By Kajikawa Hogetsu, signed Hogetsu 峯月 saku 作 with red pot seal
Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The two-part lacquer manju netsuke lacquered in lustrous gold kinji and worked in gold takamaki-e to the front with two quails standing amongst autumn grasses, the reverse with further grasses issuing red-lacquered buds. Signed to the interior in gold lacquer HOGETSU saku [made by Hogetsu] with a red tsubo (pot) seal. Central himotoshi through the back, the cord attachment within.
DIAMETER 3.8 cm
Condition: Good condition with minor wear to lacquer including some light bruising and minuscule losses. Some flaking to the interior gold fundame rim.
Provenance: French private collection, sold at Piasa, 1 June 2005, lot 135.
The artist Hogetsu is recorded in Wrangham, (1995) The Index of Inro Artists, p. 77 and notes his affiliation to the Kajikawa family of lacquerers. The use of the idiosyncratic red pot seal here further confirms this.
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