Attributed to Shibata Zeshin 伝柴田是真 (1807-1891), Tedoribon (tray) with dragonfly design 蜻蛉図蒔絵手取盆, Meiji era (1868-1912). Estimate £5,000 – 7,000 (€6,400 – 8,900). Photo: Bonhams
A tray with rounded corners and vertical sides, of wood entirely covered in roiro-nuri, the interior with five dragonflies in gold, silver, and coloured hiramaki-e and takamaki-e. Unsigned – 5.5 × 46.6 × 34.3 cm (2 1/8 × 18 3/8 × 13½ in.). With wooden storage box.
With a certificate by Shōji Hōshin (1898-1993), son of Shōji Chikushin (see lot 1), reading Tonbo maki-e kuroroiro-nuri midarebon migi mumei naredo Zeshin-ō ni shite Yoshiie Suisekitei denraihin no hitotsu nari Shōwa rokujūni-nen chūshū hachijūkyū-ō Shōji Hōshin 蜻蛉 蒔絵黒蝋色塗乱盆 右無銘なれど是真翁にして 吉家水石亭伝来品の一つ也 昭和六十二年仲秋 八十九翁庄司芳真 (This black-lacquer tray with design of dragonflies is unsigned but was handed down in the Yoshiie family Suisekitei collection as the work of the venerable Zeshin. Shōji Hōshin, aged 89, in mid-autumn of the 62nd year of Showa [=1987]) with seals Koma 古満,Ariyoshi 有義; and with an exhibition label Tonbo maki-e hirobuta 蜻蛉蒔絵広蓋 (Dragonfly maki-e tray with sealsZeshin 是真, Toki ni Heisei nijūsannen shichigatsu 于時平成二三年七月 (23rd year of Heisei [=2011], July) and Zeshin Hyakunijūnen Tsuizen Kinenten kan in 是真百二十年追善記念展観印 (Seal of the Zeshin 120th Anniversary Exhibition)
Provenance: Yoshiie Family, Suisekitei Collection
Notes: The Yoshiie family referred to in the certificate lived in Tokyo and were owners of a panel depicting a harvest festival, completed in 1882, that is one of the finest works in the Khalili Collection; they also owned a tiered box and another panel in the Khalili Collection (Earle 1996, cat. nos. 23, 27, 29).
Bonhams. THE MISUMI COLLECTION OF IMPORTANT WORKS OF LACQUER ART AND PAINTINGS, Part I – 5 Nov 2014 14:00 GMT – LONDON, NEW BOND STREET