A carved wood and black-lacquered three-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), dated 1720
Lot 310*
A carved wood and black-lacquered three-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), dated 1720
Sold for £13,750 (US$ 23,111) inc. premium
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A carved wood and black-lacquered three-case inro
By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), dated 1720
Of flattened octagonal section, carved on one side with banana leaves and on the other with inscription Kunshi Hyonen Kibun Kiya, referring to the I-Ging (I-ching), the interior of nashiji, signed and dated Ritsuo sei with seal Kan, Kyoho 5, kanoe-shi, haru-hi (a Spring day in the year of the Rat, in the fifth year of Kyoho [1720]).
7cm (2¾in).

Footnotes

  • バナナ葉図古墨意匠印籠 銘「笠翁製 観(方印)」 1720年

    Provenance: G. H. Hodgson collection, sold at Glendining & Co., London, 27th February 1918, lot 160.
    Lt. Col. J. B. Gaskell collection, no.385, sold at Glendining & Co., 9th March 1920, lot 1290.
    Sold at Glendining & Co., 14th April 1946.
    F. A. Richards collection, sold at Sotheby's London, 16th July 1963, lot 300.
    Carlo Monzino collection, sold at Sotheby's London, 21st June 1995, lot 410.

    The inscription on the reverse is taken from the Chinese book, Fang Shi Mopu, circa 1588 and also appears on an inro in the Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D. C. The inro, together with its source, was illustrated by Heinz Kress, Inro Motifs, Part II, in The Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal, Fall, 1991, p.31, figs.13 and 14. The inscription on the Freer inro is also illustrated by George Lazarnick, Netsuke and Inro Artists and How To Read Their Signatures, p.878.

    In the catalogue of the F. A. Richards sale, W. W. Winkworth wrote: 'This is the type of inro Zeshin so much admired and imitated. An unsigned example is in the British Museum (Oscar Raphael bequest). Ritsuo was a pupil of the great seventeenth poet Matsuo Basho (1644-1694), known as the 'hermit of the banana tree'. This therefore is an association piece of the highest literary interest. An ebony netsuke of the same subject, an ink-cake with Basho's emblem, was sold at Sotheby's 6th June 1963, lot 81 and may have been the original netsuke for the present inro'.
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