Inari Shrine at Oji by Shotei
Artist: Hiroaki (Shotei) Takahashi (1871-1945)
Woodblock Prints Title: Inari Shrine at Oji
1st Publication: 1930
Size: Mitsugiri, 6-1/2 x 14-3/4 + Margins as shown
Date of this edition: 1930's
Condition: Very fine. Excellent colors, impression and overall condition
Notes: This is the rare variant / second state of the print. Shotei created 500 Works or so before the Kanto earthquake that destroyed all the blocks and inventory left. Later on, he re-carved about half of it.
He also used various printer post earthquake, and came out with 2 or 3 of the same or similar designs, sometimes wrongly labelled as fake or plagiarism; although they were simply originals made by Shotei, and published by another publisher than Wanatabe Shozaburo.
We also believe that financial difficulties or exclusive disagreement between Shotei and Wanatabe might be the reason behind these various states.
Pictures: Pictures are taken outdoor, in the shade, to reflect true colors, without any enhancements of any kind. The last picture is taken indoor, with a light behind the print, to reveal the exact paper grain, holes if any, or other possible flaws.
All our prints are guaranteed Authentic and Originals