Discover the beauty and passion of collecting Japanese lacquer art.


Download your copy of our most recent catalogue and enjoy thirty-five Japanese inro, pipecases and netsuke from various schools and artists, spanning the 18th and 19th century.


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What are Japanese Inro

Inro ('seal-basket’) are small decorative containers that hang from the waist of the traditional Japanese kimono. They originated at the end of the sixteenth century and were worn by men to hold seals and medicines. By the eighteenth century they had become decorative accessories and were commissioned by the wealthy merchant class, provincial rulers and their samurai.


About Willford Japanese Art

Willford Japanese art are specialist dealers of fine Japanese lacquer and netsuke. Based in London United Kingdom we regularly exhibit throughout Europe and the USA.


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Robert Willford

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