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    Sale 2514 | Lot 4
    Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
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    • Sale 2514 Lot 4

      Chinese Gay Pillow Book.]

      6 double-page watercolor and ink illustrations of erotic gay couplings. Images measure 8 1/2x6 1/2 inches, 21 1/2x16 cm on India paper, mounted to 10x8 1/2 inch laid paper sheets, accordion-folded between patterned silk-covered boards (measuring 73 inches, 185 1/2 cm unfolded). Plates generally clean and colors bright, but for some faint, scattered dampstaining; silk binding threads along upper and lower edges heavily frayed. Late 19th-early 20th century.

      Estimate $3,000 - 4,000


      a scarce and unusual example of a gay pillow book
      . A visual guide to the art of heterosexual lovemaking, pillow books were traditionally given by a Chinese mother to her daughter on her wedding day. As most were destroyed during the early days of Communist China, this uncommon work showing intimate positions of a young gay couple in various outdoor settings is unusually scarce.


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