Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The ingot-shaped, Rinpa-style single-case inro finely carved from a choice piece of paulownia (kiri) wood and decorated with chrysanthemums (kiku) borne on leafy stems. The stems made of gold takamaki-e and the leaves of red lacquer, gold, and pewter (mitsuda) as well as mother of pearl and antler inlays, some leaves with gold hiramaki-e veins. The wood is of a rich, attractive grain. The interior lacquered in lustrous, black roiro.
HEIGHT 5.5 cm, LENGTH 10.2 cm
Condition: Good condition with minor wear and rubbing, and a minor loss with associated repair to one of the ringed cord holes.
Provenance: From an old private collection in France. The interior and exterior with old collector’s numbers, ‘No. 39.’
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