A complete set of twelve ceramic three-case inro By Ogata Kenya II (1853-1923), late 19th century
Lot 333
A complete set of twelve ceramic three-case inro
By Ogata Kenya II (1853-1923), late 19th century
£15,000 - 20,000
US$ 25,000 - 34,000
Lot Details
A complete set of twelve ceramic three-case inro
By Ogata Kenya II (1853-1923), late 19th century
Of flattened oval or waisted form, each bearing a crackled cream glaze and painted in coloured enamels with flowers or plants representing the months of the year, each signed Kenya; each with a globular ojime and a clam-shaped netsuke, painted with the same plants decorating the corresponding inro, three signed Tenrokudo; in a fitted four-tiered box. Each inro approximately 9cm (3½in) high. (12).

Footnotes

  • 花鳥十二ヶ月図陶製印籠(十二点) 銘「乾也」 19世紀後期


    Provenance: purchased from Graham Gemmell, London, 1989.
    Wrangham collection, nos.1938-1949.

    The months and plants represented are as follows:

    First month: wakamatsu (pine saplings) with cranes flying above
    Second month: yanagi (willow) and a sagi (heron) wading in a stream
    Third month: sakura (cherry) and a kiji (pheasant)
    Fourth month: fuji (wisteria) and a pair of hibari (skylark)
    Fifth month: kakitsubata (iris) growing beside the yatsuhashi (eight-fold bridge)
    Sixth month: white and purple kiri (paulownia)
    Seventh month: butterflies hovering over botan (peony)
    Eighth month: geese flying over susuki (pampas grass)
    Ninth month: kiku (chrysanthemum) growing behind bamboo fences
    Tenth month: nanakusa (autumn grasses) of pampus grass and Chinese bellflowers
    Eleventh month: an onagadori (a long-tailed cockerel) perched on a momiji (maple) branch
    Twelfth month: flowering white and red ume (plum)
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