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Fine Japanese and Netsuke Art auction Saturday, June 22nd 2019


Lot 19


AUCTION

Fine Japanese and Netsuke Art Saturday, June 22nd 2019, at 1:00pm CET CATALOG JAPNE0619

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In our gallery Preview: 10. 06 - 22. 06. 2019 Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm Day of the sale: 10am - 1pm and by appointment

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According to the general terms and conditions of business of Galerie Zacke Vienna, Founded 1968, SZA Versteigerungs & Vertriebs GmbH, 1070 Wien, online at www.zacke.at Absentee Bidding Absentee bids are carried out under the regulations of the terms of business of Galerie Zacke, SZA Versteigerungs & Vertriebs GmbH, which requires written submission of your purchase limit. Orders without purchase limits cannot be processed. Only the submitted lot number of the auction lot is binding for the processing of the absentee bid. The place of jurisdiction is Vienna, Austrian Law and Austrian jurisdiction are exclusively applicable for all legal questions arising from the business relationship. Absentee bids for this auction will be accepted until the day of auction by 10:00 a.m. We regret that absentee bids received after the time stated above will not be processed until after the auction. Please send absentee bids for this auction to: Fax: +43 1 532 04 52 20 or Email: office@zacke.at or Mail: Galerie Zacke, Mariahilferstrasse 112, Stiege 1, 2. Stock, 1070 Wien, Austria, Europe We accept the following methods of payments: • Cash • Certified or personal check • Bank transfer (please inquire to receive our bank account information) • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Diners Club) Telephone Bidding It is generally possible to bid by telephone during the auction. Please fill out the absentee bidding from enclosed in this catalogue and include your telephone number at which you can be reached during the auction. In the “bid in euro” column please write “TEL” and then send us the completed absentee bidding form. We will contact you by telephone during the auction, whereby you will be able to bid directly. Please keep in mind that such telephone bids are always classified as a bid equivalent to the estimate. Should no other person bid for the specified lot, you will automatically win the bidding and the respective lot will be knocked down at the estimate price. Estimates and Starting Prices The auction will begin with the starting price and written bids will be accepted only with a minimum amount equivalent to the starting price. Shipping and Transport Insurance For domestic shipping Galerie Zacke (hereinafter called “the company”) charges in average EUR 15,- to EUR 50,- per item, depending on size and weight. These fees cover the costs of packing and shipping. Fees for bulky or fragile items, or international shipping will be quoted upon request. The purchased goods are transported at the risk of the customer following handover of the packaged item to the post office or another carrier which the customer agrees to through his/her submission of the purchase order. According to the specific wish of the customer, the auctioned goods may be insured for the value of the purchase price (highest bid and all surcharges). This insurance fee is 3% of the purchase price. For any lots with purchase prices exceeding EUR

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ABSENTEE BIDDING FORM

FOR THE AUCTION Fine Japanese and Netsuke Art JAPNE0619 ON DATE june 22 nd 2019, at 1:00 pm CET

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ABSENTEE BIDDING FORM

FOR THE AUCTION Fine Japanese and Netsuke Art JAPNE0619 ON DATE june 22 nd 2019, at 1:00 pm CET

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TERMS OF AUCTION

§ 1) The auction shall be carried out in accordance with the provisions of the rules of procedure of GALERIE ZACKE ©, SZA VERSTEIGERUNGS UND VERTRIEBS GMBH, MARIAHILFERSTRASSE 112, 1070 WIEN (hereinafter referred to as the company) as well as in accordance with sections 244-246 of the GEWERBEORDNUNG [Industrial Code] of 1994. The auction shall be carried out on commission. The auctioneer shall be entitled to withdraw lots exceptionally, to conduct the auction deviating from the order of the catalogue numbers and to offer lots jointly. In the event of any dispute concerning a double bid or if the auctioneer has missed a bid, the auctioneer shall be entitled to revoke acceptance of a bid and to continue auctioning the item. The figures stated in the catalogue shall be the highest bid in Euro (€) expected by the respective expert. As a rule, the bid shall be increased by 10% of the last bid. (See table of the bidding increments). § 2) The acceptance of a bid shall be granted to the highest bidder unless a hidden reserve has been agreed upon with the consignor of the item in question. Such a hidden reserve (also called limit or just reserve) shall be the minimum price under which the item will not be sold during the auction. This reserve will be disclosed upon request only and may exceed the estimate. The auctioneer will in this case bid on behalf of the seller against all other bidders until the reserve has been reached. If a reserve is not reached during the auction, the auctioneer will knock down the item to the highest bidder at the final bid, but the sale will be conditional of the acceptance of this final bid by the seller. In this case the highest bidder shall be bound to his/her last bid for a term of 8 days starting with the day of the knockdown. If the winning bidder does not receive a written cancellation notice within this term of 8 days, the knockdown becomes unconditional and the sale is final. Typically, only a minority of all items in an auction have a hidden reserve. § 3) All items shall be subject to differential taxation. A uniform surcharge of 22% plus the value added tax applicable to the surcharge to the amount of 20% shall be added to the achieved highest bid (final and highest bid). Thus, the surcharge shall be 26.4% of the final and highest bid in total. § 4) In the event of sales abroad, the value added tax will be repaid if the item is sold to a country which is not a member country of the European Union (third country), the legal requirements are met, and the proof of exportation is provided. The value added tax shall not be shown separately on the invoice. § 5) The auction buyer must pay the purchase price immediately upon acceptance of the bid (final and highest bid plus 22% surcharge, plus the value added tax applicable to the surcharge to the amount of 20%). However, the company may grant the auction buyer a respite for the payment of the purchase price in whole or in part in individual cases. If a respite is refused, the acceptance of the bid may be revoked, and the item may be reoffered. In the event of revocation of the acceptance of the bid, the company shall be entitled to accept the last bid from the underbidder. § 6) In the event of respite in whole or in part, the company shall be entitled to charge default interest (12% p.a.) as well as storage charges (2.4% pf the final and highest bid per month commenced) after 14 days upon acceptance of the bid. The item purchased at auction shall be handed over exclusively upon full payment of the purchase price including all costs and charges accrued since the acceptance of the bid. § 7) The buyer can take acquired items in possession, as far as possible, immediately or after the end of the auction. Items which have been fully paid for shall be handed over in our show rooms in GALERIE ZACKE, MAIAHILFERSTRASSE 112, 1070 VIENNA. If a deferred purchase price is not paid within the set period, the company shall be entitled to auction the item again in order to recoup its claim from the defaulting auction buyer. In this case, the defaulting auction buyer shall be liable to the company for the total loss of commission incurred by the company due to the re-auctioning as well as for any default interest and storage charges. § 8) The company shall be entitled to a lien on all items of the buyer irrespective of whether the buyer bought them within the scope of an auction or in free sale or the company secured ownership of these items otherwise. This lien shall serve to secure all current and future, qualified, limited and unmatured claims to which the company is entitled and which result from all legal transactions concluded with the buyer. § 9) The items received for auction will be exhibited and may be viewed prior to the auction. In doing so, the company shall give everyone the opportunity to check the nature and the condition of the exhibited items to the extent deemed possible within the scope of the exhibition. Every bidder shall be deemed to act on its own behalf uncles it provides a written confirmation saying that it acts as a representative of a well-known principal. The company may refuse bids; this shall particularly apply if a bidder who is unknown to the company or with whom the company has no business connections yet does not provide security by the beginning of the auction at the latest. However, in principle there shall be no claim to accept a bid. If a bid has been refused, the previous bid shall remain effective. § 10) The company’s experts evaluate and describe the items received for auction and determine the starting prices uncles otherwise stated in the catalogue or expert opinion. The information concerning production technique or material, state of preservation, origin, design and age3 of an item is based on published or otherwise generally accessible (scientific) findings concluded by the company’s expert with the necessary care and accuracy. The company shall warrant to the buyer according to §22 of the AGB (General Terms and Conditions) that properties are correct provided that any possible complaints referring to this are made within four weeks upon their taking into possession. Subsequent complaints shall be excluded in principle. The company shall not be liable for any further information in the catalogue and expert opinion as well. This shall also apply to illustrations in the catalogue. The purpose of these illustrations is to guide the potential buyer during the preview. They shall not be authoritative for the condition or the characteristics of the pictured item. The catalogue and the expert opinions shall only mention defects and damage affecting the artistic or commercial value significantly. Complaints concerning the price shall be excluded upon acceptance of the bid. The company reserves the right to amend catalogue information prior to the auction. These amendments shall be made either by a written notice at the place of auction or orally by the auctioneer immediately prior to offering of the respective item. In this case, the company shall be liable for the amendment only. All items offered may be checked prior to the auction. These items are used. Any claims for damages exceeding the liability named above and resulting from other material defects or other defects of the item shall be excluded. When making the bid, the bidder confirms that it has seen the item prior to the auction and has made sure that the item corresponds to the description.

§ 11) If a customer is not able to participate in an auction personally, the company shall accept purchase orders. These orders may be placed in writing, via email or fax. In the case of a purchase order placed by phone or orally, the company shall reserve the right to make the performance dependent on a confirmation from the principal communicated in writing, via email or fax. Furthermore, the company shall not be liable for the performance of purchase orders. Purchase orders with equal top bid limits will be considered in the order of their receipt. Bids which are only one increment above the starting price shall be exhausted totally. Bids which do not correspond to the increments determined by the company (see bidding increment) in tabular form will be rounded up to the next higher increment. The table of these increments can be sent upon request. In the case of lots auctioned “without any limits”, bids below the estimated price shall be exhausted totally. The written bid (purchase order) must include the item stating the catalogue number and the offered top bid limit which is quoted as the amount of the acceptance of the bid without buyer´s commission and without value added tax. Ambiguities shall be carried by the bidder. A purchase order which has already been placed may only be cancelled if the written withdrawal is received by the company at least 72 hours prior to the beginning of the auction. § 12) The company may refuse to process a purchase order without explanation until offering or make this dependent on payment of a deposit. In the event of an unsuccessful order, such a deposit will be reimbursed by the company within 5 working days. Processing of purchase orders is free of charge. § 13) Every contributor shall in principle be entitled to withdraw the items offered for auction until the start of the auction. Therefore, it is impossible to assume liability or to give warranty for the actual offering. § 14) Items paid must be collected within 30 days of payment. Items which have not been collected may be delivered without further communication at a starting price from the recent auction reduced by 50% after 30 days from the respective auction date. Items which have not been collected within 3 (three) working days after the auction or for which the company does not receive any proper shipping instructions stating the type of shipping and the address of dispatch (independent of a possibly placed purchase order) within 3 (three) working days after the auction shall be stored at the owner´s risk. Furthermore, the company shell be entitled to store item which have been purchased at auction and paid but not collected at the buyer´s risk and expense, including the costs for an insurance, with a forwarding agency. It shall be understood that the provision concerning the re-auctioning of unpaid and paid but not collected items must also apply to items not exhibited or stored on the premises of the company. The ownership shall be transferred the buyer at the time of handing over the delivery note. § 15) In the case of mixed lots with a starting price of less than EUR 350.00, the company shall not warrant for the completeness or correctness of the individual items within a mixed lot. § 16) A registration for a bid by telephone for one or several items shall automatically represent a bid at the starting prices for these items. If the company cannot reach the bidder by telephone, it will bid on behalf of the bidder by phone up to the starting price when the respective auction lot is called. § 17) Payments made to the company by mistake (through the payer´s fault) (e.g. due to miscalculation of the exchange rate by the payer) or payments made to the company for the same invoice several times shall be compensated in form of a credit note for goods for an indefinite period of time. The repayment of such payments in cash shall be excluded. § 18) In the case of individual auction lots, it may happen that they are delivered several times. In such a case, the auctioneer may accept a second or third etc. bid from the underbidder(s) In this case, the text om the catalogue and not the illustration in the catalogue shall also be exclusively binding with regard to the warranty (relating to these auction lots). § 19) When making a bid, whether personally, in writing or by telephone, the bidder shall acknowledge these terms of auction, the AGB (General Terms and Conditions) as well as the rules of procedure and the schedule of fees (as amended) of the company. § 20) The place of performance of the contract brought about between the company on the one hand and the seller as well as the buyer on the other hand shall be the place of business of the company. The legal relationships and contracts existing between the company, the sellers and the buyers shall be subject to the Austrian substantive law. The company, the sellers and the buyers shall agree to settle all disputes resulting from, concerning and in connection with this contract before the territorially competent court of Vienna. § 21) The export of art objects from Austria, when indicated, shall require a permit from the Bundesdenkmalamt [Federal Monuments Office]. In any event, the company shall orally provide information about art objects for which an export permit will probably not be granted at the beginning of the auction. § 22) The company reserves the right to assign to the customer all rights and obligations resulting from the contractual relationship between the company and the contributor by a way of a respective declaration, as well to assign to the contributor all rights and obligations resulting from the contractual relationship between the company and the customer by way of a respective declaration, in each case in terms of a complete assignment of contract with the result that the contractual relationship-following the submission of the aforementioned declarations by the company – shall exclusively be between the contributor and the customer, which is in accordance with the basic model of the commission agreement. Customers and contributors shall already now give their explicit consent to this contract assignment.


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Metalwork Lots 1 to 22. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

Swords, Armor & Fittings Lots 23 to 87 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

CloisonnĂŠ, Ceramic and Porcelain Lots 88 to 109. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

Paintings, Woodblock Prints (And One Netsuke) Lots 110 to 118. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82

Wood & Lacquerwork Lots 119 to 134. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 92

MEIJI SPLENDORS in Lacquer and Ivory Lots 135 to 143. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112

Ivory Carvings and Okimono Lots 144 to 156. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 130

Netsuke I Lots 160 to 358. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138

Netsuke II Lots 359 to 438. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 274


Metalwork

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1 A SEIYA BRONZE ELEPHANT GROUP Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Highly sophisticated portrayals of a mother elephant and her young, with inlaid ivory tusks and extremely fine detail work to their characteristic skin. The ears of both polished inside with a cocoa-brown patina, the teats of the mother well visible at the bottom of her belly. Massive and heavy cast. The elephant cub bearing the artist signature SEIYA of the famous bronze animalist Genryusai Seiya, neatly incised into one paw. (2) LENGTH 32 cm (the mother) and 16 cm (the cub) WEIGHT 3 kilograms (the mother) and 486 grams (the cub) Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Superb condition with only minor wear. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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2 A FINE BRONZE OF A RUNNING BOAR Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The bronze figure with dark chocolate-brown patina and masterly chiseled fur. The beast depicted with open mouth, upward pointed tusks and ferocious eyes in a realistic, almost frightening attack posture. LENGTH 21.5 cm across WEIGHT 1492.6 grams Provenance: French private collection. Condition: Superb condition with some old wear and a few tiny surface scratches here and there. A near identical bronze was exhibited in 2014 in the History Museum, Moscow, as part of the ‘Japanese animalistic bronze of the Meiji epoch’ exhibition. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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3 A LARGE SANBIKI NO SARU BRONZE Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). This extremely rare and massively cast bronze bears a dark natural patina and the artist seal mark Yoko. The wise monkeys are a famous pictorial maxim, embodying the proverbial principle ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’. The three are Mizaru, covering his eyes, Kikazaru, covering his ears, and Iwazaru, covering his mouth. SIZE 45 x 31 cm. WEIGHT 3200 grams Provenance: American private collation. Condition: Excellent condition with some wear and minor traces of use. Estimate EUR 3.000,Starting price EUR 1.500,-

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4 A SEIYA BRONZE GROUP OF MACAQUES Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). All three monkeys bearing the artist signature SEIYA of the famous bronze animalist Genryusai Seiya, carved into their bellies. Highly naturalistic rendering of their postures, the incised fur with fine detail. Good patina. (3) LENGTH 10 cm (the largest) WEIGHT 556.6 grams (the group) Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Absolutely perfect condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

5 A RARE JIZAI OKIMONO OF A CRICKET, EDO PERIOD Japan, 18th/19th century. The miniature bronze model of the insect with all six legs, both wings and both antennas movable! Fine patina and neatly incised detail work. Three-character artist signature Zaodo in a rectangular reserve to base. LENGTH 15 cm (with antennas) 8 cm (without antennas) WEIGHT 19.8 grams Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with hardly any wear. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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6 A BUDDHIST BRONZE CENSER 19TH CENTURY Japan, 1860-1910. The heavily cast vessel with six Buddhist lions in high relief and a recumbent Qilin on the lid. Two massive loop handles. The three archaistic feet with fierce lion masks. HEIGHT 38 cm WEIGHT 5.1 kilograms Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Some old wear and minor nicks here and there. Soldering has been strengthened to where the feet are connected to the vessel. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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7 A CHAMPLEVE BRONZE BAKU Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The dark patinated bronze depicts the mythical ‘dream eater’ highlighted with polychrome Champlevé enamel inlays in a geometrical pattern. The beast is shown with three legs, its trunk elevated and a whimsical facial expression. LENGTH 18 cm WEIGHT 967.2 grams Provenance: Austrian private collection. Acquired before 1980 (by repute). Condition: One casting flaw to bottom, one of the tusks slightly warped, otherwise very good condition with some old wear and traces of use. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

8 A FINE BRONZE SHISHI CENSER Japan, Edo period, 18th century. A small piece of fur on the back of the lion can be removed to reveal the inner of the bronze vessel, where the incense is deposited and burned for the smoke to dramatically leave through the open mouth of the beast. The statue is massively cast and incised with fine detail to the curly fur and bushy tail. LENGTH 15 cm WEIGHT 860.7 grams Provenance: Austrian private estate. Condition: Very good condition with some wear and traces of use. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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9 A BRONZE SCROLL WEIGHT BY SUGA GEPPO Japan, 20th century. Artist seal to underside. This scroll weight is a work by contemporary artist Suga Geppo (born 1935) and designed in the shape of a small raft with a human figure sitting on top which serves both as a handle and as a brush rest. LENGTH 17 cm. WEIGHT 347 grams. Provenance: From an Austrian private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear, mostly to base. The bearded sage sitting on the raft is shown in a relaxed posture and wears a high headdress reminiscent of a Shinto Eboshi. The bronze displays an appealing maroon-hued patina. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

10 A BRONZE SCROLL WEIGHT BY TAKUSAI Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912).  Artist seal of Honma Takusai III (1868-1945) to underside. This unusual scroll weight has a sinuous dragon on top which serves both as handle and as a brush rest. The bronze displays a rare, naturally grown lilac patina. LENGTH 17 cm WEIGHT 201.7 grams Provenance: From an Austrian private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with only minor wear. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

11 A SHISHI BRONZE SCROLL WEIGHT Japan, Edo period, 18th century. Cast in openwork and neatly incised miniature bronze sculpture depicting two playful Shishi, mother and cub, with a brocade ball. LENGTH 6 cm WEIGHT 79.5 grams Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with fine patina. Remainders of old mounts to bottom. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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12 A RARE BRONZE PICTURE OF RAKAN HANDAKA SONJA, EDO PERIOD Japan, around 1750-1800. The massive plaque with incised, chiseled and embossed depiction of the Rakan Handaka Sonja accompanied by his dragon in high relief, surrounded by craggy rocks, mystic clouds and the moon in the background. Two-character artist signature and seal in high relief near the left edge. Fine old Elmwood frame. SIZE 34 x 26 cm (with the frame) and 29 x 21 (only the picture) WEIGHT 1337 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with hardly any wear. The frame with traces of use and some minor losses. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

13 A CHARMING BRONZE OF HOTEI Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The bronze figure with a subtle maroon patina and mounted to an oval plinth with a slightly recessed base. The lucky god is shown in traditional manner with his outsized bare belly, carrying a huge sack on his back. HEIGHT 19.5 cm WEIGHT 2926 grams Provenance: American private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with only minor wear. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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14 A BRONZE & SILVER GOURD YATATE Japan, Edo period, 18th - earlier 19th century. This finely cast miniature travel writing set, yatate, shows a gourd with silver vines and raised leafage, the latter with dew drops inlaid also in silver, and neatly incised veining. Underneath the largest leaf hides the inkwell. The screw top holds the expandable brush and bears a hinge for suspension. LENGTH 8.5 cm WEIGHT 45.1 grams Provenance: British private collection. Acquired from a US collector in 2015. Condition: Excellent condition with only minor wear, good patina, the screw on top slightly worn down. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

15 A GOLD AND SILVER INLAID SENTOKU BOX Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Miniature mixed metal pill box with fine inlays in high relief depicting quails, swallows and deer amid millets and peonies. Extremely fine incision work. Rounded corners. The inside with fire-gilding. The convex lid with a minuscule knob. SIZE 3.7 x 3.1 x 3.1 cm WEIGHT 47.1 grams Provenance: Austrian private collection. Old labels to bottom with inventory number and date of acquisition “February 93”. Condition: Excellent condition with some old stains to patina and wear. Hinge in fine working condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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16 A LARGE BRONZE O-BESHIMI MASK Japan, 18th – 19th century. Massively cast bronze with openwork at the nostrils and bulging eyes. The upper rim with three holes for suspension. Presumably this rarity was a showpiece of an Edo period mask maker. Beard and eyebrows depicted with neatly incised lines. HEIGHT 20 cm WEIGHT 1725 grams Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with only minor wear and very few tiny dents.

