A lacquer five-case inro By Koma Kansai, early 19th century
Lot 268Y
A lacquer five-case inro By Koma Kansai, early 19th century
Sold for £9,000 (US$ 14,924) inc. premium
Lot Details
Koma Family
A lacquer five-case inro
By Koma Kansai, early 19th century
Of ribbed form with openwork silver cord runners, bearing a mottled dark-brown ground, lacquered and inlaid with five large dragonflies in gold takamakie with details of e-nashiji and tsuishu with inlay of green-stained ivory and raden, the interior of nashiji, signed Kansai with red kao.
7.9cm (3 1/8in).

Footnotes

  • 蜻蛉図蒔絵螺鈿印籠 銘「寛哉(花押)」 19世紀前期

    Provenance: purchased from Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1982.
    Wrangham collection, no.1589.

    Published: E.A.Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists, 1995, p.113, Koma Kansai II, bottom left.

    While it is often difficult to distinguish between the work of the three Kansai masters of the Koma school, the present work is probably that of Koma Kansai II (1767-1835) who lived in Edo, and was the son and student of Koma Kansai I.
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