Japanese Inro, by Shibayama & Shokasai, Edo-Meiji period 19th c.


Superb quality Japanese four-case Inro, the kinji gold ground with raised & inset continuous scene, unidentified, with two gracious ladies on picnic, seeing off a bare-foot bald-headed Samurai, clutching his sword, a red rug with picnic box, wine bottle and cup stretching around the ‘corner’ of the Inro. 

Signed to the base with an inlaid mother-of-pearl plaque with ‘芝山’ (Shibayama), also three characters in gold lacquer “松花齋” (Shokasai). 

Edo-Meiji period, mid to late 19th century. 



Condition: small repair to hat inlay on one figure, small flaws, overall good condition. Gold all original with no touch-ups or restoration.

ref. Bonhams NY 19 Sept. 2008, lot 5036 for a comparable example.  

Provenance: Ex- Rosenberg Collection, Geelong 




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