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Shunga - Erotic ( Art ) - Japan

Antique  Shunga  Woodblock

Shunga Terazaki Kogyo (1866-1919)

Artist:  Terazaki Kogyo ( 1866-1919 )

 

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Very Rare Masterpiece Utamaro - 1805 - Shunga  - Ninja - Hanshibon.

Very Rare Masterpiece Utamaro - 1805 - Shunga  - Ninja - Hanshibon.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Utamaro (1750-1806). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1805.
Hanshibon size: 10 1/2" x 8 1/5" inches. Fine impression (with metallic pigments), colors and condition.
Very minor toning, virtually flawless state! From the book 'Ehon takara gura'. An armed ronin (ninja)
shines his lantern on an intimate couple! Look for the funny detail of the two running mice !

A similar design is reproduced in 'Shunga, the Art of Love in Japan' by Tom and Mary Evans on p232 (Illustr. 6.70) !

An extremely rare masterpiece and one of Utamaro's best book print designs !


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Eisen - Shunga - 1840 - Arrival Pleasure Boat.

Eisen - Shunga - 1840 - Arrival Pleasure Boat.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Eisen (1790-1848). Shunga (Erotic print).
Date: c.1840. Chubon size:  10 1/2" x 7 1/4" inches. Fine impression, very good colors and condition.
Some trimming, minor marks and flaws otherwise in a wonderful state ! Magnificent use of pigments,
gauffrage and black lacquer ! Very detailed carving of individual hair-lines ! Depicted is the arrival of a
pleasure boat awaited by some clients on a bridge ! Look for the child on the back of the woman holding
a fan depicting a courtisan ! Eisen was a very famous and popular woodblock artist !
Together with Kunisada Eisen's amount of work in shunga is unmatched and always on a high level ! 

A very lovely and comic print !


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Kunimaro - Shunga - 1850 - Two Couples.

Kunimaro - Shunga - 1850 - Two Couples.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunimaro (fl. ca. 1850-1875). Shunga (Erotic print).
Date: 1850s. Size: 10 4/5" x 8 1/4" inches. Series: 'Nyogo no Shima (Takara) Irifune' (The Island of Women and the Treasure Ship). Fine impression, very good colors and condition. Some very tiny holes, minor marks and flaws otherwise in a wonderful state ! Full size, magnificent use of pigments, gauffrage and black lacquer ! 
Very detailed carving of individual hair-lines ! Depicted are two intimate couples! Look for the folding sceen in the background with some travellers on a very high bridge! Kunimaro was a very talented student of Kunisada and a master of Kunimaro II. For the illustrations from this series Kunimaro used elements from Chinese, Korean and possibly Ryukyuan cultures displaying a variety of odd looking objects and designs !

"This group of shunga belongs to a three-volume hansi-bon entitled Nyogo no Shima (Takara) Irifune, a work first atrributed to Kuniyoshi, then assigned by Fukuda (1974) to Kunimaro I, an artist active around 1850-1875 who was the pupil of Kunisada and who is noted as the author of yokohama, the ukiyo-e prints of the late period representing the foreigners in the port of Yokohama from the year in which it opened, in 1859, to the first years of the 1880s". (p. 151-153 in 'Shunga, the Erotic Art of Japan' by Marco Fagioli)


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Kunimaro - Shunga - 1850 - Incense Burner.

Kunimaro - Shunga - 1850 - Incense Burner.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunimaro (fl. ca. 1850-1875). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: 1850s. Size: 10 4/5" x 8 1/4" inches. Series: 'Nyogo no Shima (Takara) Irifune' (The Island of Women and the Treasure Ship). Fine impression, very good colors and condition. Some very tiny holes, minor marks and flaws otherwise in a wonderful state ! Full size, magnificent use of pigments, gauffrage and black lacquer ! 
Very detailed carving of individual hair-lines! Depicted is an intimate couple with in the background some kind of altar! Inside the altar a buddha-shaped burner belches out incense! Kunimaro was a very talented student of Kunisada and a master of Kunimaro II. For the illustrations from this series Kunimaro used elements from Chinese, Korean and possibly Ryukyuan cultures displaying a variety of odd looking objects and designs !

