by Raichiku (?)
Shima Art Company - - born E. T. Shima, the Shima Art Company began publishing shin-hanga prints and ukiyo-reprints in the late 1920s, working with two companies in Japan to produce the woodblock prints. These lovely reprints accurately reproduce the fine line work and coloring of the original designs. Most bear the Shima seal, a crane with outstretched wings over Mt. Fuji. In 1940, the well-known Japanese print collector Robert O. Muller bought the company, renaming it the Robert Lee Gallery in October 1940. A great opportunity to add a classic ukiyo-e subject to your collection.
Comments - Charming view of Shinobazu Pond on a rainy night. A few birds bob in the water at right among wooden poles supporting the branches of ancient pine trees growing out over the pond. Lily pads dot the water at left, and a warm glow comes from the lighted windows of the buildings on the island. This print is mounted along the top edge to its original mat, with a title and artist written in pencil on the mat. We could find on information on this artist. The inside of the mat features a stamp from Robert Muller's Robert Lee Gallery. A great design in its original presentation, with an interesting provenance.
Artist - Raichiku (?)
Image Size - Print 4 1/8" x 6 1/4" + margins; mat size 9 1/8" x 12 1/4"
Condition - This print with excellent color and detail as shown. Mounted at top edge to mat. Slight toning. Please see photos for details. Good overall.