Travelers near Plum Tree by Shinsai
Artist: Ryuryukyo Shinsai (1764-1820)
Woodblock Prints Title: Travelers near Plum Tree
1st Publication: 1810
Size: 11 x 8-1/4
Date of this edition: 1810, Original Edition
Condition: A clear area in the upper right part of the print. Else, very fine. Amazing colors, exceptional overall condition, with mica and metallic silver ink.
Notes: Beyond rare Surimono. Each Surimono were commissioned by rich persons for personal use, such as we would give Christmas or anniversary card today. These were printed in a very few units (10 or less), with high quality colors, mica, gold and silver metallic toned inks. It was good money for the artists back in the days. This piece is almost unique, especially in this condition. There are probably less than 4 or 5 units left in the world of this print at most, and I doubt that any of them left would match the quality of this print.
This specific print was sold at Sotheby's auction in December 9 1983, Lot # 583, auction sale # 5119
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