"This group of shunga belongs to a three-volume hansi-bon entitled Nyogo no Shima (Takara) Irifune, a work first atrributed to Kuniyoshi, then assigned by Fukuda (1974) to Kunimaro I, an artist active around 1850-1875 who was the pupil of Kunisada and who is noted as the author of Yokohama, the ukiyo-e prints of the late period representing the foreigners in the port of Yokohama from the year in which it opened, in 1859, to the first years of the 1880s". (p. 151-153 in 'Shunga, the Erotic Art of Japan' by Marco Fagioli)


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Kunimaro - Shunga - 1850 - Two Couples On A Black Carpet.

Kunimaro - Shunga - 1850 - Two Couples On A Black Carpet.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa Kunimaro (fl. ca. 1850-1875). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: 1850s. Size: 10 4/5" x 8 1/4" inches. Series: 'Nyogo no Shima (Takara) Irifune' (The Island of Women and the Treasure Ship). Fine impression, very good colors and condition. Some very tiny holes, minor marks and flaws otherwise in a wonderful state ! Full size, magnificent use of pigments, gauffrage and black lacquer! Very detailed carving of individual hair-lines! Depicted are two intimate couples on a giant black carpet! Look for the striking (Chinese) hair-pin of the woman in the rear! Kunimaro was a very talented student of Kunisada and a master of Kunimaro II. For the illustrations from this series Kunimaro used elements from Chinese, Korean and possibly Ryukyuan cultures displaying a variety of odd looking objects and designs !

"This group of shunga belongs to a three-volume hansi-bon entitled Nyogo no Shima (Takara) Irifune, a work first atrributed to Kuniyoshi, then assigned by Fukuda (1974) to Kunimaro I, an artist active around 1850-1875 who was the pupil of Kunisada and who is noted as the author of yokohama, the ukiyo-e prints of the late period representing the foreigners in the port of Yokohama from the year in which it opened, in 1859, to the first years of the 1880s". (p. 151-153 in 'Shunga, the Erotic Art of Japan' by Marco Fagioli)


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Shunga Tobira-e - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Two Dogs.

Shunga Tobira-e - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Two Dogs.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Toyokuni I (1769-1825), Shunga (Erotic print).
Date: c.1824.Tobira-e size: 8 1/2" x 5 1/3" inches. Series: "Ikuyo monogatari". Fine impression,
very good colors and condition. A couple of very minute holes in margins, some very minor wear and
soiling, minor marks and flaws but overall in a very good state ! Wonderful use of metalic pigments
and very detailed carving of individual hair-lines !

Depicted is an old woman watching two copulating dogs ! 

Shunga designs by Toyokuni I (Master of Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, Toyokuni II...etc.) 
are rare and the designs from this series are among his best work! A very funny scene !


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Shunga - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Night Scene.

Shunga - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Night Scene.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Toyokuni I (1769-1825), Shunga (Erotic print).
Date: c.1824. Chubon size: 10 2/5" x 8 1/6" inches. Series: "Ikuyo monogatari". Fine impression,
very good colors and condition. Some minor wrinkling, wear and soiling, minor marks and flaws but
overall in a very good state! Wonderful use of metalic pigments and very detailed carving of individual
hair-lines ! Nicely executed embossing (gauffrage). 

Depicted is a wonderful nightscene of a secret encounter between a man and a courtisan ! 

Look for the shadows which are very seldom depicted in Ukiyo-e! Shunga designs by Toyokuni I 
(Master of Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, Toyokuni II...etc.) are rare and the designs from this 
series are among his best work !


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Shunga - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Peeking Bold Man.

 Shunga - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Peeking Bold Man.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Toyokuni I (1769-1825), Shunga (Erotic print).
Date: c.1824. Chubon size: 10 2/5" x 8 1/6" inches. Series: "Ikuyo monogatari". Fine impression,
very good colors and condition. Some minor wrinkling, wear and soiling, minor marks and flaws but
overall in a very good state ! Wonderful use of metalic pigments and very detailed carving of individual
hair-lines ! Nicely executed embossing (gauffrage). 

Depicted is an intimate couple being peeked on by a bold man ! 

Shunga designs by Toyokuni I (Master of Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, Toyokuni II...etc.) 
are rare and the designs from this series are among his best work !


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Shunga - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Bizarre Bathhouse Scene.

Shunga - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Bizarre Bathhouse Scene.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Toyokuni I (1769-1825), Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1824. Chubon size: 10 2/5" x 8 1/6" inches. Series: "Ikuyo monogatari". Fine impression, 
very good colors and condition. Some minor wrinkling, wear and soiling, minor marks and flaws but 
overall in a very good state! Very detailed carving of individual hair-lines and nicely executed 
embossing (gauffrage). 

