A rare lacquer four-case inro  By Toha, 19th century
Lot 318
A rare lacquer four-case inro By Toha, 19th century
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A rare lacquer four-case inro
By Toha, 19th century
One side of black lacquer, simulating shakudo, finely engraved in deep katakiri and kebori with a glowering shishi, the other side of gold lacquer with an ishime surface, lacquered and inlaid with a large peony and foliage in gold takamakie, applied gold foil and inlaid aogai, the interior of nashiji, signed Toha saku.
7.3cm (2 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • 牡丹に獅子図蒔絵螺鈿印籠 銘「東巴作」 19世紀

    Provenance: purchased from Douglas J. K. Wright, London, 1966.
    Wrangham collection, no.679.

    Published: E. A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists, 1995, p.292, Toha, top right.

    Although not acknowledged as such, the engraving of the shishi is very much in the manner of the celebrated sword fitting maker, Yokoyo Somin and his school.
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