Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)
Finely carved, the yone-ichi (rice bale) chaire with gently flaring sides with a rounded base and shoulder. The wood covered in old paper.
HEIGHT 9.5 cm (incl. cover)
Condition: Very good condition with minor wear and small losses to paper covering.
Provenance: Gijs Bosch Reitz (1860-1938), acquired by him in Japan in 1900, sold at Sotheby's Amsterdam, 12 May 1982. From the collection of Felix Tikotin (1893-1986), acquired from the above and thence by descent within the family. Sigisbert Chrétien Bosch Reitz, known as Gijs, was a Dutch painter in the Impressionist and Symbolist styles. He was also associated with the Laren School. Felix Tikotin was an architect, art collector, and founder of the first Museum of Japanese Art in the Middle East. Born in Glogau, Germany, to a Jewish family, his ancestors had returned with Napoleon from Russia from a town named Tykocin. He grew up in Dresden and after World War I, he traveled to Japan and immediately fell in love with the culture. In April 1927, he opened his first own gallery in Berlin. The entire family survived the Holocaust, and in the 1950s Tikotin slowly resumed his activities as a dealer in Japanese art. He became, once again, very successful and prominent, holding exhibitions all over Europe and the United States. When he first visited Israel in 1956, he decided that a major part of his collection belonged in that country. In 1960, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art was opened in Haifa.
With an old tomobako box inscribed ‘sometsuke eboshi chaire’.
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