A black lacquer three-case inro By Koma Yasutada, 19th century

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Lot 227
A black lacquer three-case inro
By Koma Yasutada, 19th century

£ 4,500 - 5,000
US$ 6,000 - 6,700
A black lacquer three-case inro
By Koma Yasutada, 19th century
Bearing a rich roiro ground, lacquered with a pigeon, depicted in silver and pale brown takamakie feeding on a grassy bank beside a large bush of gold togidashi, the interior of red lacquer with matt gold lacquer risers, signed Koma Yasutada saku. 7.6cm (3in).

Footnotes

  • 鳩図蒔絵印籠 銘「古満安匡作」 19世紀

    Provenance: Michael Tomkinson collection, no.709, sold at Glendining & Co., London, April 26th, 1922.
    Purchased from Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1987.
    Wrangham collection, no.1847.

    Published: E.A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists, 1995, p.328, Koma Yasutada, bottom left.

    The design is from the set known as The Hundred Gifu Inro, produced by Koma Yasutada for the Gifu Shogun while he was in the service of a daimyo of that province. The designs are taken from Gazu hyakkacho, a wood block printed book by Sekizushi Morinori, first published in 1729. The present design is bird no.98, illustrated in vol.4, described as Kaya kuguri (Japanese accentor). A paper on the subject by Julia Hutt was published in Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 1988-9, vol.53, pp.65-86. A further discussion of the series by Heinz Kress was published in The Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal, vol.15, no.3, pp.22-40. Two other examples from the series were sold in these rooms, The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art: part I, 9th November 2010, lots 270 and 277.
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A black lacquer three-case inro By Koma Yasutada, 19th century
A black lacquer three-case inro By Koma Yasutada, 19th century
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