Crane inro

 

Six compartments inrô in black, gold and silver lacquer, depicting cranes in a landscape. The inside is in nashi-ji lacquer.
Signed Kajikawa (梶川) underneath.
Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)
 Height : 8 cm – 3,15 in

Kajikawa was one of the most talented families of lacquer artists, specializing in inrô. They worked for the Tokugawa shogunate from the 17th to the 19th century. It is almost impossible to assign any individual pieces to the different members of this family. They often used encrustations of metal or nacre. Kajikawa lacquer generally are of high artistic quality and fine workmanship.

Bibliography : A dictionary of Japanese artists. Painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints, lacquer, Laurance P. Roberts, Weatherhill, 1976.