Shotei, Takahashi (1871 - 1945), "Watchtower and Tea House Under Crescent Moon (Pre-Earthquake)"
|Title||Watchtower and Tea House Under Crescent Moon (Pre-Earthquake)|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print on Crepe|
|Series Title||Pillar Series|
|Edition||First and only.|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Size||12 x 3 " - Crepe Paper|
Notes: A person in a tall fire watch tower with a bell is over-looking the town. The silhouettes of a waitress serving a sake bottle to a customer are projected on a lighted shoji screen of a restaurant under the tower. Warm colored lights are emitted from the windows and the hanging chochin lanterns. A flock of geese is crossing the crescent moon high in the dark sky.
Top edge is pasted to a "Kuhn & Komor Shanghai" stamped paper. Kuhn & Komor, also known colloquially as K&K, was a multinational luxury jeweler and specialty retailer headquartered in Shanghai, China. K&K, producer of jewelry, was also renowned in East Asia for its luxury goods. The company existed roughly until the 1930s, when the outbreak of World War II brought it to an end.
Chirimen-gami-e ("crepe paper") were crinkled paper prints, sometimes referred to as 'crepon'. Ukiyo-e crepe prints were produced at least as early as 1800 in Edo, and throughout the nineteenth century they were used on occasion for alternate states of some ukiyo-e designs. The compression technique resulted in a highly textured surface and slightly smaller paper size.