Unique Fan Print of the Port of Ebisu, Sado
Date: circa 1921
A newly discovered, previously undocumented woodblock print in the folding fan format. The design is inspiried by Hotei #78, an oban print from 1921. This format must have been an experiment by a publisher, probably Watanabe, although the design never seems to have gone to print. The seal and signature are consistent with Hasui’s Taisho era, pre-earthquake work. Watanabe had the technology and the relationship with Hasui to print a work of this nature, but he usually focused on the export market, which did not include fan designs.
Publisher: Watanabe Shôzaburô
Size: approx 22 x 52 cm
Condition: Very good impression and color. Good condition. Center fold and very small area of repainting in the upper left corner.
Inventory Number: HAS362