Ikô clothing rack
Price: € 1.900,00
Superb gold and black lacquered wooden clothing rack 衣桁 (ikô), mostly used for official displaying kimono.
The body of the rectangular detachable frame decorated with a covering design of scrolling karakusa (vines) rendered in gold hiramaki-e 平蒔絵 (low-relief lacquer) with some silver lacquer details.
The scrolling vines are connected by crests 紋 (mon) depicting five ‘threeleaf arrowheads’ with flowering vines forming a circle 変わり五つ沢瀉 (Kawari Itsutsu Omodaka).
The fitted brass hardware are engraved with a matching design. The hardware on the base of the pillars shaped as chrysanthemum flowers 菊 (kiku).
Ikô equipped with such exquisite hardware were mainly used in Buddhist temples.
Considering the age the ikô is in a very good condition with some traces of age, wear and old restorations. Please take a close look at the last photo of one piece of missing hardware. For a clear condition reference, please look at the photos as well.
Dimensions without blocks:
Height 153.8 cm, Width 186.9 cm, Depth 42.4 cm.
Meiji-period – End 19th century
An ikô is a piece of interior furnishing documented to be used in Japan as early as the twelfth century. By the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth centuries, lacquer clothing stands had become a conventional item included in the bridal trousseau of wealthy women.
The kimono shown in the picture is included in this lot.
It will be shipped in as individual parts, and we will add a certificate of authenticity.