Lot 2054
Kiyoshi Saito (Japanese, 1907-1999), Clay Image
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Woodblock print in colors, with elements of metallic ink, 1952, signed, inscribed, and numbered10/30, verso of frame reads "Self carved, self printed, Kiyoshi Saito" with a red seal in two places, matted and framed.

Framed Dimensions 38 x 25 in.

Private Collection, New York and North Carolina

By descent from Ethel Novello, New York, New York

Ethel Novello was an art collector and fashion designer in New York City. She specialized in swimsuit design, clothing contestants for the Miss World Pageant, and her designs were featured in various publications throughout her career. Ethel's brother-in-law was a professor in Japan, and through this connection she acquired much of the Asian artwork offered here at auction.

Ethel's family had a long-time presence within the New York entertainment industry. Her mother, Ethel Novello McAssey, was a Broadway dancer. Her uncle was the famous Armando "Toto" Novello, also known as "Toto the Clown." Based in the Bronx, he was a traveling performer and silent film star throughout the early twentieth century.

Light toning; some mat burn; not examined out of frame.