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#11. A three case lacquer inro depicting an autumn landscape of exceptional nuance in three color gold with techniques of hiramakie, takamakie, togidashi, nashiji & kirigane. One side illustrating pilgrims crossing a bridge over a rushing stream with floating autumn maple leaves. The other side reveals their destinationof a monastery compound. Signed Chikano, early 19th century. Ex: Monzino Collection.

Height: 7.5 cm

 

#12. An 18th century four case lozenge form inro with three color gold (yellow, rose and green) hiramakié and takamakié decoration of Kikujido seated beneath a pine next to a rushing stream in a sumptuous landscape of a valley profuse with chrysanthemums. Liege to the Emperor Muh Wang, he was exiled to spare his life from having gazed upon the emperor’s countenance, an act punishable by death. Before departing, the emperor gave him a Buddhist mantra of compassion, which legend has it, he wrote repeatedly upon the petals of chrysanthemum blossoms. Details of kirigané and fine nashiji on a roiro ground. Signed Hogyoku.

Height: 8.5 cm

 

 

 

   

 

 
 

 

   

 

 

#13. A late 17th to early 18th century lacquer inro with a takamakié celestial dragon rising out of a primordial sea and undulating amongst rolling clouds. The entire ground of this inro is encased in fine shagreen (shark skin), much the way the sword hilts of this period were made. Characteristic is the wear for such a rare and early example. Angel skin coral ojimé. Ex: Schmidt Collection, Lakeworth, FL, #532.

Height: 7.0 cm

 

#14. A four case inro of remarkable innovation with a lacquer ground layered in gold, green, black and clear translucent lacquer to simulate the murky waters within which the lotus thrives, long a symbol of the transcendence of the Buddha's teachings. A high relief pewter takamaki-é lotus seed pod further offers the promise of the proliferation of the dharmaverse. On the reverse a lotus leaf is tied to the pod stem, perhaps destined for an ikebana basket in the tokonoma. Signed Zeshin (School of).

Height: 7.6 cm

 

 

 

   

 

 
 

 

   

 

 

#15. This unique bamboo inro is well suited for an ink painting of young bamboo and poetry, skillfully rendered in elegant brushwork. Brushwork executed with Zen spontaneity, where it is focus and experience that create perfection. The striations of the natural bamboo have been carefully aligned by the artist throughout each riser. Signed Tosai. Circa 1900. Together with an ivory ojimé of a section of timber of a bamboo. 

Height: 7.7 cm

 

#16. This very appealing inro depicts three horses resting beneath a willow tree by a wandering stream. Rich takamakié on a powdered ginfun ground eludes to a hazy early morning sun. This refined lacquer painting wraps seamlessly around its lozenge form. Signed Kajikawa. Early 1800’s. Together with an ojimé of married metals.

Height: 8.9 cm


           
           

#17. A negoro lacquer inro with an unusual expression of Zen humor as a rather disgruntled Daruma has been pressed into service, to house two compartments for hand rolled medicines (the intended function for inro). Negoro lacquer is a consummate expression of the wabi sabi where wear and attrition are an inherent element of the aesthetic.  Circa 1870.

Width: 6.6 cm

 

#18. An inro with lacquer study of five Uma beneath a Sakura Tree. A work of art seemingly effortless in appearance, yet highly refined and demanding of skill. Each spirited horse is defined against a roiro lacquer ground in a contrasting lacquer technique, such as kingin, shu-urushi and fundamé. The blossomed branches of the tree emerge from a mist of nashiji with details of violet aogai. Signed Jokasai with kao. Together with an 18th century ojimé engraved with two horses. 

Height: 7.6 cm


 

 

   

 

 
 

 

   

 

 

#19. A six part, five case antique Japanese lacquer inro with a graduated nashi on roiro ground. A stand of the large bloom ‘fuji’ chrysanthemum (famous Japanese hybrid) envelops the surface in high relief hiramakié of graded golds from yellow to green to rose. The interiors are of a rich nashiji with two compartments partitioned for organizing medicines.

Height: 9.1 cm

 

#20. A delightfully narrative 18th century lozenge form inro depicting the storm god Raiden, seated on a bank of rolling storm clouds surrounded by his thunder drums contemplating what mischief he can make. The opposite side shows a monk seated in an open teahouse observing the approach of the rain. Executed in takamakié, hiramakié with kirigané and nashiji on a roiro ground. Married metalwork ojimé of meadow flowers.

Height: 9.2 cm