A fine gold lacquer four-case inro  By Kitamura Unryuan (born 1952), late 20th century (4)

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Lot 187
A fine gold lacquer four-case inro
By Kitamura Unryuan (born 1952), late 20th century

£ 8,000 - 12,000
US$ 9,900 - 15,000
A fine gold lacquer four-case inro
By Kitamura Unryuan (born 1952), late 20th century
Of upright form, bearing a kinji ground and lacquered on one side with an entertainer blowing soap bubbles, the reverse with a young woman reaching up to catch the bubbles before they burst, in gold and coloured togidashi maki-e, the interior of nashiji with kinji edges; signed Unryuan with kao, with a gold lacquer ojime, with tomobako, the exterior of the lid inscribed Bijin shabon zu maki-e inro (Inro with a beauty blowing bubbles), the interior of the lid signed Unryuan saku (made by Unryuan) with seal Unryuan; a green-lacquered storage box inscribed on-inro, and an outer card storage box. 9.5cm (3¾in) high. (4).

Footnotes

  • 美人シャボン図蒔絵印籠 銘「雲龍庵(花押)」 20世紀後期

    Provenance: purchased from Barry Davies Oriental Art, 1993.
    Wrangham collection, no.2048.

    Published: E. A. Wrangham, The Index of Inro Artists, Harehope, Northumberland, 1995, p.319, Unryuan, Kitamura, second from left.

    Unryuan (birth name Kitamura Tatsuo) is among the finest of the more conservative lacquerers working in Japan today. Born in 1952 in the traditional lacquering centre of Wajima, Ishikawa Prefecture, he set up his own studio in 1985. His work, which has a unique delicacy and level of detail, has been widely exhibited around the world and is included in several important public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum. For further bibliographical details of the artist, see Victoria and Albert Museum, Unryuan: Master of Traditional Japanese Lacquer Ware, The Toshiba Gallery of Art, 30th October 2002 - 6th February 2003.
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A fine gold lacquer four-case inro  By Kitamura Unryuan (born 1952), late 20th century (4)
A fine gold lacquer four-case inro  By Kitamura Unryuan (born 1952), late 20th century (4)
A fine gold lacquer four-case inro  By Kitamura Unryuan (born 1952), late 20th century (4)
A fine gold lacquer four-case inro  By Kitamura Unryuan (born 1952), late 20th century (4)
A fine gold lacquer four-case inro  By Kitamura Unryuan (born 1952), late 20th century (4)
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