Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's
Lot 422*
Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895)
Circa late 1880's to early 1890's
Sold for £18,750 (US$ 29,404) inc. premium

Lot Details
Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895) Circa late 1880's to early 1890's
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Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891) and Shibata (Ikeda) Shinsai (1858-1895)
Circa late 1880's to early 1890's
An album bound in orihon format; the title slip on the brocade cover reads: Urushi gacho (an album of lacquer paintings), the first three preface pages painted in sumi with three crows and an inscription by Shinsai: Sasaki Masashi kun no tame ni, Meiji mizunoe-tatsu harubi, Somero Shinsai (For Mr Sasaki Masashi, on a spring day in the year of the dragon, Meiji 25 [1892], Somero Shinsai) with seal, followed by twelve miniature lacquer paintings by Zeshin mounted on gold paper ground comprising:

1) Retired monk on a bridge, signed in black lacquer, Zeshin with seal Shin.

2) Two stalks of keito (plumed cockscomb), signed in black lacquer Zeshin with seal Shin.

3) Rearing stallion, signed in black lacquer Gyonen hachiju-ichi Zeshin (eighty-one years old, Zeshin) with seal Shin.

4) A drunken shojo seen from behind holding a sake ladle, signed in black lacquer Hachiju-ni o Zeshin (Zeshin, old man of eighty-two years) with seal Shin.

5) Yabase no kihan from Omi Hakkei (The Eight Views of Lake Biwa), signed in black lacquer Zeshin with seal Shin.

6) Two monkeys, an adult and its young, signed in black lacquer Zeshin with seal Ze.

7) Kingfisher perched on a blade of reed overhanging rippled water, signed in black lacquer Zeshin with seal.

8) Morning glory trailing over a bamboo trellis, signed in black lacquer Zeshin with seal Shin.

9) Solitary swallow in flight among stands of bamboo, signed in black lacquer Tairyukyo with seal Zeshin.

10) Discarded parasol lying beside bamboo leaves, signed in black lacquer Zeshin with seal Shin.

11) Straw wrapper resting beside a katakuchi (spouted bowl), signed in black lacquer Zeshin with seal Shin.

12) Three overlapping fan-shaped papers painted with different designs, signed Meiji hinoto-i harubi sei gyonen hachiju-ichi Zeshin (made by Zeshin, an old man of eighty-one years on a spring day in the year of the boar in Meiji 20 [1887]) with seal Shin.

Contained inside a wood tomobako, titled Shogacho (A small painting album) and signed inside the cover Hachiju-shi o Zeshin (Zeshin, an old man of eighty-four years). Each painting approx. 5cm x 6.5cm (2in x 2 1/2in). (2).

Footnotes

  • 小漆画帖 柴田是真、真哉筆 一冊 紙本漆絵 1880年代後期-1890年代前期頃

    Provenance: Sasaki Masashi collection.

    Shibata Shinsai was the second son of Zeshin and an adopted son of Ikeda Taishin (1825-1903), one of the most talented pupils of the Master.

    For other works commissioned from Zeshin by Sasaki Masashi, a wealthy landowner and farmer in Echigo province (present-day Niigata prefecture), see Joe Earle and Goke Tadaomi, Meiji no Takara, Treasures of Imperial Japan, Masterpieces by Shibata Zeshin London: Kibo Foundation, 1996, cat. nos.11 and 27. Cat. no.27, a framed panel depicting the Minakuchi ceremony, has a tomobako inscribed by Zeshin to the effect that he made it to the order of Sasaki in 1882. The private diary of Zeshin's second son Shibata Shinsai attests to the close relationship that existed between artist and patron: on 31 March 1881 Shinsai attended the second National Industrial Exhibition (Naikoku Hakurankai) with Sasaki and on a later occasion Sasaki visited Zeshin to view some panels, including perhaps the Khalili panel, which was completed in the following year.1 A large part of the Sasaki family's collection was sold at an auction held in Niigata late in 1931.

    NOTE

    1. Kajima Ume, Shibata Shinsai: Kaikaki no ishoku gaka (Tokyo: Kajima Shuppankai, 1978), s.v. 1881.
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