A pair of lacquer paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Lot 237
A pair of lacquer paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Sold for £51,650 (US$ 84,399) inc. premium

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A pair of lacquer paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period A pair of lacquer paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period A pair of lacquer paintings By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
The property of an English collector
A pair of lacquer paintings
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Each bearing a shitan-nuri ground, one decorated with a kyusu heating on a brazier, beside a sake cup, a tokkuri, a bamboo tea scoop and a basket filled with charcoal, signed Zeshin with seal Reisai; the second decorated with a bird of prey perched on a creeper-clad pine branch, signed Zeshin with seal Tairyukyo; both framed and glazed; with wood storage case. Both 47cm x 31cm (18½in x 12 1/16in), the frames 64.8cm x 48.3cm (25½in x 19in). (3).

Footnotes

  • 火鉢に急須、古枝に鷹図 柴田是真筆 額装二点 紙本紫檀塗地漆絵 明治時代


    Provenance: an English private collection, given as a gift to the great-grandfather of the present owner in the late 19th century and thence by descent. According to the family the paintings had been originally commissioned for the Great Exhibition of London in 1851.

    Shitan-nuri (simulated rosewood lacquer) was one of the most complex surfaces that Zeshin invented. He is thought to have developed it during the 1840's and 1850's. The realistic treatment is enhanced by scratching the fictive grain of the wood into the lacquer surface, a technique in which a rat's tooth is thought to have been used. Extant shitan-nuri pieces by Zeshin are rare.
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