A very rare black-lacquer two-case inro The inro by Koma Yasuaki, 19th century, the netsuke by Ikkyu, 19th century
Lot 148
A very rare black-lacquer two-case inro
The inro by Koma Yasuaki, 19th century, the netsuke by Ikkyu, 19th century
Sold for £55,250 (US$ 92,809) inc. premium
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A very rare black-lacquer two-case inro The inro by Koma Yasuaki, 19th century, the netsuke by Ikkyu, 19th century A very rare black-lacquer two-case inro The inro by Koma Yasuaki, 19th century, the netsuke by Ikkyu, 19th century
Lot Details
A very rare black-lacquer two-case inro
The inro by Koma Yasuaki, 19th century, the netsuke by Ikkyu, 19th century
Of wide form, bearing a roiro ground and inlaid in same (rayskin) with a Komodo dragon, the reverse lacquered with breaking waves in gold and silver togidashi, the interior of black lacquer with kinji edges, signed Koma Yasuaki saku; with a silvered-metal ojime in the form of a covered jar, unsigned and a wood netsuke of a crocodile holding a captured fish beside a large fugu over a tai fish and ray, the eyes inlaid with mother-of-pearl with black pupils, signed in an oval reserve Ikkyu. 7.6cm (3in), wide.

Footnotes

  • 鰐図鱏皮蒔絵印籠 銘「古満安章作」 19世紀

    Provenance: W. L. Behrens collection, no.1458.
    Charles A. Greenfield collection, no.157.
    Purchased from Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1990.
    Edward Wrangham collection, no.2005.

    Published: O. Munsterberg, Japanische Kunstgeschichte, vol.II, Braunsschweig, Berlin, 1907, p.357, no.314A.
    H. P. Stern, The Magnificent Three: Lacquer, Netsuke, and Tsuba: Selections from the Collection of Charles A. Greenfield, Japan Society, New York, 1972, no.70.
    H. P. Stern, Birds, Beasts, Blossoms and Bugs: the Nature of Japan, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1976, no.96.
    A. J. Pekarik, Japanese Lacquer, 1600-1900: Selections from the Charles A. Greenfield Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1980.
    The Charles A. Greenfield Collection of Japanese Lacquer, Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1990.
    E. A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists, p.323, Yasuaki, right column, top.


    Exhibited: Japan House Gallery, New York, 1972.
    Frederick S. Wright Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles, 1976.
    Asia House Gallery, New York, 1977.
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1980.
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