Unique Chinese Erotic Tile From the 19th Century Depicting Sensual Coitus
12 december 2019 
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Unique Chinese Erotic Tile From the 19th Century Depicting Sensual Coitus

The following Chinese hand painted tile with an erotic interior scene of a young Chinese male and female engaged in coitus is new in our collection.


On the painting a young servant boy, wearing the traditional Chinese queue hairstyle, is making love to a self-assured courtesan sitting on the bed. She has her arm around his neck during their love-making while leaning on a writing table with a stack of books on it.


Her coiffure has been secured with a hat including glittering ornaments. The relaxed atmosphere is emphasized by the young woman’s opened lilac gown that is casually draped along her naked body (exposing her bared breasts), the long pipe she is smoking and the man’s fallen shoe.

Chinese erotic tile depicting a servant and courtesan (late 19th century)

Chinese erotic tile depicting ‘A servant and courtesan‘ (late 19th century) (Euro 1785,-)

Decorations in Brothels

These kind of tiles were produced from the 18th, but especially in the late 19th century. Sometimes they were inspired by illustrations of early popular novels, such as the Jinpingmei (The Golden Lotus) and the Xixiang ji (Romance of the Western Chamber). They often served as decorations in brothels, but at a certain point were also popular for export to the west.

Unique Tile

This unique erotic tile was produced at the end of the 19th century and is in an excellent condition with no damage or inpainting and was part of the renowned Ferdinand Bertholet collection. Like all Chinese erotica it is unsigned. It measures 10 1/4″ x 6 4/5″ inches and weighs 3 lbs.

The price for this piece is Euro 1785,-. If interested, you can contact us here…!!

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Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
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