O-Beshimi translates to ‘large clenched mouth’ and is a mask worn by powerful deities and demons in Noh plays. The clenched mouth indicates that power is kept under close control. Both this mask and the O-Tobide mask are based on the features of guardian deity statues found at the gates of Buddhist temples. These temple guardians were thought to have originally been ferocious local gods who had converted to Buddhism, and now use their power to defend the religion. Estimate EUR 3.000,Starting price EUR 1.500,-

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17 A LARGE INOUE BRONZE DISH Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The backside is signed ‘Kyoto Inoue Sei’ and inlaid with the golden artist seal ‘Fusahiro’. Very finely decorated in bronze, silver, copper and gilt takazogan with a pair of sparrows perched on a bamboo pole supporting a snow-covered rice-stook next to which several peonies are growing.

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Superb condition with hardly any wear, some staining to patina on the backside. Part of the image is executed in Katakiri technique. The scene is enclosed within a circular inlaid band of leafy bamboo. The lobed rim shows a golden meander inlay. Compare with a plate by the same maker at Christies, in ‘Edo to Post-War: 500 Years of Japanese Art and Design’ on November 15th, 2017, lot 5.

DIAMETER 30.5 cm WEIGHT 1363 grams

Estimate EUR 3.000,Starting price EUR 1.500,-

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18 A RARE NOGAWA BRONZE TRAY Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Attributed to Miyabe Atsuyoshi. The rectangular tray set on four bamboo-shaped feet and decorated with an owl sitting on the branch of a maple tree with the full moon shining down on the peaceful scene from the upper right. SIZE 24 x 18 x 2 cm WEIGHT 642.2 grams Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Fantastic condition with only very little wear. Executed in copper, gold, shibuichi and silver takazogan, gold hirazogan and katakiribori. Signed on the underside with the Nogawa company mark. Compare with a closely related tray of signed by Miyabe Atsuyoshi, at Bonham’s New York in ‘Fine Japanese Works of Art’ on March 19th, 2014, lot 3292. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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19 A SUPERB KOMAI IRON DISH By the Komai Company of Kyoto, Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Seal mark inlaid in gold to backside reading ‘Nihonkoku Kyoto no ju Komai’ beneath a dragonfly. Extremely fine inlay work in gold and silver with microscopic incision work depicting Sankin-kotai. A Daimyo in a palanquin is accompanied by an entourage of noblemen, soldiers and servants. DIAMETER 18.3 cm WEIGHT 248.7 grams Provenance: French private collection. Condition: Perfect with only very minor wear. Estimate EUR 3.000,Starting price EUR 1.500,-

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20 A LARGE YOSHIMITSU SAMURAI WARRIOR BRONZE Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The fighter holding a long spear pointed towards the ground, wearing full armor and a tanto stuck into his belt. Incredibly fine detail both neatly incised and forged in high relief. Good natural patina. Signed Yoshimitsu on a raised, oval reserve near the left knee. HEIGHT 30 cm WEIGHT 3.4 kilograms Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: The statue is in excellent condition with only minor wear. The wooden base may be a later addition and has substantial wear and losses. Auction comparison: A comparable pair of samurai warriors by Yoshimitsu was sold at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Works of Art, 16 September 2014, New York, lot 2179. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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21 A RARE KABUTO PILL BOX Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The small box made of silvered bronze in the shape of a Samurai helmet with fine dĂŠcor in high relief as well neatly applied incision work to the sides depicting a Karako playing with a trained mouse on a leash. LENGTH 6.5 cm WEIGHT 104.3 cm Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with some old wear and some traces of use. The lid with its original hinge, well moving, and leaving a two-millimeter-gap when closed. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

22 A SILVER DAIKOKU HAMMER PILL BOX Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The box, lid and handle neatly incised to imitate the wood grain and to depict fine floral borders. Original red suspension cords with tassels. LENGTH 9 cm WEIGHT 94.4 grams Provenance: A French private collection. Condition: Good condition with some old wear, a few tiny nicks and two small dents. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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Swords, Armor & Fittings

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23 A PAIR OF GILT SHAKUDO DRAGON MENUKI Unsigned, gilt shakudo Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Each finely carved as a scaly three-clawed dragon. LENGTH each 5.8 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: Good condition with minor rubbing to gold. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

24 TWO FUCHI-KASHIRA Unsigned, shakudo with gold and bronze Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) The first very finely worked in shakudo depicting flowers with gold, silver and copper. The second of bronze with a stippled surface. LENGTH each 4 cm Provenance: Austrian private estate Condition: Very good with minor wear and oxidation to the bronze fuchi-kashira Estimate EUR 300,Starting price EUR 150,-

25 THREE FUCHI-KASHIRA Unsigned, Copper, iron, shakudo, gold, silver Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) The first of iron with gold and copper, depicting shoki and oni. The second of copper with gold and silver, depicting flowers. The third finely crafted in shakudo with rich gold, silver and copper inlay showing a man and the full moon. LENGTH each 4 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection Condition: Good condition Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

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26 TWENTY SIX MENUKI IN AN ANTIQUE SHOWCASE Japan, the menuki date to the 19th century; the showcase of later date and bearing a collector’s label. This lot consists of a total of 26 different menuki, some in pairs, some matching others individual. Depicted are dragons, lion dogs, a horse, a crab and other animals as well as various lucky gods, oni and also fruits and flowers. SIZE of the showcase is 22 x 46 cm. Menuki vary between 1.5 and 6 cm in length Provenance: From a Canadian private collection. Condition: perfect condition with only minimal traces of age Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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27 A COPPER KOZUKA HANDLE OF TWO IMMORTALS BY NAOYUKI

28 A SHAKUDO KOZUKA HANDLE OF A TAOIST MAGICIAN ON A CLOUD BY KATSUYUKI

By Naoyuki, kozuka handle, copper and some gold Japan, around 1800, Edo period (16151868)

By Terumitsu, kozuka handle, shakudo, silver and gold Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868)

Two figures, executed in deep katabori relief, depicting the bearded Taoist sage Laozi, known as Roshi in Japan, and Tekkai Sennin. Roshi is wearing a fine Chinese garment and reading a book, while Tekkai has a full beard and a glowing expression in his golden eyes. Signed on the reverse HAMANO NAOYUKI and Kao.

The immortal magician Tobosaku is floating on a cloud. A small table with a basket full of immortality peaches, which he wants to steal, is on the ground below him. They belong to the fairy Xiwangmu, the Queen Mother of the West. Signed RIFUDO KATSUYUKI on the reverse; the “do” in Rifudo indicates a temple, literally “temple by the windy village”.

LENGTH 9.85 cm

LENGTH 9.8 cm

Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Very good condition

Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Very good condition with signs of wear and some minor scratches on the surface.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

29 A COPPER KOZUKA HANDLE OF TAKANORI By Terumitsu, kozuka handle, copper and some gold Japan, around 1800, Edo period (16151868) A finely carved tsuba in low relief with some gold depicting Takanori. Parts of the armor and the handle of a sword, also the tsuba, can be seen under the heavy mino, a rain coat made from straw. The man wearing it also has a large straw hat (sugegasa) and holding a paintbrush up with one hand. He is Takanori, a follower of the emperor Go-Daigo during the 14th century, writing a poem on the decorticated trunk of a cherry tree as a message to the emperor, under golden cherry (sakura) blossoms. Signed one the shakudo reverse KITOSAI TERUMITSU and Kao. This master was the fourth from the well-known Omori family. LENGTH 10 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Very good condition Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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30 A COPPER KOZUKA HANDLE DEPICTING A WAYFARER, BAMBOO AND BIRDS Unsigned, kozuka handle, copper and some gold Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868) At the end of the handle a wayfarer with a walking cane in high relief, his baggy trousers are gilt and decorated with a pattern. He is looking up towards two birds flying in the sky. At the top there is bamboo growing, the leaves lightly gilt, but the entire upper area of the handle is reminiscent of a bamboo stalk through the use of engraving. This could be an allusion to the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, making the old man with the cane Santo, a former minister. The reverse shows a long inscription in cursive and abbreviated sosho. LENGTH 9.7 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Good condition, minor areas of discoloration on the reverse

31 A MIXED METAL KOZUKA HANDLE DEPICTING A FISHERMAN IN A BOAT AND BIRDS

32 A SENTOKU AND SILVER KOZUKA HANDLE DEPICTING A MAN WITH A BROOM UNDER THE CRESCENT MOON

Unsigned, kozuka handle, iron, copper, gold and silver Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned, kozuka handle, sentoku and silver Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868)

A fisherman standing in his boat with a fishing rod and holding a pipe in one hand, executed in high takazogan relief. The figure is made from copper, the clothes are gilt, the boat is made from silver. Two plovers (chidori), entirely gilt, are flying over the fisherman; they symbolize strength.

This finely contrasting work depicts a man sweeping with a broom in takazogan relief, the figure entirely covered with silver. The man is wearing a basket-like cap and a long robe with baggy trousers but no shoes; presumably he is a temple servant. Above him the silver crescent moon.

LENGTH 9.6 cm

LENGTH 9.7 cm

Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Very good condition with minor spots of rust and signs of wear.

Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Very good condition with minor wear and small nicks.

Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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33 AN IRON, SILVER AND GOLD KOZUKA OF TAKANORI BY MASAYUKI

34 A COPPER KOZUKA HANDLE DEPICTING ASHINAGA AND TENAGA

By Terumitsu, kozuka handle, iron, silver and gold Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned, kozuka handle, copper with gold Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868)

A man is disguised as a farmer and wearing a straw coat (mino) and hat (sugegasa), but the samurai armor and sword are visible. He is Takanori, a follower of the emperor Go-Daigo during the 14th century, writing a poem on the decorticated trunk of a cherry tree as a secret message to the emperor. The upper area shows many blossoms in takazogan relief with silver and gold, Takanori himself is also in this semi-sculptural relief. Signed HAMANO MASAYUKI on the reverse. This master from Edo, who lived until 1769, was the founder of the famous Hamano family. LENGTH 10 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Very good condition with minor spots of rust. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

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This kozuka handle depicts the two islanders known as Ashinaga and Tenaga, literally “long leg” and “long arm”, in high relief. The latter is seated on his companion with his long arms crossed in front of him. Both have curly hair, are naked except for a loincloth, and became well-known for their fishing skills. The eyes and loincloths are lightly gilt. The reverse of the handle shows a file pattern. LENGTH 9.7 cm Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Very good condition with expected wear. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

35 AN IRON AND GOLD KOZUKA HANDLE DEPICTING DARUMA Unsigned, kozuka handle, iron and gold Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868) Daruma, the first patriarch of Zen Buddhism, is seated at the end of the handle, with bald head, the characteristic earrings and golden eyes with a longing expression, executed in high takazogan relief. Above him there is a gold inlaid inscription in cursive and abbreviated sosho. LENGTH 9.8 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Very good condition with minor spots of rust. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-


36 A FINE SHAKUDO KOZUKA HANDLE DEPICTING A GOLD DRAGON BY HIDETOMO

37 A GILT COPPER KOZUKA HANDLE DEPICTING THREE HORSES

By Hidetomo, kozuka handle, bronze and gold Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned, kozuka handle, gilt copper, shakudo, silver Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868)

A masterful work depicting a chilong dragon in high takazogan relief with gold, its smooth body coiled like a snake, with a long mane, three claws, and a bifurcated tail with volutes. The dragon’s head is turned towards the flaming pearl. Below the dragon is a minutely carved weave pattern. Signed on the reverse DAI .. HIDETOMO and Kao.

This completely gilt kozuka handle shows three horses in motion, with different poses, the black areas in shakudo, the others in copper, in part also with silver.

LENGTH 9.6 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

LENGTH 9.8 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Good condition with signs of wear and some scratches on the surface. Estimate EUR 300,Starting price EUR 150,-

38 A SHAKUDO KOZUKA WITH RESTING OXEN Unsigned, shakudo kozuka with silver and gold Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A fine kozuka with a slightly raised rim, showing on a fine nanakoji ground two resting oxen (ushi) in takazogan highlighted with some minute details in gold and silver. The ox is on the second place among the animals of the zodiac and symbolizes spring and wealth because of flourishing agriculture, further it is the mount of the Laozi (known as Roshi in Japan). LENGTH 9.55 CM Provenance: From an old German collection Condition: Good condition, minor expected surface wear Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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39 A SHIBUICHI KOZUKA WITH OMODAKA Unsigned, shibuichi kozuka with silver and gold Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A beautifully inlaid shibuichi kozuka bearing a fine nanako ground decorated in iro-e takazogan with a pair of flowering threelobed water plants - omodaka or shogunso (plant of the Shoguns) tied together with fine gold threads. Already during the Heian period this plant was popularly shown on mon crests. LENGTH 9,7 CM Provenance: From the collection of Dr. Karl Florenz (1865-1939) Condition: Excellent condition Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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40 A FINE SHAKUDO, GOLD AND SILVER KOZUKA HANDLE WITH ARROW AND FALCON

41 A RARE SHAKUDO, GOLD AND SILVER KOZUKA HANDLE WITH HO-O BIRD

Unsigned, kozuka handle, shakudo, gold and silver Japan ,19th century, Edo period (16151868)

Unsigned, kozuka handle, shakudo, gold and silver Japan ,19th century, Edo period (16151868)

Inlaid shakudo kozuka bearing a nanako ground decorated with an arrow (ya) and falcon (taka) in iro-e takazogan. In Japan both motifs were popularly depicted on arms. The prey bird was commonly used for hunting and represents the virtue of fighting spirit . LENGTH 9.5 cm

Inlaid shakudo kozuka bearing a nanako ground decorated showing a iro-e takazogan inlaid Ho-o bird (in Chinese Fenghuang). The mythological creature, sometimes referred to as the Chinese phoenix, has beautifully crafted and flowing gold, silver and shakudo tail feathers.

Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Excellent condition.

Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Excellent condition.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

LENGTH 9.5 cm


42 AN EXCELLENT SENTOKU KOZUKA WITH BLADE OF A BEARDED MAN IN ROYAL GARMENT Unsigned, kozuka handle of sentoku and some gold with iron blade Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868)

The figure executed in a light takazogan relief could be Kanti as well as the poet Michizane, as there is a book on the table. More exact clues are not given, both would be depicted with a full beard. Kanti, known as Guandi in China, was canonized as an immortal in 1128 and as a Chinese war god in 1594. The splendor of his robe – details with gilding – would indicate it is him rather than the poet.

An incised inscription on the blade. LENGTH 20.8 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

43 AN IRON, COPPER AND GOLD TSUBA DEPICTING FUDO AND COMPANION Unsigned, tsuba, iron, copper and gold Japan, 18th century, Edo period (16151868) A tsuba of mokkogata shape with one hitsu, showing a figural depiction in takazogan relief on both sides. A waterfall crashing down a cliff and a flamboyantly dressed figure with dense, black hair trying to tear it apart. It is Fudo, the god of waterfalls, who is presumably trying to rescue Endo Morito here – a complex story. Endo had unwittingly murdered his lover Kesa and wanted to repent under a waterfall, during the winter, causing Endo to almost freeze to death. Two companions, one beating the drum framed by flames (mitsudomo-e) and the other playing on a flute. The other side shows a cockerel and a fire. HEIGHT 7.5 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with minor signs of wear. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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44 AN IRON, COPPER AND GOLD TSUBA DEPICTING SAMURAI WARRIORS AMID ROCKS BY GENKO By Genko, tsuba, iron, copper and gold Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An oval-round tsuba with openwork as well as two hitsu. Several warriors in armor are depicted between rocks and under pine trees, presumably a scene from the Genpei War between the Minamoto and Taira clans. One of the warriors has the horns known as kuwagata on his helmet. Semi-sculptural relief with copper zogan as well as some gold. Signed KOSHU GENKO saku, stylistically this is in the direction of the Soten school. HEIGHT 7.6 cm Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Very good condition with minor rust. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

45 AN IRON TSUBA WITH MON CREST Iron Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Of Maru Gata shape with a raised and gilt rim and two open hitsu. Finely carved to show a floral mon-crest. SIZE 7.8 x 7.8 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

46 A FINE IRON TSUBA Unsigned, Iron with silver and shakudo Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)

Of Naga Maru Gata shape with two hitsu closed with shakudo. One side with mountains and many flying geese inlaid in silver. The other side with further mountains, pavilions and a fisherman in a boat. SIZE 8 x 7.5 cm Provenance: Czech private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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47 A FINE IRON TSUBA WITH SARUMAWASHI Iron with gold and copper Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Of Naga Maru Gata shape with one open hitsu, depicting a sarumawashi (monkey trainer) with monkey, the details inlaid in gold and copper. SIZE 7.2 x 7 cm Provenance: Czech private collection. Condition: Very good condition with expected wear. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

48 A FINE TSUBA WITH GRASSHOPPER Unsigned, Iron, gold and copper Of Mokko Gata shape with one open hitsu and showing a silver grasshopper amongst a leafy branch inlaid in copper and gold. SIZE 7.2 x 6.5 cm Provenance: Czech private collection. Condition: Very good condition with expected wear. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

49 AN IRON TSUBA WITH MONKEY, LOTUS AND DEER Unsigned, patinated iron Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Of Maru Gata shape, rimmed and with two open hitsu. Finely carved in openwork with many scrolling vines. A monkey is shown on the left, a lotus bud with a bee and a prancing deer on the bottom. SIZE 8 x 8 cm Provenance: Czech private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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50 A FINE ECHIZEN SCHOOL IRON TSUBA WITH HO-O BIRD BY KINAI Iron, by Kinai Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Of Maru Gata shape with two hitsu and partially carved in openwork with a magnificent Ho-O bird (in Chinese Fenghuang). The rich and dense plumage is masterfully executed. The backside continues the image and shows the talons. Signed Echizen ju Kinai saku (resident of Echizen, made by Kinai). With felted wood storage box, SIZE 7.2 x 7.2 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

51 A SIGNED IRON TSUBA WITH LOTUS Signed, iron with gold Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Of Maru Gata shape with two hitsu plugged with shakudo. Carved in low relief with lotus buds on both sides, some leaves in nonume zogan and others as pierced holes. Signed. SIZE 8 x 7.7 cm Provenance: Austrian private estate. Condition: Very good condition with expected minor wear. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

52 A HANBO (MASK) Lacquered iron with fabric Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) Covering the lower face from under the nose to the chin. The interior lacquered red, the outside brown, with a simple four lame yodare-kake (throat guard) laced in dark blue. The chin with an Asenagashino- ana, a drain hole for perspiration. HEIGHT ca. 16 CM Condition: Traces of use and wear, small cracks and splitting to lacquer around the edges - complete condition Provenance: Czech private collection Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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53 A RARE GROUP OF SEVEN YA (ARROWS) Bamboo shafts with feathers and steel arrow heads Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Each arrow head with a bamboo shaft, three of them with applied lacquer, and feather flights. The arrowheads of varying shapes and sizes and made of steel. LENGTH approximately 89 – 97 cm Provenance: Czech private collection Condition: Generally, in good condition with minor wear to the shafts and blemishes to the arrow heads. Two arrows with losses to feathers. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

54 AN INDOOR LADIES ARCHERY SET Japan, around 1800. This rare indoor archery set for noble ladies consists of a ‘sparrows’ bow (suzume koyumi) with three sections, all of which bear neatly incised signatures, and a handle covered with shark skin. Coming with its matching box with two drawers, one of which is holding the twelve original arrows made of bamboo, this is a fine amusement set from Edo period nobility. (14) LENGTH 28 cm (one arrow) 82 cm (the bow) 33 x 10 x 11 cm (the box) WEIGHT 514.4 grams (the complete set) Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: Good condition with some wear and very minor traces of use and losses. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

Japanese ladies entertaining themselves with indoor archery, Edo period

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55 RARE ARMOR WITH SOMEN & EBOSHI KABUTO Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Iron, metals, leather, lacquer, silk, brocade. Comes with storage box, its leather cover and presentation stand. An unusual samurai armor including the helmet, the much rarer eboshi kabuto with five-part gold lacquered iron plates shikoro with sugake odoshi. The facemask is fully figural and called somen, it shows a laughing man and has three lame yodare-kake (throat guards). The chest protector is a do-maru, which can be opened on the side. Mounted to the do are the kusazuri, in six parts, each made of 5 gold lacquered panels hung on long fabric bands. The kote arm and hand guards, the suneate shin guards as well as the haidate thigh guards are made of blue brocade with protective iron onsets. Enclosed is also a velvet vest with round crests. With an old wooden storage box and its protective leather cover bearing Mon crests and a modern presentation stand. HEIGHT approx. 175 cm Provenance: From a Czech private collection. Condition: This set of armor is near complete. With signs of wear and use appropriate for its age, especially tears to fabric and cracks as well some material loss to lacquer or metalwork. Estimate EUR 8.000,Starting price EUR 4.000,-

