A fine single-case lacquer inro
By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Meiji Period
Of rectangular form, bearing a dark olive-green textured ground, lacquered with ripe chestnuts (kuri) splitting out of their husks, the design continuing on the reverse, where a single chestnut falls beneath a branch of Japanese nutmeg (kaya), in gold, silver and coloured takamakie, the interior of roiro, signed Zeshin; with lacquer hako-netsuke bearing a brown ground and lacquered in gold and shibuichi takamakie with a seated hare among wild flowers, signed Zeshin.
7.9cm (3 1/8in).
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