Kabuki actor's case from 'finest Japanese collection' could bring $49,000

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2015-06-26 12:22:11

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Kabuki actor's case from 'finest Japanese collection' could bring $49,000

An extremely rare case designed by Shirayama Shosai is coming to Bonhams' auction, next month

An extremely rare early 20th century, roiro lacquer four-case inro by Shirayama Shosai (1853-1923) is one of the top lots at the second sale of Bonhams' Edward Wrangham Collection on May 10.

Works by Shirayama Shosai, one the most important lacquer artists of the time, are very rare and highly sought after.

Finely lacquered in gold, thetraditional Japanese case depicts a full-length portrait of the kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjuro IX, a contemporary of the artist.Estimated to sell for 20,000 - 30,000, it issure to attract investors.

The first sale realised over 2m and included a world auction record price for an inro.

Ichikawa Danjuro IX was one of the most famous kabuki actors of the day

Considered one of Europe's most important and comprehensive private collections of Japaneseaccessories, it was formed by the late environmentalist, mountaineer, scholar and collector Edward Wrangham OBE.

A further highlight of the event is a roiro lacquer five-case inro by the renowned lacquer artist Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891), estimated at 20,000-25,000. Decorated in gold, silver and black,it is estimated to sell for 20,000-25,000.

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