This is a fine mezzotint made by Nobou Sato with a simple design of a pocket watch nestled in half a walnut shell sitting on a table. The print itself measures 4 1/2" by 3 7/8" - it is beautifully matted and framed in a silver painted wooden frame that measures 12 1/2" by 12". It is signed and dated in pencil at the lower right "Nobuo Sato" and it's edition number is 34/100. The print and frame are in excellent condition. We date it to the late 1960s - 1970s.
Nobuo Sato was Born in 1926 in Yokohama City, Japan. He is known for his etchings and mezzotints. Member of the Japan Print Association. His works are in various museum collections. He graduated from an engineering school in Yokohama, but apparently did not have any formal art education. However, he received the promising new artist award from Kokuga-kai in 1964 and has been active in solo shows and exhibitions inside and outside of Japan ever since. Among his awards are the Kokuga award from Kokugakai Exhibition in 1965. Krakow International Print Biennale 1966. Invitation artist for the China - Japan Art Exhibition 1979, Switzerland International Print Triennale 1985. His works are in the collections of Aichi Prefecture Art Museum, New York Modern Art Museum, Honolulu Art Museum, Rozo Municipal Art Museum Poland, and the IGAS (International Print Association).