A gold-lacquer four-case inro  By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1870-1890 (3)
Lot 83*
A gold-lacquer four-case inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1870-1890
Sold for £61,250 (US$ 78,856) inc. premium

Lot Details
A gold-lacquer four-case inro  By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1870-1890 (3) A gold-lacquer four-case inro  By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1870-1890 (3) A gold-lacquer four-case inro  By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1870-1890 (3) A gold-lacquer four-case inro  By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1870-1890 (3)
A gold-lacquer four-case inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1870-1890
Of standard lenticular cross-section with squared-off sides, slightly convex top and base, and integrated cord-runners, entirely covered in black lacquer and decorated on the front and back in gold, aokin, and silver togidashi maki-e with two carp swimming in a pond or river conveyed by a carefully modulated gold-lacquer ground flecked with silver, the top, base, interiors, shoulders, and risers all with a similar finish, signed on the base in gold hiramaki-e characters Maruyama Okyo no zu o motte Zeshin byo (Drawn by Zeshin after a painting by Maruyama Okyo); with a fitted wood tomobako storage box inscribed outside Yakuro (Medicine case) and inscribed inside Zeshin-o saku Okyo i shusse koi no zu Koma Chikushin kan (Made by the venerable Zeshin, a picture in the manner of Okyo of a carp symbolizing success, certified by Koma Chikushin) with a seal Shin, and with a certificate by Chikushin giving the same information; with a silver ojime carved with quails and millet. 9.6cm x 6.9cm x 2.2cm (3¾in x 2¾in x 7/8in). (3).

Footnotes

  • For a classic example of a naturalistic painting by Okyo of this favourite Maruyama-Shijo subject, see Sasaki Shohei and Sasaki Masako, Maruyama Okyo: Shaseiga sozo e no chosen (Maruyama Okyo: Shaseiga, Challenging a New Frontier), exhibition catalogue, Osaka Municipal Museum of Art, 2004, cat. no.27, a pair of scrolls of carp, one of them showing a carp swimming in calm waters and another showing a carp ascending a waterfall. This latter subject was also tackled by Zeshin, see Nezu Bijutsukan (Nezu Museum), Shibata Zeshin no shikko, urushi-e, kaiga, exhibition catalogue, Tokyo, 2012, cat. no.80, an inro in the Misumi collection executed in similar techniques to the present lot.
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