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Erotic Paintings – Kyτsai School – c.1900.

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Rare OOP Book  –  DREAMS OF SPRING  –  Erotic Art In China

 

From The Bertholet Collection.

 

 

 

Rare OOP Book – DREAMS OF SPRING – Erotic Art In China – From The Bertholet Collection.

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At its best, Chinese erotic art is a search for beauty in all its manifestations, for not only does it offer stimulation, it provides a source of great aesthetic pleasure. It never presents sex in a crude or pornographical way, but within a framework of beauty and harmony, enhanced with details of a profound or symbolic nature. Dreams of Spring presents for the first time the treasures of the Bertholet Collection, one of the world's most important surviving collections of Chinese erotic art. Many of the pictures reproduced are unique in their style and content, and have never been published before.

 

Description:

Title: Dreams Of Spring, Erotic Art In China – From The Bertholet Collection. Hardcover with dustjacket. 208 pages.
English language. 1st edition (October 1997), 2nd edition (1998). Author and owner of the collection presented in the book: Ferdinand M. Bertholet. Dimensions: 12” x 11 1/3” x 1 1/10” inches.
Weight: 4 2/5 pounds. 
Publisher: The Pepin Press (Amsterdam). ISBN-10: 9054960396. ISBN-13: 978-9054960393.

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Spectacular Shunga Scroll – 12 Paintings After Utamaro – Anonymous – c.1910.

Spectacular Shunga Scroll – 12 Paintings After Utamaro – Anonymous – c.1910.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese scroll with 12 erotic paintings by anonymous master artist.
Date: Early Taisho era (1910s). Ink and watercolor on paper. 
Total size: ca. (11 1/6 ft/ 3.4 meters long) 133 4/5” x 8“ inches. 
Nice colors and very good condition. Minor darkening on some of the paintings..

“A magnificent scroll featuring 12 erotic images of intimate couples inspired by Utamaro΄s 
famous Picture Book: Pulling Komachi (Ehon komachi biki) published in 1802.

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Superbly detailed brush technique by a highly skilled artist.”



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Spectacular Shunga Painting – Ejaculating Couple – Pregnant Woman – c.1880.

Spectacular Shunga Painting – Ejaculating Couple – Pregnant Woman – c.1880.

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Description:

Antique original erotic Japanese painting by an anonymous Meiji master. Ink and color on paper.
Date: c.1880. Total size: 10 3/4” x 8” inches. Nice colors and condition. Minor marks and flaws only.

“A highly detailed depiction of a couple in post-coital pose with a lot of detail on their genitals.”

Very rare Meiji piece with uncommon theme !

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Amazing Shunga Painting – Haemorrhoids – Anonymous – c.1880.

Amazing Shunga Painting – Haemorrhoids – Anonymous – c.1880.

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Description:

Antique original erotic Japanese painting by an anonymous Meiji master. Ink and color on paper. 
Date: c.1880. Total size: ”10 3/4 x 8 1/10“ inches. Nice colors and condition. Minor marks and flaws only.

“A striking piece of an intimate couple with the artist mainly focusing on the explicit details.”

Very striking and unusual piece with uncommon subject !

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Humorous Shunga – Utagawa Kunisada – Onorthodox Tea Drinking – c.1840.

Humorous Shunga – Utagawa Kunisada – Onorthodox Tea Drinking – c.1840.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). 
Date: c.1840. Size: 8 3/4” x 7 1/10” inches. Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Minor marks and flaws only.

Wonderful metallic pigment details such as the to tea-pot and black lacquer details 
(for instance the coal in the basket) !

“A completely naked man is making love while drinking tea in a rather unusual pose. 
The woman partly hides her excitement behind a bundle of tissues.”



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Beautiful Shunga – Masanobu – Cuckold Woman With Lover

Old Man Behind Mosquito-Net – c.1785.

Beautiful Shunga – Masanobu – Cuckold Woman With Lover - Old Man Behind Mosquito-Net – c.1785

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Kitao Masanobu (1761–1816). Date: c.1785. 
Chuban yoko-e size: 10 1/4” x 7 1/4” inches. Fine impression, very good color and condition. 
Some creasing, minor marks and flaws.

