18 September 2002
A Four-Case Inro**
Edo period (19th century), with signature Inagawa saku and with red jar seal
The slender inro designed in gold, silver and red takamaki-e on a kinji ground with a pair of deer beneath a branch of red maple, the reverse with a continuation of the maple tree and a spray of chrysanthemums and grasses, the interiors nashiji with fundame edges; fitted with a coral bead ojime and an ivory netsuke of a reclining stag, with signature Tomotada
3 3/8in. (8.6cm.) long
Carl A. Kroch
Edmund J. Lewis
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Joe Earle and Edmund J. Lewis, Shadows and Reflections: Japanese Lacquer Art in the Collection of Edmund J. Lewis (Honolulu: Honolulu Academy of Arts, 1996), pl. 60.
Sold in these Rooms, 4 December, 1986, lot 117.
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