A black lacquer three-case inro By Koma Yasutada, 19th century
Lot 187
A black lacquer three-case inro
By Koma Yasutada, 19th century
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A black lacquer three-case inro
By Koma Yasutada, 19th century
Of wide form, the roiro ground shading to usu-nashiji, lacquered with a continuous design of an inko (parakeet), perched on a flowering branch above a winding stream, in gold and slight coloured takamakie and togidashi, the interior of red lacquer with kinji edges and risers, signed Koma Yasutada saku. 7.5cm (3in).

Footnotes

  • 音呼図蒔絵印籠 銘「古満安匡作」 19世紀

    Michael Tomkinson collection, no.703.
    Purchased from Spink and Son Ltd., London, 1987.
    Wrangham collection, no.1982.

    Published: E. A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists, p.328, Yasutada, Koma, left.

    The design is one of the set known as 'The One Hundred Gifu Inro', produced by Koma Yasutada for the shogun and presented to the Toda daimyo in Mino Province. The designs are from Gazu Hyakkacho (Album of 100 Birds and Flowers), a woodblock-printed book of designs by Sekichushi Shuhan after Kano Tan'yu (1602-1674), first published in 1729. The present design is bird no.87, illustrated in vol.4, described as inko (parakeet). The set was discussed by Julia Hutt in an article published in Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 1988-9, vol.53, pp.65-86. A further essay on the series by Heinz Kress was published in The Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal, vol.15, no.3, pp.22-40.
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