SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890
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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890
Sold for £60,000 (US$ 80,199) inc. premium

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890
SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) EMBLEMS OF THE FIVE GREAT FESTIVALS, WITH PAINTED MOUNTS 描表具五節句図絹本着色掛軸五幅対
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890
Set of five hanging scrolls, ink and colours on silk, with painted mounts and wood jikusaki depicting respectively

(1) Ganjitsu 元日 (New Year's Day): Green bamboo above New-Year decorations including a folding fan, a bright red Ise-ebi (spiny lobster), urajiro (ferns, Gleichenia japonica), shide (paper streamers), and other decorations, the rising sun in the background, the kakihyōgu (trompe-l'oeil painted mounts) with auspicious kikkō-mon hexagonal tortoiseshell motifs; signed Zeshin 是真; pot seal: Zeshin 是真

(2) Jōshi 上巳 (Dolls' Festival), held on the third day of the third month: at the bottom a pair of Emperor and Empress dolls seated on traditional daises with striped edges, at the top a shikishi (decorated paper) with willow branches and hills, the kakihyōgu with a large set of dolls' furniture; signed Zeshin 是真; seals: Koma 古満, Zeshin 是真

(3) Tango 端午 (Boys' Festival), held on the fifth day of the fifth month: Zeshin's typical portrayal of Shōki the Demon-Queller within a roundel against a rich mottled red background vanquishing an oni which lies on its back outside the roundel; signed Ōju Zeshin sei 応需是真製 (made by Zeshin to special commission); gold seal: Tairyūkyo 對柳居

(4) Tanabata 七夕 (Star Festival), held on the seventh day of the seventh month when the Herd Boy (Altair) and the Weaver Girl (Vega), separated on either side of the Milky Way as a punishment for neglecting their duties, are allowed to meet: two kaji (paper mulberry) leaves wrapped in red and white paper with decorative bows, traditionally used for writing love poems at this festival, the kakihyōgu with a silk-tasselled kiri-ita kazari (paulownia-wood decoration) with the moon and dewy grasses; signed Zeshin 是真; seal: Tairyūkyo 對柳居

(5) Chōyō 重陽 (Chrysanthemum Festival), held on the ninth day of the ninth month: white kiku (chrysanthemums), dramatically composed both inside and outside the pictorial 'frame', with the moon in the background, the kakihyōgu with other flowering autumn plants, at top kuzu vine (Pueraria montana) and, by the chrysanthemums, nogiku (daisies), nadeshiko (pinks, Dianthus superbus), and kikyō (Chinese bellflower, Platycodon grandiflorus); signed Zeshin 是真; seal: Koma古満

Each approximately 202 × 57 cm (79½ × 22½ in.)

With fitted wooden tomobako storage box inscribed outside Gosekku no zu 五節句之圖 (Pictures of the Five Festivals); signed inside Tairyūkyo Zeshin 對柳居是真 with a kaō in the form of the character kin 巾 and two seals Koma 古満 and Zeshin 是真; five title slips inscribed with the names of the festivals as given in the description above: Ganjitsu 元日、Jōshi 上巳、Tango 端午、Tanabata 七夕、Chōyō 重陽; wooden outer storage box (8)

Footnotes

  • For closely related Zeshin scrolls, also with painted mounts, of motifs for the New Year and the Dolls' Festival, see Nezu Bijutsukan (Nezu Museum) 2012, cat. nos. 137 and 138. A design for the New Year painting, in a private collection, was formerly owned by Zeshin's third son Umezawa Ryūshin (1874–1952); the Dolls' Festival painting is in the permanent collection of the Nezu Museum. A complete set of all five festivals, from the collection of Anzai Tokubei 安西徳兵衛, was exhibited and published in 1908, see Shioda 1908, unpaginated, while three more scrolls of the Dolls' Festival, two of them very similar to the present but the third with two standing dolls of the tachibina or tatebina type within a roundel, are reproduced in Gōke 1981, cat. nos. 276–278, whose catalogue of works by Zeshin also includes a classic version of the Shōki-in-roundel composition so loved by Zeshin (cat. no. 264), although Gōke does not discuss it as part of a Five-Festival set. The present lot, an extremely rare survival, is considered in further detail in the Collector's Introduction, see pages 4-5. The kaō Zeshin added after his storage-box signature, 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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