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    Sale 2761

    Asian Art

    20 - 21 November 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 459

    Katsukawa Shuncho (act. c. 1780-1800)

    CIRCA 1788

    Price Realised  


    Katsukawa Shuncho (act. c. 1780-1800)
    Circa 1788
    A couple embracing, half hidden under mosquito netting, from the series Koshoku zue juniko (Erotic Prints for the Twelve Months), very good impression, colour and condition, a slight centerfold, printed on heavy paper

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    This design refers to the seventh month, since poemslips, associated with the Tanabata festival held in the seventh month are visble through the window on the left.

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    Illustrated in Uhlenbeck and Winkel, Leiden, 2005, Japanese Erotic Fantasies. Sexual Imagery of the Edo period, pl. 36c (this impression) and in Kobayashi and Asano Tokyo, 1995 Ukiyo-e soroimono (Pillow Pictures: Ukiyo-e Series), vol. 2, p. 68