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56 SAMURAI ARMOR WITH KABUTO, EDO Japan, Edo period (1615-1868). Iron, metals, leather, horn, lacquer, silk, brocade. Comes with storage box and presentation stand. A rare and impressive complete samurai armor including the helmet, kabuto, with open kiku shaped tehen no kanamono and four-part lacquered iron plates shikoro with sugake odoshi. The very impressive maedate front piece in the form of a ferocious mask with Kuwagata horns. The facemask hanbo made of iron with three lame yodare-kake (throat guards). The chest protector is a do-maru, which can be opened on the side. The shoulder pads, sode, are crafted of six lacquer panels with sugake odoshi strings– the top piece is gilded. Mounted to the do are the kusazuri, in six parts, each made of 5 panels hung on long fabric bands. The kote arm and hand guards as well as the haidate thigh guards are made of colorful brocade with protective iron onsets. With an old wood storage box with large mon crests and a modern presentation stand. HEIGHT approx. 155 cm Provenance: From a Hungarian private collection. Condition: This set of armor is entirely complete. With signs of wear and use appropriate for its age, especially tears to fabric and cracks as well some material loss to lacquer or metalwork. Estimate EUR 5.000,Starting price EUR 2.500,-

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57 SAMURAI ARMOR WITH MEMPO & KABUTO Japan, Edo period (1615-1868). Iron, metals, leather, lacquer, silk, brocade. Comes with storage box and presentation stand. A rare and near complete samurai armor including the helmet, kabuto, with open kiku shaped tehen no kanamono and three-part lacquered iron plates shikoro with sugake odoshi. The facemask mempo made of iron with a horse hair moustache and with four lame yodare-kake (throat guards). The chest protector is a domaru, which can be opened on the side. The shoulder pads, sode, are crafted of six lacquer panels with sugake odoshi strings and bear calligraphy to the lowest panels. Mounted to the do are the kusazuri, in six parts, each made of 5 panels hung on long fabric bands. The kote arm and hand guards, the suneate shin guards as well as the haidate thigh guards are made of colorful brocade with protective iron onsets that are mostly lacquer gilt. With an old braided storage box and a modern presentation stand. HEIGHT approx. 145 cm Provenance: From a Czech private collection. Condition: This set of armor is near complete. Wooden maedate seems to be a replacement. With signs of wear and use appropriate for its age, especially tears to fabric and cracks as well some material loss to lacquer or metalwork. Estimate EUR 4.000,Starting price EUR 2.000,-

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58 COMPLETE SAMURAI ARMOR & KABUTO Japan, Edo period (1615-1868). Iron, metals, leather, horn, lacquer, silk, brocade. Comes with storage box and presentation stand. A highly collectable and complete samurai armor including the helmet, kabuto, with open kiku shaped tehen no kanamono and four-part lacquered iron plates shikoro with sugake odoshi. The maedate front piece in the form of the crescent moon. The facemask hanbo made of iron with three lame yodare-kake (throat guards). The chest protector is a do-maru, which can be opened on the side. The shoulder pads, sode, are crafted of five lacquer panels with sugake odoshi strings. Mounted to the do are the kusazuri, in six parts, each made of 5 panels hung on long fabric bands. The kote arm and hand guards, the suneate shin guards as well as the haidate thigh guards are made of brocade with protective iron onsets. With an old wood storage box and a modern presentation stand. HEIGHT approx. 140 cm Provenance: From a Hungarian private collection. Condition: This set of armor is entirely complete. With signs of wear and use appropriate for its age, especially tears to fabric and cracks as well some material loss to lacquer or metalwork. Estimate EUR 4.000,Starting price EUR 2.000,-

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59 A KATANA IN KOSHIRAE

60 A KATANA IN KOSHIRAE BY TOMOSHIGE

Japan, c. 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Japan, c. early Edo period (1615-1868)

The blade: The blade’s shape is shinogi-zukuri with iori mune, the hamon is an irregular to small notare and the hada is masame. The long tang is ubu with one mekugi-ana, the yasurime is kiri, the tang tip is iriyamagata and mumei.

The blade: Shinogi-zukuri with iori mune, the hamon is a large dynamic notare, the hada itame. The tang is ubu with one mekugi-ana, the yasurime is sujikai, the tang tip is iri-yamagata. Signed Fujishima TOMOSHIGE (of these sword masters, twelve generations are known).

The mounting: Iron mokkogata-tsuba with ryohitsu and hammered texture shows a mountain silhouette, a goose and blossoms, takazogan in part with gilding. The bronze fuchi and kashira are completely gilt with blossoms and nanakoji. The menuki also show a floral composition with gilding. The black lacquer saya with very fine ishimeji and with sageo. NAGASA 59.3 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 88.2 cm Condition: The blade shows blemishes throughout the surface, otherwise in good condition. The saya is in very good condition with only a minor chip to the lacquer on the top. Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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The mounting: The round iron tsuba with one hitsu shows bundles of straw, a horse and its rider on the ground and is signed. The fuchi and kashira are also iron, each showing a tree and the railing of a footbridge with some gilding. The menuki in the shape of a gilt fruit on a branch. The black lacquer saya with ishimeji. With sageo. NAGASA 60.7 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 89.6 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: The blade in worn condition with signs of corrosion and blemishes. The saya shows signs of wear. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-


61 A KATANA IN KOSHIRAE BY NOBUYOSHI

62 A KATANA IN KOSHIRAE BY MORITAKA

Japan, late 17th to 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Japan, probably late 16th century, Muromachi period (13361573)

The blade: Shinogi-zukuri with iori mune, the hamon is an elegant notare, the hada is itame. The tang is ubu with two mekugi-ana, the yasurime is partly sujikai, the tang tip is iri-yamagata. Signed Shinano no Kami NOBUYOSHI. The mounting: Large, round iron tsuba with clsoed ryohitsu as well as a bold surface structure, in part with characters. The bronze fuchi and kashira share motifs of fish and ocean waves. The menuki, unter the light silk tsuka-ito, showing probably war-like material. The shiny lacquer saya in an expressive red, the fittings on the ends as well as the kurigata are lacquered black. NAGASA 80.4 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 87 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: The blade is in good condition with faults on the surface on one side. The saya shows minor wear to the lacquer. Estimate EUR 900,Starting price EUR 450,-

The blade: The shape of the blade is shinogi-zukuri with iori mune, suguha hamon with nie and masame hada. The tang is ubu with one mekugi-ana and the yasurime is kattesagari. Signed Kongobyoe MORITAKA, one of the master swordsmiths from the Bungo school in Kyushu. The mounting: Round iron tsuba with ryohitsu, openworked and rather abstract-floral decorations. Fuchi and kashira are densely crafted with several motifs such as a blossoming peach, bamboo, rocks and birds, partly with gold takazogan over nanakoji. Two menuki under the tsuka-ito. The double habaki is gilt. The saya is lacquered with a lively pattern in black and red hues. The kozuka is missing. With sageo. NAGASA 53 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 74 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: The saya in excellent condition. The kozuka is missing. The blade in good condition with only minor faults. Estimate EUR 900,Starting price EUR 450,-

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63 A KATANA BY YOSHIMOTO WITH NBTHK

64 A KATANA IN KOSHIRAE

Japan, probably late 15th century mid-Muromachi period (13361573),

Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868)

The blade: Shinogi-zukuri with iori mune. The hamon is a finely pronounced sanbonsugi (lit. “three cedars”) and the hada is itame. The tang cannot be opened and therefore only be described according to the rubbing in the certificate – one mekugi-ana, the yasurime is kiri, the tang ti is iri-yamagata. The mei reads YOSHIMOTO. A rare master swordsmith from Bizen. NAGASA 56 cm, total LENGTH in shirasaya 79.3 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection.; includes written expertise from the NBTHK (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai), the Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords. Condition: The blade in generally, in good condition. Two blemishes in the central section of the blade and two further minor faults on the upper edge of the blade. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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The blade: Marumune and shinogi-zukuri, the hamon is suguha. The tang is mumei with two mekugi-ana, the yasurime is sujikai and the tang tip is kurijiri. The mounting: Circular iron tsuba with two hitsu as well as radial chrysanthemum decorations. The bronze fuchi with gilt blossom decorations in raised relief, the black lacquer kashira is smooth. The menuki is also floral, the blossom is gilt, as are the habaki and seppa. The saya with silky roironuri and a gilt mon emblem with crossed falcon feathers (takanoha). The kozuka is missing. With a silk cover. NAGASA 57 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 77.2 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: The blade with several spots of minor corrosion and few blemishes. The saya in good condition with minor wear and scratchs to lacquer and the kozuka is missing. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-


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66 A KATANA IN SHIRASAYA BY SUKESADA

Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868)

Japan, mid-Edo period (1615-1868)

The blade: The slender, relatively smaller blade with iori mune and shinogizukuri, the hamon is suguha to notare and with nie. The tang is mumei with two mekugi-ana, the yasurime is sujikai, the tang tip is ha-agari kurijiri.

The blade: Iori mune and shinogi-zukuri, the hamon is suguha, the hada is mostly masame. The tang has two mekugi-ana and is signed Mina moto SUKESADA saku, the tang tip is kirijiri, the yasurime is sujikai. It should be noted that the name Sukesada was used very frequently by sword masters around Bizen, where this blade was crafted. The silver habaki with very fine relief decorations.

The mounting: The rectangular bronze and black-stained tsuba is smooth on both sides and has bordered corners as well as two hitsu. The bronze fuchi shows ducks in water while the kashira shows a fisherman with a fishing rod, partly gilt. The menuki is circular and with a gilt mitsudomo-e (three swirls). The black saya with a finely grained texture, the elegantly curved tip with a gilt metal fitting. The kozuka is missing. NAGASA 34.6 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 62 cm

NAGASA 51 cm, total LENGTH in shirasaya 71.8 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection Condition: The blade is in good condition with minor blemishes in the surface. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: Blemishes and corrosion on the surface of the blade. The saya is in good condition. The kozuka is missing. Estimate EUR 900,Starting price EUR 450,-

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67 A KATANA IN SHIRASAYA BY SUKESADA

68 A KO-WAKIZASHI IN SHIRASAYA WITH NBTHK

Japan, late 17th to early 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Japan, c. 17th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The blade: Shinogi-zukuri with iori mune, the hamon is a wide suguha, the hada is masame. The tang cannot be opened and is described according to the rubbing in the expertise. Two mekugi-ana, the yasurime is sujikai, the tang tip is kirijiri. Signed Minamoto SUKESADA saku. An elegant blade from the circle of the many Bizen masters.

The blade: Shinogi-zukuri with iori mune, the hamon is suguha and the hada is itame. The tang has two mekugi-ana and the tang tip is kirijiri. The double habaki is gilt.

NAGASA 52.5 cm, total LENGTH in shirasaya 78 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: The blade in very good condition, excellent optical appearance. Only very minor wear.

Provenance: Hungarian private collection.; includes written expertise from the NBTHK (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai), the Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords Condition: The blade in good condition with only minor blemishes on the surface.

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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NAGASA 37 cm, total LENGTH in shirasaya 62.8 cm


69 A WAKIZASHI IN KOSHIRAE BY MITSUNAGA

70 A WAKIZASHI IN KOSHIRAE

Japan, 14th century, Muromachi period (1336-1573)

Japan, c. 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868),

The blade: Hirazukuri with one iori mune, the hamon shows relatively small gunome with under pronounced nie. The equally flat tang with two mekugi-ana, the yasurime is o-sujikai, the tang tip is ha-agari kurijiri. The signature reads ... MITSUNAGA.

The blade: The Form, the an einen Dolch erinnert hat schmalen iori mune as well as eine shinogi-zukuri, the hamon is suguha with nie. The tang is ubu with one mekugi-ana, the yasurime is kiri, the tang tip is haagari kurijiri.

The mounting: The iron mokkogata-tsuba with one hitsu has a radial beam-like structure on both sides. The bronze fuchi and kashira show a floral composition with different insects, mostly with gilding as well as nanakoji. Both menuki in the shape of a horse on the hunt. The saya with silky roironuri, the kozuka is missing.

The mounting: The old iron tsuba with radial kiku relief on both sides and one hitsu. The fuchi and openworked kashira without decorations, the menuki with bamboo. The saya with silky roironuri is covered with several metal pieces. The kozuka is missing, its fitting is lacquered red.

NAGASA 37.5 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 61.8 cm

NAGASA 38 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 62 cm

Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: The blade is in very good condition with only minor blemishes on the surface. The lacquer of the saya is in worn condition with some splitting and chipping. The kozuka is missing.

Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: Nicks on the edge of the blade and blemishes on the surface. The saya in worn condition. The kozuka is missing.

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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71 A TANTO IN KOSHIRAE

72 A TANTO IN KOSHIRAE

Japan, c. mid-Edo period (1615-1868)

Japan, Edo period (1615-1868)

The blade: Hirazukuri with iori mune, the hamon is gunome to Notare with much nie. The tang is also flat with two mekugi-ana, the yasurime is sujikai and the tang tip is curved and slanted.

The blade: This dagger has iori mune and shinogi-zukuri as well as a shorter and a longer bohi in parallel on both sides. The hamon is a dynamic notare with some toran. The short tang with a powerful structure has one mekugi-ana and is mumei, the tang tip is kirijiri.

The mounting: The oval-round iron tsuba with lotus leaves and two arched hitsu is signed Echizen ju KINAI saku, a master swordsmith from the Kinai school (c. 17th to 18th century). The bronze fuchi shows blossoms and insects with gilding, the kashira is smooth. The menuki show minogame under the tsuka-ito, the long-tailed longevity turtles. The saya is with silky roironuri, the texture is densely grained. The kozuka is missing. NAGASA 23.2 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 46.5 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: The blade is in very good condition with very minor blemishes on the surface. The lacquer of the saya shows signs of wear. The kozuka is missing. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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The mounting: The copper habaki with one hikiryo on both sides, this noble family crest is also found on the kashira. The saya with silky roironuri as well as one kaeshi-zuno. The metal fitting around the saya opening and the fuchi are inset with a gilt and florally decorated metal, likewise the metal, screwable mekugi peg. The kozuka is missing. NAGASA 22.5 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 38.5 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: The blade in good condition with some blemishes on the surface. The saya shows signs of wear. The kozuka is missing. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-


73 A KATANA IN KOSHIRAE Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) or later The blade: A long katana with shinogizukuri and iori mune. The hamon, with large midare and much nie, is appealingly crafted. The boshi is a smaller ko-kissaki. The hada is masame. The tang is ubu with two mekugi-ana, the yasurime is o-sujikai and the tang tip is kurijiri. The mei (signature) in the form of two abbreviated and very small characters, probably reading Masamuni or Masayoshi, however this appears to be a (more recently) incised attribution. The mounting: Round iron tsuba with one hitsu, engraved and inlaid with widely extending lines and spirals with gilding. The fuchi is incised with lines while the kashira is decorated in takazogan over nanakoji with a partly gilt floral composition. The gilt menuki show war fans. The habaki is gilt. The more recent saya is lacquered with a dense ishime structure, fittings at the ends and kurigata in silky roironuri. NAGASA 68 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 99 cm Provenance: Czech private collection. Condition: The blade is in very good condition with only minor faults and signs of wear on the surface. The saya in excellent condition Estimate EUR 3.000,Starting price EUR 1.500,-

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74 A TACHI IN KOSHIRAE BY HIROMASA Japan, c. late 15th century, Muromachi period (1336-1573) The blade: Wide, continuous bohi lengthwise on both sides, iori mune. The hamon is suguha and the hada is itame. The large tang has two mekugi-ana, the yasurime is sujikai and the tang tip is kurijiri. The mei reads HIROMASA saku, probably one of the master swordsmiths from Sagami. The mounting: The oval-round iron tsuba with ryohitsu shows an ushi with bokudo (ox and shepherd boy), the latter can only be identified due to his large gold hat; also blossoms as well as a stream on the reverse. Fuchi and kashira with gilt line decorations over nanakohi. Both menuki show floral compositions with gilding. The saya is lacquered with minutely applied iridescent mother-of-pearl, the metal fittings in the same style as the fuchi-kashira. With silk cover. NAGASA 69.5 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 105.5 cm Condition: The blade shows minor corrosion and faults on the surface. Several sections of lacquer splitting on the saya. Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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75 AN EXCELLENT KATANA IN KOSHIRAE Japan, c. 17th century, mid-Edo period (1615-1868) The blade: A long, slender blade in shinogi-zukuri with iori mune, the hamon is a narrow suguha, the hada is itame. The long tang is ubu and mumei, with one mekugi-ana, and the yasurime is sujikai, the tang tip is kurijiri. The mounting: Large, round iron tsuba with ryohitsu, a bold structure, showing on one side a fish, plants and birds, partly gilt. Bronze fuchi and kashira with blossoms inlaid in takazogan in silver, shakudo and gold. The menuki show floral compositions. The saya with blac-brown lacquer has an ishimeji grain, the iron end cap is inlaid with the head of a protective dragon in silver. With cover. NAGASA 68.7 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 102.8 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection Condition: The blade is in very good condition with only minor signs of wear. Minor wear to the lacquer on the saya. Estimate EUR 3.000,Starting price EUR 1.500,-

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76 A KATANA IN KOSHIRAE Japan, c. 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The blade: A long katana, its shape shinogi-zukuri with iori mune, the hamon is suguha and partly gunome-midare with much nie, the hada is itame. The tang is ubu with one mekugi-ana, the yasurime is o-sujikai, the tang tip is kurijiri, mumei. The mounting: Circular iron tsuba with ryohitsu, decorated on both sides with a dense, parallel line pattern and inlaid with gold on the lined and lightly notched edge. The bronze fuchi with nanakoji, the kashira is smooth and blackened. Both menuki in the shape of gilt scaled dragons. The saya is lacquered with a red-black leather pattern, the fittings as well as kurigata with black lacquer. With sageo and a richly decorated brocade cover, showing for example redcrowned cranes (tancho tsuru), symbols of longevity. NAGASA 70.4 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 104 cm Provenance: Czech private collection. Condition: The blade is in very good condition with minor blemishes on the surface. The saya shows signs of wear to the lacquer. Estimate EUR 4.000,Starting price EUR 2.000,-

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77 A KATANA IN KOSHIRAE BY YOSHIKADO Japan, probably late 17th to 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The blade: Shinogi-zukuri with iori mune, the hamon is a finely pronounced choji midare with nie, the hada is masame. The tang is ubu with two mekugi-ana, the yasurime is barely visible, the tang tip is kurijiri. The mei reads Echizen (no) Kami Fujiwara YOSHIKADO. Probably one of the master swordsmiths from Hitachi. The mounting: Iron tsuba of mokkogata shape with a raised edge, no hitsu and signed KUNIMITSU saku, among others. The bronze fuchi with densely rowed nanakoji, the kashira is blackened and smooth. The menuki show compositions with shells – awabi, hamaguri, etc. The saya is lacquered with silky black ishimeji, the fittings on the ends with gilt metal. With sageo and a brocade cover richly decorated with different blossoms. NAGASA 69.2 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 99.5 cm Provenance: Czech private collection. Condition: The blade in very good condition with only minor scratches on the surface. The lacquer of the saya shows signs of wear. Estimate EUR 4.000,Starting price EUR 2.000,-

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78 A WAKIZASHI IN SHIRASAYA BY SUKESADA Japan, c. mid-18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The blade: Iori mune and shinogi-zukuri, the hamon with finely pronounced kawazuka choji as well as nie. The tang is ubu with one mekugi-ana, the inscription on both sides reads Bizen Kuni Osafune junin (indicating the place of residence) as well as Yokoyama Kozuke Daijo Fujiwara SUKESADA saku (made by Sukesada, preceded by the family name, official district and clan name). The tang tip is kurijiri. The habaki is gilt with strong nekogaki. NAGASA 44 cm, total LENGTH in shirasaya 66.2 cm Provenance: Czech private collection Condition: The blade is overall in very good condition. There is a larger crack to the shirasaya. Estimate EUR 4.000,Starting price EUR 2.000,-

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79 A WAKIZASHI IN A SPLENDID KOSHIRAE Japan, c. 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The blade: iori mune and shinogi-zukuri, the hamon is suguha bis Notare and with nie, the hada is masame. The tang with two mekugi-ana, the significant characters of the mei (signature) are illegible due to corrosion, the tang tip is kirijiri. The mounting: Iron mokkogata tsuba with ishime structure, the inlaid decorations showing young, semi-sculptural bears, symbols of male strength. No hitsu. Saya and tsuka are made entirely of gilt copper, with engraved as well as high inlaid decorations. Compositions with mostly gilt blossoms and foliage with a few birds in between, probably suzume (sparrows). The ring is mounted on a protective demon mask. With a brocade cover. NAGASA 46.6 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 76.4 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: The blade in good condition with minor blemishes to the surface. The koshirae in good, slightly worn condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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80 A YARI IN SHIRASAYA Japan, Edo period (1615-1868) The blade: The suguyari with a triangular cross-section looks perfect, the bottom side is flat but with a bordered cut, approximately half the length of the blade and stained red. The hamon is a clear suguha, the tip of the blade has octagonal edges. The very long and slender tang with a strong patina structure has two mekugi-ana and a very sharp tip. The shirasaya is straight and tubular, the upper part with small edges, with a dome-shaped iron sheathing of the saya opening. NAGASA 25 cm, NAKAGO 43.5 cm, total LENGTH in shirasaya 88.2 cm Provenance: Czech private collection. Condition: The blade in good condition with minor blemishes. The shisaya with some splitting. Estimate EUR 2.500,Starting price EUR 1.250,-

