A rare and finely lacquered-wood tsuba By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period

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Lot 359
A rare and finely lacquered-wood tsuba
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period

Sold for £ 25,200 (US$ 34,736) inc. premium
A rare and finely lacquered-wood tsuba
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Bearing a simulated rough metal ground, decorated in tetsusabinuri and takamakie with a bird perched on the withered branch of an old willow tree in Winter, the reverse with a willow shoot on a sloping ground, signed Zeshin. 7cm (2¾in).

Footnotes

  • 漆塗鍔 柳 銘「是真」 明治時代

    Among Zeshin's oeuvre, his output of his 'trompe l'oeil' lacquer creations of tsuba appears to have been small and are seldom available on the open market. Compare with a tsuba lacquered with a dragonfly in the Nezu Museum in Tokyo, illustrated in Nihon bijutsu 2, no.93, p.92, pl.no.119; and another, decorated with a beetle, in the Nasser D. Khalili collection, illustrated in Meiji no takara, Treasures of Imperial Japan, Shibata Zeshin, no.74.
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A rare and finely lacquered-wood tsuba By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
A rare and finely lacquered-wood tsuba By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
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