Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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An original painting of a somewhat benign Raijin, the god of thunder and lightening. His geta are on a shelf and a cat watches him. There appears to be a cloth-covered mirror at the extreme left. This could almost be some sort of green room view. Zeshin was the greatest lacquerer of the 19th century. Also a highly skilled painter, often using lacquer on his paintings. Sumi on creped silk, 32.25 x 6 in; 81.9 x 15.2 cms. A diagonal joining of two pieces of the silk make up the length. In good condition. Signed Zeshin with largeTairyukyo seal. Painted c. 1885.

 

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Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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A fine original drawing in sumi and colour for the series Hana kurabe, “A Comparison of Flowers” published by Shugyokudo between c 1875 – 1890. The set of 120 prints was issued in groups of 12 enclosed in paper wrappers. This design shows a group of what are possibly thistles. On thin paper, 7.5 x 10.5 in; 19 x 26.5 cms.


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Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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A rare surimono showing a family going kite flying. The man carrying a huge example on his back.

Very good impression and colour. Minor soil, otherwise good condition. Signed Zeshin with seal.

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Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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A fine original drawing in sumi and colour for the series Hana kurabe, “A Comparison of Flowers” published by Shugyokudo between c 1875 – 1890. The set of 120 prints was issued in groups of 12 enclosed in paper wrappers. This design shows a group of Japanese poppies. On thin paper laid onto Japanese paper, 7.5 x 10 in; 19 x 25.5 cms.


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Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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A fine original drawing in sumi and colour for the series Hana kurabe, “A Comparison of Flowers” published by Shugyokudo between c 1875 – 1890. The set of 120 prints was issued in groups of 12 enclosed in paper wrappers. This design shows a group of daffodills. On thin paper laid onto Japanese paper, 7.5 x 10.5 in; 19 x 26.5 cms.


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Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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A fine original drawing in sumi and colour for the series Hana kurabe, “A Comparison of Flowers” published by Shugyokudo between c 1875 – 1890. The set of 120 prints was issued in groups of 12 enclosed in paper wrappers. This design shows the entrance to a shrine with numerous ema hanging under cover and two figures entering. On thin paper laid onto Japanese paper, 7.25 x 9.75 in; 18.5 x 24.5 cms.


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Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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A fine original drawing in sumi and colour for the series Hana kurabe, “A Comparison of Flowers” published by Shugyokudo between c 1875 – 1890. The set of 120 prints was issued in groups of 12 enclosed in paper wrappers. This design shows an unidentified plant with purple-black berries – possibly a variety of elderberry. On thin paper 7.25 x 10.5 in; 18.5 x 26.5 cms. Signed Zeshin and an indication for where the Shin seal should go. Sold together with the published print. Backed and with centre fold. Signed Zeshin and Shin seal.


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An uchiwa-e showing a pair of mandarin ducks amongst bulrushes. Extremely rare and possibly unique.


Very good impression and colour. The fan has been dismounted from its bamboo frame, hence the rib marks show. Slight soil. Signed Zeshin with Tairyukyo seal ( referring to his home near the Kanda River. Used after 1832 ).


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Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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Two ehon complete with title on red slips: Shibata Zeshin gafu, “Picture Book by Shibata Zeshin, Shohan.” Original stippled yellow covers. Inside page: Ehon yamato nishiki no uchi, Shibata Zeshin sensei gafu. Toto Kikado zo. Twenty designs by Zeshin from the collection of Kikado of Tokyo. This appears to be the first edition and the designs were reprinted many times and some also incorporated into compilations with other contemporary artists. No date. Opening out to 9 x 11.5 in, 22 x 29.5 cms.


All, apart from two, fine early impressions. Fine colour. Slight edge soil on two sheets. Residue glue on fold of last design and slight edge crease on two sheets but otherwise very good condition. Most sheets signed Zeshin.



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Shibata ZESHIN (1807 – 1891), Ikeda TAISHIN and SUISHIN




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A complete set of the four seasons in shijo style: Spring showing cherry blossom viewing signed Taishin; Summer is a still life of theatre props signed Zeshin; Autumn shows people moon viewing signed Suishin, and Winter shows a woman tentatively lifting a bamboo screen on a snow-bound boat signed Zeshin. Extremely rare: This is the only set I have recorded and came from me in the 1980s. The prints were originally folded and would have been sold in paper slip cases ( hence the slight vertical folds ). Although not strictly surimono, they probably served a similar purpose. Each 6.5 x 5.75 inches, 16.5 x 14.5 cms. Taishin and Suishin were pupils of Zeshin and the former was a life long friend of his until his death.


Very good impressions, colour and condition. Signed Zeshin, Taishin and Suishin.



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Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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A fine original drawing in sumi and colour for the series Hana kurabe, “A Comparison of Flowers” published by Shugyokudo between c 1875 – 1890. The set of 120 prints was issued in groups of 12 enclosed in paper wrappers. This design shows new year Adonis flowers, Fukujuso, together with a trowel and flower pot. On thin paper, 7.5 x 10.5 in; 19 x 26.5 cms. An indication for where the Zeshin seal is to go. Sold together with the published print in good condition sealed Zeshin.


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Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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A fine original drawing in sumi and colour for the series Hana kurabe, “A Comparison of Flowers” published by Shugyokudo between c 1875 – 1890. The set of 120 prints was issued in groups of 12 enclosed in paper wrappers. This design shows plants and bonsai trees seen through a window in an old cracked wall. On thin paper laid onto Japanese paper, 7.25 x 10.25 in; 18.5 x 26 cms. Sold together with the published print in good condition. Signed and sealed.

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Shibata ZESHIN (1807-1891)




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A fine original drawing in sumi and colour for the series Hana kurabe, “A Comparison of Flowers” published by Shugyokudo between c 1875 – 1890. The set of 120 prints was issued in groups of 12 enclosed in paper wrappers. This design shows a mouse crouching on the top border looking down on pussy willow. On thin paper, 7.5 x 9.5 in; 19 x 24 cms.

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