18 September 2002,
Price realised USD 21,510
USD 12,000 - USD 18,000
A Four-Case Inro**
Edo period (19th century), with engraved signature on two inlaid gold plaques Mon Eijo (design by Eijo) [Masamitsu (1577-1617), sixth head of the Goto school of metalsmiths], and Mitsuteru and with kakihan (cursive monogram)
Of oval section and designed in black lacquer and yamimaki-e with a continuous pattern of waves and inlaid with various shells in gold and shakudo; the interiors lacquered nashiji with fundame edges; fitted with a pearl bead ojime and a black-lacquer netsuke of a cluster of clam shells, the ends inlaid in ivory; with signature Tomonobu and with kakihan (cursive monogram)
3 5/8in. (9.2cm.) long
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Joe Earle and Edmund J. Lewis, Shadows and Reflections: Japanese Lacquer Art from the Collection of Edmund J. Lewis (Honolulu: Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1996), pl. 64.
Sold in these Rooms, 4 December, 1986, lot 271.
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Edmund J. Lewis
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