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81 A KATANA IN KOSHIRAE BY HIROSUKE WITH NBTHK Japan, c. late 18th century to around 1800, Edo period (1615-1868) The blade: With iori mune and shinogi-zukuri, the hamon is kräftiges Notare, in part with light toran. The tang with two mekugi-ana, the signature reads Suruga no Kami Fujiwara HIROSUKE, the tang tip is kurijiri. The mounting: Circular iron tsuba with one hitsu, deeply engraved decorations with a surging stream and some gold tenzogan (dot inlay). Bronze fuchi-kashira with floral relief decorations as well as gilding, the menuki are found mostly above the white tsuka-ito and show scaleless dragons coiled like snakes. The habaki is gilt, the saya lacquered with silky roironuri. With a silk cover. NAGASA 44.7 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 73.4 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection.; includes written expertise from the NBTHK (Nihon Bijutsu Token Hozon Kyokai), the Society for the Preservation of Japanese Art Swords Condition: Corrosions and blemishes to the surface of the blade and signs of wear to the lacquer and minor chips. Otherwise in good condition. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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82 A WAKIZASHI IN KOSHIRAE Japan, late Edo period (1615-1868) The blade: The slender blade with iori mune and elegant bohi throughout, the hamon is a slightly wavy suguha with nie. The short tang is mumei with two mekugi-ana, the tang tip is kirijiri. The mounting: The bronze tsuba is of mokkogata shape, without hitsu, a lightly gilt floral relief over the dense nanakoji. Floral vines on the copper fuchi, the kashira is smooth. Various menuki are mostly covered by the tsukaito. The lacquer red-brown saya with gilt floral decorations, all metal parts are also gilt and show floral engraving. NAGASA 46.6 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 64.7 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: The blade in very good condition with only very minor faults. The saya with some wear, chips and scratches to lacquer. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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83 A WAKIZASHI IN KOSHIRAE BY KANENOBU (ATTR.) Japan, c. 17th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The blade: The shape of the blade is shinogi-zukuri with one iori mune, the hamon is a finely pronounced sanbon-sugi, the hada is itame. The tang is mumei with one mekugi-ana, the yasurime is hard to identify, possibly takanoha, the tang tip is kirijiri. The mounting: Circular iron tsuba with ryohitsu (one closed), the engraved decorations showing blossoms which are gilt in places. The fuchi with dense nanakoji, showing bamboo, a cockerel and a hen in relief, partly gilt, the kashira is smooth. The menuki under the leather lacing show compositions with various animals such as a monkey, a boar, a shishi, a dog, a tiger and others. Black lacquer saya, the kozuka is missing. With a brocade cover. NAGASA 48.5 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 70.5 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection.; includes a Japanese certificate attributing the blade to Kanenobu from Noshu (Mino). Condition: The blade generally in good condition with some blemishes on the surface. The lacquer of the saya shows signs of wear, overall in good condition. The kozuka is missing. Estimate EUR 2.500,Starting price EUR 1.250,-

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84 A WAKIZASHI IN KOSHIRAE BY MUNECHIKA Japan, Yamashiro, Kenmu Restoration / Muromachi period (1333-1573), 1334-46 – according to the signature (Hawley MUN36) The blade: Elegantly forged with iori mune and shinogi-zukuri, the hamon is with a characterful notare, the hada is a subtle itame. The tang is ubu with one mekugiana, the yasurime is o-sujikai, the tang tip is iri-yamagata. The signature reads Sanjo Kokaji MUNECHIKA saku. The mounting: The oval-round iron tsuba with one hitsu, the inlaid gilt decorations have been partly lost. The bronze fuchi and kashira show figural scenes in partly gilt high relief over fine nanakoji. The mekugi are crafted in the shape of leaf bundles with gilt shobu blossoms. The more recent saya with silky roironuri. The kozuka is missing. With the sageo and a silk cover. NAGASA 43 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 62 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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85 A WAKIZASHI IN SHIRASAYA Japan, possibly Muromachi period (1336-1573), 15th to 16th century The blade: Shinogi-zukuri with iori mune, the hamon is sanbonsugi (lit. “three cedars”) to midare, the hada is itame. The tang has one mekugi-ana, the yasurime is sujikai, the tang tip is kurijiri. The shirasaya is inscribed in black ink in soshu – probably an attribution but only partly legible, ... no ju Fujiwara … MITSU. NAGASA 35.6 cm, total LENGTH in shirasaya 54 cm Provenance: Czech private collection. Condition: The blade is in very good condition with minor scratches to the surface. The saya in worn condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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86 A TANTO IN KOSHIRAE Japan, c. mid-Edo period (16151868) The blade: Hirazukuri with iori mune, the hamon is a large and very finely pronounced gunome. The tang is mumei with two mekugi-ana, the yasurime is kiri and the tang tip is kurijiri. The mounting: The iron tsuba with large, curved ryohitsu and a recumbent tiger above. The bronze fuchi and kashira show a body of water with a pavilion and blossoms as well as a kneeling man playing the flute. The gilt menuki are possibly shishi. The black lacquer saya is densely ribbed. The kozuka is missing. NAGASA 26.2 cm, total LENGTH in koshirae 46.7 cm Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: The blade in good condition with minor blemishes on the surface. Worn condition of the saya with some chipping. The kozuka is missing. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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87 A RARE SUE KOTO WAKIZASHI Japan, Kaga province, 15th-16th century (the blade) and ca. 1750-1850 (the fittings). The blade: The Hada Itame Masame majiri shirake-utsuri. The Hamon Nio-Deki Gunome with Ha ko and Togari. The Boshi Maru. The Sugata Shinogi-zukuri iori-mune shukissaki. The mountings: The Tsuka with brown Ito above Same. The Menuki depicting Naginata with Sahai and Kabuto with Yari. The Fuchi Kashira with incised Samurai in shibuichi. The iron Nanban Tsuba with a gold inlaid dragon. The Kozuka made of copper with parcel-gilt depiction of riding whip and ladle in high relief. The Saya with brushed gold lacquer. The Wari Kogai made of iron with leaves and vines inlaid in gold. Modern stand. (2) LENGTH including Saya 66 cm WEIGHT 857.5 grams Provenance: A German private collection. Thomas Schulze Aussereuropäische Kunst, Berlin. Austrian private collection. Condition: The blade in superb condition with only little wear and traces of use. The Saya with some wear and traces of use, minor nicks here and there, the tip piece lost. Estimate EUR 2.500,Starting price EUR 1.250,-

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CloisonnĂŠ, Ceramic and Porcelain

66 91 Lot


Lots 88 to 109

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88 A LIDDED CLOISONNÉ VASE Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Baluster shaped vase with a slim body, circular base and lid. The top section is decorated with scrolling vines and floral motifs in circular reserves. Below are shield-shaped reserves with alternating designs of stylized phoenixes and dragons. The rims with a brocade pattern, all against a beigegrey ground. The lid with the same scrolling vine décor and a pink knob. HEIGHT 14 CM Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Good condition with two small hairlines around the mouth. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

89 PAIR OF CLOISONNÉ VASES WITH CRANES Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). A pair of cloisonné vases with bulbous bodies, everted lips and short necks. Each vase shows two white tancho tsuru in flight on a blackblue background. These are red-crowned cranes, symbols of luck and longevity in East Asia. All four cranes are wearing their ‘red crowns’, or tancho. With original wood boxes. HEIGHT 6.2 CM Provenance: From an Austrian private collection, formerly collection Doblhoff. Condition: Very good condition, one with a minor hairline. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

90 A PAIR OF SMALL CLOISONNÉ VASES Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Both vases have ovoid shapes and everted lips. The floral composition on a deep black-blue background is rather free and very lively in a decorative way, showing tangled branches of the plum tree (ume) but also other blossoms and leaves, including lotus. HEIGHT 14.7 CM Provenance: From an Austrian private collection, formerly collection Doblhoff. Condition: Good condition, the first with two tiny nicks, the second with a crack. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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91 A SUPERB PLIQUE A JOUR VASE Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The translucent polychrome enamels within silver wire cells depicting chrysanthemum and asters amid their vines and leaves. The lip, foot rim and base made of silver. HEIGHT 12 cm WEIGHT 338.7 grams Provenance: From an important Austrian private collection. Condition: Good condition with several hairlines as common on these wares. Compare with a related vase at Bonham’s New York, in ‘Fine Japanese Works of Art’ on September 16th, 2014, lot 2133. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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92 A SMALL DRAGON CLOISONNÉ VASE Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Finely enameled to depict a sinuous dragon amid lambent flames on a turquoise background. The foot rim and lip with minuscule wave borders. Bronze mountings. HEIGHT 8.8 cm WEIGHT 84.4 grams Provenance: Austrian private estate. Condition: One nick to backside with few small, associated hairlines. Otherwise fine condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

93 A HAYASHI CHUZO CLOISONNÉ VASE Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The baluster vase decorated in silver wire and polychrome enamels on a turquoise ground with a pair of doves amidst a cherry blossom tree. The accentuated neck and foot with decorative bordures. The impressed mark of the Hayashi Chuzo workshop on the base. The inner of the neck with fine gilding. HEIGHT 18 cm WEIGHT 336.9 grams Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: One small nick and a few hairlines here and there. Overall good, well-presentable, condition. Compare with a related vase from the same workshop, at Bonham’s ‘Fine Japanese and Korean Art’, March 20th, 2019, lot 251A. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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94 A YASUYUKI STYLE CLOISONNÉ VASE Japan, early Meiji period (1868-1912). The vase with an appealing amphora shape and original bronze mountings. The central part is finely enameled with swallows and wisteria above a bright blue ground. The midnight blue, almost black neck with its various butterflies is highly reminiscent of some early works by the famous Namikawa Yasuyuki. The base shows spuming waves and water birds. HEIGHT 25 cm WEIGHT 575.9 grams

Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: The lip slightly warped and with very small, associated losses. Very few small, hardly visible hairlines here and there. Overall good, well-presentable, condition. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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95 A LARGE SILVER WIRE CLOISONNÉ VASE Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The baluster vase decorated in silver wire and polychrome enamels on a royal blue ground with sky-blue and white orchids amid their leaves and tendrils. Original chocolatebrown patinated bronze fittings to foot rim and lip, the latter with a microscopic wave border beneath. The base with incised concentric double circles. HEIGHT 43 cm WEIGHT 2830 grams Provenance: Austrian private collection. By repute from a noble estate, where it has been since it was acquired at the Vienna World Fair in 1873. Condition: Superb condition with only few very tiny manufacturing imperfections, a little bit of wear and near-invisible surface scratches. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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96 A DRAMATIC CLOISONNÉ DRAGON PLATE, MEIJI Japan, ca. 1880. The fine plate with two coiled dragons depicted in silver wire on a midnight blue ground. The border with a circumferential pattern of clouds and magic pearls. The backside with border of acanthus leaves amid their vines and tendrils.

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: The frontside in absolutely superb condition with only very few tiny scratches. Some hairlines only to backside.

DIAMETER 30 cm WEIGHT 995.8 grams

Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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97 A FINE PAIR OF KINKOZAN VASES Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Each with a Kinkozan seal mark painted in gold on black ground to base. Both with two vertical reserves finely enameled to depict noble ladies accompanied by their children strolling on a lakeshore. The second reserve with blooming peonies and wisteria. All set within gold-lined geometric and floral borders. (2) HEIGHT 25 cm WEIGHT 980.8 and 965.7 grams Provenance: Austrian private estate. Condition: Perfect condition. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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98 A VERY FINE SATSUMA BOWL Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The unsigned bowl resting on an octagonal recessed base and finely painted in gold and polychrome enamels to depict Daruma and six other arhat accompanied by children and a goat in the a round medallion inside the well. The sides with further medallions, two of them filled with playing children. DIAMETER 12.5 cm WEIGHT 317.4 grams Provenance: Austrian private estate. Condition: Perfect condition with hardly any wear. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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99 11-PART SIGNED SATSUMA TEA SET Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Signed Nikko and with the Shimazu crest on the underside. Masterful hand painting with polychrome enamels and gold. Depicted are blooming flower meadows and butterflies. The set consist of 4 cups and saucers, a lidded milk jug, a

sugar box and a tea pot both also with their original lid. HEIGHT of the teapot 17 cm, diameter of one saucer 12 cm and height of one tea cup 4.5 cm WEIGHT 1.8 kilograms

Provenance: From an Austrian private collection. Condition: perfect condition with only minimal traces of age Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

100 A ROYAL BLUE SEIZAN SATSUMA BOWL Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The hexagonal bowl bears a royal blue glaze with fine gold painting in high relief on top. Inside is a delicately painted scene of a lady with two boys while the exterior bears horizontal reserves with floral décor. Two-character maker’s mark of Seizan at the base. DIAMETER 12 cm WEIGHT 261.2 grams Provenance: Czech private collection. Condition: Perfect condition. One tiny firing crack. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

101 A SATSUMA FIGURE OF A RAKAN Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Impressed seal mark to underside. Neatly modeled ceramic statue with polychrome enamel and gold painting in high relief. The unusual figurine portrays the ascetic sage with bushy eyebrows, pierced earlobes and a stern facial expression, holding a little bird in his left hand. HEIGHT 11.5 cm WEIGHT 248.1 grams Provenance: From the private collection of an Austrian restorer. Acquired pre-1980. Condition: Very tiny restorations to tip of finger and tail of bird. Otherwise very good condition. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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102 VERY LARGE SATSUMA CHIKUSAI VASE Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Signed Satsuma Chikusai and with the Shimazu mon crest on the underside. Masterful hand painting in high relief polychrome enamels and gold. Depicted are various flowers such as peonies, chrysanthemum or mallows as well as misty golden clouds.

HEIGHT approx. 46.5 cm WEIGHT 8.9 kilograms Provenance: From an German private collection, by repute in the same family since the early 1900s. Condition: perfect condition with only minimal traces of age.

Compare with a related vase of the same workshop and dating to the same period sold at Christie’s, Japanese Art and Design, London, South Kensington, 10 November 2010, lot 271. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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103 AN ELEGANT AWAJI BOTTLE VASE

104 A TAKEUCHI CHUBEI BOTTLE VASE

Japan, around 1880. A fine and typical example of the early Japanese Art Nouveau movement. Neatly potted ceramic with a lustrous turquoise monochrome glaze, crackled throughout. Unmarked, as expected on earlier Awaji wares, which were made between 1830 and 1939 on Japan’s Awaji island. The kilns closed in 1939 just before World War II.

Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Porcelain with a shark skin glaze and fine hand painted enamels. Depicting three red-crowned cranes and pine, both symbols of longevity. Manufacturer’s mark of Takeuichi Chubei with patent number to underside, this mark was used ca. 1890 - 1905.

HEIGHT 25 cm WEIGHT 402.3 grams Provenance: Hungarian private collection. Condition: Absolutely perfect condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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HEIGHT 23 cm WEIGHT 336.2 grams Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Perfect condition with hardly any wear. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-


105 A HIRADO PORCELAIN MOONFLASK Japan, 1934. Virtuously painted in underglaze blue on the white ground with a kingfisher perched on stems of reeds. The reverse inscribed with a poem and dated kinoe-inu (1934). Signed ENMEI in underglaze blue on the base. HEIGHT 26 cm WEIGHT 1084 grams Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Perfect condition. This moon flask appears to be the companion to a version painted by the Chinese artist Wang Bu (1898-1968), described and illustrated in The Hong Kong Museum of Art, Brush and Clay: Chinese Porcelain of the Early 20th Century, exhibition catalogue, Urban Council, Hong Kong, 1990, pp.314-315, cat. no.88. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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106 A PAIR OF SHIP & DUTCHMEN TRAYS Japan, 19th century. This pair of unusual fan-shaped porcelain serving trays shows underglaze blue paintwork and overglaze polychrome enamels in the traditional Imari palette. Depicted are two dutchmen to the left and a black ship with Dutch flags and two foreigners on board to the right. DIAMETER 29 cm each WEIGHT 866 grams each Provenance: From the estate of Robert Täubler, Vienna. Acquired at a local auction. Previously German private collection. Condition: Perfect condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

107 AN EARLY IMARI TRUMPET VASE Japan, 17th – earlier 18th century. This elegant yet sturdily potted porcelain vase shows underglaze blue and overglaze iron-red and gold decoration in traditional Imari style. Depicted are svelte peacocks amidst dense floral scrolls and borders. HEIGHT 15 cm WEIGHT 284.8 grams Provenance: From the estate of Robert Täubler, Vienna. Acquired at a local auction. Previously German private collection. Condition: Perfect condition. Minor wear especially to the overglaze iron-red scrolls around the foot rim. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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108 AN ARITA PORCELAIN KARAKO FIGURE Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Neatly potted porcelain statue with fine polychrome painting executed in traditional Kutani palette enamels with additional gold-lining. The okimono depicts two playful boys squabbling with one another over a small brocade ball. The children are dressed in colorfully embroidered garments. HEIGHT 25.3 cm WEIGHT 1207 grams Provenance: From the private collection of an Austrian restorer. Acquired pre-1980. Condition: Perfect condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

109 A PORCELAIN OKIMONO OF A BIJIN   Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Finely modeled statue with polychrome paintwork executed in the traditional Imari palette. Depicted is a pretty girl, a Bijin, holding a lantern and dressed in a precious kimono with manifold floral embroideries. HEIGHT 17.5 cm WEIGHT 262.2 grams Provenance: From the private collection of an Austrian restorer. Acquired pre-1980. Condition: Perfect condition. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

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Paintings, Woodblock Prints (And One Netsuke)

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110 KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760 – 1849), OIWA SAN Japan, ca. 1832-1833. Woodblock print (nishiki-e), ink and color on paper. Vertical chuban tate-e. Signed Zen Hokusai hitsu and published by Tsuruya Kiemon, entitled Oiwa san (the ghost of Oiwa). From the series Hyaku Monogatari (One Hundred Ghost Tales). Framed, behind glass. SIZE framed 33 x 43 cm, size of the sheet 18.2 x 25.7 cm Provenance: Private collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke. Condition: overall fine condition - colors only slightly faded, rubbings, laid down, small repair to four corners. Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best-known as the creator of the woodblock print series ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’ which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, created during the 1820s. Hokusai created the ‘Thirty-Six Views’ both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically ‘The Great Wave’ print and ‘Fuji in Clear Weather’, that secured Hokusai’s fame both within Japan and overseas. While Hokusai’s work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition and left a lasting impact on the art world. Compare with an Oiwa san print sold at Bonhams, FINE JAPANESE WORKS OF ART, 19 March 2013, NEW YORK, lot 2031 in a lot of two prints. Estimate EUR 3.000,Starting price EUR 1.500,-

111 A NETSUKE OF OIWA BY KISEKI Japan, Osaka, contemporary. The netsuke is made from antler and the tongue is inlaid with amber above gold foil. A masterfully crafted netsuke by contemporary Osaka artist Kiseki (lit. precious gemstone). HEIGHT 4 CM Provenance: European private collection, acquired from the artist himself. The artist has an instragram profile which can be seen here: https://www.instagram.com/netsuke_kiseki/ Condition: Excellent condition. Depicted is the lantern ghost Oiwa, the design taken from the famous woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) titled Oiwa-san from the series Hyaku monogatari (One Hundred Ghost Stories) published circa 1832-33. Compare to another netsuke of the same design sold at Bonhams, The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection Of Fine Netsuke Part I, 8 November 2016, London, lot 19. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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112 KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760 – 1849), TEISHIN-KO Japan, ca. 1835-1836. Woodblock print (nishiki-e), ink and color on paper. Horizontal oban yoko-e. Signed Zen Hokusai Manji and published by Nishimuraya Yohachi. From the series Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki (The Hundred Poems as told by the nurse). Framed, behind glass. SIZE framed 51 x 40.5 cm, size of the sheet 35.9 x 25.3 cm Provenance: Private collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke. Condition: excellent with fresh colors, one small repair at the upper edge in the white background. Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best-known as the creator of the woodblock print series ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’ which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, created during the 1820s. Hokusai created the ‘Thirty-Six Views’ both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically ‘The Great Wave’ print and ‘Fuji in Clear Weather’, that secured Hokusai’s fame both within Japan and overseas. While Hokusai’s work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition and left a lasting impact on the art world. Compare with another Teishin-ko print sold at Christie’s, Japanese and Korean Works of Art, New York, 22 September 2004, lot 12. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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113 KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760 – 1849), KANKE Japan, ca. 1835-1836. Woodblock print (nishiki-e), ink and color on paper. Horizontal oban yoko-e. Signed Saki no Hokusai Manji. From the series Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki (The Hundred Poems as told by the nurse). Framed, behind glass. SIZE framed 50.5 x 40 cm, size of the sheet 35.5 x 23.7 Provenance: Private collection of Irene and Wolfgang Zacke. Condition: fine with fresh colors, slightly trimmed and laid down, possibly with old repair to few minor losses Katsushika Hokusai (1760 – 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best-known as the creator of the woodblock print series ‘Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji’ which includes the iconic and internationally recognized print ‘The Great Wave off Kanagawa’, created during the 1820s. Hokusai created the ‘Thirty-Six Views’ both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically ‘The Great Wave’ print and ‘Fuji in Clear Weather’, that secured Hokusai’s fame both within Japan and overseas. While Hokusai’s work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition and left a lasting impact on the art world. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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114 KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760 - 1849) ATTRIBUTED Japan, 19th century. Painting on paper, laid down and framed. With collector’s seal to lower right corner. Depiction of a cut off head in reeds, a little lizard climbing up to the mouth in a pool of blood. This painting, attributed to Katsushika Hokusai, has an excellent provenance and exhibition history – see below. SIZE of painting 26.8 x 16.3 cm. Framed 44 x 34 cm Provenance: Collections S. Bing, F. Tikotin and E. Biedermann. Condition: slight browning, abrasions and creases throughout. Exhibition history: Staatliche Kunsthalle BadenBaden catalog number 54. Part of the ‘Rembrandt-Hokusai-Van Gogh’ exhibition in Basel in 1952 Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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115 KAWANABE KYOSAI (1831-1889), HOTEI Japan, 19th century. Signed Seisei-o in an archaistic cartouche. Vivid ink painting with portrayal of the lucky god Hotei seated with crossed legs. He is balancing a gnarled staff in his lap, next to him on the ground lies a single leaf. DIMENSIONS 55 x 33 cm (including frame) 50.3 x 27.2 cm (sheet size) Provenance: From an important private collection of Japanese art, acquired in Japan prior to 1938. Thereafter in the same family until the early 1980s, when it was a acquired by the present owner, an Austrian private collector. Condition: Good condition with some creasing, minor soiling, few small holes in the background with old filling, tiny pinholes, strong colors. Kawanabe Kyosai was born in 1831 in Koga, in Ibaraki Prefecture, with the original name of Shusaburo as the son of a Samurai. When he was only 6 years old, he joined the school of the great ukiyo-e master Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Later he studied traditional Japanese painting at the Kano Painting School. Kawanabe Kyosai was a drinker and a genius, a painter and printmaker of the weird, the comic and the obscure. He belonged to the generation of ukiyo-e artists in transformation from the Edo to the Meiji period. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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116 TERUKATA IKEDA (1883-1921), BIJIN SCROLL Japan, early 20th century. Signed Terukata Ikeda and with the artist seal on the lower left. Portrait of a young Bijin painted on silk in an utmost delicate manner. Her red lips and almond-shaped are the highlights of this expressionist artwork. Paulownia silk brocade and linen mounting with porcelain handles. Fine gold lining to edges of painting. SIZE 36 x 6 cm (the painting) 137 x 23 (the scroll) Provenance: Austria private collection. Condition: Excellent original condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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117 KATSUKAWA SHUNSHO (1726 - 1793) Japan, ca. 1780, original two-sheet woodblock print with depiction of courtesans from the House of Kiriya. Rich décor to the garments, very fine facial expressions. The four are seated on the floor, one holds an arch with an arrow. High quality print on thin Washi. SIZE 29 x 21 cm (the print) and 46 x 38 cm (the frame) Provenance: From the estate of Robert Täubler, Vienna. Acquired at a Galerie Zacke in January 2010. Old exhibition label to backside. Condition: Good condition with minor wear, excellent colors. Vertical stains to centerfold. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

