A FINE LACQUER DISPLAY CABINET WITH INSCRIPTION NANA-SEI ZOHIKO (ZOHIKO VII), MEIJI-TAISHO PERIOD, CIRCA 1910
A FINE LACQUER DISPLAY CABINET WITH INSCRIPTION NANA-SEI ZOHIKO (ZOHIKO VII), MEIJI-TAISHO PERIOD, CIRCA 1910
A FINE LACQUER DISPLAY CABINET WITH INSCRIPTION NANA-SEI ZOHIKO (ZOHIKO VII), MEIJI-TAISHO PERIOD, CIRCA 1910
A FINE LACQUER DISPLAY CABINET WITH INSCRIPTION NANA-SEI ZOHIKO (ZOHIKO VII), MEIJI-TAISHO PERIOD, CIRCA 1910
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A FINE LACQUER DISPLAY CABINET WITH INSCRIPTION NANA-SEI ZOHIKO (ZOHIKO VII), MEIJI-TAISHO PERIOD, CIRCA 1910

Estimate: 80,000 - 100,000 GBP

A FINE LACQUER DISPLAY CABINET WITH INSCRIPTION NANA-SEI ZOHIKO (ZOHIKO VII), MEIJI-TAISHO PERIOD, CIRCA 1910

Estimate: 80,000 - 100,000 GBP

Lot Sold:81,250GBP

Lot Details

Description

THE PROPERTY OF A LONDON COLLECTOR

A FINE LACQUER DISPLAY CABINET WITH INSCRIPTION NANA-SEI ZOHIKO (ZOHIKO VII), MEIJI-TAISHO PERIOD, CIRCA 1910


with an asymmetric arrangement of sliding and hinged doors and shelves depicting chrysanthemum flowers and hedges, in gold and silver hiramaki-e, takamaki-e, hirame and kirigane on a kinji and black ground, the structure decorated with fans in gold, silver and mother-of-pearl on a black lacquer and mura-nashiji ground, applied throughout with silver mounts of pierced flower-head design, with tomobako [original wooden box]

5.5 x 37 x 95.5 cm., 29¾ x 14⅝ x 37⅝ in.

Condition Report

- The Shodana is in fine condition.

- The cover to the fitted wood box is slightly warped.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

This fine and impressive cabinet was a special commission from the seventh generation of the Zohiko lacquer lineage. Another Zohiko cabinet, slightly later in date, but with a design of court dancing and Genji themes, was exhibited at the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto in 1998. The Zohiko lineage dates from the time of the Kyoto lacquer craftsman Nishimura Munetada (1720-1773), who acquired the nickname "elephant boy" (Zohiko) for his lacquer image of the deity Fugen (Samantabhadra) on an elephant mount. This tour de force of the lacquerer's art is the work of the seventh-generation Nishimura Hikobei. His nephew, the eighth generation, received the gold medal for his work at the Panama Pacific International Exposition of 1915.


Zohiko was inspired by the traditional Muromachi lacquer techniques utilised in the bookshelf with 'The three laughing sages' (Kokei-sansho makie-dana) from the early Edo period (early 17th century), which is now in the Tokyo National Museum, see Beatrix von Ragué, A History of Japanese Lacquerwork, p. 147, plate 114.

Fine Japanese Art
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