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250 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A MONKEY GROOMING HIS YOUNG BY IKKOSAI

251 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF TWO GROOMING MONKEYS BY TOMOCHIKA

By Ikkosai, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, late 19th century

By Tomochika, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

An idiosyncratic and popular model by Ikkosai depicting a male monkey picking fleas of his sleeping young which he holds firmly against his body. The expression of the sleeping young monkey is serene, while the expression of the father is focused, as he holds up a flea he has just picked off his offspring. The details of the carving are incredibly refined – note the curvature of the body and the naturalism in the carving of the hands and feet. Natural himotoshi and signature in a polished reserve IKKOSAI 一光齋.

A small and charming netsuke depicting a larger monkey grooming a smaller one and eating a flea he has picked off him. Compact composition, dense fur and good expressions. Natural himotoshi on the underside and signature in a wavy reserve TOMOCHIKA 友親. Chikuyosai Tomochika started one of the most successful schools in Tokyo, and this carving is by one of his pupils.

HEIGHT 3.1 cm

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition, minor age cracks, very appealing patina with a dark honey stain in the back.

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Some expected horizontal age cracks, the stained ivory is slightly worn. Generally, in very good and complete condition. Auction comparison: Compare to a similar netsuke sold at Bonhams, The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke Part I, London, 8 November 2016, lot 101.

HEIGHT 3.5 cm, LENGTH 2.6 cm

Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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