Inrô saya

Saya type Inrô, decorated with a landscape, waterfall and houses, in golden lacquer taka maki-e, kirigane, maki bokashi, brown lacquer and red lacquer on a black speckled hirameiji background.
On one side a house surrounded by a red fence in a landscape of rocks and pine trees is visible; the other shows in the foreground a building surrounded by pines and in the background a waterfall atop which can be found a house and behind that some mountains. More hills can be seen in the distance, depicted in maki bokashi.
Signed Yûtokusai Tamamitsu (有徳斎 玉光) followed by a kakihan.
Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Height: 4 1/3 ” – Width: 2”

Ivory ojime carved with an iris on one side and a lily on the other. Provenance : Arlette Katchen collection, Paris.
Japon, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Ivory netsuke in the shape of a sitting Hoteï, holding his bag in his right hand.
Hoteï is the most popular of the seven gods of luck. Japanese books describe him as being an excessively fat man, with a disproportionately large stomach and as a great friend of children. He is very often shown as carrying a bag which serves several purposes: sometimes he uses it to transport precious items, others he hides in it to watch his entourage with a cunning eye. The god is always depicted dressed in Chinese clothes and with a bald head. His general appearance is established in such a way in Japanese art that he is very easily recognisable.
Japon, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Height: 1 1/5 ” – Width : 1 ½ ”