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ZESHIN: A LACQUER FOUR-CASE INRO DEPICTING A CROW AGAINST A RED MOON
LOT 335 - NE0421

School of Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), signed Zeshin 是眞
Japan, Edo/Tokyo, mid to late 19th century

Of rounded rectangular form, the kinji ground finely decorated with sumi-e togidashi, black takamaki-e, and red lacquer, depicting a crow perched on a blossoming plum tree against a red full moon, each side also showing a single loose feather fluttering in the wind, a fine and subtle detail. The interior with nashiji. The underside with the ‘rat’s tooth’ scratched signature ZESHIN.

HEIGHT 7.8 cm

Condition: Excellent condition with only minor surface wear.
Provenance: British collection.

Initially recognized for his painting, Zeshin was later renowned for his lacquerwork after studying under the lacquerer Koma Kansai II (1766-1835). Combining his technical mastery of the medium with the originality of his painterly output and tutelage with the Shijo school painter Suzuki Nanrei (1775-1844), Zeshin made significant contributions as a lacquer artist. The present inro represents the unique combination of Zeshin’s painterly background and later prowess as a lacquer artist.

Auction comparison:
Compare a related lacquer four-case inro by Koma Kansai, teacher of Shibata Zeshin, at Bonhams, The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art Part III, 15 May 2012, London, lot 261 (sold for GBP 85,250).

Literature comparison:
A woodblock color print by Shibata Zeshin, depicting crows flying in the red sky, is in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum, accession number 2007.32.102.

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