Subject:Japanese Shunga Woodblock Prints
Posted By: Rick R. Fri, May 13, 2022 IP: 184.108.40.206
Dear Forum Members,
I purchased two sets of miniature Japanese Shunga woodblock prints from an antiques dealer in Connecticut. He purchased them from an elderly Japanese-American woman. There are 11 in this first set. Each one has a mirror with Kangi and a painting in the background that I think includes the couple (one or both). They measure 5” by 3.75”. Excellent colors, impressions, block lines and embossing, embellished with metallic pigments. From my research, I believe they were made by a member of the Utagawa school, perhaps Kunisada (I) -> Toyokuni (III).
The dealer put them in clear hard plastic sleeves. Should I keep them in these sleeves or is there a better method of storing them? I am keeping them out of direct light in a cabinet for the time being.
Any thoughts on artist, date, significance of paintings in the backgrounds, and preservation are most appreciated!