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A Four-Case Lacquer Inro
A Four-Case Lacquer Inro


A Four-Case Lacquer Inro
Edo period (19th century)
Decorated in Somada style with a continous design of the twelve animals of the Zodiac in shaped panels in aogai, gold hiramaki-e and colored togidashi, the background waves, lozenge or floral patterns of green shell or gold lacquer, interiors nashiji and the rims of the cases silver; fitted en suite with a lacquer bead ojime with shell inlays and with a manju netsuke with waves in gold lacquer
2 3/8in. (6cm.) long
Lt. Col. J. B. Gaskell
Yamanka and Co., London, "Loan Exhibition Held in Aid of the British Red Cross," 1915.10.14--11.13, catalogue no. 95

Lot Essay

Henri L. Joly & Kumasaku Tomita, Japanese Art and Handicraft, reprint of London, 1916 (Rutland, Vermont: Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1976), no. 111 (Collection of Lt. Col. J.B. Gaskell).

Sold Sotheby's, London, 6 December, 1972, lot 297

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