277 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A SHISHI AND CUB IN THE MANNER OF RENSAI Unsigned, in the manner of Rensai, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, mid to late 19th century A rather small ivory netsuke of two finely carved Shishi, adult and young, huddling up together on a rounded rectangular base. The curls as well as the expressions (particularly of the younger one) bear a high resemblance to Shishi by Rensai. The underside finely stained with two small himotoshi. HEIGHT 2.4 cm, LENGTH 4 cm Provenance: British private collection, with old collection number written in white. Condition: Very good condition with minor expected age cracks.
278 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF TWO FIGHTING SHISHI Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A rather large ivory netsuke of two fighting Shishi forming an ideally rounded composition. Each lion dog is fiercely biting into the opponents hindleg. Finely carved curls, inlaid pupils and natural himotoshi. LENGTH 5.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition, fine patina on the underside. Estimate EUR 900,Starting price EUR 450,-
Auction comparison: A similar netsuke (with added Rensai signature) was sold at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, London, 13 May 2008, lot 344. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-
22 June 2019, 1 PM CET