Designed in polychrome takamaki-e, hiramaki-e and inlaid ivory, motherof- pearl, and tortoiseshell, with a scholar and an immortal admiring a handscroll, the figures accompanied by birds, butterflies and flowers, the background kinji and the rim decorated with a formal border of birds, dragons, floral patterns and cherry blossoms on water, the reverse nashiji. Signed Dai Nihon koku Gyokushodo san and with a kakihan.
DIAMETER 45 cm
Condition: Excellent condition with some wear and traces of use. Three small and a few microscopic losses. Two small hairlines to background lacquer. The suspension screw at the backside is a later addition.
Provenance: Bonham’s, New York, Fine Japanese Works of Art, March 20th, 2012, lot 2210. Thereafter Austrian private collection.