A good 19th century Tsuishu Inro. The four case Inro featuring a seated figure netsuke on string with beautiful patina and remaining red lacquer to the exterior, above a small ball shape bead with rabbits. Below features the Tsuishu (piled cinnabar) inro with two scenes. Deeply carved one side shows a bearded male blowing a puff of smoke into a silhouette of himself smoking his pipe. The other scene of two figures playing a board game. Signed to the side 村靖 Murayasu with Kao simplified form of Murakami Chusei.
Notes | See matching Kao on a inro sold by Bonhams The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art 15th May 2021 Lot 346 also by Murakami Chusei.
Measurements | Inro – 7.5cm High x 5.5cm Wide x 3cm Deep / Netsuke – 3.5cm High x 4cm Wide x 2.5cm Deep
Condition | Excellent, wear to the netsuke from use leaving a beautiful patina but no damage and no restoration.