by Meiji era artist (not read)
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Thousands of prints sell every year in the Fuji Arts clearance. Savvy shoppers enjoy buying both originals and old reprints at just $24.99. And who wouldn't? It's fun to shop, the cost is low, and before you know it, exciting new prints show up at your doorstep.
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Chirimen-gami-e - This is an unusual "crepe" print, known in Japanese as "chirimen-gami-e," which literally means "compressed thread paper print." After the woodblock was printed in the traditional manner, the print went through a mechanical process that added a crinkled texture while also reducing the size considerably. The print was dampened and layered with a cardboard mold incised with parallel lines, then wrapped around an upright wooden post on a lever press. An opening in the lever fit over the post, and when pressed down over post, compressed the paper into the incised lines on the cardboard mold. This process would be repeated as many as 10 or more times, with the print slightly reoriented each time to achieve a uniform, highly textured, crinkled appearance similar to crepe paper.
Although examples are known from as early as 1800 in Edo, chirimen-gami-e became popular with the Western market during the Meiji era. Crepe prints were often used for books, especially for children's books as the creping process made the paper less likely to tear. Takejiro Hasegawa was the best-known publisher of chirimen-bon or crepe paper books, producing many titles in English and other European languages for the foreign market starting in 1885. An interesting example of a specialized Japanese print technique that would make a fun addition to a collection, with a low opening bid price.
Artist - Meiji era artist (not read)
Image Size - 10 1/4" x 7 1/2"
Condition - This print with good color and detail as shown. Hole, a couple nicks at edge. Please see photos for details. Good overall.
Details of Ultimate Clearance
In order to purchase from our Ultimate Clearance, you must purchase a minimum of $25 worth of prints. This means, that you can either buy Ultimate Clearance prints as a group or simply purchase a single Ultimate Clearance print as well as any other normally priced item from our listings.
All prints offered in our Ultimate Clearance are Japanese woodblock prints - either original or reprints (please see photos, reprints are obvious). All of our woodblock prints are printed from wood blocks produced by hand. When we offer these prints so inexpensively, we do not offer any description or condition report - we have to let our excellent photos do all the talking, so be sure to look carefully at the photos.
While you're shopping, keep in mind that some condition issues could simply be framed out, some could be easily repaired, and others just allow you to enjoy owning a 19th century original at a bargain price. Of course, many prints are in excellent condition, just needing to be cleared out.
So, check out all the clearance offers and find prints that suit your taste.
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