Two rectangular lacquer bon (trays) One by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and one by Ikeda Taishin (1825-1903), Meiji Period
Lot 97*
Two rectangular lacquer bon (trays)
One by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and one by Ikeda Taishin (1825-1903), Meiji Period
Sold for £30,000 (US$ 50,424) inc. premium
Auction Details
Two rectangular lacquer bon (trays) One by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and one by Ikeda Taishin (1825-1903), Meiji Period Two rectangular lacquer bon (trays) One by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and one by Ikeda Taishin (1825-1903), Meiji Period
Lot Details
Two rectangular lacquer bon (trays)
One by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and one by Ikeda Taishin (1825-1903), Meiji Period
The first by Zeshin, the interior of the tray engraved in katakiri and kebori with a clump of windswept sagiso (habernaria radiata) on a shibuichi-nuri ground, the underside signed with lightly-incised characters Gyonen nanaju-hachi o Zeshin to (Made by old man Zeshin at the age of seventy-eight), 17.8cm x 10.3cm (7in x 4in); the second tray by Taishin decorated with a spray of katabami (wood sorrel) leaves and blossoms, executed in dark grey and gold hiramakie and kuromakie, the dark grey leaves with a textured appearance, on a highly lustrous brown-red lacquer ground, signed in black lacquer Taishin, 14.4cm x 8.1cm x (5 5/8in x 3 3/8in); with wood storage box, and accompanied by the original handwritten receipt, stamped with the mark of Mitoko (an old and renowned antique store established in 1857), the inscription confirming the purchase amount of Kin hachiju-roku en. (4).

Footnotes

  • 鷺草図蒔絵小盆 銘「行年七十八翁 是真刀」 明治時代
    酢漿草図蒔絵小盆 銘「泰真」 明治時代

    The background lacquer colour, developed by Zeshin to imitate shibuichi, a grey-brown alloy of copper and silver used to decorate sword-fittings, is in keeping with the restrained atmosphere of the tea ceremony, during which this tray was probably used.
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