118 A TRIPTYCH BY UTAGAWA HIROSADA Japan, ca. 1850. Depiction of a scene from the Kabuki play Chûkô Sarumawashi. Signed Hirosada. Publisher: Kashiwa-sô. SIZE 52 x 24 cm (the print) and 65 x 38 cm (the frame)

Provenance: From the estate of Robert Täubler, Vienna. Acquired at a Galerie Zacke in 2003. Old exhibition label to backside. Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear, superb colors. Two vertical creases. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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Wood & Lacquerwork

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119 A LARGE ZUSHI SHRINE, EDO PERIOD Japan, 1750-1850. The lacquered portable Zushi containing a carved and gilt-wood figure of Amida Buddha. HEIGHT 31 cm WEIGHT 884.5 grams Provenance: From the estate of Robert Täubler, Vienna. Condition: Excellent condition with some wear and very minor losses to lacquer on the outside of the shrine. Minuscule nicks to the statue, hardly visible to the naked eye. The hinges are slightly loose. The seated figure set on a lotus pedestal supported on an elaborate multi-tiered openwork stand and backed by a kohai (nimbus) carved in high relief, his hands resting in his lap, the byakugo in the centre of the forehead inlaid in gilt bronze, the interiors of the doors gilded, the exterior of the shrine black-lacquered with giltmetal fittings engraved with floral motifs. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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120 A LARGE AMIDA BUDDHA EDO PERIOD Japan, 18th – earlier 19th century. Carved, lacquered and gilt wood figure of Amida Buddha on a large and matching openwork base. HEIGHT 52 cm WEIGHT 2.7 kilograms Provenance: From an Austrian private collection. Condition: Good condition with fine patina, some wear, a few tiny dents and losses here and there, very little old touchups to gilding. The seated figure set on a lotus pedestal supported on an elaborate multitiered openwork stand, his right hand held palm outwards at chest level and his left hand resting on his knee palm upwards, forming the semui-in (Sanskrit abhaya) ‘fear not’ gesture, the byakugo in the centre of the forehead inlaid in rock crystal. Estimate EUR 3.000,Starting price EUR 1.500,-

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121 A LARGE LACQUERED WOOD ZEN MONK Japan, Edo period, 16th – 17th century. Finely carved paulownia wood statue with original lacquer painting and gilding. Expressive and rare portrayal of a Zen priest in ornate robe holding a sutra container under his right arm. HEIGHT 94 cm WEIGHT 6.6 kilograms Provenance: From a Swiss private collection. Acquired 1986 from Eskenazi Gallery in Milan, Italy. Condition: Some natural age cracks, partially with old wax fill. The lacquer and gilding with significant wear, but in absolutely original preservation. Few small touchups only to the black sutra container. Generally, in supreme and – most important – original and unrestored preservation. The wood and the lacquer have also acquired a fine natural patina and the distinctive grain of the paulownia wood is well visible. The monk is captured in a moment of concentrated chanting with open mouth and arched brows. If one has ever witnessed chanting Japanese monks, for example on New Year’s Day, it becomes immediately clear how close this portrayal comes to reality. The backside bears a donor inscription, which is only partially legible: Itamiya Jinemon … Nishiyokobori Shichirôemon chô … Toritsugi Nagashô ya Gihei. Modern base. (2) Compare with a related lacquered wood monk portrayal of the same period at Bonham’s New York, in ‘Fine Japanese and Korean Art’, March 15th, 2017, lot 6151. Estimate EUR 10.000,Starting price EUR 5.000,-

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122 A WOOD STATUE OF FUDO MYO-O BY ENKU, 17TH CENTURY Japan, ca. 1680. The rare, sectioned and carved wood statue retains its original black lacquer coating. Inscribed ‘Shin’ (heart) and ‘Saku’ (made by) with a Kao. Modern wood base. HEIGHT 87 cm (with the base) and 76 cm (without the base) WEIGHT 2.4 kilograms Provenance: From the private collection of Dr. Marcus L., inherited from his parents, who lived in Japan during the 1950s and 1960s. (a detailed provenance letter will be released to the winning bidder) Condition: Losses, wear, age cracks and some minor chipping. Overall impressive and well-presentable condition, especially given the high age and vulnerability of this statue. Enku (1632–1695) was a Japanese Buddhist monk, poet and sculptor during the early Edo period. He was born in Mino Province (present-day Gifu Prefecture) and is famous for carving wooden statues of Buddha and other Buddhist icons, many of which were given in payment for lodging on his pilgrimages to temples throughout Japan. Fudo Myo-o (Acala in sanskrit) is seen as a protective deity particularly in the Shingon traditions of old Japan. He is preeminent among the Five Wisdom Kings of the Womb Realm. Accordingly, his figure occupies an important hierarchical position in the Mandala of the Two Realms. In Japan, Acala is highly venerated also in Tendai, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism and in Shugendo. He is also highly revered amongst Yakuza members, who oftentimes draw on his intense facial expression and demeanor. Estimate EUR 2.500,Starting price EUR 1.250,-

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123 A LACQUER ‘POEM’ BOX, EDO PERIOD Japan, around 1800. The lovely Tanzaku-Bako with gold hiramaki-e and nashiji on a dark-brown background. Depiction of various Chrysanthemum flowers amid their leaves, vines and tendrils in very fine painting. A Tanzaku is a long, narrow card on which Japanese poems are written (vertically). LENGTH 23 x 8 x 4 cm WEIGHT 164.9 cm Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Fine original condition with some old wear and traces of use. Some small losses mostly to lower edges and some scratches to base. The cord and tassels are absolutely original and also in good condition! Original gilt bronze mountings. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

124 A RARE KYODAI MIRROR STAND Japan, Edo period, 19th century. The wood and lacquer vanity tansu decorated with dense gold and silver hiramaki-e designs of nature such as pine trees, wisteria, bamboo, minogame and cranes against a Nashiji background. Fitted with finely incised and gilt copper ornaments as handles and decorative embellishments. HEIGHT 64 cm WEIGHT 2.8 kilograms Provenance: Old British private collection. Condition: Absolutely original condition with some wear, a few minor dents here and there, and one tiny natural age crack, hardly visible to the naked eye. An absolute rarity in this fine state of preservation! Inside one drawer is an old label reading ‘Daimio of Ashikagai Crest’. Besides repeated Paulownia Mon crests the mirror stand also shows family crests with birds. Sets like these were commissioned as bridal trousseaux for members of daimyo and other senior samurai families. Compare with another Kyodai mirror stand in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, Accession Number 2006.388.1. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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125 AN EDO PERIOD LACQUER TEBAKO Japan, late 18th / early 19th century. The lidded accessory box with pewter linings and nashiji lacquering to the inside and bottom. The top and four sides showing a floral pattern with Mon crests in fine hiramaki-e, alternating with butterflies and katabami wood sorrel. SIZE 8 x 8 x 5 cm WEIGHT 90 grams Provenance: Austrian private estate. Condition: Absolutely original condition with minor wear mostly to the base, and some very tiny nicks here and there. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

126 AN EDO PERIOD LACQUER HASAMIBAKO Japan, late 18th / early 19th century. The lidded traveling box of small size with elaborate gilt copper Nanako mounts, u-shaped side grasps and a small handle as well as a lock at the front. Decoration in hira maki-e gold lacquer with willow and plum trees and prominent Mon crests. The inner lined with paper. SIZE 29 x 15 x 12.5 cm WEIGHT 575.7 grams Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear and traces of use. Compare with a related Hasamibako at Christies, London, in ‘The Collector: English Furniture, Clocks & Works of Art’, May 23rd, 2018, lot 74. Another related Hasamibako chest was sold from the Estate of His Royal Highness The Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester, Christies, London, 12th-13th July 2006, lot 359 (£8,400 including premium) and a pair was sold from the collection of Principessa Ismene Chigi Della Rovere, Christies, London, 4th February 2015, lot 119 (£30,000 including premium). Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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127 A LACQUERED KOGAI AND A COMB Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The group consisting of a set of a lacquered Kogai (hairpin) with a comb in original wood box, both covered in roiro-nuri lacquer with gold hiramaki-e and inlays of mother of pearl depicting floral motifs – both signed Ikko. Kogai LENGTH 13.1-13.6 CM, Comb LENGTH 10.3 CM Provenance: Galerie Zacke archive. Condition: Good condition, minor wear to the lacquer on the edges. Comes with another Kogai, the mid-section lacquered in roiro-nuri and the end sections lacquered in gold with gold takamakie and hirame flakes depicting various leaves – an autumn scene. Signed. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

128 AN EDO PERIOD LACQUER KOGO INCENSE BOX Japan, earlier 19th century. The lidded box with nashiji lacquering inside and a recessed circular reserve serving as the base. The lid depicting a finely painted picturesque landscape with two sacred shrines, craggy rock formations and a magnificent pine tree, executed in hira- and takamaki-e lacquering techniques. DIAMETER 9.5 cm WEIGHT 37.6 grams Provenance: Austrian private estate. Condition: Absolutely original condition with minor wear mostly to the base and few old traces of use. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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129 AN IMPORTANT SET WITH 12 ZODIAC INROÂ Japan, 20th century. Each of the twelve inro in this complete set bears the artist signature of Yamaguchi Shojosai (1900 - 1978), also known under his artist name Rosho, on the underside of the lowest compartment. All twelve are four-case inro and show fine hira- and takamaki-e painting on gold, black and red lacquer grounds. Each inro has been carefully re-stringed and comes with its matching ivory netsuke and ojime, all dating from the early 20th century and signed Shigeaki in an oval, rectangular or gourd-shaped reserve.

Signature Shojosai Chion with the characteristic kakihan of the artist

Signature Shojosai with the characteristic kakihan of the artist

Provenance: From an old and important British private collection. Condition: Superb condition with only very minor wear and traces of use. Some of the netsuke and ojime have old age cracks. An absolute rarity in this sublime and original state of preservation! HEIGHT 9 cm (each inro). WEIGHT Approximately 90 grams (each inro with its netsuke and ojime). Yamaguchi Shojosai was a remarkable lacquerer who worked in various studios in Tokyo, Kyoto and Niigata. He contracted polio when he was four years old and used a crutch for walking from then on. He began his lacquer studies when he was 14 and devoted his life to working with lacquer and to his family. Following the death of his wife in 1952, two of his sons became lacquer craftsmen. In this precious and extremely rare set the artist has precisely captured the individual characters of the portrayed animals, therewith masterfully highlighting the various virtues coming with each zodiac sign. The Japanese Zodiac, referred to as Junishi, comprises the following twelve animals: rat (nezumi), ox (ushi), tiger (tora), rabbit (usagi), goat (hitsuji), horse (uma), snake (hebi), dragon (tatsu), monkey (saru), rooster (tori), dog (inu) and boar (inoshishi). Compare with another four-case inro by Yamaguchi Shojosai in the Edward Wrangham collection of Japanese art, offered at Bonhams, London. 10th November 2015, lot 129.

Exemplary signatures of the inro, netsuke and ojime

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130 A RARE RITSUO SCHOOL INRO Japan, Edo period, 18th – early 19th century. The three-part inro with a surface imitating timber with sprinkles of gold lacquer. With high relief takamaki-e and inlays of clay, shells and pottery in form of sea grass and various shells, a large awabi abalone and a sea urchin. LENGTH 10 cm WEIGHT 51.7 grams Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Outstanding condition with only minor wear and slight warping. Ogawa Haritsu or Ritsuo (1663-1747) achieved fame for his innovative use of materials in lacquer and for developing a new esthetic in Japanese decorative arts. His characteristic lacquer artworks utilizing inlays (including pottery, colored stone, shell, and wood) and simulating other materials (such as metal and stone) was so distinctive, that his style became known as Haritsu maki-e (Haritsustyle lacquer) during his own era. This esthetic was then carried forward by prominent artists such as Yoyusai and Zeshin in the 19th century. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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131 TABAKOIRE WITH DRAGON AND FUJI Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The tobacco pouch is decorated with an embroidered circumferential dragon amidst cresting waves and Mount Fuji in the background. The Fuji and dragon motifs are also shown on the neatly incised bronze kanemono (clasp). A composite dragon manju netsuke is attached by eight strands of metal chains secured by a bronze dragon guard. SIZE 14 x 9 cm (pouch) and 5 cm (diameter of Netsuke) WEIGHT 124.5 grams Provenance: French private collection. Condition: The pouch with minor soiling and some wear and traces of use, especially inside. Overall good and absolutely original condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

132 A VERY LARGE BAMBOO BRUSHPOT Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Superb relief carving depicting two monkeys teaming up to harvest several overripe peaches from a giant tree amid craggy rockwork. One of the mates is already sitting on a branch and helps his companion to climb up. The rim bears a deeply incised meander border and an engraved copper mounting. HEIGHT 30 cm WEIGHT 1262.4 grams Provenance: French private collection. Condition: The copper mounting is original but slightly warped. Several natural age cracks. Superb golden-brown patina! Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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134 A MECHANICAL TONKOTSU BY GYOKUMIN Japan, 19th century. The artist signature of Gyokumin is neatly incised in an ivory cartouche on the backside, a second seal mark is found inside the drawer. The boxwood body of the tobacco container is made in the shape of an outsized Daruma doll and shows several figural ivory onsets, most prominently a little boy climbing up the belly of the yelling and angry founder of Zen Buddhism. HEIGHT 13 cm WEIGHT 248.9 grams Provenance: Old British private collection. Condition: Fine condition with one age crack to backside and one minuscule chip to ivory. This Tonkotsu has a rare mechanism hidden inside which makes the eyes of Daruma roll and his tongue move in and out when the drawer is pulled. At this point the mechanism is hardly working and needs urgent servicing, which most likely is a simple job. A comparable Tonkotsu by Gyokumin in owl shape was the title image of the International Netsuke Society Journal, Volume 17, No. 4 in Winter 1997. Gyokumin is known as an artist who often combined wood and ivory in his artworks. For a related work by Gyokumin see Christies London in ‘The Japanese Aesthetic’ on May 15th, 2013, lot 240.

133 A RARE DARUMA KOBE TOY Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The carved wooden Daruma doll can be screwed to open and reveal the dice container with three miniature dices inside. The face is of Daruma is carved from stag antler and bears eyes and tongue that pop out and in when the toy is shaken. HEIGHT 4.3 cm WEIGHT 27.4 grams Provenance: From the estate of Robert Täubler, Vienna. Acquired at a local auction. Previously German private collection. Condition: Superb condition with only minor wear. Good patina. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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MEIJI SPLENDORS in Lacquer and Ivory

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135 AN IMPORTANT SHIBAYAMA CHARGER Japan, by the Gyokusho Family, Meiji period, late 19th century. Designed in polychrome takamaki-e, hiramaki-e and inlaid ivory, mother-of-pearl, and tortoise-shell, with a scholar and an immortal admiring a hand-scroll, the figures accompanied by birds, butterflies and flowers, the background kinji and the rim decorated with a formal border of birds, dragons, floral patterns and cherry blossoms on water, the reverse nashiji. Signed Dai Nihon koku Gyokushodo san and with a kakihan. DIAMETER 45 cm WEIGHT 1008 grams Provenance: Bonham’s, New York, Fine Japanese Works of Art, March 20th, 2012, lot 2210. Thereafter Austrian private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with some wear and traces of use. Three small and a few microscopic losses. Two small hairlines to background lacquer. The suspension screw at the backside is a later addition. Estimate EUR 6.000,Starting price EUR 3.000,-

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136 AN IMPORTANT LACQUER AND SHIBAYAMA PLATE, MEIJI Japan, Meiji period, ca. 1880. Portrait of a Samurai holding a sword, a literati holding a scroll and a dignitary holding a scepter. Finely inlaid in ivory, mother-of-pearl and lacquered wood on a gold-fundame ground. The eyes inlaid in dark horn. The border finely decorated with gold hiramaki-e with some nashiji and kirikane portraying various floral motifs. The backside covered in dense nashiji. The ivory carving with some incredibly fine detail, well adding to the character of the portrayed. DIAMETER 40.5 cm WEIGHT 976 grams Provenance: From a British noble estate, where it has been since the early 1900s (by repute). Condition: Fantastic condition with only minor wear. Absolutely zero losses to the shibayama inlays, which is extremely rare. One short microscopic hairline. Fine natural patina to the ivory. Estimate EUR 5.000,Starting price EUR 2.500,-

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137 AN INLAID ENAMEL & LACQUER TRAY Japan, Meiji period, late 19th century. The footed tray is covered in beautiful gold lacquer, with the edges decorated with various astoundingly fine brocade and floral patterns in gold and silver takamaki-e. The center with a polished lacquer reserve, with kiku (chrysanthemum) blossoms inlaid in white cloisonnĂŠ enamels, the leaves inlaid with silver and green enamels. The rims silver and the reverse with dense nashiji. SIZE 19 x 25 cm Provenance: American private collection. Condition: Good condition, minor expected wear to the lacquer with minor scratches and cracks. Compare to a very similar tray sold by Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, London, 11 May 2010, lot 358 Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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138 A MEIJI PERIOD LACQUER TEBAKOÂ Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The lidded accessory box with finely painted takamaki-e lacquer as well as stained ivory and silver inlays against a maroon background. We see a bird peacefully perched on the branch of a plum tree. Inside the lid are superbly inlaid and painted lotuses. Red artist signature with Kakihan on the backside. SIZE 23.5 x 19.5 x 4 cm WEIGHT 452.7 grams Provenance: French private collection. Condition: Fine condition with some wear and minor surface scratches. Minuscule losses to lacquer at corners and edges. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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139 THE SHIBATA ZESHIN ‘DRUNKEN FISHERMAN’ SUZURIBAKO Japan, late 19th century. By Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891). Signed and sealed ‘Zeshin’. Superbly detailed late-night scene with a boy (karako) in his reed-thatched Yakatabune boat, who fell asleep whilst fishing. The reason for his passing-out is quickly identified: A golden doublegourd sake bottle suspended above him, now empty! DIMENSIONS 27 x 22 x 5 cm. WEIGHT 796.6 grams. Provenance: Bluett & Sons, original paper label to base. Collection of the late Soame Jenyns (1904-1976), then by descent within the family. Condition: Very good, and most important, 100% original condition with no restoration, touch-ups, inpainting or other sorts of repair whatsoever. The image in superb condition. Minor crackling and losses mostly to the edges. No inkstone. Shibata Zeshin (March 15, 1807 – July 13, 1891) was a Japanese lacquer artist and painter of the late Edo period and early Meiji era. He has been called “Japan’s greatest lacquerer”. The present lot is one of the few Suzuribako writing sets by Zeshin to feature a human figure as central motif. Its explicit narrative theme is in strong contrast to traditional Japanese story-telling lacquers, which often make only understated, hard-to-catch references to the texts on which they are based. Here Zeshin, influenced by traditional Chinese painting, adopts an explicit approach and includes all essential Japanese lacquer techniques existing at the time, many pioneered and arguably perfected by him, clearly with the intent of this masterpiece to serve as a spearhead in the countermovement he created against the scale and impact of framed Western oils in Japan of the period and establish lacquering as an independent painting medium.

