Masterpieces of Japanese Art from a Royal Collection

Bonhams London
London, New Bond Street

Date of the auction: 07.11.2019

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MYŌCHIN YOSHIHISA 明珍吉久 IRON ARTICULATED MODEL OF A TOAD 蝦蟇自在鉄置物...

MYŌCHIN YOSHIHISA 明珍吉久 IRON ARTICULATED MODEL OF A TOAD 蝦蟇自在鉄置物 Edo Period (1615–1868) or Meiji era (1868–1912), 19th century A small articulated model of a toad, finely constructed from russet-iron hammered plates with hidden joints inside the body, the limbs movable, the details finely hammered

Lot #: 2*

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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TANAKA TADAYOSHI 田中唯吉 (ALSO KNOWN AS MUNEYOSHI 宗義, DIED 1950) IRON...

TANAKA TADAYOSHI 田中唯吉 (ALSO KNOWN AS MUNEYOSHI 宗義, DIED 1950) IRON ARTICULATED MODEL OF A SNAKE 大蛇自在鉄置物 Taisho era (1912–1926), circa 1915 A model of a large snake, finely constructed from numerous russet-iron hammered plates with hidden joints inside the body, the head incised with scales and

Lot #: 3*

Estimate: £100,000 - £150,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF FUKUROKUJU...

Shibata Zeshin 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF FUKUROKUJU, GOD OF GOOD FORTUNE AND LONGEVITY 福禄寿図額装漆絵 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890 Lacquer on paper, mounted as an album leaf and framed, depicting Fukurokuju holding a rustic bamboo staff from which hangs a rolled-up scroll

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF MARE'S-TAIL...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF MARE'S-TAIL, FERNS, AND BUTTERFLY 杉菜蕨胡蝶図額装漆絵 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1880–1890 Urushi (lacquer) on paper, the foreground embellished with gold flakes, depicting three warabi (edible ferns), one of them placed with the head out of

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF A...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF A POMEGRANATE BRANCH, FRUIT ON A TRAY, AND A WATER PITCHER 柘榴水瓶図額装漆絵 Meiji era (1868–1912), dated 1878 Lacquer on paper, mounted as an album leaf and framed, depicting a pomegranate with its flowering branch resting on a seigaibon

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF TANZAKU (POEM-CARDS) WITH DESIGNS...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SET OF TANZAKU (POEM-CARDS) WITH DESIGNS FOR THE TWELVE MONTHS 月次絵短冊 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890 Ink, colours, and gold on silk mounted on thin card, with a gold-painted border; for signatures and seals, please refer to the individual descriptions below

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF A FARMER'S...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF A FARMER'S HOUSE 農家図漆絵額 Meiji era (1868–1912), dated 1888 An urushi-e painting depicting a peaceful scene of a farmer's rustic dwelling, well maintained but showing its age, in early spring: to the right a straw hat and mino (raincoat

Lot #: 8*

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) ALBUM OF MINIATURE URUSHI-E (LACQUER...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) ALBUM OF MINIATURE URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTINGS) 漆絵画帳 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1885–1886 An album of eleven small urushi-e paintings with a calligraphic title page, bound in orihon (concertina) style, the blank pages covered in gold-painted paper, the cover of silk

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF MUSHROOM-GATHERING IN AUTUMN FIELDS 秋野辺茸図漆絵掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1884 An urushi-e painting mounted as a hanging scroll, depicting two branches of maple from which hangs a slender twig threaded with three varieties of mushroom

Lot #: 10*

Estimate: £30,000 - £50,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) KAKEJIKU (HANGING SCROLL) DEPICTING SHOKI...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) KAKEJIKU (HANGING SCROLL) DEPICTING SHOKI AND ONI, WITH FITTED WOOD TOMOBAKO PAINTED BY SHŌJI CHIKUSHIN 庄司竹真 (1854–1936) AND JIKUSAKI (ROLLER ENDS) LACQUERED BY SHŌJI HŌSHIN 庄司芳真 (1898–1993) 朱円窓鍾馗図掛軸 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1883, and Showa era (1926–1989), 1929 A

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) TANZAKU (POEM CARD) WITH URUSHI-E (LACQUER...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) TANZAKU (POEM CARD) WITH URUSHI-E (LACQUER PAINTING) OF A GOURD 瓢箪図漆絵短冊 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890 Lacquer on paper with flakes of gold and silver, mounted on silver-backed card, depicting a partial view of a natural gourd, fitted with a red silk cord and

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) PAIR OF SIX-PANEL SCREENS DEPICTING THE...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) PAIR OF SIX-PANEL SCREENS DEPICTING THE LEGEND OF TAKASAGO 高砂図六曲屏風一双 Meiji era (1868–1912), dated 1888 and 1889 A pair of six-panel screens painted in ink and colours on silk depicting auspicious scenes from the legend of Takasago: on the right-hand screen, the

Lot #: 13*

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) LACQUERED WOOD PANEL WITH DESIGN OF...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) LACQUERED WOOD PANEL WITH DESIGN OF FARMHOUSE IN THE SNOW AT SANO 雪中佐野(「鉢の木」)図蒔絵額面 Meiji era (1868–1912), dated 1883 The roiro-nuri ground decorated in a range of lacquer techniques including extensive silver takamaki-e to depict the snow on the ground and roof

