256 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A MONKEY WITH PERSIMMON BY MASATAMI
257 AN UNUSUAL IVORY NETSUKE OF A MONKEY WITH PEACHES
By Masatami, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912)
Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, probably Kyoto, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
A finely carved and unstained ivory netsuke of a monkey holding a persimmon (kaki). The monkey is exclaiming with visible teeth, his pupils are minutely inlaid with black horn and the eyes are accentuated with ink, typical for the artist. The fur is neatly incised and the branch with leaves from the fruit extends over his back, with more leaves visible on the underside. Also note the finely carved hands and feet. Natural himotoshi and the signature MASATAMI 正民 in a rectangular reserve on the left leg.
An ivory netsuke of a monkey with an intense facial expression and unusual posture, holding a large peach between three of his limbs, while the left hand is raised next to his head – a hand movement very typical of Sennin. He is wearing a robe and there is another peach behind him on his back. Attractive yellowish pattern and large and irregular himotoshi in the back. The expression of the monkey is reminiscent of Mitsuhide of Kyoto.
HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Auction comparison: A similar netsuke by Masatami was sold at Bonhams, Netsuke from a European Private Collection, 8 May 2016, London, lot 33. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-
HEIGHT 4 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: The raised hand is slightly chipped, otherwise good condition with expected minor age cracks. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-
22 June 2019, 1 PM CET