An unusual roiro lacquer two-case inro By Shigetsugu and Hamano Shozui, 18th/19th Century
Lot 5016
An unusual roiro lacquer two-case inro By Shigetsugu and Hamano Shozui, 19th Century
Sold for US$ 14,400 inc. premium
Auction Details
An unusual two case inro 18th/19th Century, by Shigetsugu and Masayuki
Lot Details
An unusual roiro lacquer two-case inro
By Shigetsugu and Hamano Shozui, 19th Century
Decorated with a sparrow perched beneath a sedge rain hat suspended from a stalk of bamboo near narcissus reversed by birds flying toward red-berried plants, rendered in gold, silver and iroe takamakie, mother-of-pearl inlay and kirigane, silver takazogan blossoms, the ground of gold and silver hirame over roiro nuri, the risers decorated in togidashi with red prunus blossoms, black lacquer interior, signed in double cartouches horimono Shozui (Masayuki) and makie Shigetsugu; with a tapering tubular bronze ojime decorated with dragonfly and plants, signed (illegible), and a kagamibuta with silver bird in flight applied to a gilt metal plaque.
3 3/8in (8.6cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Eskenazi, October 22, 1984, 147, p. 67.

    Literature: An almost identical signature is illustrated in Lazarnick, Netsuke & Inro Artists, vol 2, p. 950.

    For the signature and further discussion of dual works by Shigetsugu and Shozui (Masayuki), see E. A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists (Alnwick: Harehope, 1995), pp. 238-239.
    Mrs. Meselson's hand-written notes in the Kress archives: "My very first inro. Loved the inside."
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