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Fine Japanese Art

 
 

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A SUPERB ZESHIN-STYLE INLAID LACQUER SUZURIBAKO WITH DRAGON AMONGST CLOUDS AND COMBED WAVES

Japan, late 19th century, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Published: Little, Stephen / Lewis, Edmund J. (2011) View of the Pinnacle: Japanese Lacquer Writing Boxes: The Lewis Collection of Suzuribako, Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, cat. no. 69.

Of rectangular form with canted edges, superbly decorated in red and gold takamaki-e and kirikane as well as glass and mother-of-pearl inlays with a fierce dragon with finely detailed scales amid flames emerging from thick clouds, all on a dark-red seigaiha (combed-wave pattern) ground continued to the sides of the cover and the box, the underside of the cover with the attributes of a lucky god, including a treasure sack, a fan decorated with a phoenix, and a long gnarled staff with a double-gourd and scroll, all against a densely sprinkled nashiji ground, the interior of the box with nashiji and fitted with two compartments, a rectangular inkstone, and the original silver water dropper in the form of a tama (magical pearl), the underside with nashiji as well.

SIZE 5.2 x 23.7 x 25.4 cm

Condition: Very good condition with minor expected wear to lacquer and some old restored cracks to the edges of the box.
Provenance: Collection of Drs. Edmund and Julie Lewis.

This exceptionally well-crafted suzuribako clearly shows at least the influence of Shibata Zeshin, particularly in its use of the impressive seigaiha (combed-wave pattern) lacquer technique, a characteristic of the master lacquer artist Zeshin.

Auction comparison:
Compare a red-lacquer tray and cover from an original tiered jubako by Shibata Zeshin, of related size and also showing seigaiha on dark-red lacquer, at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 14 May 2015, London, lot 338 (sold for 31,250 GBP). Compare also with a black-lacquer inro by Shibata Zeshin, also showing seigaiha on dark-red lacquer, at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 5 November 2020, London, lot 57 (sold for 18,812 GBP).

Sold for €12,640

including Buyer's Premium


 

Japan, late 19th century, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Published: Little, Stephen / Lewis, Edmund J. (2011) View of the Pinnacle: Japanese Lacquer Writing Boxes: The Lewis Collection of Suzuribako, Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press, cat. no. 69.

Of rectangular form with canted edges, superbly decorated in red and gold takamaki-e and kirikane as well as glass and mother-of-pearl inlays with a fierce dragon with finely detailed scales amid flames emerging from thick clouds, all on a dark-red seigaiha (combed-wave pattern) ground continued to the sides of the cover and the box, the underside of the cover with the attributes of a lucky god, including a treasure sack, a fan decorated with a phoenix, and a long gnarled staff with a double-gourd and scroll, all against a densely sprinkled nashiji ground, the interior of the box with nashiji and fitted with two compartments, a rectangular inkstone, and the original silver water dropper in the form of a tama (magical pearl), the underside with nashiji as well.

SIZE 5.2 x 23.7 x 25.4 cm

Condition: Very good condition with minor expected wear to lacquer and some old restored cracks to the edges of the box.
Provenance: Collection of Drs. Edmund and Julie Lewis.

This exceptionally well-crafted suzuribako clearly shows at least the influence of Shibata Zeshin, particularly in its use of the impressive seigaiha (combed-wave pattern) lacquer technique, a characteristic of the master lacquer artist Zeshin.

Auction comparison:
Compare a red-lacquer tray and cover from an original tiered jubako by Shibata Zeshin, of related size and also showing seigaiha on dark-red lacquer, at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 14 May 2015, London, lot 338 (sold for 31,250 GBP). Compare also with a black-lacquer inro by Shibata Zeshin, also showing seigaiha on dark-red lacquer, at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 5 November 2020, London, lot 57 (sold for 18,812 GBP).

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