Depicted is a scene in a bath house in which three women are cleaning their bloody bodies and clothes. 

Very famous and bizarre scene! Shunga designs by Toyokuni I (Master of Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, 
Toyokuni II...etc.) are rare and the designs from this series are among his best work! Shunga's depicting bathhouse scenes are very rare !


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Shunga - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Impulsive.

Shunga - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Impulsive.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Toyokuni I (1769-1825), Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1824. Chubon size: 10 2/5" x 8 1/6" inches. Series: "Ikuyo monogatari". Fine impression, 
very good colors and condition. Some minor wrinkling, wear and soiling, minor marks and flaws but 
overall in a very good state! Wonderful use of metalic pigments and very detailed carving of individual 
hair-lines ! Nicely executed embossing (gauffrage). 

Depicted is a couple who have a hasty encounter. 

The impulsiveness is underlined by the fallen sake cup! Shunga designs by Toyokuni I (Master of Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, Toyokuni II...etc.) are rare and the designs from this series are among his best work !


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Shunga - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Violent Murder Scene.

Shunga - Toyokuni I - 1824 - Violent Murder Scene.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Toyokuni I (1769-1825), Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1824. Chubon size: 10 2/5" x 8 1/6" inches. Series: "Ikuyo monogatari". Fine impression, 
very good colors and condition. Some minor wrinkling, wear and soiling, minor marks and flaws but 
overall in a very good state! Wonderful use of metalic pigments and very detailed carving of individual 
hair-lines! Nicely executed embossing (gauffrage). 

Depicted is a violent scene in which a man attacks three women and having sex with one of them ! 

Shunga designs by Toyokuni I (Master of Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, Toyokuni II...etc.) 
are rare and the designs from this series are among his best work !


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Hokusai Masterpiece - Fukujuso (The Adonis Plant.)  c.1815-17

Bathhouse Rape Scene  (P.O.R.)

Katsushika Hokusai   葛飾北斎

Hokusai Masterpiece - Fukujuso (The Adonis Plant.)  c.1815-17 . Bathhouse Rape Scene  (P.O.R.)

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Kuniyoshi - 1840 - Shunga - Harbour.

Kuniyoshi - 1840 - Shunga - Harbour.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1840. 
Size: 8 1/4" x 7" inches. Very good impression, colors and condition. Some minor wear and soiling, minor marks and flaws but overall in a very good state! Depicted is an intimate scene involving a couple having intercourse! In the background through the window the harbour is visible emphasized by the masts !


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Kuniyoshi - 1840 - Shunga - Cat.

Kuniyoshi - 1840 - Shunga - Cat.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1840. Size: 8 1/4" x 7" inches. Very good impression, colors and condition. Some minor wear and
soiling, minor marks and flaws but overall in a very good state ! Depicted is a comic erotic scene involving an
intimate couple ! Look for the funny details of the cat who's mirroring the male's position and the drunken man
in the background !

Kuniyoshi is known for his drawings of cats, his favourite animal (according to a drawing of his famous pupil Kyosai, his studio was full of cats), of which he made wonderfully sympathetic drawings, which he included in corners of his prints on the slightest excuse !


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Kuniyoshi - 1840 - Shunga Tobira-e - Peeking Girl.

Kuniyoshi - 1840 - Shunga Tobira-e - Peeking Girl.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), Shunga (Erotic print).
Date: c.1840. Tobira-e size: 7 1/6" x 4 1/2" inches. Very good impression, colors and condition.
Some very tiny binding holes in margins, some minor wear and soiling, minor marks and flaws but
overall in a very good state ! 

Depicted is a girl peeking through a sliding door !  


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Very Rare Shungabook - Utamaro School - c.1810 - Homoerotic - Lesbian Couple.

Very Rare Shungabook - Utamaro School - c.1810 - Homoerotic - Lesbian Couple.

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Original very rare antique Japanese color woodblock book Utamaro school, Shunga (Erotic print). date: c.1810. 
Very good impressions, good colors and poor to good condition. Pages are backed, some loss of paper, wear, rubbing, soiling and staining. Fukuro-toji (half) hansibon size: 6 1/4" x 4 1/2" inches. Total of 11 double page color illustrations and 5 single page color illustrations, the remaining pages are with text. The color illustrations are stencil printed! Depictions of intimate couples including a bathhouse scene, 2 homo erotic scenes, a lesbian scene, peeking men and women, musicians...etc. 

