A gold lacquer five-case inro By Shiomi Masanari, 19th century
Lot 211
A gold lacquer five-case inro
By Shiomi Masanari, 19th century
Sold for £11,250 (US$ 18,655) inc. premium
Lot Details
A gold lacquer five-case inro
By Shiomi Masanari, 19th century
Of upright form, bearing a rich kinji ground, lacquered in sumie togidashi with two crows perched on the branch of an old kaki (persimmon) tree, the interior of nashiji, signed Shiomi Masanari; with gold lacquered ojime decorated with spiders spinning webs in takamakie. 8.9cm (3½in).

Footnotes

  • 柿木に鴉図蒔絵印籠 銘「鹽見政誠」 19世紀

    Provenance: Katchen collection.
    Purchased from Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1971.
    Wrangham collection, no.1080.

    Exhibited: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1972, no.24.

    The combination of motifs suggests an evening in late autumn. In Japan, the crow is considered an auspicious bird and is often depicted by a number of artists, including Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), Watanabe Seitei (1851-1918) and not least, Kawanabe Kyosai (1831-1889) who became known especially for his crow paintings and prints, repeating the subject frequently.
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