Two urushi (lacquer) fans paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), late Edo Period
Lot 255*
Two urushi (lacquer) fans paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), late Edo Period
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Two urushi (lacquer) fans paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), late Edo Period Two urushi (lacquer) fans paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), late Edo Period Two urushi (lacquer) fans paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), late Edo Period Two urushi (lacquer) fans paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), late Edo Period Two urushi (lacquer) fans paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), late Edo Period Two urushi (lacquer) fans paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), late Edo Period Two urushi (lacquer) fans paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), late Edo Period
Two urushi (lacquer) fans paintings
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), late Edo Period
Both mounted on gofun-treated paper set within a wood frame, one decorated with five butterflies, painted in kuroshibori-urushi, suki-urushi (transparent lacquer) and yellow lacquer, the wings of the black butterfly decorated with two shippo-mon and the white markings on its thorax rendered in the hikkaki (scratch) technique; signed in black lacquer Zeshin sha; the second decorated with a small shrub of Autumnal wind-swept chrysanthemums and grasses, signed in black lacquer Zeshin with seal Zeshin in red lacquer; with wood storage box, together with two certificates of authentication by Shoji Chikushin and copy of the mokuroku from Tokyo Bijutsu Club auction held in 1917. Both paintings approx. 15.5cm x 49cm (6 1/8in x 19¼in), the frames 43cm x 63cm (17in x 24¾in). (6).

Footnotes

  • 扇面漆絵 (額装) 蝶・菊図 二枚 柴田是真筆 江戸時代後期

    Published and illustrated: Takao Yo, Shibata Zeshin Seitan Nihyakunen-ten, Exhibition Catalogue, Gallery Chikuryudo, Tokyo, 2007, p.43, pl.38.

    These same paintings were offered, without frames, at the auction held by Tokyo Bijutsu Club, Ito-ke shozo shoga nishiki-e utsuwamono nyusatsu (Auction of paintings, prints and vessels in the collection of the Ito family) in 1917, and with frames by the same auction house at To-shi boshishaku-ke Saitama-ken Watanabe-ke shozohin nyusatsu (Auction of the collection of an aristocratic family from the Watanabe branch in Saitama prefecture) in 1918.

    The two certificates by Chikushin transcribe:

    先師柴田是真筆、扇面漆絵蝶/菊 額面、真蹟無疑者也、荘司竹真識(有斎)


    Senshi Shibata Zeshin hitsu, senmen urushi-e chou/kiku gakumen,
    shinseki mugimono nari, Shoji Chikushin shiki
    (Yusai)

    And translate:

    This is without doubt a genuine lacquer fan painting of butterflies/chrysanthemums in a frame painted by my former master Shibata Zeshin. Recorded by Shoji Chikushin with seal Yusai.

    Shoji Chikushin (1854-1936), a close pupil of Shibata Zeshin, was accustomed to authenticating his Master's works after his death. He was awarded a prize of merit at the Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai (National Industrial Exposition) in Meiji 10 [1877].
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