A black three-case inro By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), 19th century
Lot 201Y
A black three-case inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), 19th century
£50,000 - 60,000
US$ 79,000 - 95,000

Lot Details
A black three-case inro By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), 19th century A black three-case inro By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), 19th century
A black three-case inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), 19th century
Of rectangular Chinese ink-cake form with intentionally carved chips at the edges, carved to one side with a Chinese archer and his attendant, the reverse inscribed Dai kokko (Great National Perfumery), signed Zeshin; with an ivory ojime; and a black lacquer netsuke in the form of a partly used ink-cake, carved in relief with two crabs and with an engraved inscription, signed Zeshin. 7cm (2¾in).

Footnotes

  • 中国古墨意匠黒漆印籠 銘「是真」 19世紀

    Provenance: Lt. Col. J. B. Gaskell collection, no.565.
    F. A. Richards collection, purchased at Sotheby's, London, 1964.
    Wrangham collection, no.336.

    Published: the Catalogue of the Lt. Col. J. B. Gaskell collection, Glendining & Co. Ltd., London, 1919/20, no.444 (illustrated).
    The International Netsuke Society Journal, vol.17, no.1, p.41.

    Exhibited: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1972, no.60.
    Meiji Japanese Art in Transition, the Haags Gemeentemuseum, The Netherlands, 1987, no.179.

    The inscription is taken from an illustration in a Chinese woodblock-printed book by Fang Yulu, titled Fang Shi Mopu, (A Compendium of Ink-cake Designs), published circa 1588.
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