Posted by Theo de Kreijger on July 01, 2003 at 18:14:57:
I do not tend to buy any shunga at all. But this time a wonderful, so called "Utagawa", booklet was ignored at an internet auction which I just had to purchase. Take a look at the first two (innocent) scenes: image 1 and image 2. Correct me if I'm wrong but this is not "Utagawa" what so ever.
My Question: If you could please take a look at my findings and give me any comments, references or additional information. I would be very gratefull!
Artist: definitely by Sukenobu (if I might say so)
Date: about 1730 (which is guesswork)
Title: unknown (half of the book consists of text with a few titles, but those are hard to read)
Printing: Sumizuri-e (without any color as expected. Color-printing only started with Harunobu in the 1760s).
Pages: the paper is very soft and "fluffy". The pages are higher then the prints themselves and they have hansi-bon measurements (16cm x23cm).
Remark: the second image shows a painted screen at right with a jar shaped seal on it. Might this be a clue to the artist (Sukenobu) or is this someone else's work?
Theo de Kreijger
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