A very rare and unusual shunga book !!


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Utagawa School - Shunga - c.1860.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school (possibly Kunisada II). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1860's. Very good impression, colors and near fine condition. Some very minor binding holes but 
otherwise in a flawless state !  Size: 7" x 4 3/4" inches. Gauffrage and use of 'bokashi'-shading to the faces ! 

Beautiful shunga print of an intimate couple! Very nicely detailed print !


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Utagawa School - Shungabook Covers - c.1860.

Utagawa School - Shungabook Covers - c.1860.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school (possibly Kunisada II). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1860's. Very good impression, very good colors and condition. Some very minor binding holes and 
some wear but otherwise in a flawless state! Size: 9 1/2" x 6 9/10" inches. 

Beautiful shunga prints depicting a courtisan and a lantern! Wonderful use of gauffrage and 'bokashi'-shading !


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Utagawa School - Seven B & W Shunga's - c.1860 - Erotic Boat Trip.

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Seven original antique Japanese B & W woodblock prints Utagawa school (possibly Kunisada II). 
Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1860's. Very good impression and fine condition. No flaws ! 
Size: 8 1/4" x 6 3/4" inches. 

A nice set of shungaprints depicting the erotic adventures on a boat trip !


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Utagawa School - Shunga - c.1860.

 

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Utagawa school (possibly Kunisada II). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1860's. Very good impression, colors and condition. Some very minor red transfer staining and 4 
small binding holes but otherwise in a flawless state! Size: 7" x 4 3/4" inches. 

Nice shunga print of an intimate couple with gauffrage and 'bokashi'-shading to the faces !


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Important Meiji Period Shunga - Ikeda Terukata - After Hokusai - Suckling.

Important Meiji Period Shunga - Ikeda Terukata - After Hokusai - Suckling.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921), Shunga (Erotic print). Meiji period (1868-1912). 
Oban size: 14" x 9 7/8"inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. A slight centerfold, some minor foxing and some damp staining. Beautiful use of gauffrage, bokashi-shading and highly detailed carving of individual hair-lines! A wonderful Meiji-period print clearly inspired by Hokusai's design from his most famous erotic oban album 'The Adonis Plant' (Fukujuso). These prints are characterized by the enormous scale of the figures, their exceptionally bold placement on the page, and the contrast between the rounded nude forms and the terse crinkled lines of the garments. The lovers are employed in the erotic position called "suckling" and their bodies occupy nearly the entire field of the composition.

Towards the end of the Meiji era, shunga underwent a new development. Artists involved in the illustration of modern Japanese novels, newspapers and other new graphic media - like picture postcards after 1900 - were attracted to erotica as a depiction not of the Yoshiwara, but as a representation of exotized 'Bohemian Parisian culture'. These artists designed a number of albums that have no relationship to the Yoshiwara, include no text within the images and resemble earlier shunga only in the use of the orihon format. (p.217 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies' by C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel)

A magnificent shunga print attributed to the talented Meiji artist Ikeda Terukata !


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Important Meiji Period Shunga - Ikeda Terukata - After Hokusai - Oral.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921), Shunga (Erotic print). Meiji period (1868-1912). 
Oban size: 14" x 9 7/8"inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Slight centerfold and a few very minor brown spots. Beautiful use of gauffrage, bokashi-shading and highly detailed carving of individual hair-lines! A wonderful Meiji-period print clearly inspired by Hokusai's design from his most famous erotic oban album 'The Adonis Plant' (Fukujuso). These prints are characterized by the enormous scale of the figures, their exceptionally bold placement on the page, and the contrast between the rounded nude forms and the terse crinkled lines of the garments.

Towards the end of the Meiji era, shunga underwent a new development. Artists involved in the illustration of modern Japanese novels, newspapers and other new graphic media - like picture postcards after 1900 - were attracted to erotica as a depiction not of the Yoshiwara, but as a representation of exotized 'Bohemian Parisian culture'. These artists designed a number of albums that have no relationship to the Yoshiwara, include no text within the images and resemble earlier shunga only in the use of the orihon format. (p.217 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies' by C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel)

A magnificent shunga print attributed to the talented Meiji artist Ikeda Terukata !


