Japan, 18th-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Finely carved and worked in tsuikoku (carved black lacquer), depicting on one side two boys admiring a fishbowl, a net by their side, the verso showing a third boy playing with a spinning top, all set against a fine manji-diapered ground, and further with blooming chrysanthemums (kiku) enriching the composition, the top and bottom with further finely carved floral designs in the Nagasaki style. With an en suite gilt metal ojime, also bearing a manji-diapered design, and with a matching two-part manju netsuke decorated with a boy pointing at a dragonfly and with further kiku flowers.
HEIGHT 6 cm, LENGTH 4.8 cm
DIAMETER (the netsuke) 3.3 cm
Condition: Excellent condition with only very minor typical wear.
Provenance: Old Swiss private collection. Old Japanese label to the interior of the top case and with a further old descriptive label reading: “Inro, carved wood, lacquered, one one side children in a garden with gold fish in a bowl, on the other a child and whipping top; three compartments, 2 1/2in. by 2 1/8 in.,”
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