Tsubaki Chinzan (1801-1854) Cockscomb and Insects

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Lot 302
Tsubaki Chinzan (1801-1854)
Cockscomb and Insects

Sold for US$ 17,080 inc. premium

Japanese Works of Art

19 Mar 2009, 15:00 EDT

New York

Tsubaki Chinzan (1801-1854)
Cockscomb and Insects
Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk; depicting the tall flowers growing amid garden rocks with rosehip-covered branches and autumn grasses, two insects hovering in the air at left, while others draw nectar from an orange cockscomb blossom, above; signed Tsubaki hitsu with seals Baki, Takuka and Chinzan no in; together with a double tomobako bearing an authentication signed Watanabe Kai and dated in accordance with 1880, to the inner box lid.
44 1/2 x 21 3/4in (113 x 55.2cm)

Footnotes

  • The inscribed poem celebrates the beauty of the cockscomb flower that survives even through a winter's frost. The style of the signature and the small seals used here date this work to the period around 1840-1845. The tomobako contains a letter of authenticity dated to 1948, by Seijo (dates unknown), a prominent Kyoto mounter.
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