Roger Soame Jenyns (1904–1976) was a British art historian. He was educated at Eton and at Magdalene College of Cambridge University. In 1926 he joined the Hong Kong Civil Service. In Hong Kong, he became one of the valuable contributors to the newly established journal, The Hong Kong Naturalist. His articles would often touch on the cultural role of South China’s animals and plants. In 1931, Jenyns left Hong Kong for England, to take up a job at the British Museum, where he served as the Assistant Keeper of Oriental Antiquities until 1967. In 1935 he published a well-received book on Chinese painting. Later-on, he authored several books on Chinese ceramics and jades in which he described many items from the museum’s collection. In 1936, Roger Soame Jenyns inherited the Bottisham Hall estate, which two centuries earlier had been owned by his remote relative, the writer and politician Soame Jenyns. For the style and execution of the waves, compare with an Inro in The Misumi Collection of Important Works of Lacquer Art and Paintings, Part III, Bonham’s London, lot 11, November 8th, 2017. For another golden sake bottle in double gourd shape, compare with a lacquer kogo (incense box) by Shibata Zeshin in Fine Japanese Art, Bonham’s London, lot 238, May 17th, 2012. For a related scene with human figures, compare with a lacquer panel showing a farmhouse in the snow by Shibata Zeshin in the Misumi Collection of Important Works of Lacquer Art and Paintings, Part I, Bonham’s London, lot 14, November 5th, 2014. For the lacquer painting of a fan closely related to the biwa lute on the present lot, see a Suzuribako by Shibata Zeshin in the Khalili collection (BL39), also recently exhibited in Musee Guimet, Paris, Meiji – Splendours du Japon Imperial, cat.65. Estimate EUR 20.000,Starting price EUR 10.000,-

The humoristic scene of the drunken fisherman is at the center of a magnificent river shore landscape with a willow and a pine tree below a silver moon hidden behind golden clouds. Curling waves, draughtbent bamboo and craggy rocks add further to the peaceful atmosphere. This motif originates in the tradition of Chinese painters of the Ming Dynasty, most notably Tang Yin (1470–1524), one of the “Four Masters of the Ming dynasty”, who painted “Drunken Fisherman by a Reed Bank” around 1510, now residing in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Accession Number 1989.363.55). Zeshin made full use of lacquer’s power to both emulate and outdo oil painting, applying especially thick takamaki-e to convey the gnarly trunks of the trees, starkly contrasted by the smoothly polished silver togidashi-e moon, the rough-textured leaves of the willow tree and the intricate takamaki-e and mother of pearl inlays used for the bamboo. The rectangular lacquer writing box and its overhanging cover are furthermore decorated in gold, silver, green and black takamaki-e, hiramaki-e, togidashi, nashiji and mother-of-pearl inlays on a darkbrown, almost black ground.

Part of the Soame Jenyns collection with the Suzuribako in the front

Roger Soame Jenyns (1904-1976)

The interior cover is decorated in gold, brown and red takamaki-e with a flute and a biwa lute. Both instruments show stunning detail work, partly in high relief, such as a dragon painted in togidashi-e on the string bed of the instrument. The interior base shows sparrows (suzume) birds flying towards a wooden fence surrounded by bamboo in black and silver takamaki-e. Neatly incised and original silver peach water-dropper embossed with two peaches amid their vines and leaves. Signed and sealed Zeshin 120

Provenance label from Bluett and Sons


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Detail of Tang Yin, China, 1470–1524, Drunken Fisherman by a Reed Bank, The Metropolitan Museum, New York

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140 A ‘TSUBA’ LACQUER BRUSHPOT BY KOMIN By Harui Komin (1869-1922). Signed Naniwa Harui saku. The cylindrical brush pot is supported by an integral circular stand and decorated all over in brilliant seido-nuri (technique imitating bronze) with two tsuba (sword guards), the first showing a sarumawashi (monkey trainer) with his performing pet reserved on a simulated nanako ground, the second tsuba with Bishamonten clutching a halberd in one hand and a stupa in the other. HEIGHT 15.2 cm, DIAMETER 10.2 cm WEIGHT 329.8 grams Provenance: With a wooden storage box inscribed on the lid: Fudezutsu, Kusaka shozo (Brush pot, in the collection of Kusaka family). Ryunosuke Kusaka (25 September 1893 – 23 November 1971), was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II who served as Chief of Staff of the Combined Fleet. Fellow Admiral Jinichi Kusaka was his cousin. Kusaka was also the 4th Headmaster of Itto Shoden Muto-ryu Kenjutsu, a famous school of swordsmanship founded by Yamaoka Tesshu. He also served as commander of the Akagi, one of the four aircraft carriers tragically sunk during the battle of Midway. Condition: Some minor losses mostly to the lip, minuscule crackling, old wear. Overall good condition. Estimate EUR 4.000,Starting price EUR 2.000,-

Ryunosuke Kusaka (1893 – 1971), was an admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy, commander of aircraft carrier Akagi and Headmaster of Itto Shoden Muto-ryu Kenjutsu, a famous school of swordsmanship founded by Yamaoka Tesshu.

Yamaoka Tesshu (1836 – 1888) was a famous samurai of the Bakumatsu period, who played an important role in the Meiji Restoration.

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141 A VERY FINE MASAKAZU SHIBAYAMA TSUBA Japan, Meiji period, late 19th century. Signed Masakazu in a small, oval red lacquer cartouche on one side. The mokko gata shaped ceremonial Tsuba is carved from ivory and framed with a silver mounting. It is also densely embellished with neatly incised inlays of tortoise shell, soapstone, mother-of-pearl, stained ivory and coral on either side. HEIGHT 10 cm WEIGHT 68.4 grams Provenance: British private collection. Collected prior to 1980. Condition: Superb condition! Only very few of the smallest inlays are later replacements. The silver frame slightly loose in few places. The motif of this artwork is the welcoming of spring. One side shows frolicking frogs in a nature setting with lotuses, a depiction reminiscent of the Choju-jinbutsu-giga scrolls from the 12th-13th century. The other side shows two ladies under a blooming cherry blossom tree, one in an expressive dancing pose and the other holding a canopy. Compare to a Shibayama fan by the same artist, sold by Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, NEW YORK, 19 March 2013, lot 2242. Estimate EUR 4.000,Starting price EUR 2.000,-

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142 A KISERUZUTSU BY SHIBAYAMA YASUNOBU Japan, 19th century. Signed Shibayama and Yasunobu in a gold cartouche inlaid at the backside. The pipe case of muso-zutsu form and densely embellished on either side with neatly incised inlays of gold, coral, horn, stained ivory, aventurine glass, mother-of-pearl and malachite, creating a magnificent scene with six sparrows in a peach tree. LENGTH 23.5 cm WEIGHT 75.5 grams Provenance: British private collection. Collected prior to 1980. Condition: Excellent condition with hardly any wear. Even after 150 years not a single inlay is missing! Two natural age cracks. Gilt and incised metal mounting to the upper rim of the base section with an eyelet for suspension. Estimate EUR 3.000,Starting price EUR 1.500,-

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143 A RARE INRO BY SHIBAYAMA YASUNOBU Japan, 19th century. Signed Shibayama saku and Yasunobu on a mother-of-pearl cartouche inlaid at the underside. The four-case inro is carved from ivory and densely embellished on either side with neatly incised inlays of coral, horn, stained ivory and malachite in high relief, creating a vivid circumferential scene with five sparrows in a peach tree. HEIGHT 8.2 cm WEIGHT 80.2 grams Provenance: British private collection. Collected prior to 1980. Condition: Excellent condition with hardly any wear. Even after 150 years not a single inlay is missing! Two natural age cracks to lowest case. Estimate EUR 3.000,Starting price EUR 1.500,-

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Ivory Carvings and Okimono

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144 AN IVORY HANDLE, SIGNED TOKO

145 A SHIBAYAMA IVORY TEA SCOOPÂ

146 AN IVORY CIGAR HOLDER

Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912), late 19th century. A scaled dragon coiled around the slightly conical rod. Its rather small head is hidden between clouds and hard to see at first glance. He has long barbels and horns. A semi-sculptural work with some openwork. The upper end with a smooth ball, red-coloured signature TOKO in the lower area.

Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The figural handle in shape of a dormouse amidst grapes. The upper part of both sides bears fine gold lacquer and Shibayama inlays made of coral, mother of pearl, horn and stained ivory to depict butterflies, a wasp and flowering branches.

Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Fine incision work depicting a peacock standing amid bamboo on a craggy rock. Superb natural patina!

LENGTH 14.2 mm WEIGHT 53.6 grams

Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Perfect.

Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Microscopic nibbles to tip of scoop. Fine patina. Some wear and traces of use, one of the inlaid eyes is lost. Overall very good condition.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

LENGTH 24.3 CM Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition with very minor fritting to the edges of the carving. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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147 AN IVORY FUDETATE BRUSH POT Japan, Meiji period (1868 – 1912). Of rounded shape with curvature corresponding to the ivory tusk material. The lively saru monkeys show amusing expressions, with dense, colored fur and very expressive, semi-sculptural eyes. The largest monkey is screaming fearfully, as a wasp is trying to land on its head. HEIGHT 13.2 cm Provenance: English private collection. Condition: Good condition with one tiny age crack to on the side near the base. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

148 A CARVED IVORY SEVEN MICE BOWL Japan, 19th century. The sides of this lovely miniature bowl are neatly carved in high relief and with fine incision work to depict a group of seven mice dancing around a Daikoku hammer. Their eyes are finely inlaid in black horn. LENGTH 4.5 cm WEIGHT 36.6 cm Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Good condition. Some natural age cracks. Two of the inlaid eyes have been replaced with black staining. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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149 A SMALL COMPASS & MINIATURE OKIMONO Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The first item in this lot of two is a miniature geta sandal carved from ivory with a small metal thong and a microscopic fly. The second is a pendant in the shape of a lucky god with a lute, made of silver with gilding, with extremely fine incision work. It holds a functioning compass on the backside underneath a crescent moon. (2) HEIGHT 2 cm (the sandal) and 2.5 cm (the length of the compass) WEIGHT 5 grams in total Provenance: Austrian private collection. Condition: Excellent condition with only minor wear. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

150 AN IVORY BROOCH OF HOTEI Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The popular Hotei, one of the Seven Lucky Gods, is depicted with his characteristic bag normally containing treasure. In this work, however, three boys have crawled inside the bag while Hotei is laughing gleefully. A lively carving in half-relief, flat on the reverse, with very fine incision work. SIZE 3.8 x 4.3 cm WEIGHT 23.4 grams Provenance: Austrian private collection. With old Galerie Zacke label on the backside. Condition: Superb condition with fine patina and minor wear. Original metal pin to backside. Remainders of original old coloring. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

151 A CARVED IVORY MINIATURE ONI MASK Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The ivory partially stained and with a fine patina throughout. Openwork carving at the nostrils, eyes and teeth as well as two small drillings at the temples. Good, expressive piece! HEIGHT 4 cm WEIGHT 9.3 grams Provenance: British private collection. Old inventory label to backside. Condition: Excellent condition with hardly any wear. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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152 A RARE INLAID IVORY MOONFLASK Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). The body of the miniature vase is carved from ivory with pine branches in high relief. Both sides bear a circular Shakudo plaque with high relief inlays in gold, silver, Shibuichi and copper. One side shows the popular theme of tiger and dragon and the other portrays Kinko Sennin riding on his carp. HEIGHT 9 cm WEIGHT 74.5 grams Provenance: Austrian private collection. Acquired before 1990 in the local auction market. Condition: Fine condition with a few small natural age cracks and one microscopic associated loss. Good old patina. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

153 A LOT WITH TWELVE IVORY NOH MASKS Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). All twelve miniature masks with accentuated staining and openwork carving at the eyes, nostrils and mouths. Depiction of various characters such as Hotei, Daikoku, Benten, Bishamon or Okame. (12) HEIGHT 2.5 cm each. WEIGHT 2.4 – 2.7grams each. Provenance: British private collection. Collected prior to 1980. Condition: All twelve masks (!) are in excellent condition with hardly any wear. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,--

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154 A TOKYO SCHOOL IVORY OKIMONO Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). This masterly carved miniature okimono portrays two brothers at play: the younger boy is sitting piggyback on the the elder who is retaining a cheerful facial expression although his sibling is pulling his hair and whipping him with a bamboo cane for ‘motivation’. HEIGHT 8 cm WEIGHT 124 grams Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Chipping to two hands and one foot, one hand reattached. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

155 A REPENTING ONI BY GYOKUSEN Japan, 19th century. The ivory okimono of superior quality and with an appealing natural patina. Signed Gyokusen on the right thigh. Depicted is a repenting Oni impersonating a Sarumawashi monkey trainer, holding a drum and stick as well as a rattle. He is shown with a monkey at his shoulder who is pulling his ear. On the Oni’s tobacco pouch can be read: Beware of the fire. HEIGHT 9.5 cm WEIGHT 38.5 grams Provenance: British private collection. Collected prior to 1980. Condition: Legs and stag antler plinth not original to the piece. Otherwise fine condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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156 A RARE IVORY OKIMONO BY NAOMASA Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912). Fine and detailed figural carving with a lady carrying her child on her back, surrounded by a hen with her chicks and a rooster, the kid carrying a basket with eggs and salad, the lady with a second basket containing ears of corn with a small bird sitting on top. The base with a two-character artist signature Naomasa in a rectangular cinnabar lacquer reserve. HEIGHT 18.5 cm WEIGHT 506 grams Provenance: From the private collection of Marion Gaffié, inherited from her father Henri Gaffié, from Nice, France, who was a close friend of Picasso, Dufy, Utrillo and Vlaminck, and a notable art dealer and auctioneer on the French Riviera between the wars. Condition: Superb condition with only two minuscule losses to the rooster’s claws. Good natural patina! Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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Netsuke I

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DEAR FRIENDS OF NETSUKE ART! After our last successful auction, we are proud to present you another selection of netsuke, this time arranged in two separate sections: Netsuke I includes fine pieces from some of the same collections as in our April catalog, namely the collection appraised by Neil Davey in 1974 & 1978, and the 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Again, we have a remarkable selection of foreigners and this time also a fine selection of Shoki & Oni. Some highlights are the enigmatic Raijin (lot 183), a large and important figure of Kan’u, acquired from Sydney Moss Ltd. (lot 200) and two tortoises by Tadakazu which make for a marvelous comparison in the hand (lots 243 and 244). Speaking of tortoises, one of the finest netsuke to grace our rooms is lot 245, without a doubt carved by the great Mitsuhiro of Osaka. Also worth mentioning is the Kirin (lot 273), which is a wonderfully large, bold and powerful carving. Netsuke II – the motto here should be beginners and dealers alike; may your hearts ignite! Though there are also some hidden gems for our seasoned veterans. This section consists of eighty mixed lots of netsuke. There are some very nice pieces in the mix, and we advise you to have a close look at them. More images can be found online. Lukas Zacke

Comparison in the hand of lots 243 and 244

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160 A WOOD NETSUKE OF A PUMPKIN DARUMA BY HOZAN By Hozan, wood netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A wood netsuke of daruma yawning and stretching after his nineyear meditation, also known as Menpeki Kunen. Amusingly, his body is in the shape of a pumpkin – a popular caricaturistic motif in netsuke art. Daruma’s expression is finely carved with minutely inlaid eyes. The underside with an offset base and signature in a wavy reserve HOZAN 宝山. Irregular himotoshi in the backside. HEIGHT 5.2 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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161 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF DARUMA BY KOGYOKU By Kogyoku, ivory netsuke with silver inlay Japan, 19th century Daruma is the first patriarch of Zen Buddhism and a very wellknown and popular figure in Japan, who is often caricatured. Here he depicted during his nine years of wall-gazing meditation, during which his legs are said to have rotted away or been eaten by rats, explaining his slightly pained expression. His face is expressively large, with black inlaid eyes, overall an ideally rounded composition! The nyoi scepter on the top of his head is inlaid in silver. Large himotoshi, finely incised signature KOGYOKU 光玉 on the reverse. HEIGHT 3.2 cm Provenance: German private collection. Condition: Good condition, the signature slightly worn and few age cracks. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

162 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF DARUMA Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of Daruma, the patriarch of Zen Buddhism, completely wrapped up in clothing, as he had to endure many cold nights during his nine years of wall-gazing. A compact, well-rounded composition. His garments are decorated, eyes inlaid in dark horn and himotoshi on the underside. HEIGHT 3.7 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition, the ivory worn and with a good patina. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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163 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF BOY WITH DARUMA DOLL SIGNED MASAKAZU

164 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A KARAKO WITH ONI MASK

Signed Masakazu, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

A lightly stained ivory netsuke depicting a boy, with unusual facial features and wearing a headband, rolling a Daruma-doll. All four eyes are inlaid in dark horn. The Zen-Patriarch Daruma has a grim facial expression with furrowed and inked eyebrows and is tightly wrapped in clothing. The signature MASAKAZU 正一 on the underside of the boy and the himotoshi through the Daruma-doll.

Finely carved and stained, depicting a Chinese boy in dancing posture, holding a vicious horned oni mask in front of his face. The tufts of hair on his head and the buttons on his jacket are inlaid in dark horn. Good details such as the patterns on his garments, the stippled surface of his trousers and the ribbon tied at the back. Large himotoshi through the back.

HEIGHT 3.4 cm

HEIGHT 5.1 cm

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Few expected age cracks – very good condition.

Provenance: British collection. Condition: Two very minor age cracks on the sides, one tuft of hair very slightly chipped. Generally, in very good condition.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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165 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A KARAKO Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely carved ivory netsuke with a beautiful honey patina depicting a Chinese boy (karako) in a dancing posture. Both hands are clenched into a fist and one is placed in front of his body and the other is swinging upwards. The karako is heartily smiling with full cheeks. Excellent patina and coherent himotoshi on the backside. HEIGHT 6.5 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Very good condition with expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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166 A FINE AND EARLY IVORY NETSUKE OF A CHINESE BOY WITH DOG Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, mid-18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A fine ivory netsuke, attractively stained and worn, with a pleasantly smooth feel to it and a honey patina. Depicted is a Chinese boy, leaning on one elbow, with a little tuft of hair at the front of his smooth and bald head, petting a small dog, which visibly amuses him. The entire composition is set on a lobed base with very large and hollowed out himotoshi, typical for this type of early ivory netsuke. HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: British private collection stored in a bank vault for 40 years, collection no. 121. Condition: Good condition with very attractive and smooth honey patina, some minor expected age cracks and surface scratches to the base. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

167 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A CHINESE BOY ROLLING A BALL BY MINKOKU By Minkoku, ivory netsuke with horn inlay Japan, Edo, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A charming composition depicting a Chinese boy (Karako), with the two characteristic tufts of hair inlaid in black horn, shown rolling a large ball. The ball is probably a snow ball, perhaps it will come to life as the Zen Partriarch Daruma. This well-loved netsuke has a very deep orange patina and is extensively worn. The large and well-hollowed out himotoshi are found through the ball, where also the signature MINKOKU 民谷 is located – the work by Minkoku II or III. HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Several age cracks and the ivory extensively worn, as well as an old and smoothed out chip to one foot. A well-loved and worn ivory netsuke. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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168 A VERY FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A CHINESE BOY WITH FAN BY TOMOKAZU By Tomokazu, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, mid to late 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Depicted is a Chinese boy (Karako) holding down a fan, presumably trying to catch a butterfly. The boy has typical tufts of hair on the sides and a very Chinese and incredibly detailed facial expression. His robe is ornately decorated with neatly incised scrolling vines and with vertical lines on the collar and hem. Signature TOMOKAZU �一 in a rounded reserve on the underside. A fine ivory netsuke from the workshop of Kano Tomokazu in Kyoto. HEIGHT 3.4 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition, expected age cracks and minor soiling near the himotoshi. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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169 A SMALL OKIMONO OF A KARAKO WITH PUPPY Unsigned, ivory okimono Japan, mid to late 19th century A finely carved and attractively stained okimono of a Chinese boy holding a puppy with finely carved fur and a charming expression. The karako’s garments are ornately decorated with intricate patterns and the boy’s facial expression is quite amusing with raised eyebrows and the tongue sticking outwards. HEIGHT 5 cm Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 135. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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170 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF TWO KARAKO WITH HOTEI’S BAG Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) An unusual ivory netsuke depicting two karako opening Hotei’s bag and revealing an entire world, to their astonishment. Both karako are opening a section of the bag showing a figure and a landscape. Their facial features are crafted sensitively with some red coloring. Natural himotoshi. HEIGHT 4 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

171 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A CHINESE BOY WITH PUPPY BY TOMOCHIKA By Tomochika, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A charming ivory netsuke depicting a Chinese boy (Karako), dressed in elaborately decorated clothes, and holding a little puppy with neatly incised fur and inlaid eyes. Good irregular himotoshi through the back and signature in a way reserve TOMOCHIKA 友親. Excellent yellowish patina. HEIGHT 4 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: The facial features and decorations on the clothes slightly worn, generally in very good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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172 AN EARLY IVORY NETSUKE OF A HOTEI AND BAG

173 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF FUKUROKUJU

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, mid-18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, late 18th to first half of 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The entire composition set on a rounded triangular base with large and well-hollowed out himotoshi depicting the lucky deity Hotei leaning on his large bag filled with takaramono. The base is incised with various geometrical and floral patterns. Very appealing patina, especially to the back.

