Japanese four-case lacquer Inro, Edo period, decorated with mother of pearl butterflies on a black ground 5.5 x 5cms and another four-case Inro with a dragon confronting a tiger in gold, red and black and with oval cloisonne netsuke- Soame Jenyns Collection
This lot comes from the collection of Soame Jenyns (1904- 1976) and is being sold by order of the executors of his younger son, the late John Jenyns. Soame Jenyns was Assistant Keeper of Oriental Antiquities at The British Museum from 1931-1967. He published several books including: "A Background to Chinese Painting" published 1935, "Chinese Archaic Jades in the British Museum" 1951, "Ming Pottery & Porcelain" 1953 etc..
Both open and close properly and easily.
Large inro one or two small blemishes. Netsuke has some losses to the enamel and is slightly out of shape.
Small inro has losses to mother of pearl on end pieces. Two butterflies wings have losses. Other butterfly has cracks.
Sold For £600
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