Inaba Cloisonne Karabitsu Jewelry Box with Butterfly (Butterflies) Motif
This lovely and large Karabitsu footed jewelry box (or tobacco or scholar's box) from the widely admired Inaba studio of Kyoto features colorful butterlies on a ground of white ename, with four unusual legs. Measures 6.5 x 3.75 x 4.5 inches. Signed.
Founded in 1886 by Inaba Isshin, a former samurai who began working in enamels in 1875, the firm was a competitor with Ando who produced designs and used techniques originating from both Kyoto and Nagoya. Closed in the 1990s, its tooling and records survive in the archives of the Museum of Kyoto.