A silver three-case inro with a shakudo saya By Unno Yoshimori II, (1864-1919), early 20th century
Lot 329Y
A silver three-case inro with a shakudo saya
By Unno Yoshimori II, (1864-1919), early 20th century
Sold for £16,250 (US$ 27,341) inc. premium
Lot Details
A silver three-case inro with a shakudo saya
By Unno Yoshimori II, (1864-1919), early 20th century
The silver three-case inro enclosed within a shakudo saya, inlaid with cock and hen pheasants by a fast flowing stream, beneath overhanging cherry trees in shades of gold and copper takazogan and pierced with clouds, the cord runners of gilt metal, signed Kiryuken Yoshimori; with a gilt metal ojime, pierced with a grasshopper among autumn plants; and a metal-inlaid ivory Ryusa style manju, inlaid with two quail carved amid wind-blown millet heads and clouds, signed Ko. 7.6cm (3in).

Footnotes

  • 桜下双雉図金工鞘印籠 銘「起龍軒美盛」 20世紀前期

    Provenance: purchased at Hotel Drouot, Paris, 1966.
    Wrangham collection, no.708.

    Published: E. A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists, 1995, p.336, Yoshimori, Unno, left.

    Exhibited: Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 1972, no.107.

    The maker is Unno Yoshimori II (1864-1919), the son of Unno Moritoshi, and who was adpopted by Unno Yoshimori I. He was a student of Unno Shomin, and studied painting as well as the art of metalwork. For a discussion of Yoshimori I and II, see Robert Haynes, The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, 2001, nos.H11885 and H11886.

    The design is taken from a woodblock-printed book, titled Ehon shoshin hashiradate (An illustrated Primer for Beginners), published in 1715.
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