ŌMURA GYOKUZAN 大村玉山 (died circa 1830) INRŌ WITH BRUSHWOOD RAFTS 芝舟蒔絵印籠 Edo period (1615–1868), circa 1815–1830
Lot 16*
ŌMURA GYOKUZAN 大村玉山 (died circa 1830) INRŌ WITH BRUSHWOOD RAFTS 芝舟蒔絵印籠
Edo period (1615–1868), circa 1815–1830
Sold for £2,500 (US$ 3,341) inc. premium

Lot Details
ŌMURA GYOKUZAN 大村玉山 (died circa 1830) INRŌ WITH BRUSHWOOD RAFTS 芝舟蒔絵印籠 Edo period (1615–1868), circa 1815–1830 ŌMURA GYOKUZAN 大村玉山 (died circa 1830) INRŌ WITH BRUSHWOOD RAFTS 芝舟蒔絵印籠 Edo period (1615–1868), circa 1815–1830
ŌMURA GYOKUZAN 大村玉山 (died circa 1830) INRŌ WITH BRUSHWOOD RAFTS 芝舟蒔絵印籠
Edo period (1615–1868), circa 1815–1830
An inrō with three interlocking cases and cover, of slightly rounded rectangular cross-section with straight sides, rounded top and base, and applied cord-runners, the roiro black-lacquer ground decorated on each side in gold and coloured hiramaki-e and takamaki-e, shell, and tetsusabi-nuri with a raft laden with bundles of brushwood and tossed on stylized waves, the compartments and risers gold nashiji, the shoulders and rims gold fundame; signed on the base in inlaid shell characters within a rectangular cartouche Jitokusai Gyokuzan 自得斎玉山, with a kaō

9.2 × 6.6 × 2.4 cm (3 5/8 × 2 5/8 × 1 in.)

Fitted wood storage box (2)

Footnotes

  • A pupil of Koma Koryū and Koma Kansai I (d. 1792), Ōmura Gyokuzan, who also styled himself Tachibana Gyokuzan, Kangyōsai, and Jitokusai (as on this lot), is thought to have been active during the Bunka and Bunsei eras (1804–1830). Born to a samurai family of the Tanabe fief in Tango Province, he served at the Makino family yashiki (daimyo mansion) in Edo but also appears to have worked for the great shogunal bureaucrat Matsudaira Sadanobu (1759–1829); see Takao, Maki-e hakubutsukan, Takao Yō no hōmu pēji. On this inrō, the bold use of shell and the stylized waves show the unmistakable influence of the great Edo samurai painter Sakai Hōitsu (1761–1828) who revived the style of Ogata Kōrin (1658–1716), beginning around the centenary of the latter's death.
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