Japanese Shibata Zeshin inro brings $125,278 at Bonhams


2015-06-26 12:51:29


Japanese Shibata Zeshin inro brings $125,278 at Bonhams

A Japanese inro by Shibata Zeshin realised $125,278 at Bonhams' London auction on May 17

Another Shibata Zeshin inro was sold at Bonhams yesterday (May 17) inits Fine Japanese Art sale in London.

Japanese Shibata Zeshin InroThis inro isa sound investment judging by previous sales

The auction follows the record-breaking 301,250 sale of an inro designed by Zeshin on May 15 at Bonhams. Shibata Zeshin is considered a master artist of Japan's Meiji period, and invented the urushi-e technique of painting with lacquer. The inro featuring in yesterday's sale was a stunning example of his style, boasting three layered cases delicately painted with different blossoms. However, this inro fared less well than the new record holder, despite having a more complex design and a much higher pre-sale estimate. It brought 79,250 ($125,278) against an estimate of 65,000-75,000, a 5.6% increase. The inro, a type of case used to hold small objects, has proved itself as a popular collector's item in recent years as well as a sound investment, having enjoyed a solid run of success at auction. Paul Fraser Collectibles offers a 120% investment guarantee on a number of our stock items, ensuring a 4% pa return.The top lot of the salewas a striking cloisonn enamel square bowl by Ando Jubei. Featuring an edge crowded with colourful irises offset by the simple lone carp design on the interior, the magnificent work sold for $145,250 ($229,583).

The Bonhams auction came during a week of Japanese sales from the major auction houses, which will be capped by the Christie's Artistic Craftsmanship of Imperial Japan auction today (May 18).

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