“A young woman, probably a courtesan, is making love to her secret lover while her husband is sleeping behind a mosquito-net. An amusing detail is the dog licking his scrotum.”

Some connoisseurs attribute this design to the slightly obscure artist Kitao Shigemasa (1739-1820).

A delightful print from the Golden Age of Ukiyo-e ( 1780s-1800s ) !



 
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Rare Chinese Painting – Sleeping Man With Erotic Dreams – c.1870.

Rare Chinese Painting – Sleeping Man With Erotic Dreams – c.1870.

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Description:

Antique Chinese erotic painting by a highly skilled artist. 
Painted with ink and colour on paper. Date: c.1870s. Size: 6" x 8" inches. 
Very good colors and condition. Minor marks and flaws.

 “A young aroused sleeping man is laying on a blanket leaning his head back on a headrest,
his eyes closed. In the background his wife is taking off her clothes before accompanying her lover.
On page 38 in Ferdinand Bertholet’s ‘Liefde en Lentebloesems – Chinese erotische schilderkunst ‘ 
a similar painting is depicted with an older man and a lady in the same pose portrayed in a forest.

Provenance: Ex-Ferdinand Bertholet Collection.

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On the art market Chinese erotic pieces of this refined mastery are a rare find 
( most of them were destroyed! ) !



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Rare Chinese Painting – Young Couple In The Open Air – c.1870.

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Description:

Antique Chinese erotic painting by a highly gifted unknown artist. 
Painted with ink and colour on silk. Date: c.1870s. Size: 5 1/2" x 7 2/3" inches. 
Very good colors and condition. Minor marks and flaws.

“An adolescent couple is making love in the open-air. The young woman (unmarried as her
unshaved forehead indicates) gracefully holds her right foot in the air to make the penetration easier.
The small feet of women were a perverse age-old idea of beauty in China. On the table lay two books,
possibly erotic albums, out of which inexperienced loved ones could gain experience.

Provenance: Ex-Ferdinand Bertholet Collection.

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On the market Chinese erotic paintings of this quality are a rarity 
( most of them were destroyed! ) !



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Very Rare Chinese Painting – Girl With Dildo – c.1860.

Very Rare Chinese Painting – Girl With Dildo – c.1860.

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Description:

Antique Chinese erotic painting by a great anonymous artist...highly gifted artist. 
Painted with ink and colour on paper. Date: c.1860s. Size: 8" x 9 2/5" inches. 
Very good colors and condition. Some wrinkling, minor marks and flaws.

“In a remote room a young woman, a peony in her hair, is experimenting with a dildo attached to her ankle while being observed by a man standing behind a folding screen. The folding screen depicts a blooming magnolia tree as well as peonies that indicate it is a fantasy scene. After all, one flower blooms during springtime and the other during the summer. An unusually rare scene!

Provenance: Ex-Ferdinand Bertholet Collection.

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Since the Ming-Dynasty (1364-1644) the erotic art in the Chinese culture has taken a special place. Unfortunately this came to an and in the last century. A lot of these refined, but bold artworks were destroyed by superior order. Ferdinand Bertolet has build up a collection of unique paintings that unlocks the secrets of a world that has been vanished forever.

Thirty-five years ago the artist Ferdinand Bertholet coincidentally discovered a Chinese album with erotic paintings in Hongkong. He was deeply touched by its masterful quality and the subtle expression of love and started a passionate quest for other images of this increasingly rare art. His collection has been expanded to the largest and most important private-collection in the world.



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Extremely Rare Two – Sided Fold – Out Shunga Booklet – Large Orgy Scenes – 

Lesbian Women – Anal Penetration – c.1850.

Extremely Rare Two – Sided Fold – Out Shunga Booklet – Large Orgy Scenes – Lesbian Women – Anal Penetration – c.1850.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Utagawa (Kunisada) school. Date: c.1850. Size: 4 3/4” x 22 4/5” inches. Fine impression, color and good condition. Some damage, small holes and wear but overall in a very presentable state.

