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Fine Japanese Works of Art from the Edward Wrangham Collection (Online only) / A metal-inlaid gold-lacquer four-case saya inro By Tobe Kofu (1888-1965) and Hagiya Katsuhira II (born 1859), early 20th century

Lot 133
A metal-inlaid gold-lacquer four-case saya inro
By Tobe Kofu (1888-1965) and Hagiya Katsuhira II (born 1859), early 20th century
18 June – 9 July 2018, 16:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

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A metal-inlaid gold-lacquer four-case saya inro

By Tobe Kofu (1888-1965) and Hagiya Katsuhira II (born 1859), early 20th century
The saya of kinji, embellished with mura-nashiji and kirikane, inlaid with the Rokkasen (Six Immortals of Poetry) in gold and shibuichi with silver, copper and shakudo details beneath clouds of silver takamaki-e, the four-case inro within decorated on the gold lacquer and mura-nashiji ground with flowering cherry trees among cloud bands and hills above, with rich details in gold foil and kirikane, the interior of red lacquer with nashiji risers, signed for the lacquer Kofu saku and for the metalwork Katsuhira koku; with a dark stone ojime. 9.5cm (3¾in) high.

Footnotes

六歌仙図蒔絵貼付彫金印籠 銘「公風作」「勝平刻」 20世紀前期

Provenance: Graham Gemmell, London, 1988.
Wrangham collection, no.1925.

For Tobe Kofu, see E. A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists, Alnwick, Harehope Publications, 1995, p.135. The metalwork is almost certainly by Hagiya Katsuhira II (see also lot 142), who was born in 1859, the son of Suzuki Katsuyasu, and later adopted by Hagiya Katsuyasu in 1875, see Robert E. Haynes, The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, Ellwangen, Germany, Nihon Art Publishers, 2001, no.H02760.

The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art: Part VI, lot 134.

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