Century Lacquer Inro Sagemono
Neko and Botan
Signed: Kansai. Circa: Edo, 19th century
H 1.65 in.(4cm), W 1.5 in.(4cm), D 0.75 in.(2cm)
Netsuke: H 1 in.(2.5cm), W
1 in.(2.5cm), D 1.4 in.(3.5cm)
on makie mon, o.a. good!
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toy-like tsuishu neko sitting above a small fan, this carved red lacquer netsuke
is accompanied with a pink coral ojime, and an oval-shaped single case child inro
made of natural kiri (paulownia), decorated with two peonies in gold takamakie
on one side, and a family mon on the opposing side over a lacquered ground of
wavy lines. Signed on the base in Kanji script: Kansai. A recorded prolific lacquer
artist by Raymond Bushell in The Inro Handbook, pg. 100.