Guinomi Erotica

Japanese Kutani Erotica Sake Cup | Meiji Era Guinomi

Age:Meiji (1890)

Descriptive qualities& condition:

Dimensions: 1-7/8” dia x 1-0”h, on Stand 2-0”h

Being offered is a delicate, thin body Kutani Sake Cup is in gold wash and hand-painted with brilliant colors, featuring on the outer surface a Shunga Erotic Art painting in full color of a couple in a pose referred to at the time as a “Spring picture”. It exhibits splendid, fine brush work on both the exterior and interior of the cup that is raised on a small rimmed foot. On the interior show intricately detailed clouds in shades of white, with colorful birds on a gold wash background, and gold on the rim of the cup. The artist illustrates not only his knowledge in the pattern of the robes, but also in his understanding of how fabric moves drapes on and around the human body. The piece comes with its original carved hardwood stand made specifically for this small delicate creation. 

These idyllic narrative not only document the leisure activities and climate of the time in Japan, but also depict the decidedly Japanese aesthetics of beauty, poetry, nature, spirituality, love, and sex. This piece was made during the mid to late Japanese Meiji period,(1890-1910), and because of its age, and that the piece was not made for export, it is unsigned, but attributed to Kutani. This piece was purchased in the 1970s at a wonderful antique shop named: Bijutsu Ātotatsumi in Kumamoto, Japan.

Condition: Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, scratches, stains or blemishes from handling and age. This exquisite hand-painted artwork is highly collectable both within and outside Japan and are eagerly sought after by collectors who value their artistic splendor.

NOTE: During the Edo and Meiji periods it was not only men who appreciated Shunga, but that women were also patrons. Based on historical records there clearly was interest in Shunga from the young and old, regardless of status or location, and included commoners in the cities, farmers, as well as first-class intellectuals and powerful daimyos.