A magnificent pair of gold-lacquer and inlaid Shibayama vases with en-suite stands By Shibayama Yasumasa, Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th century (4)
Lot 295Y Ф
A magnificent pair of gold-lacquer and inlaid Shibayama vases with en-suite stands
By Shibayama Yasumasa, Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th century
Sold for £93,750 (US$ 125,163) inc. premium

Lot Details
A magnificent pair of gold-lacquer and inlaid Shibayama vases with en-suite stands By Shibayama Yasumasa, Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th century (4) A magnificent pair of gold-lacquer and inlaid Shibayama vases with en-suite stands By Shibayama Yasumasa, Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th century (4) A magnificent pair of gold-lacquer and inlaid Shibayama vases with en-suite stands By Shibayama Yasumasa, Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th century (4)
A magnificent pair of gold-lacquer and inlaid Shibayama vases with en-suite stands
By Shibayama Yasumasa, Meiji era (1868–1912), late 19th century
Each of octagonal form with four wider sides alternating with four narrower sides, the gold kinji ground lavishly decorated with the full range of Shibayama techniques including inlay of shell, ivory, red lacquer, shakudo and shibuichi; gold, aokin and silver hiramaki-e and togidashi maki-e; gold e-nashiji and Gyobu nashiji; and translucent cloisonné enamels; the narrower sides with formal ornament in togidashi maki-e, the wider sides each decorated with two partial-tsuba-shaped cartouches against a background of scattered cherry blossom, the tsuba shapes depicting a rich variety of bird-and-flower designs and figure subjects including Kintoki the Mountain Boy and Seiobo (the Queen Mother of the West); Shoki and demons; Enma-O (Judge of Hell) and a courtesan; Choryo offering a shoe to Kosekiko; Shizuka Gozen; and Tekkai Sennin and Gama Sennin, eight of them bearing the signatures of sword-fitting artists: (Hirata) Donin 道仁, (Hirata) Harunari 春就, (Hirata) Narihisa 就久, (Hirata) Nariyuki 就行, Iwamoto Konkan 岩本昆寛, (Omori) Teruhide 英秀, Suga Nagaatsu 菅長厚 and (Tsuchiya) Yasuchika 安親, the necks each with four floral medallions in translucent cloisonné enamels, the rims finished in shibuichi engraved with keyfret, each with four elephant-mask shibuichi feet with gold- and shakudo- inlaid eyes, each signed on the base in seal-style characters on red-lacquer plaques, one Shibayama 芝山 and the other Yasumasa 易政, with the original carved openwork hardwood and ivory stands. Each vase 24.8cm (9¾in) high without stand, 28cm (11in) high with stand (4).

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    An English private collection, purchased by the current owner's great-grandfather in the 1930s in London, and thence by descent.

    Shibayama Yasumasa (also read Ekisei) won prizes at the second and third Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai (National Industrial Exhibitions) in 1881 and 1890 (see Tadaomi Goke, Julia Hutt and E. A. Wrangham, Meiji no Takara, Treasures of Imperial Japan: Lacquer, London, Kibo Foundation, 1995, Part 1, p.32 and Part 2, cat. nos.160,167). Four of the signatures inscribed on the tsuba shapes belong to members of the Hirata school, best known for their work in enamel.
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