Japanese Medicine Container Makes World Record in an International Sale at Bonhams


LONDON.- Bonhams announced that a 19th century roiro lacquer four-case inro by Shibata Zeshin has made the world record price for on inro in an international sale, selling for £162,000 in Part 1 of the Edward Wrangham collection, one of Europe’s most important and comprehensive private collections of Japanese Gentleman’s accessories. The sale took place yesterday (9th November) at New Bond Street and made over £2million with 94% of lots sold by value. Although estimated at current market levels, many of the coveted inro and netsuke offered by Bonhams sold for over ten times their pre-sale estimates to major international collectors, including some from the USA and Japan, who were all vying for the collection. This private collection was formed by the late environmentalist, mountaineer, scholar and collector Edward Wrangham OBE. Considered the last of the great British collectors of Japanese art, Wrangham continued