The name Fuku-roku-ju literally means luck-wealth-longevity. Fukurokuju originates from the Chinese longevity god Shoulao, Shou and Ju being the same character. As evident in this netsuke, he can be identified by his extremely elongated head, which is often satirized in netsuke art. He has a beard and is holding a fan, which he uses to restore the deceased back to life. Himotoshi through the under- and backside, and a very appealing, used patina.

HEIGHT 4.5 cm Provenance: British private collection, collection no. 38. Condition: Good condition with age-related wear and fine patina, as well as expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

HEIGHT 4.8 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good and worn condition, age cracks. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

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174 A FINE TOKYO-SCHOOL WOOD AND IVORY NETSUKE OF HOTEI BY AKISHIGE

175 A TOKYO-SCHOOL IVORY NETSUKE OF OKAME BY YASUTAKA

By Akishige, wood and ivory netsuke with inlays Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) or later

By Yasutaka (Hoko), ivory netsuke with horn, metal and mother of pearl inlays Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912) or later

Hotei, one of the Seven Lucky Gods (Shichi Fukujin) of Japan, is standing and laughing happily, with a naked protruding belly and a very large bald head. Both his arms are held over his head. The dark-brown monk garment (Hotei was a monk in China, where he is known as Budai, during the 10th century) is made from wood, while all ivory parts of this netsuke are inset. He is wearing an obi (belt) inlaid in ivory with a bamboo scepter attached to it, imitating spinach green jade. Hotei wears a finely inlaid necklace and bracelets, made from precious stones and stained horn. The himotoshi outlined with ivory, signed between the two bare feet in a rectangular red-lacquered tablet AKISHIGE 明重. HEIGHT 3.9 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: One of the ribbons that hangs down from the obi is lost and a chip to the right garment fold - otherwise good condition. Auction comparison: A very similar netsuke was sold at Bonhams, The Bluette H. Kirchhoff Collection of Netsuke and Sagemono, New York, 16 September 2009, lot 2106. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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The Shinto goddess Okame, famous for the first striptease in Japan, has several names such as Otafuku or Uzume. This netsuke shows her sitting on her knees with a fan made from stained horn in both hands and is easily recognizable by her chubby cheeks as well as the two black brows on her forehead, called Bobo mayuge. The garment patterns are very fine, dense and small, partly with inset mother-of-pearl. The himotoshi are set with dark horn. Signature YASUTAKA 保孝, a student of Yasuaki from the Tokyo school. HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-


176 AN IVORY AND LACQUER NETSUKE OF OKAME WITH A SAKE CUP BY KEIMIN By Keimin, ivory netsuke with gold lacquer and inlays Japan, late 19th century, Meiji period (1868-1912) The pronounced, chubby face and the two dimples on the forehead indicate this work depicts the Shinto goddess Okame, also known as Uzume or Otafuku. The large head is carved separately and inserted into the body. Her garment and hair in the style of a court lady during the Heian period are also characteristic. The hair is black lacquer and her hairpin is inlaid with red coral. Her garments show ribbons and floral decorations in fine gold takamaki-e. The legs are bare, she is kneeling on the ground and holding a small cup with sake, the swirling liquid inlaid in pale horn, in front of her. The good and irregular himotoshi are in a somewhat naughty place next to the signature KEIMIN 渓民. HEIGHT 3.8 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition, one crack through the back and possibly a small loss or an imperfection to the top of the hair. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

177 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF OKAME ON A PILLOW Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The Shinto goddess Okame is lying on top of a large pillow, armed with a knife. She is cheekily smiling, and her robes are ornately decorated. Large himotoshi and beautiful honey patina on the underside.

HEIGHT 2.1 cm, LENGTH 3.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Expected age cracks, the ivory slightly worn, very good patina. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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179 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A RAKAN ON A ROCK Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

178 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A STANDING OKAME Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The Shinto goddess of sensuality and good humor is depicted here in a rare standing posture with a towel and parasol draped over her shoulders, revealing her naked breasts. Okame is laughing gleefully, gently lifting the sides of her skirt. Beautiful honey patina and very good himotoshi in the back. HEIGHT 5.6 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: The edge of one foot has been restored, otherwise good condition with expected age cracks and fine patina. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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An early ivory netsuke of a Rakan – an enlightened Buddhist – seated on a wide rock. The head is expressive with closed eyes, the almost naked torso shows ribs and a swollen belly. The Rakan is holding two hyotan attached to a rope behind his back containing the elixir of life. Large himotoshi through the rock. HEIGHT 5 cm Provenance: British private collection, collection no. 167. Condition: Age-related condition with several age cracks and the rope attaching the gourds to the Rakan’s hand is chipped. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-


180 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF RAKAN HANDAKA SONJA BY GYOKUZAN By Gyokuzan, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, late 19th century, Meiji period (1686-1912) A finely carved and marvelously finished ivory netsuke depicting the Rakan Handaka Sonja. He is holding a lotus root and preparing a concoction in his alms bowl, from which he will conjure a dragon. Finely carved flowing robes with incised patterns. The Rakan has a bald shimmering head with earrings and a sensitively delighted expression. The underside with small himotoshi and signature GYOKUZAN 玉山 on an inset red lacquer tablet. HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

181 AN UNUSUAL INLAID WOOD NETSUKE OF RAIJIN, CRAB AND NAMAZU BY TOMONOBU By Tomonobu, wood netsuke with ivory inlay Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) An unusual netsuke showing great imagination from the carver. Depicted is the sheer force of nature, the god of thunder Raijin and the mythical creature Namazu, whose every movement causes tremors and earthquakes. The Namazu is smiling, resembling a catfish, as he has invaded the thunder drum of Raijin - an allied crab is pinching the deity in the tongue. Raijin and Namazu are inlaid in stained ivory and the edge of the drum is inlaid with horn buttons. The underside with good himotoshi and signature on a green-stained ivory tablet TOMONOBU 友信. HEIGHT 3.2 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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182 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF RAIJIN BY TOMOYUKI By Tomoyuki, ivory netsuke Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Published: Katchen, N7, vol.1, p.297, no. K776. The thunder god Raijin is shown seated looking upwards with inlaid eyes of dark horn, appearing like an oni with horns and fangs, and wearing a tiger-skin loincloth. He is holding a rattle and a geta in his hands. A finely crafted compact study with a fine yellowish patina and good himotoshi, bearing the signature TOMOYUKI 友行. HEIGHT 4 cm Provenance: Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke. Condition: A few vertical age cracks, very fine patina – very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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183 AN EXCELLENT IVORY NETSUKE OF RAIJIN Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A masterfully carved ivory netsuke of the thunder god Raijin. He has horns and fangs like an oni, is wearing a tiger-skin loincloth and has glaring eyes inlaid with pale and translucent horn, almost appearing like amber. He is holding two drums with mitsudomo-e symbols on his sides, as well as two further drums and drumsticks tied to his back. His muscular body and spine are carved expressively. Fine yellowish patina to the backside and himotoshi on the underside, between finely carved clouds, and through the back. HEIGHT 4.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Some expected age cracks – otherwise perfect condition. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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184 A VERY RARE RYUSA MANJU NETSUKE OF BENTEN WITH DRAGON Unsigned, ivory ryusa manju netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Carved in the center as Benten holding a tama (magical pearl) and mounted on a coiled dragon surrounded by clouds. Benten is the only female of the seven lucky gods and a patron of literature, music and love. She is also thought to be a daughter of Ryujin, the dragon king, hence the dragon is one of her attributes. What is unusual and incredibly rare is that the back shows the map of Japan with all the provinces minutely inscribed. One central himotoshi and another at the top of the rim. DIAMETER 4.5 cm Provenance: French private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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185 A VERY RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF THE MOON GODDESS GATTEN AND ATTENDANT BY CHIKUYOSAI TOMOCHIKA By Chikuyosai Tomochika, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The moon goddess Gatten is shown seated in a chariot and holding a fan while an attendant pushes her through the heavenly clouds. The details of this small carving are incredibly refined, such as the fluffy clouds, the details of the wagon and the clothes of both the attendant and Gatten. The himotoshi are incorporated into the clouds next to the signature in a rounded raised reserve CHIKUYOSAI TOMOCHIKA and kao 竹陽齋 友親. HEIGHT 3.4 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: One crack through one hand of the attendant and the other restored, otherwise very good condition. Literature comparison: The same motif is depicted in The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part A, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), New York, 1986, page 435. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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187 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF TEKKAI SENNIN WITH VERY LARGE CANE Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, Osaka, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

186 A GOOD IVORY NETSUKE OF CHINNAN SENNIN Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Chinnan Sennin is shown wearing a mugwort leaf cloak with long flowing robes, clenching one fist next to his cheek and holding a vessel up high with his other hand. He uses this vessel to conjure a dragon, which is about to emerge from the vessel with all its might. The Sennin is visibly excited with wide-opened eyes and mouth. Good, irregular and large himotoshi on the backside. HEIGHT 9 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Good condition. The stained ivory is worn with some age cracks, minor areas of soiling around the left side of the face and in the crevices near the vessel. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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A finely crafted and expressive ivory netsuke of Tekkai Sennin leaning on an unusually large cane which reaches all the way over his back. His facial features are expressive, with a wide grin as he looks up into the heavenly skies towards Lao Zi. Well-carved garment folds of the mugwort leaf cloak and himotoshi through the back. Osaka school, very much in the manner of Masakazu. HEIGHT 5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition with expected minor age cracks. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-


188 A TALL IVORY NETSUKE OF TEKKAI SENNIN Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke depicting Tekkai Sennin depicted as an old man, his crooked body leaning over his characteristic cane. He is wearing a cap and his mouth is slightly opened, smiling gently with visible teeth and remnants of red color. He is depicted barefoot and wearing a finely carved mugwort leaf cloak. Tekkai Sennin is derived from the Chinese immortal Li Tieguai and is known to have blown out his soul in order to travel into the heaven and meet the philosopher Lao Zi to have a chat. Good, irregular and angular himotoshi through the back. HEIGHT 8.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition, the facial features slightly worn. Excellent patina to the back. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

189 A TALL IVORY NETSUKE OF TOBOSAKU SENNIN Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The Sennin Tobosaku is standing tall, wearing a mugwort leaf cloak, holding a hossu and a peach branch behind his head. Tobosaku was a crafty man and is said to have been reincarnated six times. After visiting the fairy Xiwangmu, he stole one of her immortality peaches and became immortal. Himotoshi in the back. HEIGHT 9.6 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Very good condition. The ivory slightly worn. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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190 A RARE AND EARLY IVORY NETSUKE OF SENNIN WITH GIGANTIC GOURD Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, early 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A compact and well-worn study of a Sennin, recognizable by the mugwort leaf cloak, gleefully holding a gigantic gourd. The entire composition is set on a tree trunk with slightly faded hexagonal patterns and large himotoshi. HEIGHT 4.7 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition with age-related wear and fine patina, as well as expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

191 AN EARLY IVORY NETSUKE DEPICTING A CHINESE SAGE ON A DECORATED BASE Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, early to mid-18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An early ivory netsuke of a Chinese sage wearing a cap, gently smiling and leaning on a Chinese table, his robe incised with scrolling vines. The entire composition is set on a large and thick hexagonal base with incised floral and wave motifs. Very large and hollowed out himotoshi through the underside and back. HEIGHT 4.1 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition with age-related wear and very appealing patina, as well as expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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192 AN UNUSUAL AND EARLY IVORY NETSUKE OF A CHINESE SAGE WITH TIGER Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A large ivory netsuke set on a large, thick and quadratic base with sizable and well-hollowed out himotoshi. Depicted is a Chinese sage with a bemused facial expression as the little tiger in front of him is lying on his side, baring his genitals and scratching his ear with a mischievous grin. The immortal is wearing a cap and Chinese robes and is leaning on an ornately carved table. Beautiful yellowish and honey patina. HEIGHT 4.7 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Excellent condition, expected age cracks, remnants of red painting on the underside. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

193 AN EARLY IVORY NETSUKE OF AN OX HERDER Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, mid-18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of an ox herder seated on a recumbent ox, one hand placed on his lap and the other placed on his head pensively. The sickle is visible on the back and is attached to the herder’s obi (belt). The ivory shows considerable wear and a beautiful warm patina and is set on a base, as is usual for this type of early netsuke, with very large and well-hollowed out himotoshi. HEIGHT 4.2 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Good condition – expected age cracks and wear. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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194 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A COURT OFFICIAL Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, probably Osaka, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely carved and attractively stained ivory netsuke of a court official, dressed in finely engraved courtly robes, with one hand on a ledger and the other leaning on a table. The carving is very much in the style of the Osaka master Hidemasa. Large, irregular and well hollowed-out himotoshi through the underside and back. HEIGHT 3.4 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: An unidentifiable object has been chipped on the left shoulder of the man, otherwise in fine condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

195 AN EARLY IVORY NETSUKE OF TWO BOYS ON A DRUM Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, late 18th – early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Two karako with characteristic garments and hair on a large drum (daiko), one seated and the other climbing and trying to cover the other boy’s ears. The facial expressions are remarkably different in both karako – the climbing one with fine and sensitive features, while the seated one has a more mystical appearance – the Chinese influence is particularly noticeable here. Fully functional form, fine and worn patina, a well-loved and used netsuke with good and large himotoshi through the drum. HEIGHT 3.4 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good and used condition with patches of honey patina, expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

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196 A TALL IVORY NETSUKE OF SEIOBO

197 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF CHORYO AND KOSEKIKO

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The Queen Mother of the West standing upright and holding a fruiting peach branch with both hands, her robes flowing and incised with reishi mushrooms. Large irregular himotoshi through the back.

Choryo (in Chinese Zhang Liang) was a hero from the Han-dynasty who met the old man Kosekiko on a bridge. The old man began to teach the art of war to Choryo and one day Kosekiko wanted to test Choryo and threw a shoe into the river where a powerful water dragon lived. The dragon seized the shoe and Choryo defeated it and gave the shoe back to Kosekiko. The present netsuke shows exactly this scene – the proud Choryo, with one foot on the dragon’s head, is presenting the shoe to Kosekiko who is mounted on a horse atop a bridge. According to legend Choryo used the teachings of Kosekiko as a military adviser to Liu Bang, founder of the Han Dynasty. Natural himotoshi.

HEIGHT 8.2 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition with minor age cracks. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

HEIGHT 7 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition, the ivory slightly worn. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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198 AN EARLY IVORY SEAL NETSUKE OF TOBA ON A MULE Unsigned, ivory seal netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely carved ivory netsuke with an incredibly rich patina turning red in some areas. The himotoshi as well are a sight to behold and a sign of a very early piece. Depicted is Toba, as usual mounted on his mule and holding a scroll in his hand. Toba is a historic figure, who lived in China, where he is called Su Shi, during the 11th century as a high official and calligrapher, and was banished twice due to court intrigues, the second time to the island of Hainan. The underside with remnants of seal paste. HEIGHT 6.7 cm Provenance: British private collection, stored in a bank vault for 30 years and now offered for the first time, coming with two valuations from Neil K. Davey from 1974 & 1984, collection no. 94. Condition: Excellent condition, practically no age cracks and very appealing patina. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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199 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF KAN’U ON HORSEBACK Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The legendary Chinese general Kan’u (in Chinese Guan Yu) is depicted here on horseback and holding his Guandao sword which resembles a halberd. The horse is galloping and Kan’u has a fierce expression, both eyes are inlaid in black horn. The movement of the composition is crafted very well. One circular and one oval himotoshi in the back. LENGTH 5.4 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Loss of one inlaid eye of Kan’u, otherwise in very good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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200 A LARGE AND IMPORTANT WOOD NETSUKE OF KAN’U ON HORSEBACK Unsigned, wood netsuke Japan, early to mid -18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A masterfully sculpted, strong and large wood netsuke depicting the Chinese General Kan’u (in Chinese Guan Yu) on horseback and holding his famous Guandao sword (lit. reclining moon blade), which he also named the ‘green dragon crescent blade’ – which is reflected in the present netsuke, since the hilt is carved like a dragon and the blade looks like fire belched from the dragon’s mouth. Kan’u has a determined expression, with inlaid pupils, as he strokes his long and pointed beard. The horse has its four legs tucked tightly together, as if it was navigating a narrow mountain pass, and is looking downwards. The wood is accentuated and stained black for effect. An important and bold carving with fine details dating to the first half of the 18th century. The himotoshi are large and well-hidden. HEIGHT 8.3 cm Provenance: Purchased from Sydney L. Moss Ltd. Condition: Good condition, showing some wear (also around the himotoshi). The hand stroking the beard has been reattached. Estimate EUR 8.000,Starting price EUR 4.000,-

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201 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF THE THREE HEROES OF THE HAN DYNASTY BY SEKIKO By Sekiko, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A compact and finely carved ivory netsuke showing the three heroes of the Han-dynasty Gentoku, Chohi and Kan’u. Also called the Shoku no San-ketsu, the three met in a peach orchard and swore to restore the crumbling Han-dynasty to its former glory. In this netsuke the three are shown determinedly huddled together and standing proudly. From left to right: Kan’u (Guan Yu) is shown holding his Guandao sword and pulling on his pointed beard. Chohi (Zhang Fei) is standing in the middle with his arms crossed. Finally, Gentoku, appearing almost like Shoki and holding a sword with a lion mask handle, is on the very right. Cleverly placed ‘natural’ himotoshi behind the sword of Chohi at the back and signature SEKIKO 石光 – Tomochika school. HEIGHT 4.9 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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202 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF KAN’U BY KINRYU By Kinryu, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely stained ivory netsuke of the Chinese general Kan’u (Guan Yu) holding his pointed beard in one hand and holding his characteristic Guandao sword in the back. Small himotoshi and signature in a wavy reserve KINRYU 琴流 in the back. Tomochika school. HEIGHT 5.3 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-


203 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF ASAHINA SABURO AND GORO BY HIDEMASA By Hidemasa, ivory netsuke Japan, Osaka, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A striking scene showing the athletic Asahina tearing a piece of Goro’s armor, the rectangular kusazuri. Asahina, a warrior of the 12th century, was known for his extraordinary strength, uprooting a tree during a battle to use it as a club. Goro is wearing armor and carrying two swords. Both are standing on a long base with himotoshi in the center and the signature HIDEMASA 秀正 on one side. HEIGHT 4.4 cm, LENGTH 5.1 cm Provenance: British private collection, faint collection number visible. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

204 A FINE AND RARE NETSUKE OF A YIELDING SAMURAI WARRIOR Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Netsuke depicting unnamed samurai warriors are very rare. The samurai warrior is dressed in full armor including a kabuto and sword. The warrior appears to be yielding with both hands raised in front of his body and he is squatting in a defensive posture. His facial expression is quite amusing as he bites into his lip fearfully. The details of the armor are very well-carved and exact. Good and irregular himotoshi in the back. HEIGHT 4.7 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Excellent condition with beautiful patina. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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205 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF TWO SAMURAI FIGHTING IN A STIRRUP Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) An amusing ivory netsuke of two Samurai sparring with long spears (yarai) in a giant stirrup (abumi), used by Samurai in horse combat. Intricately carved with a stippled surface and singular florally rimmed himotoshi on the underside. HEIGHT 3.3 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

206 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF GENTOKU BY GYOKUZAN By Gyokuzan, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912) This rather large ivory netsuke shows the Han-dynasty hero Gentoku (in Chinese Liu Bai) crossing the river Dankei with his famous horse Tokiro. Gentoku is one of the three heroes of the Han-dynasty (China, 206 BC – 220 AD) who restored the kingdom to its former glory and defeated the usurper Soso (Cao Cao) in many battles. A netsuke showing all three heroes is in the present catalog no. 201. Fine details such as the complete armor, including sword, quiver and large fan, and the dense sprays of waves from the river. Large himotoshi on the underside and signature in an inlaid horn tablet GYOKUZAN 玉山. HEIGHT 3.7 cm, LENGTH 5.8 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very minor and negligible loss to the edge. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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207 A CHARMING WOOD NETSUKE OF A RECUMBENT HORSE

208 AN EARLY IVORY NETSUKE OF A GRAZING HORSE ON A BASE

Unsigned, wood netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

A rustic wood netsuke of a recumbent horse (uma) with its head turned back and the flowing tail touching its chin. The dark cherry wood is of a very good color and has developed a very good patina and aji over the years. The large himotoshi on the underside also show wear. The horse has a charming expression with inlaid eyes of black horn.

An ivory netsuke of a grazing horse set on a large base. The patina is smooth and very attractive with hues of honey. Large himotoshi through the base and side.

