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LOT 49 - NE1123

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Lineage of Yamada Jokasai, signed Jokasai 常嘉齋
Japan, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The four-case inro bearing a neatly polished wood ground with a heightened grain, lacquered in thick gold takamaki-e with some silver and gold leaf inlay, depicting a large shishi holding a peony in its mouith, the eyes inlaid in mother-of-pearl. The verso with a further prancing shishi, turning back and snarling at its bushy tail, its visible eye inlaid in bright-blue ceramic. The interior risers are decorated in togidashi-e, hiramaki-e, and nashiji with concentric wave designs and stylized cherry blossoms. The interior cases and rims of gold fundame. Signed underneath in gold characters JOKASAI.

With a fruit nut ojime depicting a Chinese landscape and with a beautifully matching plain wood two-part manju netsuke.

HEIGHT 7.3 cm, LENGTH 7 cm
DIAMETER (the netsuke) 4.2 cm

Condition: Minor losses to lacquer, particularly to the gold leaf inlays. The top case with a crack to the side (visible also to the interior). The riser of the bottom case lost with associated repairs. Overall presenting well.
Provenance: A noted private collection, acquired at Glendining & Co Auction, assembled by the previous owner’s great-grandfather and thence by descent. With old collection labels to the interior of the top case.

The Yamada Jokasai lineage lasted until the end of the Edo period. The first Yamada Jokasai lived in Tokyo in the late 17th century and worked for the shogunate, originally at the Kajikawa school. He crafted inro and kobako alongside the famous Koami Choho, later breaking off to establish his own school in Tokyo. The ornate decoration to the interior risers, as seen on the present inro, is typical for this school.


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