04m003 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Girl with Red Mask
Signature: In Pencil lower right
Sealed: Lower left
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 11"H x 16"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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D04M004 d04m004 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Girl Tree with Woodpeckers
Signature: In Pencil lower right
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 16"H x 11"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality, staple holes/4 corners
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D04M005 d04m005 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Girl Shell
Signature: In Pencil lower right
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 11"H x 16"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality, staple holes/4 corners
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D04M006 d04m006 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Baby with Red Bloom
Signature: In Pencil lower right
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 11"H x 16"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality, staple holes/4 corners
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D04M008 d04m008 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Girl and Two Birds
Signature: In Pencil lower left
Sealed: Lower left
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 16"H x 11"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality, staple holes/4 corners
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D04M009 d04m009 $ 230.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Girl and Yellow Bird
Signature: None
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 16"H x 11"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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D04M010 d04m010 $ 230.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Kneeling Nude
Signature: In Pencil lower left
Sealed: Lower left
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 16"H x 11"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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D04M011 d04m011 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Girl with Woodpeckers
Signature: In Pencil lower right
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 16"H x 11"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality, staple holes/4 corners
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D04M012 d04m012 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Godess Holding Vase
Signature: In Pencil lower right
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 16"H x 11"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality, staple holes/4 corners
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D04M013 d04m013 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Girl with Blossom
Signature: In Pencil lower right
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 16"H x 11"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality, staple holes/4 corners
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D04M014 d04m014 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Dancer Brown Kamono
Signature: In Pencil lower right
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 16"H x 11"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality
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D04M015 d04m015 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Woman Red Kamono
Signature: In Pencil lower left
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 16"H x 11"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality, staple holes/4 corners
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D04M016 d04m016 $ 250.00 Kaoru Kawano Woodblock Print
Title: Woman Yellow Kamono
Signature: In Pencil lower right
Sealed: Lower right
Dated: circa 1960
Edition Unlimited
Size: 16"H x 11"W
Condition: Excellent, as-printed quality, staple holes/4 corners
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