A lacquer two-case inro By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Lot 239
A lacquer two-case inro By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
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Lot Details
A lacquer two-case inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Of wide form, bearing a shibuichi-nuri ground and lacquered with metalwork tools, in gold, silver and black takamakie and lightly engraved with Hotei leaning on his sack, in katakiri and kebori, the interior of rogin-nuri, inscribed Shokado utsusu Somin with kao, signed Zeshin; with lacquer hako-netsuke of oval form, lacquered on the olive-green ground with a large oak acorns over which walks an ant in delicate kebori, the interior of nashiji, signed Zeshin.
4.8cm (1 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • 布袋に金物図蒔絵印籠 銘「松花堂写 宗珉(花押)」「是真」 明治時代

    Provenance: Col. Lange collection, purchased at Hotel Drouot, Paris, 1972.
    Wrangham collection, no.1156.

    Published: E.A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists, 1995, p.346, Zeshin, right column, top centre.

    The decoration on the inro is deliberately chosen by Zeshin as a tribute to the great Yokoya School chiseller Somin.

    See also the footnote to lot 366.
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