Koryûsai: Lovers with smoking box
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Isoda Koryûsai (1735-1790)
Lovers on a futon, the woman supporting herself with a neckroll bolster. At their feet a bed-cover with a kasuri pattern, pushed together. At their heads a smoking box. On the right wall an embossed seal.
Date: c. 1770/71
Size: Horizontal Chûban, 18,2 x 25,5 cm
Fine impression, with embossing, in very good colours, with a little pigment oxidization. Some trimming in top. Some soiling and rubbing, mostly in margins, a few pinholes and a wormhole restored at right margin. Overall still very good age-appropriate condition. Rare.
Cf. Evans, Shunga, New York/London (1975), p. 175 and ills. 6.18-19. Brea/Kondo, Ukiyo-e Prints and Paintings from the Early Masters to Shunshô, Genoa 1980, p. 205ff. Klompmakers, Japanese erotic prints. Shunga by Harunobu & Koryûsai, Leiden 2008 (2nd ed.). p. 78ff. Uhlenbeck/Winkel, Japanese Erotic Fantasies, Amsterdam 2005. p. 100f. Calza, Poem of the Pillow and other stories. London/New York 2010, p. 177.