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A bamboo and lacquer Zansai-Ire (scraps box) by Ikeda Taishin.
The beautiful section of bamboo is decorated in bamboo leaves in black and gold polished lacquer with various sections in a black ishime textured lacquer. The leaves roll from the lid down onto the body of the container. The bamboo, in ovoid form, displays a consistent, tight grain and good colour.
Several scraps boxes exist signed Zeshin, but I’ve not encountered another with Taishin’s name attached to it. One signed Zeshin in the MET Museum’s collection is a brilliant example, slightly rounder than the one I offer here but with the similar pressed appearance to the bottom internal wall. Another signed Zeshin, in the Royal Ontario Museum, is decorated with a beautiful bird and has very similar leaves to ours. I believe it is probably from the hand of Ikeda Taishin. Recently, the partner netsuke for our box was sold at Bonhams New York, a little Hako depicting the same leaves as our box, signed Taishin.
Signed, Taishin (Ikeda Taishin 1825–1903)
Second half of the 19th century
Height: 6.8cm Width: 6.6cm Depth: 3.3cm
Similar examples: By Zeshin, held in the MET Museum New York, Accession Number: 29.100.830
By Zeshin, Bonham’s London, Fine Japanese Art 16 May 2013, lot 230
Royal Ontario Museum, Accession Number: 958.27
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