GOLD LACQUERED CLOCK INRO, in the form of an oi, signed Murasada
Lot 2163
A rare gold lacquered silver single-case clock inro By Muramitsu (for the watch case) and Ed Juvet á Fleurier (for the movement) (19th century)
Sold for US$ 27,450 inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare gold lacquered silver single-case clock inro
By Muramitsu (for the watch case) and Ed Juvet á Fleurier (for the movement) (19th century)
In the shape of a Yamabushi priest's backpack (oi), the silver bamboo-form frame enclosing a gold lacquered silver saya with a simulated woven design and panels of phoenix and paulownia in gold lacquer, bearing a clock face in the center with the animals of the zodiac representing the hours of the traditional Japanese clock, the top of the case fitted with a removable cover into which fits a silver "bamboo" watch frame with a hinged handle containing a western-style clock with a gilt bar pattern cylider movement, with gold dial with raised Roman chapters enclosing gold foliage, opening to reveal a compass and scaphe sundial, signed Muramitsu saku and Ed Juvet á Fleurier; with inlaid lacquered bead ojime and natural gourd netsuke, unsigned
3 3/4in (9.5cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Carl A. Kroch Collection, sold Christie's, New York, Fine and Important Netsuke from the Collection of Carl A. Kroch, Part II, 1 December 1987, lot 163.

    Edouard Juvet (1820-1883) worked in Fleurier from 1844 producing watch movements for the Chinese market and later for that of Japan.
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