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).