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Important Meiji Period Shunga - Ikeda Terukata - After Hokusai - Diving Girl.

Important Meiji Period Shunga - Ikeda Terukata - After Hokusai - Diving Girl.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921), Shunga (Erotic print). Meiji period (1868-1912). 
Oban size: 14" x 9 7/8"inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. A slight centerfold and a tiny hole in the centre which is a flaw in the paper. Beautiful use of gauffrage, bokashi-shading and highly detailed carving of individual hair-lines (especially the hair of the woman!) A wonderful Meiji-period print clearly inspired by Hokusai's design from his most famous erotic oban album 'The Adonis Plant' (Fukujuso). These prints are characterized by the enormous scale of the figures, their exceptionally bold placement on the page, and the contrast between the rounded nude forms and the terse crinkled lines of the garments. A Junoesque diving-girl (her basket of shellfish behind them), being mounted by her equally monumental lover. The pair form a massive union that somehow reminds one of sumo wrestlers.

Towards the end of the Meiji era, shunga underwent a new development. Artists involved in the illustration of modern Japanese novels, newspapers and other new graphic media - like picture postcards after 1900 - were attracted to erotica as a depiction not of the Yoshiwara, but as a representation of exotized 'Bohemian Parisian culture'. These artists designed a number of albums that have no relationship to the Yoshiwara, include no text within the images and resemble earlier shunga only in the use of the orihon format. (p.217 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies' by C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel)

A magnificent shunga print attributed to the talented Meiji artist Ikeda Terukata !


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Important Meiji Period Shunga - Ikeda Terukata - After Hokusai - On Top.

Important Meiji Period Shunga - Ikeda Terukata - After Hokusai - On Top.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921), Shunga (Erotic print). Meiji period (1868-1912). 
Oban size: 14" x 9 7/8"inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. A slight centerfold and slight damp staining to the paper. Beautiful use of gauffrage, bokashi-shading and highly detailed carving of individual hair-lines! A wonderful Meiji-period print clearly inspired by Hokusai's design from his most famous erotic oban album 'The Adonis Plant' (Fukujuso). These prints are characterized by the enormous scale of the figures, their exceptionally bold placement on the page, and the contrast between the rounded nude forms and the terse crinkled lines of the garments.

Towards the end of the Meiji era, shunga underwent a new development. Artists involved in the illustration of modern Japanese novels, newspapers and other new graphic media - like picture postcards after 1900 - were attracted to erotica as a depiction not of the Yoshiwara, but as a representation of exotized 'Bohemian Parisian culture'. These artists designed a number of albums that have no relationship to the Yoshiwara, include no text within the images and resemble earlier shunga only in the use of the orihon format. (p.217 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies' by C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel)

A magnificent shunga print attributed to the talented Meiji artist Ikeda Terukata !


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Important Meiji Period Shunga - Ikeda Terukata - After Hokusai.

Important Meiji Period Shunga - Ikeda Terukata - After Hokusai.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921), Shunga (Erotic print). Meiji period (1868-1912).
Oban size: 14" x 9 7/8"inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. Slight centerfold and slight foxing. Beautiful use of gauffrage, bokashi-shading and highly detailed carving of individual hair-lines! A wonderful Meiji-period print clearly inspired by Hokusai's design from his most famous erotic oban album 'The Adonis Plant' (Fukujuso). These prints are characterized by the enormous scale of the figures, their exceptionally bold placement on the page, and the contrast between the rounded nude forms and the terse crinkled lines of the garments.

Towards the end of the Meiji era, shunga underwent a new development. Artists involved in the illustration of modern Japanese novels, newspapers and other new graphic media - like picture postcards after 1900 - were attracted to erotica as a depiction not of the Yoshiwara, but as a representation of exotized 'Bohemian Parisian culture'. These artists designed a number of albums that have no relationship to the Yoshiwara, include no text within the images and resemble earlier shunga only in the use of the orihon format. (p.217 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies' by C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel)

A magnificent shunga print attributed to the talented Meiji artist Ikeda Terukata !


