Ishu Kankokai Published Commemorative
Commemorative Kotondo Prints - With the permission of Kotondo's heirs, a single small commemorative runs of his prints was produced by the venerable publisher Ishukankokai. These reprints were produced to the same exacting standard as Kotondo's originals. Expert carvers were contracted to produce the highest quality wood blocks and printers meticulously reprinted Kotondo's originals with the same attention to quality and detail. These reprints are on beautiful, hand made paper printed with the same colors and mica detail as Kotondo's originals.
Torii Kotondo, 20th century master - Torii Kotondo was a native of Tokyo. He was one of the great shin-hanga masters who excelled in the art of the beauty print. Prints such as his exquisite nude "Kamisuki," the demure beauty in the print titled "Sash," and his lovely image of a young woman in winter in "Peony Snowflakes" are all classic examples of Kotondo's mastery of the beauty print. Kotondo's prints are considered some of the most stunning beauty designs and great masterworks of the 20th century wood block print tradition. His output of beauty prints was a very small (22 works total), and the number of prints produced of each image was also small. Original Kotondo prints are very rare and highly sought after by collectors today. His best images easily exceed $10,000 in the Japanese print market.
After Kotondo's death, with the permissions of his heirs, the venerable publisher Ishukankokai produced a limited edition set of 12 Kotondo beauty designs. Only 100 sets were produced. These fantastic Kotondo designs were again available in strictly limited quantity for collectors to enjoy. Today, once again, Kotondo works are almost impossible to find in the market, including these Ishukankokai prints.
Morning Hair - Limited Edition Commemorative Print - A beautiful Kotondo design which many collectors consider his great masterwork. A lovely image of a young beauty, her disheveled hair pinned back, she is wearing a blue and white cotton kimono. A classic Japanese beauty of the early 20th century, with lovely features, pure white skin, accented with a touch of pink on the cheeks, and her lips. She has a soft, casual gaze, her hands resting on a pillow, her chin resting on her hands. A beautifully colored subject with the skin tones on the young woman in a pure white. The scene set against the backdrop of the rich green mosquito netting used in the summer (behind her). An exquisite piece and a rare find.
Signed - Kotondo-ga
Seal - Kotondo
Publisher - Ishukankokai, with red moneybag seal
Carver/Printer - Ito Susumu/Watanabe Yoshiaki
Image size - 16 1/8" x 10 1/8"
Sheet size - 13" x 19"
Artist - Torii Kotondo (1900 - 1976)
Condition - This print in excellent condition overall. Fine color, excellent detail, a top-notch printing job. Some minor spots at edges. Full margins, not backed. No holes, tears, damage, repairs, or any issues to report. An excellent choice for the discerning collector.