16 June 1999
A FOUR-CASE LACQUER INRO
Inscribed Hanabusa Itcho ga, Edo Period (18th Century)
Decorated in gold and coloured lacquer on a black lacquer ground with three ladies in a boat gathering lotus leaves and buds, nashiji interior, a glass ojime, slight old wear
3in. (8.8cm.) high
E. A. Wrangham Collection
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Eskenazi Limited, Japanese inro from the collection of E. A. Wrangham (London, 1974), cat. no. 72.
The inscription indicates that the design is taken from a painting by Hanabusa Itcho (1652-1724), a non-establishment artist and lover of the Floating World who was frequently in trouble with the authorities.
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