A rare brown lacquer three-case inro  By Yamada Jokasai and Yosei, 19th century
Lot 245
A rare brown lacquer three-case inro By Yamada Jokasai and Yosei, 19th century
Sold for £32,450 (US$ 53,025) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare brown lacquer three-case inro  By Yamada Jokasai and Yosei, 19th century A rare brown lacquer three-case inro  By Yamada Jokasai and Yosei, 19th century A rare brown lacquer three-case inro  By Yamada Jokasai and Yosei, 19th century
A rare brown lacquer three-case inro
By Yamada Jokasai and Yosei, 19th century
Of wide form, bearing a rich dark brown ground, lacquered and inlaid with a prancing horse in silhouette in gold takamakie and inlaid aogai, the reverse with five formal characters representing the five sacred Daoist mountains of China (wu yo), in tsuishu-nuri, the interior of black and matt gold lacquer, signed Jokasai and Yosei tsukuru; with copper ojime inlaid in silver takazogan with a wind-blown peony, unsigned.
7.6cm (3in), wide.

Footnotes

  • 馬に中国五大山表象図蒔絵螺鈿印籠 銘「常嘉斎」「楊成造」 19世紀

    Provenance: W. L. Behrens collection, no.465.
    E. Evelyn Barron collection.
    M. T. Hindson collection.
    Michael Birch collection, purchased at Sotheby's, London, 1980.
    Wrangham collection, no.1473.

    Published: the International Netsuke Society Journal,
    vol.17, no.1, p.33, fig.5, where the origins of the design are also reproduced as figs.2, 3 and 4.

    The design of the reverse is taken from Chengshi Moyuan by Cheng Dayue, 'A compendium of Chinese ink-cake designs', published in 1606. The symbols are also reproduced in Fang shi mopu, 1588; and in Kokon Gaso, first published in 1770.

    The five sacred montains of China are identified as:
    Tai shan in Shantung
    Hua Shan in Shensi
    Heng Shan in Chili
    Heng Shan in Hunan
    Tai Shi in Honan.
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