A lacquered-wood three-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), 18th century
Lot 231*
A lacquered-wood three-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), 18th century
£4,000 - 5,000
US$ 6,500 - 8,100

Lot Details
A lacquered-wood three-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), 18th century A lacquered-wood three-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), 18th century
A lacquered-wood three-case inro
By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), 18th century
Decorated with a richly-caparisoned elephant in gold and slight-coloured takamakie, its back cloth with a design of scrolling flowerheads, inlaid in pottery with aogai details, inscribed in gold takamakie Shorai chifuku (The elephant comes bringing good fortune) and signed with two inlaid pottery seals Kan and Shoko (Naoyuki), with gold filigree ojime and lacquer manju netsuke carved with a recumbent ox in a field, unsigned. 6.8cm (2 5/8in).

Footnotes

  • 象来致福図木製蒔絵螺鈿楽焼付描印籠 銘「観(陶器方印)」「尚行(陶器方印)」 18世紀


    A very similar inro is illustrated in Inro and Netsuke, Epitomes of Edo Culture, The Inro Museum, Takayama, 1990, no.1.

    Ogawa Haritsu, who is usually known by his sobriquet, Ritsuo, was one of the first artists to incorporate diverse materials into his lacquerwares, utilising the excellent adhesive qualities of lacquer to combine glazed ceramic, metal, shell, and other materials with traditional makie techiques for lacquer decoration. A revival of interest in Haritsu's style and techniques during the 19th century is best exemplified in the copies of his work by Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), the foremost Japanese lacquerer of the 19th century.
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