Offered by: Tishu
By appointment only Atlanta, GA 30327 , United States Call Seller 305.400.0561


Fine Miniature Japanese Kodansu with Lacquer Inlays

$ 4,500
  • Description
    A fine Japanese miniature kodansu constructed from Kaki wood (Persimmon) circa 19th century, late Meiji period. With its expressive exotic wood grains and exposed tenon construction, the small table-top chest with two outlined drawers showcases fine surface decoration of gold and silver maki-e in low relief. Composed in a poetic and sparse fashion, the front and one side of the kodansu features dense arrangements of autumn grasses with seeds pods. The other side and top surface are only highlighted with a pair and a single golden dragonfly respectively. The gold and silver maki-e designs are slightly raised and contrast beautifully with the dark background. The drawers were constructed with Kiri (Paulownia) wood with meticulous black wood pins, visible from the bases. The kodansu is supported by four cornered feet and also inscribed on the base. The signature reads "Made by Gonnosuke in Shōna". Shōna (Shōnai-han) was a feudal domain in Edo period Japan, located in Dewa Province (modern-day Yamagata Prefecture).
    Provenance: Purchased from Takenoya Arts located in Honolulu Hawaii and accompanied by a receipt dated 11/7th/1988.
  • More Information
    Origin: Japan
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: wood, lacquer
    Condition: Good. Fine and presents beautifully. Age expected wear on the surface, mostly on the base. A tiny dump on the top right corner in front, hardly noticeable.
    Creation Date: late 19th century
    Styles / Movements: Asian, Traditional
    Patterns: Asian/Oriental, Handmade
    Incollect Reference #: 617676
  • Dimensions
    W. 3.125 in; H. 3.25 in; D. 4.75 in;
    W. 7.94 cm; H. 8.26 cm; D. 12.07 cm;
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