An important three-case lacquer inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), 18th century

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Lot 2077
An important three-case lacquer inro
By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), 18th century

Sold for US$ 18,750 inc. premium

Fine Japanese Works of Art

13 Sep 2011, 13:00 EDT

New York

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An important three-case lacquer inro
By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), 18th century
The circular inro lacquered in gold and red lacquer against a brown ground finished to resemble red bronze and designed as a gong decorated with an animated tree in a suiban set into a bronze basin set on tripod feet and decorated with "flush-inlaid gold", the tree undergoing a transformation into a writhing dragon, the reverse with the archaistic character ryu (dragon) framed by two wispy Chinese style dragons in clouds, all raised in relief, the sides decorated with a lute and a horn in gold takamaki-e and the himotoshi with "grommets" in silver takamaki-e, interiors roiro-nuri with fundame edges, signed on the top of the interior of the top case Ritsuo and ceramic seal Kan 2 1/2in (5.6cm) diameter

Footnotes

  • 銅鑼印籠 銘 「笠翁 観 (方印)」 18世紀

    Provenance: Michael Tomkinson collection

    Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), was an artist of many disciplines who achieved fame for his innovative use of materials in lacquer and for developing a new aesthetic in Japanese decorative arts. His characteristic lacquer technique utilizes inlays (including pottery, ivory, colored stone, shell, and wood) and simulates other materials such as metal and stone. His style was so unique that, in his own lifetime, it became known as Haritsu makie (Haritsu lacquer).
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An important three-case lacquer inro By Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo, 1663-1747), 18th century
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