23 March 2004
A Negoro Lacquer Sake Bottle (Heishi)
Muromachi period (15th-16th century)
Of turned and assembled wood, with upright splayed base, tapered body and rounded shoulders, the neck also tapered and rising to a rounded lip, the underlayer of black lacquer showing through the red outerlayer in random patches, particularly at the edges of the shoulders, neck and lip; inscribed on the inset black-lacquer base in red lacquer with the Chinese character tama (treasure)
14 3/8in. (36.4cm.) high
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For other negoro bottles see Kawada Sadamu, Negoro (Kyoto: Shikosha, 1985), pls. 1-16.
Another negoro bottle was sold in these Rooms, 18 September 2002, lot 205.
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