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$ 2,600

Small Antique Japanese Lacquered Incense Container Kogo

Origin Japan
Period 18th Century
Materials Lacquer wood with MOP inlay
H. 0.5 in; Diam. 2.125 in;
H. 1.27 cm; Diam. 5.4 cm;
Condition Good. Fine antique condition, with only minor wear as shown.
Description A small antique Japanese lacquered round box used to contain incense powder (it is called Kogo), circa Edo period (17-18th century). The form round box with a fitted lid with subtly beveled edge features an exquisite design of a assortment of seashells. On s densely Nashiji background done directly on red lacquer, high relief takamakie techniques was used to depict a collection of six seashells among coral branches, all with beautiful details. Slight height and texture details were carried out to achieve a dimensional effect with one shell highlighted with a real mother of pearl inlay that was polished to reveal its shin yet left bound by the maki-e. The interior was finished in a matching dense nashiji. Under the lid, another collection of sea shells, this time done in Hiramakie echoes the surface design. The base has a concaved circle design in the same nashiji finish.
Simply in form yet superb with craftmanship, the design is wholesome with utmost attention to details.
Provenance: From the French collection of Andre Spoerry (1891-1940). He was a collector of Chinese and Japanese art and a donor to many museums including Victoria and Albert Museum.
Styles / Movements Asian, Bespoke, Traditional
Patterns Asian/Oriental, Geometric, Handmade
Incollect Reference Number 499019
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