Lot 1151. A set of writing table (bundai) , writing box (suzuribako) and paper box (fubako), School of Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Japan, Meiji period, late 19th century. Writing table 4 ¾ in. (12 cm.) high, 23 ¼ in. (59 cm.) wide, 13 ¼ in. (33.6 cm.) deep Writing box 9 in. (22.9 cm.) long Paper box 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm.) long. Estimate: US$30,000 - US$50,000. © Christie's Images Ltd 2019
Each executed in red, black and silver lacquer to simulate bamboo and applied with ants of black lacquer on the table, a cricket of black lacquer on the writing box and two snails on the paper box, the underside of the table and the interiors of both boxes in gyobu nashiji, each piece inscribed Zeshin.
The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection.
Provenance: Galaxie Art & Gift Company, Hong Kong, 1987.
The Irving Collection, no. 1878.
Literature: James C. Y. Watt and Barbara Brennan Ford, East Asian Lacquer: The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1991, no. 143, p. 282-83.
Exhibited: New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, East Asian Lacquer: The Florence and Herbert Irving Collection, 22 November 1991- 23 February 1992.
Christie's. Lacquer, Jade, Bronze, Ink: The Irving Collection Day Sale, New York, 21 March 2019