A gold lacquer five-case inro After a design by Katsukawa Shunsho, late 19th century/early 20th century
Lot 285Y
A gold lacquer five-case inro
After a design by Katsukawa Shunsho, late 19th century/early 20th century
Sold for £9,375 (US$ 15,929) inc. premium
Lot Details
A gold lacquer five-case inro
After a design by Katsukawa Shunsho, late 19th century/early 20th century
Of upright form, bearing a rich kinji ground, lacquered with a girl standing to adjust a blind, while looking down at a cat which claws at the hem of her kimono, in gold and slight-coloured takamakie, the reverse similarly lacquered with hagi (bush clover) and grasses, the interior of nashiji with kinji edges, each case containing an erotic ivory carving, signed Shunsho saku; with a cast metal ojime; and a two-part gold lacquered manju, inlaid in coral and aogai with a dragonfly among black-lacquered bamboo. 9.2cm (3 5/8in).

Footnotes

  • 簾を直す美人図蒔絵印籠(象牙彫春画置物入) 銘「春章作」 19世紀後期/20世紀前期

    Provenance: purchased from Bernard Hurtig, Honolulu, 1975.
    Wrangham collection, no.1286.

    Published: E. A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists, 1995, p.265, Shunsho, left column, bottom.

    The design of the girl adjusting the blind is taken from a painting by Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1792) in the collection of the MOA Museum of Art, Atami City, illustrated by Murasaki Muneshige, ed., Ukiyoe Taikei, Shueisha, Tokyo, 1974, vol.3, pl.17.
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