By a member of the Kajikawa family, signed Kajikawa 梶川 saku 作 with seal Ei 榮
Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Of upright rectangular shape and oval section, bearing a fine gold kinji ground, beautifully polished and lustrous, lacquered in gold takamaki-e with some gold leaf inlay depicting to one side a hawk perched on the branch of a blossoming sakura (cherry) tree, the tree embellished with kirigane, the eyes of the hawk double inlaid, the verso similarly decorated with a second hawk in mid-flight. The interior cases of nashiji with gold fundame rims. Signed underneath in gold lacquer KAJIKAWA saku [made by Kajikawa] and with the red tsubo (pot) seal Ei. With a ceramic ojime with gilt floral décor.
HEIGHT 8.7 cm, LENGTH 5.3 cm
Condition: Very good condition with only minor wear. Some light surface scratches and rubbing to lacquer.
Provenance: From the collection of Arend Louis Serné. An old collector’s label to the interior, ‘G 188.’ Arend Louis Serné (1925-2021) was the fourth-generation owner of the firm A. Serné & Son, Costumiers, located on the Groenburgwal, Amsterdam, Netherlands, established in 1866. An avid piano player, he was also fond of modern literature, and a passionate collector of inro. He started his inro collection in the late 1970s. At that time, he entered the gallery Aalderink Oriental Art along the Spiegelgracht in Amsterdam and was immediately captivated by the beauty of inro. He began his collection with three simple specimens but hoped to own more. He remarked, “Oh that's nothing, a decent collection must be about a hundred pieces!” And collect he did. Arend was not concerned with the signature or the rarity, but with the intrinsic poetic beauty embodied in this very Japanese art form.
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