A small black lacquer four-case inro By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Lot 242*
A small black lacquer four-case inro By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Sold for £20,000 (US$ 32,206) inc. premium

Lot Details
A small black lacquer four-case inro By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period A small black lacquer four-case inro By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
A small black lacquer four-case inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Decorated with chidori flying over stormy waves, in seigaiha and jakago on a seidonuri ground, with details rendered in gold and red takamakie, the interior of plain roiro lacquer; signed in an oval reserve Zeshin; with nunobukuro (brocade storage bag) and double wood storage boxes. 5.6cm (2in). (3).

Footnotes

  • 千鳥青海波蛇籠図蒔絵印籠 銘「是真」 明治時代

    Although plovers flying above waves is an image that dates back to the fourteenth century, Zeshin's use of it here is another example of the influence of Rimpa School decorative motifs on his works. A great revival of interest in this style took place following the publication of the Korin Gafu by Nakamura Hochu (fl. circa late 18th - early 19th century) and other Rimpa design manuals in the nineteeth century. Re-contextualising this imagery and combining it with newly-revived lacquer techniques demonstrates Zeshin's skill at achieving compositions that were both modern and familiar in their appeal.

    For another discussion on the history of the chidori motif, see Edward Wrangham in the Nasser D. Khalili collection, Meiji no takara, Treasures of Imperial Japan, Lacquer part I, The Return of Rimpa, vol.4, pps.62-63.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that there is a provenance to this lot as follows: Provenance: collection of Baron Takei Morimasa, 1917, illustrated and published in Volume 5, sec.3, no.4
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