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A FINE INLAID WOOD YATATE (PORTABLE WRITING SET) Japan,...

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A FINE INLAID WOOD YATATE (PORTABLE WRITING SET) Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Finely crafted to resemble a closed folding fan, the yatate sliding open horizontally to reveal the bronze sumitsubo (inkwell), fudezutsu (brush holder), and writing brush. The wood decorated to the top with takamaki-e, as well as various inlays of a wood and mother-of-pearl, to depict accoutrements of horseback-riding samurai including abumi, jingasa and a tsuba. LENGTH 20.9 cm Condition: Very good condition. The bristles of the brush lost. Provenance: Collection of James and Christine Heusinger. Old label to the back, ‘The Jade Dragon, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 14603’. James and Christine Heusinger started collecting Japanese art in the late 1970s. James and Chirstine worked for a travel agency until James became a prominent carpenter, whose company renovated the office of US Vice President Dick Cheney’s office. His collection began with a modest piece by Seifu Yohei III, and expanded into over 100 pieces. They donated the majority of their pieces to the Cleveland Museum of Art, University Hospitals of Cleveland, and Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo.