A large single-case inro and a kozuka The inro by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period, the kozuka by Yokoya school, 19th century
Lot 285
A large single-case inro and a kozuka The inro by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period, the kozuka by Yokoya school, 19th century
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A large single-case inro and a kozuka
The inro by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period, the kozuka by Yokoya school, 19th century
The brownish shibuichi-nuri ground lacquered in relief with a Daigoro sukashi tsuba, pierced with kiku on water, the surface simulating old iron, the reverse with a simulated shibuichi kozuka engraved with Shoki in the manner of the Yokoya school, and a fuchi with a spider's web in Jochiku style, the interior of tan and fundame lacquer, signed Zeshin; 9.3cm (3 5/8in); with silver ojime, cast with plum blossom, signed Ichimin; and lacquered-wood hako-netsuke in the form of a fuchi-gashira, the fuchi engraved with a waterfall, signed Somin with kao, Zeshin; the wood gashira added later; together with a shibuichi kozuka engraved with a complementary design of Shoki with a tiger, inscribed Somin with kao. 9.8cm (3 5/8in). (2).

Footnotes

  • 刀装具図蒔絵印籠 銘「是真」 明治時代
    小柄 鐘馗と虎 銘「宗珉(花押)」 19世紀

    Provenance: purchased from Barry Davies Oriental Art, London, 1989.
    Wrangham collection, no.1976.

    Published: The Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal, vol.12, no.1, p.31, fig.3.

    This inro is an example of Zeshin's ability to reproduce metal surfaces in lacquer, and he demonstrates his skill by simulating a variety of soft-metal alloys as well as iron. Compare with a similarly conceived inro in the Catherine and Thomas Edson collection, in the Exhibition Catalogue, San Antonio Museum of Art, 2007, Zeshin, p.40, no.12.
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