A rare tortoiseshell three-case inro 19th century
Lot 335*Y
A rare tortoiseshell three-case inro 19th century
Sold for £7,500 (US$ 12,428) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare tortoiseshell three-case inro
19th century
Of wide form, lacquered with the Yoro no Taki story, the woodsman seated, sleeping, flanked by bundles of brushwood, beneath an overhanging pine branch, the waterfall of Yoro shown on the reverse, in gold and silver takamakie with details of kirikane, unsigned; with a gold ojime pierced with a butterfly among kiku; and a tortoiseshell netsuke of gourd form, gold lacquered with informal kiri, unsigned.
7.3cm (2 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • 養老の滝図鼈甲螺鈿蒔絵印籠 無銘 19世紀

    Exhibited: Japanse Konst uit Nederlands, 1975.
    Published: Bulletin Franco-Japonais, no.10, p.36.
    Bulletin Franco-Japonais, no.25, p.13.

    The story of Yoro no Taki tells of a poor woodsman, Genjonai who, when collecting firewood, chanced upon a spring of golden water. He tasted it and found it to be high quality sake, so took some back to his elderly father, who also drank a little and felt years younger. Subsequently, the empress Gensho visited and drank from the water, with the same effect and named the waterfall Yoro no Taki ('Spring of Youth') which still exists in Gifu prefecture.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Lot symbols
* Import low rate

VAT on imported items at a preferential rate of 5% on Hammer Price and the prevailing rate on Buyer's Premium.

Y CITES

Subject to CITES regulations when exporting items outside of the EU, see clause 13.

Contacts
  1. Suzannah Yip
    Specialist - Japanese Art
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 8368
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 5840