Japanese Prostitutes Woodblock Print Artists Shigemasa & Shunsho Read and Write

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Seller: cadmium24 (1.238) 100%, Location: Pitman, New Jersey, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 323794050360 Item: Japanese woodblock prints (2 that go together) depicting red-light district Tokyo prostitutes, measuring approx. 9 1/4 x 12 3/4 inches, not counting the paper backer. The publishing or printing date is unknown to me. Items are taped at the corners to a paper backer, but they aren’t glued down (you could cut them loose with a scalpel if you want to). These are interesting prints because the images were produced via a collaborative effort between artists Katsukawa Shunsho and Kitao Shigemasa. They’re from rare folios or books which were printed or published in volumes, but the general title is “Seiro Bijin Awase Sugata Kagami”. They translate this variously as “A Mirror of The Beautiful Women of the Green Houses Compared”, “A Mirror Reflecting the Forms of Fair Women of the Green-Houses”, or even “Mirror of the Beautiful Women of the Pleasure Quarters”. If you look on the artvalue site, you’ll see that a Shigemasa print of 2 geishas sold for 9,500 USD and a print of an actor by Shunsho sold for 25,000 USD. I’m unsure of the value on this specific item, so I’ll let the market decide. PLEASE SEE MY OTHER LISTINGS -- I HAVE MANY MORE PRINTS BY SHUNSHO and SHIGEMASA (all from a wealthy doctor’s estate) !! Attention International Buyers: Items ships USPS Priority Mail Express International ONLY and it's not cheap. Your signature is required. From the net: Seiro bijin awase sugata kagami 青楼美人合姿鏡 (A Mirror of Beautiful Women of the Green Houses Compared). Print artist: Katsukawa Shunsho (勝川春章). Print artist: Kitao Shigemasa (北尾重政). The book consists of images of 164 Yoshiwara courtesans, each accompanied by a seventeen-syllable haikai poem composed by the courtesans depicted. Acknowledged as one of the outstanding illustrated books of the world. The 'Green Houses' were the great establishments of courtesans in Edo. Although some have seen Shigemasa's hand in the spring and autumn pictures and Shunsho's in the remainder, the two artists, as was often the case in collaborative works of this nature, contrived to give a surprising uniformity to the style throughout, and there is far from universal agreement on the division mentioned. Literature: Brown, Louise Norton, 'Block Printing and Book Illustration in Japan', London and New York, 1924, pp. 148 and 161. Toda, Kenji, 'Descriptive Catalogue of the Japanese and Chinese Illustrated Books in the Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago', Chicago, 1931, pp. 180-1. Sorimachi, Shigeo, 'Catalogue of Japanese Illustrated Books in the Spenser Collection of the New York Public Library', New York, 1968, no. 439.Smith 1988. Acknowledged as one of the outstanding illustrated books of the world. The 'Green Houses' were the great establishments of courtesans in Edo. The seasons are represented by flowers at the beginning of each volume - spring and summer in volume 1, autumn and winter in volume 2. Volume 3 has verses on the four seasons written by the courtesans depicted in the prints. Condition: Two vintage woodblock prints of printing date unknown to me (but not new, as you can tell) scotch taped at each corner area to each other and a paper backer. Some prints have brown stains, dings, etc., so they're not perfect -- please look at pictures carefully before bidding. Unframed and not matted., The age (printing date) is unknown to me: Guaranteed to be woodblocks, not photo-repros, Overall size with paper backer: approx. 10 1/2 x 14 inches, Region of Origin: Japan, Age: 1900-1940, Primary Material: Paper, Maker: Shigemasa and Shunsho, Original/Reproduction: Vintage Original, Color: Multi-Color

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