Project Description

Two-case Lacquer Ink Cake Inro, by Shibata Zeshin

Of rectangular form, each side with a sunken panel, one side with musical instruments and an inscription in archaic Chinese characters, the reverse with a Chinese ceremonial vessel known as a tan ting, both sides with an incised crackled ground
7.6 cm. high

The lacquer surface of the inro has been deliberately made to simulate an old, chipped inkcake. The Chinese inscription is taken from the 6th volume of the 16th century Fang shi mopu (The Fang Family Compendium of Ink Cakes). For a similar lacquer inro by Haritsu in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY go to: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/…

Zeshin’s diverse work encompassed homages to the Shijo and Rimpa schools, as well as the Chinese-inspired work of Ogawa Haritsu (1663-1747). He introduced and was a master of the technique of lacquer painting on paper

Provenance:

Kelsch collection

Christie’s London, 10th November 2010, lot 401 (£34,850)

MR3818

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