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Important Meiji Period Shunga - Ikeda Terukata - After Hokusai - From Behind.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Ikeda Terukata (1883-1921), Shunga (Erotic print). Meiji period (1868-1912).
Oban size: 14" x 9 7/8"inches. Fine impression, color and very good condition. A slight centerfold and some damp staining and foxing. Beautiful use of gauffrage, bokashi-shading and highly detailed carving of individual hair-lines! A wonderful Meiji-period print clearly inspired by Hokusai's design from his most famous erotic oban album 'The Adonis Plant' (Fukujuso). These prints are characterized by the enormous scale of the figures, their exceptionally bold placement on the page, and the contrast between the rounded nude forms and the terse crinkled lines of the garments.

Towards the end of the Meiji era, shunga underwent a new development. Artists involved in the illustration of modern Japanese novels, newspapers and other new graphic media - like picture postcards after 1900 - were attracted to erotica as a depiction not of the Yoshiwara, but as a representation of exotized 'Bohemian Parisian culture'. These artists designed a number of albums that have no relationship to the Yoshiwara, include no text within the images and resemble earlier shunga only in the use of the orihon format. (p.217 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies' by C. Uhlenbeck and M. Winkel)

A wonderfully detailed shunga print attributed to the talented Meiji artist Ikeda Terukata !


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Unique Utamaro - c.1800 - Shunga  - Westerner With Courtisan.

Unique Utamaro - c.1800 - Shunga  - Westerner With Courtisan.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock Utamaro (1753-1806). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1800.
Very good impression with metallic pigments, colors and near fine condition. Some very minor soiling, marks and flaws ! Chubon size: 10 2/5" x 8 2/3" inches. A westerner (probably a Portuguese or Frenchman!) is having intercourse with a courtisan ! Look for the Baroquian detail on the man's genitals !

Ex-Ferry Bertholet collection !

A magnificent print of utmost rarity (most probably the only one around!) by one of the greatest Ukiyo-e masters Utamaro !


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Hiroshige c.1840 - Complete 3 Volume Shunga Book (Ehon) Set.

  

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Very rare original antique Japanese color woodblock albums attrib. to Hiroshige (1797-1858),
Three volumes (Complete set). Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1840's. Fine early impressions,
colors and very good to fine condition. Book (Ehon) size: 7" x 4 3/4" inches.

Three de luxe full color shunga books containing 15 double page color illustrations, 5 single page color
illustrations. Wonderful depictions of intimate couples portrayed in such a way that they almost fill the 
entire image. Clearly, this is intended to focus the viewers attention on the lovers in the image creating 
a more pornographic atmosphere !

Full size, very minor soils, brown spots, minor marks and flaws but generally in a very good state !
Internally some minor wormage (mainly to text pages) but very clean with beautiful use of gauffrage and 
lacquer, burnishing and metallic pigments ! Nicely executed 'bokashi' -shading ! Highly detailed carving of
individual hair-lines ! Original decorated covers with red title slips. Unindentified red, square Japanese 
collector's seal !

This specific print can also be found on a site dedicated to > Hiroshige.

A magnificent and rare complete de luxe shunga album set attributed to Hiroshige who scarcely designed shunga's !


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Rare Sumi-E Shunga Book - Eishi School  c.1790.

Rare Sumi-E Shunga Book - Eishi School  c.1790.   > Click on the Picture.

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Original antique Japanese B & W (Sumi-e) shunga book Eishi School, Shunga (Erotic print). One volume.
Date: c.1790's. Book (Ehon) size: 6 1/4" x 4 1/4" inches. Containing 8 double page B & W illustrations and
2 single page illustrations plus 16p text. Very good impressions in a very good condition, a wormhole inside
front cover and on each page of illustration professionally restored. Title slip damaged (50% missing).
Minor soiling and rubbing at bottom corners. Wonderful detailed designs! Eishi (Utamaro's biggest rival)
was the master of some of the greatest woodblock artists such as Eiri, Eisho, Eishun...etc. 

Wonderful and rare shunga book ! 


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Toyokuni I  1823 - Shunga Chubon - Musician.

Toyokuni I  1823 - Shunga Chubon - Musician.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Toyokuni I (1769-1825), Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1823.
Chubon size: 10 1/3" x 8 1/2" inches. Series: "Kaichu kagami". Fine impression, very good colors and condition. Some minor soiling and browning, minor marks and flaws but overall in a very good state! Wonderful use of metalic pigments and very detailed carving of individual hair-lines! Nicely executed embossing (gauffrage) and 'bokashi"-shading to the face of the woman. Depicted is a female musician accompanied by an old woman (probably her teacher!) with in the background her instrument the shamisen !

