Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881

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Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891) ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881

Sold for £ 108,100 (US$ 136,167) inc. premium
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891) ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
An album of 18 urushi-e paintings in an album bound in orihon (concertina) style, the cover of silk brocade with woven with roundels depicting fabulous beasts and birds, the two endpapers painted in urushi-e with chidori, bamboo grass, and waves on a gold-splashed background, the paintings as follows:

1) A branch of plum against a red sky, painted on a fan leaf

2) The famous two rocks at Futamigaura, a place visited by Zeshin in 1875 and frequently painted by him thereafter (see Earle 1996, p. 46, Gōke 1981, p. 187, reproducing a sketch of the rocks, and Shioda 1908, unpaginated, a painting of the same subject)

3) A waterfall, pine, and sheer cliff; for another example of this subject, one of Zeshin's urushi-e album favourites, see for example Gōke 1981, pl. no. 176, in an album dated to 1882.

4) Clams and seaweed

5) A collection of curious rocks

6) A ferocious tiger pursuing fleeing its long-tailed prey over the edge of a precipice; for a similar treatment of this subject compare Yasumura 2009, cat. no. J-21.1, an album leaf also dated to 1881.

7) An anchor and sea gulls by the shore; for another depiction of an anchor in a lacquer album painting see Earle 1996, cat. no. 76.15

8) Bullrushes, rocks, and a water-fowl

9) Sailing boats by a pine-clad hill

10) An enju (pagoda tree, Styphnolobium japonicum) and bird

11) A bear and two sawagani (freshwater crabs, Geothelphusa dehaani)

12) A herdboy and ox

13) Grapes hanging from a branch of vine

14) A large carp and two smaller carp swimming by weeds

15) A bird sitting on a bamboo water conduit from which water splashes onto a rock

16) A mouse peeping out from a hole in a damaged plaster wall

17) A kakashi (scarecrow) in the form of an archer in a field of rice with five dragonflies, two of them resting on the arrow

18) Mount Fuji with two pines

The first painting signed Gyōnen shichijūgo-sō Zeshin 行年七十五叟 是真 (Zeshin, aged 75) with seal Shin 真; the other paintings each signed Zeshin 是真 and variously sealed Shin 真, Zeshin 是真, Ze 是, Koma 古満, etc.

The cover inscribed in black lacquer on a gold-paper slip Urushi-e chō 漆画帳 (Album of urushi-e)

Overall: 10.6 × 13.2 × 2 cm (4 1/8 × 5¼ × ¾ in.)
Each painting: 8.6 × 11 cm (3 3/8 × 4 3/8 in.)

Fitted wood storage box (2)

Provenance
Sotheby's London, 9 May 1973, lot no. 202
Christie's New York, 29 March 2005, lot no. 239

Exhibited and Published
Nezu Bijutsukan 2012, cat. no. 113
Contacts
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891)  ALBUM OF URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳  Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1881
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