A set of two inlaid shibuichi and gold inro
Both inro and the kagamibuta netsuke by Katsura Mitsuharu (1871-1962), dated 1931
The larger shibuichi inro of three cases, worked in katakiribori and decorated in silver and gold honzogan and takazogan on one side with a large wind-swept peony bloom, the reverse with flowering stalks of plum and chrysanthemums, the interior of silver and gold, signed with chiselled characters Mitsuharu with kao; with en-suite kagamibuta netsuke, the gold plate engraved with two Noh dancers, signed Mitsuharu with kao, on a wood bowl carved in the form of a chrysanthemum by Abe Kenji and gilt-metal reticulated ojime, unsigned, with tomobako, signed and titled by the artist; the second inro of solid gold and containing three cases, and decorated in iroe-honzogan and takazogan with a continuous design of townspeople dancing (rinbu) with fans as cherry blossoms flutter around them, the interior of gold, signed with chiselled characters Mitsuharu with kao, with en-suite kagamibuta netsuke, the shibuichi plate decorated with a branch of cherry blossoms, signed Mitsuharu with kao and gilt-metal reticulated ojime engraved with blossoms, unsigned, with tomobako signed, sealed, dated and titled by the artist; both inro with silk storage pouches. The shibuichi inro 8cm (3 1/8in), the gold inro 6.5cm (2 9/16in). (6).
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