Medicine case (inro)

Artist: Ogawa Ritsuo (1663-1747)
Historical period(s)
Edo period, early 18th century
Diam: 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Container, Lacquer

Medicine case (inro)

Edo period (1615 - 1868), fish, Japan, lettering, wave

To 1903
Charles Gillot (1853-1903), Paris, to 1903 [1]

From 1904 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from the sale of the Charles Gillot Collection, Durand-Ruel Gallery, Paris, through Yamanaka Sadajiro (of Yamanaka & Company), in 1904 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] The sale of works belonging to French artist Charles Gillot took place in February, 1904, at the Durand-Ruel Gallery in Paris. Yamanaka Sadajiro attended the sale and annotated the sales catalogue (now in the Freer and Sackler Library) on Charles Lang Freer's behalf (see Curatorial Remark 5, Louise Cort, July 11, 2001, in the object record).

[2] See Original Miscellaneous List, S.I. 15, pg. 21, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives. See also, Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Gillot (C.L. Freer source) French, 1853 - 1903
Charles Lang Freer 1854 - 1919

Published References
  • Ann Yonemura. Japanese Lacquer. Washington, 1979. cat. 45, p. 76.
Collection Area(s)
Japanese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
Rights Statement

Copyright with museum