Lacquer portable by Mochizuki Hanzan
Lot 2187Y
Inlaid-lacquer portable sake flask By Mochizuki Hanzan (18th century)
Sold for US$ 42,700 inc. premium
Lot Details
Inlaid-lacquer portable sake flask
By Mochizuki Hanzan (18th century)
Of oval section, with a fitted cover opening to reveal a floret spout with an ivory stopper, the body decorated with a large Komodo Dragon rendered in shagreen in high relief, the eyes inlaid in glass and the claws ceramic, the creature scrambling on a large inlaid-pewter rock with coral, color stone and gold wire encrustations, the surrounding area embellished with iridescent shell against a black-lacquer ground, the cord-runners lacquered with scrolling vines in gold hiramakie , the top of the cover inscribed in gold hiramakie, Chomeishu (sake for long life) and with a lengthy recipe for the brew, interior red lacquer and fundame, ceramic seal Hanzan; fitted with a lacquer bead ojime decorated with colored lacquer florets and inlaid brass wire, and a wood netsuke carved as a snail on a lotus leaf-shaped bucket with an ivory butterfly cleat “repair”
5 1/2in (14cm)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Vicomte se Sartiges Collection, Paris
    Demaree and Dorothy Bess Collection
    Charles A. Greenfield Collection, sold Sotheby's, New York, Inro from the Collection of the Late Charles A. Greenfield, part I, 25th March 1998, lot 104.

    Literature:Arakawa Hirokazu, "Inro and Netsuke", Nihon no Bijutsu, supervised by the Bunkacho, Tokyo, Kyoto and Nara National Museums, no. 195, August 1981, no. 85.
    Harold P. Stern, The Magnificent Three, Lacquer, Netsuke, Tsuba, Selections from the Charles A. Greenfield collection, Japan House Gallery, Japan Society, New York, 1972, no. 74.


    Exhibited: Japan House Gallery, Japan Society, New York, 1972
    Shinjuku Keio Department Store, Tokyo, 1981
    Umeda Hankyu Department Store, Osaka, 1981
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