A small rare black lacquer four-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), late 17th/early 18th century
Lot 8
A small rare black lacquer four-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), late 17th/early 18th century
Sold for £1,250 (US$ 2,115) inc. premium
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A small rare black lacquer four-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), late 17th/early 18th century A small rare black lacquer four-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), late 17th/early 18th century A small rare black lacquer four-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), late 17th/early 18th century A small rare black lacquer four-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), late 17th/early 18th century A small rare black lacquer four-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), late 17th/early 18th century A small rare black lacquer four-case inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), late 17th/early 18th century
Lot Details
A small rare black lacquer four-case inro
By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), late 17th/early 18th century
In the form of a Chinese ink-cake, of upright shape, black lacquered and each face bearing the inscription Dendochu in relief, the sides lacquered in gold hiramakie with a variety of writing materials and accessories such as ink brushes in a pot, an ink stone and a scroll, the interior of black lacquer, signed Kan with kao and inlaid pottery seal Kan, with amber ojime.
6.3cm (2½in) high.

Footnotes

  • 中国古墨意匠蒔絵印籠 銘「観(花押) 観(陶器方印)」 17世紀後期/18世紀前期

    Ritsuo (like many of the Japanese literati of the time) was renowned for his reverence for Chinese culture, learning and philosophy. Such esteem was clearly reflected in Ritsuo's choice of subject matter, particularly for the creation of objects which simulated Chinese ink cakes. For Chinese literati, the ink cake was one of the 文房四寶 ('The Four Treasures of the Scholar's studio'), which also included brush, paper, and inkstone. The ink cake was a functional object produced to provide ink to the painter or calligrapher - the written word was highly respected in Chinese culture which meant therefore that ink cakes were much revered. In the piece offered here, not only is the inro conceived in the form of an ink cake but the accompanying 'treasures' of the studio are also incorporated on the sides of the inro; such a design and piece would have been appreciated by its educated recipient.
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