A gold lacquer four-case inro By Koshun, late 19th century
Lot 261Y
A gold lacquer four-case inro
By Koshun, late 19th century
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 25,540) inc. premium
Lot Details
A gold lacquer four-case inro
By Koshun, late 19th century
Bearing a rich kinji ground, lacquered with eight workmen using ladders and scaffolding to clamber about the head of the Daibutsu (monumental Buddha) of the Todaiji in Nara, in gold and slight-coloured takamakie, the interior of nashiji, signed Koshun with seal Koshun; with blue glass ojime; and an ivory netsuke of a toad among kikyo (Chinese bellflowers) on a pile of fallen roof tiles, signed Gyokuminsai.
7.9cm (3 1/8in).

Footnotes

  • 大仏図蒔絵印籠 銘「古春 古春(方印)」 19世紀後期

    Provenance: purchased at Sotheby's, London, 1997.
    Wrangham collection, no. 2123.

    This rare maker, who appears to have been working at the end of the 19th century, is unrecorded in Wrangham's Index of Inro Artists.
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