By a member of the Kajikawa family, signed Kajikawa 梶川 saku 作 with seal Ei 榮
Japan, 18th-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The small two-case inro of oval shape, bearing a lustrous gold kinji ground and decorated in takamaki-e with five roundels worked in various lacquer techniques such as guri, tsuishu, and tsuikoku, depicting old Chinese motifs. The gold kinji ground bearing a further design of scrolling lotus in red and gold hiramaki-e. Signed underneath KAJIKAWA saku [made by Kajikawa] with red tsubo (pot) seal Ei. The interior cases of nashiji with gold fundame rims. With a small bone ojime.
HEIGHT 6 cm, LENGTH 4 cm
Condition: Very good condition with minor, typical wear. Few tiny losses to the edges of the roundels and a microscopic dent from contact with an ojime to the top case.
Provenance: Gallery Van Stockum, The Hague, 21 May 1958. Collection of Robert and Isabelle de Strycker, and thence by descent within the same family. Robert de Strycker (1903-1968) was a French engineer who specialized in metallurgy. He was a Stanford graduate, a professor at the University of Leuven, a director of the Institute of Metallurgy at the Université Catholique de Louvain, and one of the most influential members of the faculty of applied sciences. After World War II, he made large contributions to France’s post-war recovery. Robert and his wife Isabelle (1915-2010) first encountered Asian art at the British Museum during a stay in London in the 1930s. Enamored with the style and beauty, they both decided to study and collect Japanese and Chinese works of art. In 1938, they eventually began to build their collection, buying from Belgian, Parisian, and English dealers. They kept close contact with the famous English collector Sir Harry Garner (1891-1977) and noted Czech collector and expert Fritz Low-Beer (1906-1976).
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