Actual title for this etching isFULL WATER DRAGON MOON OVER CHINATOWN, 1948 .
This etching employs the studio techniques of aquatint, intaglio, and drypoint. The zinc etching plate used measured ten inches high by eight inches wide, which is consequently also the image size. French, oil base inkCharbonnel brand from Pariswas used, as well as RivesBFK white printmaking paper. The print size measures about fifteen inches by eighteen inches high. This hand-pulled print by Di Falco required eight individual baths in Nitric acid to achieve the final design. The artist used two of his original drawings to create this work, and based these drawings on a 1948 photograph from the Free Library of Philadelphia’s digital collection. This photo was taken in Philadelphia’s Chinatown by the firm of Parker Mullikin and features The South China Restaurant at 913 Race Street.
The work, entitled “FULL WATER DRAGON MOON OVER CHINATOWN, 1948”, shows the artist’s expert use of balancing light and shadow within the etching process. The artwork comes complete with an archival mat and paintedcolor - blackwood frame that measures twenty-eight inches high by twenty-two inches wide. A protective, brown paper frame backing is glued securely to the work. The price also includes the shipment carton, all protective and weatherproofing packing materials, and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist. Di Falco printed this on an industrial size, floor model Brand printing press, manufactured in New York City. He completed this First Editionof Five Editionsat The Center for Works on Paper in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniaassociated with the Fleisher Art School’s Open Printmaking Studio for Professional Artists. Each edition is limited to only four etchings, and this is Print Number Onethe bestof Four.