SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ WITH CARP ASCENDING A WATERFALL 龍門鯉蒔絵印籠 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890
Lot 8*
SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ WITH CARP ASCENDING A WATERFALL 龍門鯉蒔絵印籠
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890
Sold for £60,000 (US$ 80,160) inc. premium

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ WITH CARP ASCENDING A WATERFALL 龍門鯉蒔絵印籠 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ WITH CARP ASCENDING A WATERFALL 龍門鯉蒔絵印籠 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890 SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ WITH CARP ASCENDING A WATERFALL 龍門鯉蒔絵印籠 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890
SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ WITH CARP ASCENDING A WATERFALL 龍門鯉蒔絵印籠
Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890
An inrō with three interlocking cases and cover, of lenticular cross-section with straight sides, rounded corners, curved top and base, and integrated cord-runners, the gold fundame lacquer ground decorated in silver and black togidashi maki-e, hiramaki-e, and takamaki-e with tetsusabi-nuri depicting on one side a carp swimming up a waterfall and on the other side water splashing over a crag, each side also with small flowers and plants, the compartments and risers gold nashiji, the shoulders and rims gold fundame; painted stone ojime with gilt-metal mounts; signed in kebori on the base Zeshin 是真

7.5 × 4.9 × 1.7 cm (3 × 1 7/8 × 5/8 in.)

With fitted wood storage box and paper label from the Zeshin Hyakunijūnen Tsuizen Kinen Tenkan 是真百廿年追善記念展観 (Zeshin 120th Anniversary Display, see below) (3)

Exhibited
Shibata Zeshin o shinobu kai 柴田是真を偲ぶ会 (Exhibition in Memory of Shibata Zeshin), Ōkyokan Building, Tōkyō Kokuritsu Hakubutsukan (Tokyo National Museum), Tokyo, 18 July 2011
Nezu Bijutsukan (Nezu Museum), Tokyo, 1 November–16 December 2012

Published
Nezu Bijutsukan (Nezu Museum) 2012, cat. no. 80

Footnotes

  • In Zeshin's time, the ancient Chinese image of a carp or other large fish ascending a waterfall in the upper reaches of the Yellow River was an emblem of success especially associated with the Tango no sekku or Boys' Day Festival (see also lot 6). For another inrō by Zeshin executed in similar techniques and depicting carp, compare an example sold in these rooms earlier this year (Bonhams 2017, lot 83). That inrō bore a signature explicitly attributing the design to the great eighteenth-century Kyoto painter Maruyama Ōkyo (1733–1795) and the present lot is one of several more works by Zeshin that incorporate carp-related subjects derived from paintings by him. For a classic treatment by Ōkyo, see Ōsaka Shiritsu Bijutsukan (Osaka Municipal Museum of Art) 2004, cat. no. 27, a pair of scrolls of carp, one of them with a carp swimming in calm waters and the other with a carp ascending a waterfall, as here. For a painted depiction by Zeshin himself of a carp ascending a waterfall, see Gōke 1981, cat. no. 249.
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