Original crepe print (chirimen-gami-e) - Ink, Crepe paper - Shin Hanga, Snowy landscape by moonlight - Takahashi Shōtei 高橋松亭 (1871-1945) - "Nihonmatsu" 二本松 - Japan - Pre-earthquake, before 1923

Description
Original crepe print (chirimen-gami-e) - Ink, Crepe paper - Shin Hanga, Snowy landscape by moonlight - Takahashi Shōtei 高橋松亭 (1871-1945) - "Nihonmatsu" 二本松 - Japan - Pre-earthquake, before 1923
Very good condition, see description - 31.7×13.7×0.1 cm

Original crepe print (chirimen-gami-e) - Ink, Crepe paper - Shin Hanga, Snow landscape by moonlight - Takahashi Shōtei 高橋 松亭 (1871-1945) - "Nihonmatsu" 二本松 - Japan - Pre-earthquake, before 1923

A pre-earthquake crepe print (chirimen-gami-e) by Shin Hanga artist Takahashi Shōtei 高橋松亭 (1871-1945).

Title: Nihonmatsu.

Publisher: Watanabe Shōzaburo.

Crepe print size, incl. margin: 31.7 x 13.7-14 cm (hosoban).
Supporting paper size: 40.6 x 19.6 cm.

Date indication: pre-earthquake, before 1923.

Seal: Kakei (= Takahashi Shōtei).

Catalogue number Shotei.com: M-144.

Provenance; from the collection of a Swedish naval officer and Asian art collector who was sent to Japan in 1923.

Condition: the crepe print is in very good condition. With a fine halo around the moon.
Supporting paper has some very small folds at the edges.

The lot will be packaged with care and shipped insured with a Track & Trace code.

More about pre and post-earthquake versions of this print: http://shotei.com/artists/shotei/copies/copies.htm#M-107

More on chirimen-gami-e 縮緬紙 (compressed thread paper pictures):
https://www.viewingjapaneseprints.net/texts/topics_faq/faq_chirimen.html

Around 1907, Takahashi Shōtei started designing for the Watanabe Colour Print Company. Shotei was among the first designers to be recruited into Watanabe's stable of artists. Many Watanabe prints were designed for export.
By 1923, Shōtei had produced nearly 500 designs for Watanabe, when Tokyo was hit by the Great Kanto earthquake. The fires ignited by the earthquake raged for three days and Watanabe's print shop and all the woodblocks created by Shōtei and the other early shin hanga artists were destroyed.
After the disaster, Shōtei produced 250 more prints for Watanabe, some of which were reproductions of the older images lost in the fires.
Shōtei used a variety of names, such as Hiroaki, Rakutei, and Kakei.

Lot details
Object
Original crepe print (chirimen-gami-e)
Technique
Chirimen-gami-e 縮 緬 紙 (compressed thread paper pictures)
Material
Crepe paper, Ink
Period
Pre-earthquake, before 1923
Region/ Country of origin
Japan
Artist/ Maker
Takahashi Shōtei 高橋松亭 (1871-1945)
Theme/ depiction
Shin Hanga, Snowy landscape by moonlight
Title of artwork
Takahashi Shōtei 高橋松亭 (1871-1945) - "Nihonmatsu" 二本松
Condition
Very good condition, see description
Dimensions
31.7×13.7×0.1 cm
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