Shunga designs by Toyokuni I (Master of Kunisada, Kuniyoshi, Hiroshige, Toyokuni II...etc.) are relatively rare and the designs from this series are among his best work !


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Kuniyoshi  1829 - Comic Shunga Chubon - Dog Attraction.

Kuniyoshi  1829 - Comic Shunga Chubon - Dog Attraction.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock prints Kuniyoshi (1797-1861), Shunga (Erotic print). Date: c.1829.
Chubon size: 9 3/4" x 8" inches. Series: "Shi oshichi kichiza futari furisode". Very good impression, very good colors and condition. Some minor soiling, minor marks and flaws but overall in a very good state! Wonderful use of metalic pigments and very detailed carving of individual hair-lines! Nicely executed embossing (gauffrage).
A woman is being peeked taking a bath while in the background her husband's dog has become a major attraction in the neighboorhood! Look for the man with the tattoo on his leg! In shunga Kuniyoshi is well-known for his comic genius !

A highly unusual and comic scene ! Very rare !


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Sleeve Shunga Book - Kunisada School - c.1860.

Sleeve Shunga Book - Kunisada School - c.1860.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock book Kunisada school, Shunga (Spring picture). Date: c.1860's.
Size: 4 3/4" x 3 1/4" inches. Containing 8 double page color illustrations, 6 single page color illustrations and 4 single page B & W illustrations. Good impressions, very good color and near fine condition. Original book cover, very minor marks and flaws. Highly detailed carving of individual hair-lines, 'bokashi' -shading and embossing ! 

Depictions of a nun, a hairy man with three eyes, a rape scene, 2 kabuki actors, peeking and masturbating women, a man collecting vaginal fluids...etc.

A delicate piece of shunga art ! 


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Shunga Book - Kunisada School - c.1860.

Shunga Book - Kunisada School - c.1860. 

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock book Kunisada school, Shunga (Spring picture). Date: c.1860's.
Size: 8" x 4 3/4" inches. Containing 3 double page color illustrations, 2 single page color illustrations and
3 double page B & W illustrations. Good impressions, very good color and condition. Original book cover,
very minor soiling, wrinkling and wear. Highly detailed carving of individual hair-lines! Mica applied, embossing
and 'bokashi' -shading to faces !

A nice shunga book !


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Rare Accordion Shunga Book - Anonymous - c.1880.

Rare Accordion Shunga Book - Anonymous - c.1880.

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Original antique Japanese color woodblock accordion-like shunga book Anonymous,
Shunga (Spring picture). Date: c.1880's. Book size (closed): 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" inches.
Containing 6 double page color illustrations (7" x 4 3/4" inches), on the backside there
are two paintings and 6 small sized shunga prints  (3" x 2 1/3" inches).
The bigger sized prints are fine impressions in a very good condition (some minor marks and flaws).
They are highly detailed designs with all kinds of surimono effects (gauffrage, metallic pigments...etc).
The six small sized prints have good impressions and are in a fair condition (Glued down, some soiling,
wear, marks and flaws).

Wonderful and rare shunga book !


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Wonderful Shunga Catalogue  - Japanese Erotic Fantasies -

Wonderful Shunga Catalogue  - Japanese Erotic Fantasies -

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Wonderfully illustrated catalogue (2004) English. Hardcover 248pp. Size: 10 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches. 
Excellent condition. Title: 'Japanese Erotic Fantasies' by G. Winkel and C. Uhlenbeck. 

With 277 full colour illustrations of the prints shown at the largest shunga exhibition ever held in the world called "Lentelust" in Rotterdam, the Netherlands! There's an excellent historical overview (17th C. to Meiji period and beyond) of the genre with treatments on all the major Ukiyo-e masters such as Settei, Moronobu, Harunobu, Koryusai, Hokusai, Utamaro, Eiri, Shunchô, Kiyonaga, Shigenobu, Eisen, Eizan, Kunisada, Kyosai...etc. 

There's all so a lot of attention to the social, historical and artistic context, the various impressions, techniques of composition, formats, toy-prints, voyeurism, homosexuality and the humour in the designs! In our opinion this book is the most beautifully illustrated and best reference in the shunga genre surpassing the somewhat dated ' Shunga, the Art of Love in Japan' by Tom and Mary Evans ! 

Unmissable for the shunga connoisseur! A future classic !

 


 

 

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