“A large group scene featuring various kinds of sexual activitity including heterosexual and lesbian encounters. On the far right a female is pleasing herself with a harigata (dildo) while a man is anally penetrating and passionately kissing his lover in the middle section (above). On the right four females are gathered having an intimate get together ( the crumpled tissues surrounding them are an indication of their recurring experiences of ecstacy !) and the three remaining couples (all completely nude!) are involved in the various stages of love-making (foreplay, masturbation and climax). On the reverse side an orgy is depicted involving six completely naked couples and a woman who are all physically connected forming some kind of ”human train”.

You very rarely come across fold-out shunga booklets like this on the art market !

Provenance: Ex-Ferdinand Bertholet Collection.


  
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Extremely Rare Chinese Painting – Young Couple In A Homoerotic Encounter – c.1850.

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Description:

Antique Chinese erotic painting by a highly gifted artist. Painted with ink and colour on silk. Date: c.1850. 
Size: 12 2/5" x 11 1/5" inches. Very good colors and condition. Minor marks and flaws.

“In an isolated room two young Chinese boys are making love. An amusing detail is that the protagonists have their plaits curled on top of their shave heads. It reminds us of the > Shigenobu design of the “Wild Chinaman”

Provenance: Ex-Ferdinand Bertholet Collection.

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On the market you very rarely come across Chinese erotic paintings of this quality and with this subject matter (most of them were destroyed !).



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Superb Shunga Design By Kikugawa Eizan – Homoerotic Scene – c.1810.

Superb Shunga Design By Kikugawa Eizan – Homoerotic Scene – c.1810.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock by Kikugawa Eizan (1787-1867). Date: c.1810s. 
Chuban size. Fine impression, color and near fine condition.Minor marks and flaws. 
Excellent metallic “burnishing” printing details (vessel behind the couple!).

 “A mature male penetrates a male adolescent.”    > Enter the world of Japanese homoerotica !

Provenance: Ex-Ferdinand Bertholet Collection.

A Rarity !


  
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Shunga Masterpiece - Chυkyυsai Eiri – Dutch Captain – 

Dutchman With Prostitute – c.1801.

Chokyosai Eiri  ( act. 1789 ~ 1801 )

 

鳥橋斎 栄里

Shunga Masterpiece - Chυkyυsai Eiri – Dutch Captain – Dutchman With Prostitute – c.1801.

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Utagawa Kunisada  ( 1786 ~ 1865 ).

–  Shunjo gidan mizuage-cho  –

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Shunga - Torii Kiyonaga - the sleeve scroll.

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Katsushika Hokusai  ( 1760 ~ 1849 )

Katsushika Hokusai  ( 1760 ~ 1849 )
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Keisai Eisen  ( 1790 ~ 1848 ).

Keisai Eisen  ( 1790 ~ 1848 ).

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Shunga – Kunisada – Ghost Appearance – c.1827.

Shunga – Kunisada– Ghost Appearance – c.1827.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Date: c.1827. 
Size: 8 4/5” x 11 1/7” inches. Series:'Kamigata koi shugyo’. Fine impression, color and condition. 
Minor marks and flaws only otherwise in a wonderful condition. 
Magnificent use of metallic printing and embossing.

“A group of travellers are overtaken by the sudden appearance of a ghost.”



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Risque Picture – Kunisada – Sensual Liaison – c.1827.

Risque Picture – Kunisada – Sensual Liaison – c.1827.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Abuna-e (Risque pictures).
Date: c.1827. Size: 8 4/5” x 11 1/7” inches. Series:'Kamigata koi shugyo'. Fine impression, color and condition.
Some very minor loss of paper due to use of metallic pigment. Minor marks and flaws only otherwise in a 
wonderful condition. Fine use of metallic printing and embossing.

“A superbly abuna-e (risque pictures) scene depicting a couple in a sensual liaison while completely surrounded by highly detailed clothing (look for the phoenix motifs on the blankets and the lion-dog on the folding screen!).”



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Shunga – Keisai Eisen – Lesbian Threesome – c.1839.

Shunga – Keisai Eisen – Lesbian Threesome – c.1839.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock print by Keisai Eisen (1790-1848). Shunga (Erotic print). 
Date: c.1839. Size: 6 4/5” x 8 2/3” inches. Series:'Anna no ukihashi'. Very good impression, color and condition. Some minor wear and soiling, some small repairs. Minor marks and flaws. Highly detailed carving with metallic pigment details.

