A finely inlaid gold lacquer four-case inro  The inro by Nakayama Komin (1808-1870), the kagamibuta netsuke by Shojo Ryomin, 19th century

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Lot 182
A finely inlaid gold lacquer four-case inro
The inro by Nakayama Komin (1808-1870), the kagamibuta netsuke by Shojo Ryomin, 19th century
Sold for £ 80,500 (US$ 105,788) inc. premium

Lot Details
A finely inlaid gold lacquer four-case inro  The inro by Nakayama Komin (1808-1870), the kagamibuta netsuke by Shojo Ryomin, 19th century A finely inlaid gold lacquer four-case inro  The inro by Nakayama Komin (1808-1870), the kagamibuta netsuke by Shojo Ryomin, 19th century
A finely inlaid gold lacquer four-case inro
The inro by Nakayama Komin (1808-1870), the kagamibuta netsuke by Shojo Ryomin, 19th century
Bearing a fundame ground sprinkled with small hirame and decorated in inlaid raden overpainted with maki-e in the keuchi technique with a design of birds amongst a spray of chrysanthemums, the interior of sparse nashiji with kinji edges; signed Hokkyo Komin tsukuru, with a copper and gilt metal ojime, unsigned, and a kagamibuta netsuke, the wood bowl bearing a solid gold plate finely engraved with an owl perched on a pine branch in katakiri and kebori, signed Shojo Ryomin with kao. 8.9cm (3½in) high.

Footnotes

  • 蝶に菊図螺鈿印籠 銘「法橋胡民造」 19世紀

    Provenance: John Pierpont Morgan collection.
    Charles A. Greenfield Collection, purchased from Eskenazi Ltd., London, 1990.
    Wrangham collection, no.1999.

    Published: Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, The John Pierpont Morgan collection, 6th January, 1944, lot 3.
    H. P. Stern, The Magnificent Three: Lacquer, Netsuke and Tsuba, Japan Society, New York, 1972, no.153.
    A. J. Pekarick, Japanese Lacquer, 1600-1900, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1980, no.43, fig.54.
    E. A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists, Harehope, Northumberland, 1995, p.142, Komin, Nakayama, second from left.

    Exhibited: Japan Society Gallery, New York, 1972.
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1980.

    This highly important inro, an outstanding instance of Komin's antiquarian style, is based on one of the most famous of all medieval Japanese lacquer works, a 13th-century suzuribako (writing box) in the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine in Kamakura, at that time the capital of the shogunal government, see http://www.hachimangu.or.jp/about/precious/c01_05.html.
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