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £300,000 - £500,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SMALL BOX WITH DESIGN OF AUTUMN GRASSES...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SMALL BOX WITH DESIGN OF AUTUMN GRASSES 秋草図素彫小箱 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890 A small box with kabusebuta (overhanging lid), the body, with rounded edges, likely constructed using a combination of the magemono (bentwood) and harinuki (layered-paper

Lot #: 15*

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) ZANSAISAGE OR TONKOTSU (CONTAINER FOR FOOD...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) ZANSAISAGE OR TONKOTSU (CONTAINER FOR FOOD SCRAPS) WITH DESIGN OF WAVES AND PLOVERS 波千鳥図蒔絵頓骨 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890 With tapering sides, rounded corners, and overhanging lid, probably of wood, covered in dark-brown, almost black seidō-nuri, with a

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) ZANSAISAGE OR TONKOTSU (CONTAINER FOR FOOD...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) ZANSAISAGE OR TONKOTSU (CONTAINER FOR FOOD SCRAPS) WITH DESIGN OF THE MOON AND MARE'S-TAIL 月に杉菜図蒔絵残菜提 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890 With tapering sides, rounded corners, and fitted lid, the wood body in dark green-brown seidō-nuri and with a design of the

Lot #: 17

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) DOOR WITH AUTUMN MAPLE-VIEWING SCENE...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) DOOR WITH AUTUMN MAPLE-VIEWING SCENE 紅葉狩図蒔絵板戸 Meiji era (1868–1912), late 1880s A paulownia-wood door panel, decorated in high-relief gold, silver, red, brown, and black takamaki-e, some areas highly polished and others heavily textured, depicting a silver tea kettle

Lot #: 18*

Estimate: £150,000 - £200,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SWEET DISH IMITATING PEWTER 砂張盆写菓子器...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SWEET DISH IMITATING PEWTER 砂張盆写菓子器 Edo period (1615–1868), circa 1855 A roughly circular dish modelled in imitation of a hammered-pewter platter, the thin paper body lacquered in a mixture of charcoal powder, orpiment (arsenic sulphide), bengara (red iron oxide), and

Lot #: 19*

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) TSUBA (SWORD GUARD) WITH RED-PEPPER DESIGN...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) TSUBA (SWORD GUARD) WITH RED-PEPPER DESIGN 唐辛子図蒔絵喰出鐔 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890 A hamidashi-tsuba (hand guard for a dagger) formed from layers of paper covered in dark grey-brown textured tetsusabi-nuri, further lacquered to mimic the semegane (copper

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £5,000 - £7,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SAYA (SCABBARD) WITH DESIGN OF GINGKO NUTS...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) SAYA (SCABBARD) WITH DESIGN OF GINGKO NUTS 銀杏図蒔絵脇差拵 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890 The scabbard of mottled chadō-nuri, decorated toward the end with two gingko nuts and stalks, one in gold, the other in seidō-nuri, both textured with charcoal dust, a gingko

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £12,000 - £18,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ (MEDICINE CASE) WITH DESIGN OF SHŌKI...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ (MEDICINE CASE) WITH DESIGN OF SHŌKI THE DEMON-QUELLER AND A DEMON, AND NETSUKE (TOGGLE) WITH SAKE-BOTTLE DESIGN 鍾馗鬼遣図蒔絵鞘印籠 酒瓢図蒔絵根付 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1886 In sheath-inrō form, the case of wood covered in silver fundame textured in ishime-nuri to

Lot #: 22

Estimate: £60,000 - £80,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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ATTRIBUTED TO ISHIBASHI SŌJIRŌ (HEISHŪSAI) 石橋平秀齋 推定 (1847–1918) INRŌ...

ATTRIBUTED TO ISHIBASHI SŌJIRŌ (HEISHŪSAI) 石橋平秀齋 推定 (1847–1918) INRŌ (MEDICINE CASE) WITH BLUE-LACQUER GROUND 菊に蝶図蒔絵青漆印籠 Meiji (1868–1912) or Taisho (1912–1926) era, late 19th–early 20th century With two interlocking cases and cover, the flattened hexagonal body covered in ultramarine-blue lacquer

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £20,000 - £30,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ (MEDICINE CASE) WITH BUTTERBUR DESIGN...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ (MEDICINE CASE) WITH BUTTERBUR DESIGN 蕗薹図蒔絵印籠 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1877 With four interlocking cases and cover of wood covered in chadō-nuri, the sides and top decorated with leaves, shoots, and flower of fuki (butterbur or bog rhubarb), in gold, silver

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £25,000 - £35,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) ZANSAISAGE OR TONKOTSU (CONTAINER FOR FOOD...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) ZANSAISAGE OR TONKOTSU (CONTAINER FOR FOOD SCRAPS) WITH A STABLE AT NIGHT 夜の厩図蒔絵残菜提 Meiji era (1868–1912), 1880s A zansaisage (container for food scraps) with dark green seidō-nuri ground, decorated in gold and coloured hiramaki-e, takamaki-e, and other techniques

Lot #: 25

Estimate: £60,000 - £80,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019

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SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ (MEDICINE CASE) WITH DESIGN OF ANTIQUE...

SHIBATA ZESHIN 柴田是真 (1807–1891) INRŌ (MEDICINE CASE) WITH DESIGN OF ANTIQUE MIRRORS 古鏡図蒔絵印籠 Meiji era (1868–1912), circa 1870–1890 With four interlocking cases and cover, of standard lenticular cross-section with straight sides, rounded corners, curved top and base, and integrated cord-runners, the

Lot #: 26*

Estimate: £40,000 - £60,000

Date: 7 Nov 2019