1855 Inro And Case With Royal Provenance POA
An Inro with historic Royal Provenance. On 18 April 1855 a gentleman called Mr Minami entertained his Shogun in his home. As a token of appreciation for his kindness the Shogun gave him a gift of this Inro. Daimyo’s and Shogun were regarded as Kings during this time. During this period Tokugawa Iemochi was the 14th shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan. He was preceded by Tokugawa Iesada. It is believed that one of these lords visited the home of Mr Minami and gifted him this Inro.
The Inro is in a signed, custom made lacquer case which is in itself a work of art with a black Urushi lacquer finish on the exterior and interior. Red lacquer leaves embellish the outside lid and body of the case. The signature on the base roughly translates as “from a King”.
Featuring a wooden lacquer Manju dramatically embellished with gold lacquer waves and birds and a hand carved wooden Ojime with a leather like Urushi lacquer finish.
Black Urushi lacquer has been used to finish the Inro body and interiors. There are three removable compartments with a leather like Urushi lacquer finish.
The Inro is in good overall condition. It has marks some marks of use and wear which is consistent with an item of its age (please see images). The Inro Case is also in very good condition apart from one mark on the rim of the case.
The approximate dimensions of Inro body are 8 cm height and 6 cm wide and 65 grams in weight.
Total weight with case is 223 grams.
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(July 17, 1846 – August 29, 1866) was the 14th shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, who held office from 1858 to 1866. During his reign there was much internal turmoil as a result of the “re-opening” of Japan to western nations. Iemochi’s reign also saw a weakening of the shogunate.
His successor Prince Yoshinobu Tokugawa the 15th and last shogun resigned at the end of 1867
The late Tokugawa shogunate (Bakumatsu) was the period between 1853 and 1867, during which Japan ended its isolationist foreign policy called sakoku and modernized from a feudal shogunate to the Meiji government.