A two-case lacquer inro with a with a formalized lobed square reserve framed by a silver lacquer ground with a gold lacquer border. The inside of the reserve showing a fine red-brown ground imitating faded roiro below spectacular inlays showing Chinese Buddhist-derived designs of an archaistic incense burner inlaid in ceramic with a lacquer imitation metalwork open cover, with a red-lacquered nyoi scepter resting behind it. The reverse shows six large silver takamaki-e archaic Chinese characters dating it to the Kyoho period and with a cyclical date of 1712, 1772 or 1832, etc. The last two characters show the signature RITSUO and pinkish ceramic seal KAN. The inside with fine, dense nashiji. With a fine guri-lacquer ojime and a lacquer netsuke showing a hossu (Buddhist fly whisk). The lacquer netsuke bears an illegible seal.
HEIGHT 6.5 cm, LENGTH netsuke 6 cm
They are all fire and every one doth shine
Sotheby’s London, 12 April 1965, lot 131.
Dr and Mrs Melvin Jahss, New York.
Victor Topper, Toronto.
Thence Collection Drs. Edmund and Julie Lewis, New York.