An inlaid-iron koro (incense burner) and cover  By Ono Ryumin, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century (5)
Lot 399*
An inlaid-iron koro (incense burner) and cover
By Ono Ryumin, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century
£6,000 - 8,000
US$ 7,900 - 11,000

Lot Details
An inlaid-iron koro (incense burner) and cover  By Ono Ryumin, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century (5)
An inlaid-iron koro (incense burner) and cover
By Ono Ryumin, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century
The matt-patinated iron body inset with a central horizontal silver band enclosed within enamelled butterflies hovering among tightly clustered blooming flowers including peony, wisteria, iris and chrysanthemum, beneath a further band of keyfret worked in flat gold inlay encircling the neck, the domed cover similarly decorated in gold nunome-zogan with a multi-petalled panels enclosing geomeric and formalised foliate motifs, surmounted by an iron finial in the form of a stalk of chrysanthemum, with an interior hammered silver liner, the base signed with a gold seal Ryumin; with a wood storage box. 15.5cm (6 1/8in) high. (5).

Footnotes

  • Ryumin (birth name Ono Matabei), lived in Edo and was a pupil of Shima Rakumin (dates unknown). Sword fittings including kozuka and menuki signed Ryumin using the characters 竜民 are recorded in his early career whilst the characters 竜珉 are used later. He was also known to make wood and ivory carvings; see Wakayama Takeshi (Homatsu), Kinko jiten (Dictionary of Metalworkers), Tokyo, Token Shunju Shinbunsha, 1999, p.1340.
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