Shotei, Takahashi (1871 - 1945), "A Sterlight Night (Pre-Earthquake)"
|Title||A Sterlight Night (Pre-Earthquake)|
|Medium||Original Japanese Woodblock Print On Crepe Paper|
|Publisher||S. Watanabe Color Print Co.|
|Reference No||Folk #32|
|Size||5 -1/2 x 12 -1/4 " - Crepe Paper|
|Condition||Fine with fresh colors; toned on reverse.|
Notes: Scarce, Pre-earthquake design with early red chop. A seldom seen state, with fresh colors.
Major differences in this pre-earthquake state include: original blocks for stars, background trees, shoreline, figures are slightly larger, windows differ, and the Shotei seal location is in the lower right corner.
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.