SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF THREE SAKE CUPS WITH AUSPICIOUS MOTIFS, AND STAND 松竹梅鶴亀漆絵三組盃 添え真塗花月台 Meiji era (1868–1912), 1886
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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF THREE SAKE CUPS WITH AUSPICIOUS MOTIFS, AND STAND 松竹梅鶴亀漆絵三組盃 添え真塗花月台
Meiji era (1868–1912), 1886
Sold for £37,500 (US$ 50,100) inc. premium

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF THREE SAKE CUPS WITH AUSPICIOUS MOTIFS, AND STAND 松竹梅鶴亀漆絵三組盃 添え真塗花月台 Meiji era (1868–1912), 1886 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF THREE SAKE CUPS WITH AUSPICIOUS MOTIFS, AND STAND 松竹梅鶴亀漆絵三組盃 添え真塗花月台 Meiji era (1868–1912), 1886 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF THREE SAKE CUPS WITH AUSPICIOUS MOTIFS, AND STAND 松竹梅鶴亀漆絵三組盃 添え真塗花月台 Meiji era (1868–1912), 1886 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF THREE SAKE CUPS WITH AUSPICIOUS MOTIFS, AND STAND 松竹梅鶴亀漆絵三組盃 添え真塗花月台 Meiji era (1868–1912), 1886 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF THREE SAKE CUPS WITH AUSPICIOUS MOTIFS, AND STAND 松竹梅鶴亀漆絵三組盃 添え真塗花月台 Meiji era (1868–1912), 1886 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF THREE SAKE CUPS WITH AUSPICIOUS MOTIFS, AND STAND 松竹梅鶴亀漆絵三組盃 添え真塗花月台 Meiji era (1868–1912), 1886 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF THREE SAKE CUPS WITH AUSPICIOUS MOTIFS, AND STAND 松竹梅鶴亀漆絵三組盃 添え真塗花月台 Meiji era (1868–1912), 1886
SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF THREE SAKE CUPS WITH AUSPICIOUS MOTIFS, AND STAND 松竹梅鶴亀漆絵三組盃 添え真塗花月台
Meiji era (1868–1912), 1886
Three large turned-wood sakazuki (sake cups) of standard form in three sizes, bowl-shaped with short, slightly splayed stands, the lustrous red-lacquered ground decorated in urushi-e as follows: the largest cup with the trunk and branch of an ancient pine tree, with a blossoming plum tree in the foreground; the middle-sized cup with two cranes with bamboo by a steam; the smallest with two minogame (turtles with a 'tail' of pond weed); the stand of standard kagetsudai form in black-lacquered wood, with two vertical cut-out legs supporting an octagonal tray with four long and four short sides holding an octagonal cover cut with three slots

The three sakazuki each signed underneath as follows: The largest cup, Hinoe-inu shunjitsu seihitsu hachijū-ō Zeshin 丙戌春日誠筆 八十翁 是真 (Brushed with sincerity by Zeshin, aged 80, in spring 1886), with a kaō in the form of the character kin 巾; the medium-sized cup, Tairyūkyo Zeshin 対柳居 是真; the smallest cup, Zeshin 是真, with a kaō in the form of the character kin

The largest 6.8 × 18.1 cm (2 5/8 × 7 1/8 in.), the middle 6.1 × 16 cm (2 3/8 × 6¼ in.); the smallest 5.2 × 14 cm (2 × 5½ in.); the stand 19.8 × 25.5 × 25.5 cm (7¾ × 10 × 10 in.)

The three sakazuki with fitted wood storage box with three inscribed paper labels; the stand with fitted lacquered-wood storage box with an inscribed paper label (7)

Provenance
Matsudaira Kakudō 松平確堂 (1814–1891) collection; Kakudō was the son of the shogun Tokugawa Ienari. A set of 'Three red sake cups with cranes, turtles, pine, bamboo, and plum', shown in Tokyo in 1889 (see below) as his property can probably be identified with this lot; see Nezu Bijutsukan (Nezu Museum) 2012, cat. no. 67.

Kuhara Fusanosuke久原房之助 (1869–1965) collection; Kuhara was a controversial entrepreneur and politician whose former residence is now the Happōen guesthouse and garden in Shiroganedai, Tokyo.

Exhibited
Zeshin-ō kaiga maki-e tenrankai 是真翁絵画蒔絵展覧会 (Exhibition of paintings and lacquer by the venerable Zeshin), Tokyo, 1889 (see above)
Nezu Bijutsukan (Nezu Museum), Tokyo, 1 November–16 December 2012

Published
Nezu Bijutsukan (Nezu Museum) 2012, cat. no. 67
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