35. A Large Japanese Ivory Brush Holder
Japan | 1700 - 1799
A LARGE JAPANESE IVORY BRUSH HOLDER
Height: 4 5/8” (12cms)
Width: 4 ½” (11.5cms)
Decorated in gold hiramakie, takamakie and nashiji lacquer with a figure of a cockerel on a drum, chicken and chicks amidst rocks and grass beside a flowering hawthorn with gulls flying among clouds. Some cracking and age damage.
Provenance: The collection of Suzanne Lucas MBE (1915-2008)
Symbolism is of primary importance in Japanese art. A cockerel on a drum is an enduring symbol of peace and happiness.