The extremely rare woodblock print "Neko to Kotori" (The Cat and Birds) is by Tomikichiro Tokuriki (1902-2000). Printed in 1959. Limited edition size of only 50. Extra large size print, actually two large size prints adjoined. Tokuriki mentioned about this print in his book. He used the old technic of the Edo period which was carving and printing each print separately and adjoining later to appreciate. Titled "Neko to Kotori" and dated "1959" in Japanese on the upper right margin. Artist signature "Tomi " in gold on the lower right corner of each print. Artist's red seal "Toku" on the lower right corner of the image of the lower print. Signed "T. Tokuriki" and edition number "48/50" on the lower left corner of the image. Watermarked "Tomi" on the upper right margin corner. Two birds are protecting their bird nest from a curious cat. This handmade woodblock print is very charming.
From Woodblock Printing Book by Tokuriki (this book is not for sale)
Paper size: 22 x 27 and 3/8 inches (56 x 69.5 cm)
Image size: 20 and 1/4 x 25 inches (51.5 x 63.5 cm)
Sheet number: 48/50
Signed: Signed "T. Tokuriki" on the lower left corner of the image.
Condition: Good condition overall for its age. Minor toning. Backed with light Japanese Wahi paper. Minor paper wrinkles on the margins (edge). Tape residues on the edge of the verso. Some minor foxing on verso, a few faint foxing shows on the lower left corner area from the front which is hardly noticeable. Please see the pictures.
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