Unknown Artist (19th Century)
Unique, hand-coloured shunga diptych
16.5 x 26cm (image, both panels)
35 x 44cm (frame)
Strong colours and details, some slight foxing. The price includes framing, professional packing and recorded delivery at £25.00. To ask about collecting this artwork, please contact us on 0191 261 4465.
Shunga is the Japanese term for erotic pictures, which grew in popularity throughout the 18th century, peaking in the golden age of print in the late 1800s. Many ukiyo-e artists also produced shunga alongside their normal specialities, as the work sold well and often at higher prices. Erotic work was rarely signed, however notable artists in the field included Hokusai, Shigenobu and the great Utamaro. Their work had a great sensitivity to the subject, and showed remarkable beauty.