“A very striking scene portraying a very unusual lesbian threesome ( most probably unique in shunga! ). 
The ladies in the foreground are making love using a so-called tagaigata and in the background the woman alone uses a harigata

References:  
p.151 (Ill. 31) in Encyclopedia of Japanese Erotic Art: Shunga (Volume I) by Ofer Shagan.
p.214 (Ill. 34) in Japanese Erotic Art, The Hidden World of Shunga by Ofer Shagan.

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Shunga – Kunisada– Bathhouse Ladies – c.1840.

Shunga – Kunisada– Bathhouse Ladies – c.1840.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisada (1786-1865). Shunga (Erotic print).
Date: c.1840. Size: 6 4/5” x 8 2/3” inches. Fine impression, color and condition. Minor wear and soiling, 
marks and flaws, some minor repair to the right margin (paper added) but overall in a very good state.

“A delightful scene featuring five females enjoying themselves in a bathhouse. A lovely detail is the male servant leaving the room with the opened curtains subtly revealing the activities outside on the streets.”

A rare bathhouse scene !



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Keisai Eisen   ( 1790 ~ 1848 ).

Keisai Eisen   ( 1790 ~ 1848 ).

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Kaidan yoru no tono by Utagawa Kunisada  ( 1786 ~ 1865 ).

Kaidan yoru no tono by Utagawa Kunisada.

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Utagawa Kuniyasu  ( 1794 ~ 1832 ).

Utagawa Kuniyasu  ( 1794 ~ 1832 ).

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8 Shunga Paintings  –  c.1650.

Shunga Painting c.1640

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Superb Erotic Painting – Ama Divers – 

After Shigenobu – Late 19th Century.

Superb Erotic Painting – Ama Divers – After Shigenobu – Late 19th Century.

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Description:

Original Japanese erotic color painting by a highly talented anonymous artist. Ink and color on silk. 
Date: late 19th century. Size: 9” x 6 1/2” inches. Very good state with some wrinkling and some very small holes.

A magnificently detailed beach scene of two abalone divers having a sexual rollick. A basket containing shells is on the right; a few are scattered in the foreground. The ragged lines of the red cloth are reminiscent of the work of Katsushika Hokusai.

Japanese abalone divers, or ama, dove for shellfish in coastal waters and collected them in floating baskets of the type portrayed in this painting. Abalone divers were predominantly women, and the method of collecting without the use of masks (and certainly not diving suits!) had been practised in Japan since ancient times.

Evans (1975: pl.6.112) reproduces a similar late-nineteenth century painting also clearly modelled on Yanagawa Shigenobu’s famous print from the Suetsumuhana (A Dyer’s Saffron) -series (c.1830).

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Utagawa School  c.1830 ~ 1840.

Shunga - Utagawa School - Angry Octopus Assaults Desperate Housewife - c.1840.

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Shunkyo karami-dako ( Spring Games: Grappling Octopus ) c.1850 ~ 1870.

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Shunga Masterpiece – Kunisada – Ghost Scene – Vernal Love – c.1836.

Shunga Masterpiece – Kunisada – Ghost Scene – Vernal Love – c.1836.

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Description:

Original antique Japanese color woodblock print by Utagawa Kunisada (1786–1865). Shunga (Spring picture). 
Date: Tenpo era, 7th year, 1836. Size: 10 4/5” x 8 2/3” inches. Series: Shunjo gidan mizuage cho (A Harlot's Account of Vernal Love). Text by Tanehiko Ryutei.Fine impression, color and near fine condition. 
Only some minor wear and soiling. Magnificent use of metallic printing.

“A marvellous image representing the mythical figure Minamoto no Yorimasa who is transfigured from the painting (look at the white spots!) into the male body and making love to a female deity. She is holding a lotus flower. The tattoo on the left arm of the deity most probably is one of Kunisada’s hidden signatures.”

Reference: p.68 and 105 (Fig.138) in Strangers in Paradise by Richard Lane.

This whole series is also described and portrayed in the book A Harlot’s Account of Vernal Love: A Journal of Defloration (Shunjo gidan mizuagecho), published by D.M. Richardson (1994).

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One of the best Kunisada designs in this series !  Very rare !


 

 

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