SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) CUCUMBERS AND AUBERGINES 胡瓜茄子図絹本着色掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890
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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) CUCUMBERS AND AUBERGINES 胡瓜茄子図絹本着色掛軸
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890
Sold for £13,750 (US$ 18,357) inc. premium

Lot Details
SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) CUCUMBERS AND AUBERGINES 胡瓜茄子図絹本着色掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) CUCUMBERS AND AUBERGINES 胡瓜茄子図絹本着色掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) CUCUMBERS AND AUBERGINES 胡瓜茄子図絹本着色掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) CUCUMBERS AND AUBERGINES 胡瓜茄子図絹本着色掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890
SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) CUCUMBERS AND AUBERGINES 胡瓜茄子図絹本着色掛軸
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890
Hanging scroll, ink and colours on silk with silk mounts and wood jikusaki, depicting two rustic straw baskets each lined with leaves and holding a selection of nasubi (eggplants) and kyūri (cucumbers), one cucumber lying in the foreground; signed Zeshin 是真; seal: Koma 古満

Overall: 137.6 × 41.9 cm (54 1/8 × 16½ in.)
Image: 74.1 × 33.2 cm (29 1/8 × 13 1/8 in.)


With fitted wooden tomobako storage box inscribed outside Uri nasubi no zu 瓜茄子之圖 (Picture of aubergines and cucumbers); signed inside Koma Zeshin 古滿是真 with a kaō in the form of the character kin 巾; accompanied by a paper label from the Zeshin Hyakunijūnen Tsuizen Kinen Tenkan 是真百廿年追善記念展観 (Zeshin 120th Anniversary Display, see below); wood outer storage box (4)

Exhibited
Shibata Zeshin o shinobu kai 柴田是真を偲ぶ会 (Exhibition in Memory of Shibata Zeshin), Ōkyokan Building, Tōkyō Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan (Tokyo National Museum), Tokyo, 18 July 2011

Footnotes

  • During the middle and later Edo period (1615–1868) the kyūri (cucumber) had been regarded as dangerous to eat but in the mid-nineteenth century new strains were developed at Samura 佐村 (now part of Kōtō-ku, eastern Tokyo) and the vegetable enjoyed a revival in popularity; Zeshin would likely have seen cucumbers either at Samura or in one of Tokyo's bustling food markets. The kaō he added after his signature on this piece, in the form of the character kin 巾, is seen on works dating from 1879 onward (for other examples, see Earle 1996, p. 30, [h]).
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