An inlaid ivory panel by Takagi Hōshin (Tokyo 1885-1970)
A solid and heavy rosewood panel applied with an impressive arrangement of stained ivory fruit in and near a basket, all in high relief. The fruit includes biwa (loquats), oranges, bananas, apples, cherries, nashi pears, grapes, chestnuts and a ripe fig. The basket is of hardwood, the handle and feet of dark stained ivory.
Signed Hōshin on a stained ivory tablet. Probably 1930-1940
Diameter: 40 cm
While I believe that many of the best unsigned ivory okimono of fruit are by Hōshin, I have never seen another similar work by him