Hiroshige -- "60-Odd Provinces--Hida Province, Basket Ferry"

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Artist Hiroshige (1797-1858)
Title "Hida Province, Basket Ferry" #24 ("Hida, Kago-watashi")
Date 1853 August
Provenance Private placement--consigned.
Series "Famous Views of the Sixty-Odd Provinces"
("Roguju Yoshu Meisho Zue")
Publisher Koshimura-ya Heisuke (Koshihei)
Seal, Carver/Printer Yokogawa, Heisuke (carver)
Image Size 8 7/8 x 13 1/2
Impression Very Good. Skillfully executed "bokashi" shading to sky and water areas; visible "woodgrain" to sky area; highly detailed carving.
Condition Fair to Good. Excellent colors. Full original margins. (Margin wear/damages; 10 scattered worm-holes; thinning upper verso corners; light wear; light toning.)
Reference/Illus "Hiroshige's Journeys in the 60-Odd Provinces" pl#24.
Comments Ferry baskets seen over a fast-flowing river far below. "60-Odd Provinces" is considered to be technically Hiroshige's finest series. Unique visible "woodgrain" pattern confirms printing done via original blocks.
(See related article #4: on authentication of prints.
Item # LR-02
Price $575 (Sold/FW)
(Guaranteed early original)