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A CHABAKO [tea ceremony utensils box]
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A CHABAKO [tea ceremony utensils box]


A CHABAKO [tea ceremony utensils box]
Sealed Hanzan, Edo Period (18th Century)
The rectangular wood box and flush-fitting cover with pronounced wood grain, decorated over the top and sides with wind-blown poppies in various colours of gold, red and silver takamaki-e and inlays of white and green ceramic, carved shell and pewter, the pewter leaves with veins in kebori and the lacquer ones in kebori and tsukegaki, the edge ribs in dark red lacquer and the interior and base in sparse nashiji, with the red lacquer Hanzan seal on the underside of the cover
21.3cm. long
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Lot Essay

Mochizuki Hanzan (1743 - 1790?), was the principle follower of Ogawa Haritsu or Ritsuo (1663-1747) and styled himself Haritsu II, although he was neither his son nor his pupil. He continued the master's style of inlay in strongly contrasting materials often on a plain wood ground.

A writing box of similar style from the collection of Michael Tomkinson, sold in these Rooms, 17 November 1999, Lot 119, and see Edward Gilbertson and others, A Japanese Collection made by Michael Tomkinson (London, 1898), no. 716.

For an inro by Hanzan with a poppy design see Julia Hutt, Japanese Inro (London, 1997), p. 110, pl. 113.


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