A large single-case inro and a kozuka
The inro by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period, the kozuka by Yokoya school, 19th century
The brownish shibuichi-nuri ground lacquered in relief with a Daigoro sukashi tsuba, pierced with kiku on water, the surface simulating old iron, the reverse with a simulated shibuichi kozuka engraved with Shoki in the manner of the Yokoya school, and a fuchi with a spider's web in Jochiku style, the interior of tan and fundame lacquer, signed Zeshin; 9.3cm (3 5/8in); with silver ojime, cast with plum blossom, signed Ichimin; and lacquered-wood hako-netsuke in the form of a fuchi-gashira, the fuchi engraved with a waterfall, signed Somin with kao, Zeshin; the wood gashira added later; together with a shibuichi kozuka engraved with a complementary design of Shoki with a tiger, inscribed Somin with kao. 9.8cm (3 5/8in). (2).