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253 A RARE WOOD NETSUKE OF MONKEY AND CHILD AFTER MITSUHIDE Unsigned, after Mitsuhide, wood netsuke Japan, Kyoto, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A wood netsuke of a large monkey, with eyes inlaid with silver and dark horn, caressing a younger monkey. A lively scene – both mother and offspring are visibly content, with the larger one grinning with inlaid teeth of ivory, and the younger monkey looking up at her with a gentle and sensitive smile. The mother seems to be tickling the young as the legs are scrambling. Good detail to hairwork and large himotoshi in the back. HEIGHT 4 cm Provenance: British collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Auction comparison: Compare to a very similar netsuke signed Mitsuhide sold at Bonhams, The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection Part I, 8 November 2016, London, lot 97. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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