A gold lacquer and metal-inlaid four-case inro The metalwork by Unno Moritoshi (1837-1896), 19th century

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Lot 188
A gold lacquer and metal-inlaid four-case inro
The metalwork by Unno Moritoshi (1837-1896), 19th century

Sold for £ 3,500 (US$ 4,371) inc. premium
A gold lacquer and metal-inlaid four-case inro
The metalwork by Unno Moritoshi (1837-1896), 19th century
Of rectangular form, bearing a fundame ground, lacquered in takamaki-e and togidashi maki-e with a continuous winter scene of snow-covered bamboo by a stream, inlaid with Toba (the Chinese scholar Su Dongpo or Su Shi, 1037-1101) riding past on his mule, acccompanied by a boy attendant, in gold, silver, shakudo and shibuichi relief, the interior of nashiji with kinji edges; signed on an inlaid silver tablet Ryounsai, with an aventurine ojime, unsigned. 8.2cm (3¼in) high.

Footnotes

  • 東坡騎驢図蒔絵貼付彫金印籠 銘「凌雲斎」 19世紀

    Provenance: Michael Tomkinson collection, no.498.

    Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 1970.
    Wrangham collection, no.1048.

    Published: Glendining & Co. Ltd., Catalogue of the Second Portion of the Very Important Collection of Japanese Works of Art Formed by the Late Michael Tomkinson, Esq., of Franche Hall, Kidderminster, London, April 26 1922, lot 1842, pl.XLI.

    For the metalworker, see Robert E. Haynes, The Index of Japanese Sword Fittings and Associated Artists, Ellwangen, Germany, 2001, no.H05772. He was the nephew and student of Unno Yoshimori and was well known for his sword fittings which he made from an early age. He had several go (art names), of which Ryounsai was one.
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A gold lacquer and metal-inlaid four-case inro The metalwork by Unno Moritoshi (1837-1896), 19th century
A gold lacquer and metal-inlaid four-case inro The metalwork by Unno Moritoshi (1837-1896), 19th century
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