Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF MUSHROOM-GATHERING IN AUTUMN FIELDS  秋色野辺茸図漆絵掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1884
Lot 9*
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF MUSHROOM-GATHERING IN AUTUMN FIELDS 秋色野辺茸図漆絵掛軸
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1884
Sold for £68,500 (US$ 91,635) inc. premium

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Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF MUSHROOM-GATHERING IN AUTUMN FIELDS  秋色野辺茸図漆絵掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1884 Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF MUSHROOM-GATHERING IN AUTUMN FIELDS  秋色野辺茸図漆絵掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1884 Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF MUSHROOM-GATHERING IN AUTUMN FIELDS  秋色野辺茸図漆絵掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1884 Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF MUSHROOM-GATHERING IN AUTUMN FIELDS  秋色野辺茸図漆絵掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1884
Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF MUSHROOM-GATHERING IN AUTUMN FIELDS 秋色野辺茸図漆絵掛軸
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1884
An urushi-e mounted as a hanging scroll, depicting two branches of maple on which hangs a slender twig threaded with three varieties of mushroom, a silver tea kettle suspended by a cord from the lower branch over a fire of twigs laid in the hollow of a rock, smoke rising from the fire, curling maple and other leaves, and pine needles, the painting executed in a wide range of urushi-e and maki-e colours and finishes, the rocks richly textured

Signed in black urushi-e at lower right Gyōnen shichijūhachi-ō Tairyūkyo Zeshin 行年七十八翁 對柳居是真 (Tairyūkyo Zeshin, aged 78) with seal Koma 古満

Overall: 176 × 42 cm (69¼ × 16½ in.)
Image: 81 × 27 cm (31 7/8 × 10 5/8 in.)

Fitted wooden tomobako storage box inscribed outside Zeshin-ō kōyō no kinokogari urushi-e tatefuku 是真翁紅葉之茸狩 漆絵立幅 (A vertical hanging scroll urushi-e painting of mushroom-gathering in autumn, by the venerable Zeshin) and inscribed inside the lid Urushi-e tatefuku mezurashiku maki-e gihō moromoro ni mochii kasaku Yoshiie Suisekitei denrai shinseki sōinaki mono nari hachijūkyū-ō Shōji Hōshin kanshiki 漆絵立幅珍らしく蒔絵技法諸々に用ひ佳作 吉家水石亭伝来 真蹟相違なき者也 八十九翁庄司芳真鑒識 (Vertical hanging scroll urushi-e painting, a masterpiece executed using various maki-e techniques, handed down in the Yoshiie Suisekitei family, beyond question an authentic work, examined and inscribed by Hōshin, aged 89) with seals Koma 古満 and Hōshin 芳真; fitted outer storage box (3)

Provenance
Yoshiie Family, Suisekitei Collection
吉家家(水石亭)旧藏

Exhibited and Published
Nezu Bijutsukan 2012, cat. no.125

Footnotes

  • The present lot, clearly closely related to the door with a tea kettle (lot no. 7), is believed to be the Zeshin's only large-scale urushi-e depiction of this subject.

    For other works by Zeshin from the Yoshiie Collection, see lot no. 3.
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