HEIGHT 2.8 cm, LENGTH 5 cm Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 104. Condition: Excellent condition, the aji is very appealing.

Provenance: British private collection, stored in a bank vault for 30 years and now offered for the first time, coming with two valuations from Neil K. Davey from 1974 & 1984, collection no. 45. Condition: Good condition, expected age cracks, beautiful patina.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

HEIGHT 3.3 cm

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209 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A RECUMBENT COW AND CALF AFTER TOMOTADA Signed Tomotada, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of a recumbent cow with her head tilted to the right and her sensitively carved young nestling up to her. The rope halter which attaches to the nose ring passes over the back. Her pupils are inlaid, and the muscular body is expressed very well. Finely carved hooves and large himotoshi through the underside above the signature TOMOTADA 友忠 in a rectangular reserve. LENGTH 5.7 cm Provenance: British collection. Condition: The ivory slightly worn with a good patina on the underside. Good condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

210 A STAG ANTLER NETSUKE OF A RECUMBENT OX WITH CALF Unsigned, stag antler netsuke Japan, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A rope is attached to the horned ox’ muzzle, winding around the animal’s back. The ribs, fur pattern, tail and legs show great attention to detail, a masterful feat when considering the complicated use of material. Black inlaid eyes. The small calf is snuggled closely to the ox. The ox (ushi) is the second out of the twelve signs of the Japanese zodiac and a symbol of spring and agriculture. Small ox figures like this one were also worn as a talisman against different illnesses. Small himotoshi on the underside. LENGTH 5.2 cm Provenance: Austrian private estate acquired at Dorotheum on 1st December 1993, lot 61 (12.000-14.000 Austrian Schillings). Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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211 A GOOD IVORY NETSUKE OF A RECUMBENT OX AFTER TOMOTADA Signed Tomotada, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A good model of an ox with its head turned to the left, pronounced spine, and finely incised fur coat. A rope halter passes through the nose ring, over the horns and all the way around to its tail, ending in a little loop. The underside equally carved well and with an expressive skin fold by the neck. Good and irregular himotoshi on the underside, with the signature in a rectangular reserve TOMOTADA 友忠 on the right haunch. LENGTH 6 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Good condition, expected age cracks, one eye replaced. Auction comparison: A very similar model by Tomotada was sold at Bonhams, the Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke Part I, London, 8 November 2016, lot 53. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

212 AN IVORY OKIMONO OF A RECUMBENT OX BY GOYOSAI

The underside is equally accomplished with the expressive skinfold of the neck and tucked-in legs, as well as the unusually large, smooth and round genitals. The signature is in a wavy reserve reads GOYOSAI 呉陽齋 – an unrecorded artist.

By Goyosai, ivory okimono Japan, late 19th to early 20th century, Meiji period (1868-1912)

LENGTH 11.2 cm

An unusual ivory okimono depicting a jolly ox, the eyes double inlaid in reddish and dark horn. The ox has its head slightly lifted and tilted to the left with a very curious expression and a wide smile showing both rows of his teeth and the tongue. The details are wellcarved – such as the rope halter through the nose, the bulky horns and the saddle cloth which shows an incised zig-zag pattern.

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Several age cracks and the stained ivory is worn in some areas – generally in good and complete condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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213 AN EARLY AND FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A PIEBALD CAT ON STRAW BROOM Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, mid-18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An early ivory netsuke with an incredibly rich honey patina depicting a domesticated piebald cat lying densely curled up on a straw broom. The surface on the broom is very well carved and the himotoshi are on the underside and exactly as they should be. LENGTH 4.5 cm Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 159. Condition: Several age cracks, very fine patina. The stem of the broom has been lost. It appears that the cat is carved separately as a metal screw on the underside holds in place. Another metal screw has previously held the stem of the broom in place as well. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

214 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF CHICKENS, WAR DRUM AND RABBIT BY KOGYOKUSAI By Kogyokusai, ivory netsuke with horn inlay Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912) The composition set on a rock showing a war drum with a cockerel, hen and two chicks, one of them amusingly bursting through the skin of the drum. The sides of the drum are inlaid with rows of horn buttons. The scene symbolizes peace and contentment, as legend says that a war drum was lying around for so long (during unusually peaceful times of the Edo period) that hens and roosters began to live in it. Next to the drum is a little rabbit, with inlaid eyes of bright orange coral. Signature KOGYOKUSAI 光玉齋 in a wavy reserve on the underside of the rabbit. The artist was a student of Kaigyokusai Masatsugu after he (or one of his students) opened a school in Tokyo. The stylistic influences of the master are evident in this piece. Natural himotoshi possible through the many holes in the rock. HEIGHT 3.8 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition, the ivory slightly worn. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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215 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A PUPPY WITH WARAJI BY RANICHI By Ranichi, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A fine and compact stained ivory study of a puppy with beady inlaid eyes heartily chewing on a sandal (waraji). The dog (inu) is the eleventh sign of the zodiac. Himotoshi through the waraji and under one of the legs and signature RANICHI 蘭一. A pupil of the well-known Hogen Rantei, who showed individual character in his compositions, and made mainly carvings of animals, though netsuke of dogs are rather rare. HEIGHT 2.5 cm, LENGTH 3.8 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: One nerve channel on the back of the puppy, smaller expected age cracks, the ivory slightly worn. Generally, in very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

216 AN IVORY INGYO NETSUKE OF TWO PUPPIES Unsigned, ivory ingyo (seal) netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Two young, chubby dogs, one with spots and both paws on an awabi shell, the other with one paw on his companion’s tail. A dense composition, the fur incised only in some areas, fine polish and some staining. Both dogs on a flat, oval base with six characters in seal script incised on the underside – an ingyo netsuke with traces of the red seal paste. HEIGHT 2.3 cm Provenance: Austrian private estate formerly acquired at Galerie Zacke in the 1990s. Condition: Good condition – age cracks and traces of red seal paste. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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217 A CHARMING IVORY NETSUKE OF A PUPPY ON A STRAW MAT Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A charming ivory netsuke of a puppy, with large inlaid eyes of black horn and neatly incised fur, lying on a folded straw mat. The structure of the mat is finely carved and the large and irregular himotoshi are found on the underside. HEIGHT 2.5 cm, LENGTH 4.2 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: A small section of the edge of the mat has been restored – otherwise good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

218 A KYOTO SCHOOL IVORY NETSUKE OF A DOG WITH BALL Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke, carved in distinct Kyoto style, of a dog with its finely carved paws on a large and smooth ball. The dog (inu), the eleventh animal of the zodiac, is looking backwards with unusually large inlaid eyes of black horn. Minutely incised fur and large himotoshi through the underside and side. HEIGHT 3.6 cm Provenance: British private collection Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, from 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 120. Condition: Expected age cracks, good patina. Good condition. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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219 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A DOG ON A MAT Signed ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of a dog (inu) on a straw mat, with chubby paws and scratching his ear. The dog has a charming expression with finely inlaid eyes and is wearing a collar. Himotoshi on the underside and the signature on an inlaid mother of pearl tablet. HEIGHT 3.5 cm Condition: Several age cracks, otherwise good condition. Provenance: The 40-Year collection of a London Gentleman. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

220 A CHARMING IVORY NETSUKE OF A PUPPY WITH AWABI AND WARAJI Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A charming ivory netsuke of a puppy on top of an awabi shell and with one paw on a waraji. A section of the waraji is inside the puppy’s mouth and it is in for a real treat since according to netsuke art, these are its two favorite things. Himotoshi ringed in horn on the underside of the calm. The second character probably reads Raku 楽 HEIGHT 2.4 cm, LENGTH 3.6 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: A section of the waraji which connects to the puppy’s mouth is chipped and there is some wear to the ringed himotoshi, as well as a few expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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221 A FINE KYOTO SCHOOL IVORY NETSUKE OF A DOG WITH AWABI Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A relatively large and finely carved ivory netsuke of a dog holding an awabi shell between its paws – a symbol of good health and long life. The dog has a whimsical expression with large inlaid eyes of black horn. The fur is neatly incised and characteristically worn, and the patina is a beautifully changing hue of yellow to deep orange honey. The tail of the dog neatly curls upwards and the paws are carved crisply. The underside with the himotoshi – one through the characteristically soft underside of the awabi and the other through the belly of the dog. HEIGHT 4 cm, LENGTH 4 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Very good condition with expected age cracks and fine and appealing patina. Estimate EUR 1.500Starting price EUR 750,-

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222 AN EXCELLENT KYOTO SCHOOL IVORY NETSUKE OF AN EMACIATED DOG WITH CLAM Signed however faded and illegible, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A very fine ivory netsuke of a dog with a large and smooth hamaguri clam. The dog is emaciated with bony limbs, and a powerfully expressed spine and rib cage. The dog is wearing a collar, has floppy ears and large inlaid eyes of lustrous black horn. The curvature of the netsuke is extraordinary– the entire body swings around the clam, as does the finely carved thin tail. Beautiful patina, natural himotoshi and a faded, illegible signature on the underside of the clam. The second character probably reads Raku 楽. Kyoto school. LENGTH 4.5 cm Provenance: British private collection Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, from 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 143. Condition: Very good condition - the rope in the mouth of the dog is possibly ever so slightly chipped. Beautiful patina. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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223 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A RECLINING SHAGGY DOG Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An unusual and compact study of a shaggy dog lying down on a rounded rectangular base. A lot of care has been taken to express the ragged hair of the animal. The dog is the eleventh sign of the zodiac and is considered a friend. Large inlaid eyes of deep-black horn and himotoshi on the underside. HEIGHT 2.4 cm, LENGTH 4.3 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition with many age cracks and fine yellowish patina. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

224 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A RECUMBENT DOG Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A recumbent dog with densely incised fur, its head turned backwards, with a light-colored muzzle and black inlaid eyes. Darkly stained ivory, himotoshi on the underside. The dog (inu) is the eleventh sign of the Japanese zodiac and is also a symbol of good health. LENGTH 3.7 cm Provenance: Austrian private estate formerly acquired at Galerie Zacke in the 1990s. Condition: Good condition. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

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225 A FINE WOOD NETSUKE OF TWO PLAYING PUPPIES BY SHIRAKU

226 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF FIVE CHUBBY PUPPIES BY MASAMITSU

By Shiraku, wood netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

By Masamitsu, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo late 19th century, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Finely carved as two playing puppies forming a perfectly rounded composition. The wood of a very good color and the fur carefully incised with a good sense of naturalism. The himotoshi cleverly placed between the legs. One of the legs with the signature Shiraku 子楽. Similar examples exist by Ittan and Kokei.

Masamitsu was a known specialist for many different animal groups, one of his preference being these young, chubby puppies. The five puppies in this work are in a scuffle, among them a larger parent dog, on a leaf. Small himotoshi on the underside, signed MASAMITSU 正光.

HEIGHT 2.5 cm, LENGTH 3 cm

LENGTH 4 cm

Provenance: British private collection, stored in a bank vault for 40 years, inventory no. 115. Condition: Excellent condition.

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Minor age cracks and soiling, good and complete condition.

Auction comparison: A similar netsuke by Kokei was sold by Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 18 November 2018, London, lot 259.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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227 A CHARMING AND RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A BUNDLE OF RATS WITH DARUMA DOLLS AND MASKS BY MASAMITSU By Masamitsu, ivory netsuke Japan, late 19th century, Meiji period (1868-1912) Masamitsu was known for his compact studies of animal groups, especially for his bundle of rats, though this variant is quite rare and amusing. There are approximately twenty rats, their beady eyes inlaid in deep-black horn, depicted in various postures and attitudes, densely bunched together and eating away at a large daruma doll and various masks including a shishimai and kitsune mask. The entire composition is set on a large drum, with inlaid horn buttons, and a large carved mitsudomo-e symbol on the underside, next to the small himotoshi. The signature MASAMITSU 正光 is located on the underside of the lower jaw of the shishimai mask – which also shows another charming detail, as a little rat crawls through the mouth and bites into the tail of another rat which scurries away. LENGTH 5.7 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Some inlays to the eyes and horn buttons are lost, otherwise in good condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

228 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF MANY RATS AND SHELLS BY MINZAN By Minzan, ivory netsuke Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) A lively and dense composition depicting seven rats amongst many shells, shown in various attitudes. One rat is crawling out of a large horagai (conch) in the center of the composition while two more rats are fighting on top of a disintegrated half of another shell. The other four rats are climbing on top of the other shells – each one of a different type. The ivory is attractively stained and polished, and the eyes of each little rat is inlaid with black horn. The underside with small himotoshi and signature MINZAN 民山. Minzan must have been a student of the famous Masamitsu, however the rats of Minzan are larger, more naturalistic and imbued with more life. LENGTH 4.7 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Other than some minor losses to the inlaid eyes excellent condition. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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229 A LARGE IVORY NETSUKE OF A CLUSTER OF SEVEN RATS BY TOMONOBU By Tomonobu, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo/Tokyo, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A beautiful and lively piece, each of the seven rats are depicted in movement grabbing hold of each other. Some are grabbing each other by tail, others seem to be fighting, clawing at each other, and two are even touching their noses, an exchange of affection. The composition is very dense, and each rat is carved sensitively with a high sense of naturalism. Each rat has a different fur coat pattern, some are completely smooth, while others are piebald. There are several openings for himotoshi, however this piece also has the character of an okimono, due to its size. The eyes are inlaid with umimatsu (black coral). The ivory has a very good finish and the signature is found in a polished reserve TOMONOBU 友信. The artist was a student of Tomochika I and was known to make netsuke and okimono out of ivory. LENGTH 4.7 cm Provenance: Collection of Sam Felton with CITES permit no. 18US59513C/9. Acquired from Sachi Wagner on 21st August 1981 (old invoice available). Condition: A section of one tail has been replaced and another possibly reattached, there are minor imperfections. Generally, in good condition. Auction comparison: Another netsuke by the artist depicting a group of horses was sold at Christie’s, The House Sale, New York, 5 June 2002, lot 256. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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230 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A LARGE RAT WITH CANDLE SIGNED TOMOTADA

231 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A FAMILY OF RATS BY IEKAZU

Signed Tomotada, ivory netsuke with horn inlay Japan, Kyoto, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

By Iekazu, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

An ivory netsuke of a sizable and well-fed rat, the large eyes inlaid in brownish horn, with its front paws placed on a candle. The wick of the smooth candle is inlaid in horn, scratch marks from the rat are visible and the running wax on the underside is carved very well. The underside with a yellowish patina and very large and good himotoshi. Signature TOMOTADA 友忠 on the underside.

A fine ivory netsuke of a family of four rats, mother and father with two young, eating bean pods inside a basket. All eyes are inlaid in reddish or brown horn and the fur and expressions are achieved masterfully. The composition is full of movement and individual character – the mother rat has one bean pod in its mouth while holding two others between its paws. One of the smaller rats is ‘asking’ for a bean pod while the other young has scurried off to the edge feeding. The father rat is climbing up on the mother’s back and over the edge of the basket, acting as the lookout. Well carved pattern on the basket on the underside, as well as irregular himotoshi and signature IEKAZU 家一 in a rectangular reserve.

HEIGHT 3.1 cm, LENGTH 5 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Several horizontal age cracks and a section of the running wax is chipped and reattached, otherwise in good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

Not much is known about the netsukeshi Iekazu, though he must have been very close to Ikko or even a pseudonym, since two almost identical netsuke exist by the respective artists and the carving style of the rats are very similar (see comparisons). HEIGHT 3 cm, LENGTH 5 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Some age cracks, two larger ones through the tails of the larger rats, some soiling and discoloration to the ivory. Generally, in good condition. Literature/Auction comparison: Compare to another piece by Iekazu in Zacke, Japanische Meisterwerke der Netsuke Kunst - Ausstellung 1993, no. 56 (also illustrated in Lazarnick). Compare also to an almost identical netsuke by Ikko sold by Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 12 November 2015, London, lot 43. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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232 A FINE WOOD NETSUKE OF A COILED RAT BY MASANAO By Masanao, wood netsuke Japan, Ise-Yamada, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A fine wood netsuke of rat tightly coiled up into a ball. A genius design when considering the functionality as a netsuke, but also the uniqueness of the depiction. This model is believed to originate from the Masanao family of Ise-Yamada and was executed in different variations and sizes across members of the school/ family, though the present netsuke shows particular individuality. The fur of the rat is precisely incised, and it is holding one paw to its face, one is holding its very well carved tail which extends all the way to the back and another is scratching its ear. The bulging eyes are inlaid in black horn. Natural himotoshi through one of the legs and signed at the back in a polished reserve MASANAO ć­Łç›´. HEIGHT 4 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London gentleman. Condition: Very good condition. Auction comparison: A similar netsuke was sold by Bonhams, Fine Japanese and Korean Art, 15 March 2017, New York, lot 6168. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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233 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A STAG ON BASE BY RANSEN By Ransen, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, late 19th century A naturalistic and sensitively crafted depiction of a stag carved from attractively stained ivory, the fur naturalistically rendered with many spots. The deer has its head titled backwards and is looking downwards with beautifully double-inlaid eyes in black and pale-translucent horn. Its body is contorted and supported on finely carved thin legs. The entire composition is set on a stippled base, smooth on the underside where also the two small himotoshi are located as well as the signature RANSEN 蘭川 in a rounded reserve. School of Hogen Ranten of Kyoto. HEIGHT 3.7 cm Provenance: British collection. Condition: Very good condition, four age cracks through the body and some wear to the black coloring across the spine. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

234 AN EARLY IVORY NETSUKE OF A RECUMBENT STAG Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, early to mid-18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A compact, ideally-shaped and slightly flattened ivory netsuke of a recumbent stag. Large himotoshi and excellent patina.   LENGTH 4.3 cm   Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Many age cracks and excellent patina – complete and good condition. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

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236 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF AN EAGLE AND A DOG BY TOMOHISA By Tomohisa, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century

235 A POWERFUL WOOD NETSUKE OF A WOLF WITH SKULL BY MASATADA By Mastada, wood netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A powerful wood netsuke of a hungry wolf with a skull. The wolf (okami) has glaring eyes, inlaid in pale translucent horn, as he places one paw on the skull and greedily bites into it. The contortion of the body is achieved masterfully, and the fur is incised finely. Wellcarved paws on the underside, natural himotoshi and signature on a polished, raised reserve reading MASATADA 政忠. The carving is very similar to wolves by Masayoshi.

The eagle (washi) with a full puffy chest, sharp beak and shining black inlaid eyes showing a voracious expression has trapped a dog in its claws. The dog has clearly not given up the fight yet and makes a feisty impression. Densely carved plumage, especially on the reverse. Signed on the dog’s tail TOMOHISA 友久 within a hyotan-shaped reserve. Natural himotoshi between the eagle and dog. HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: Austrian private estate. Condition: Good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

HEIGHT 3.3 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: One ear is chipped, otherwise good condition. Literature comparison: Compare to a similar netsuke by Masayoshi in ‘Netsuke & Inro Artists and how to read their signatures’ by George Lazarnick, 1981, page 742. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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237 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A QUAIL ON MILLET AFTER OKATOMO Signed Okatomo, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The quail (uzura) on millet symbolizes the fall season and is a popular motif for Okatomo and his school in Kyoto. The quail has a plump, ovoid body while its head with inlaid eyes is relatively small. The plumage is densely and accurately incised. The millet is on the ground, a longish leaf reaches high up to the quail and another shows the signature OKATOMO 岡 友 within a rectangular reserve. Natural himotoshi between the millet leaves. LENGTH 3.8 cm Provenance: Austrian private estate formerly acquired at Galerie Zacke in the 1990s. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

238 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF AN EAGLE WITH NAMAZU SIGNED OKATOMO Signed Okatomo, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Similar to the next no. 239, however the expression of the eagle is slightly less powerful, and the ivory is stained. The Namazu is also known as the earthquake fish since it is responsible for all the tremors in Japan. The Namazu has a careless expression, with inlaid eyes, while the eagle is fiercely picking at its flesh. The plumage of the eagle is very finely carved. Large and irregular himotoshi through the underside and signature OKATOMO 岡 友 HEIGHT 2.9 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: One eyes of the Namazu replaced, otherwise very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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239 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF AN EAGLE AND NAMAZU Unsigned, attributed to the Okatomo school, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A very fine and compact ivory netsuke of an eagle, its eyes inlaid, picking at the flesh of a Namazu. The Namazu seems content however, his visible eye doubled inlaid in black and reddish horn, since the only thing that can stop this mythical creature is a magical gourd. The entire composition is in movement, the bodies of the eagle and Namazu are wonderfully winding. One himotoshi through the Namazu and the other hidden under the belly of the eagle. Attributed to the Okatomo school. HEIGHT 2.5 cm, LENGTH 3.5 cm Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 103. Condition: The beak of the eagle is restored, and an old chip to the edge of the feathers. Otherwise good condition. Literature comparison: Compare to a netsuke in similar style of a crow and gourd by Okatomo in The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part B, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), New York, 1986, page 616. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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240 A LARGE WOOD SASHI NETSUKE OF A DRIED SALMON Unsigned, wood sashi netsuke with ivory inlay Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The large dried fish carved from lightly colored wood and accentuated with black lacquer. A fish market scene carved with an incredibly sense of realism. The scaly body is desiccating with different levels of elevation on the surface. With a large inlaid ivory tablet reading 本鮭, relating to the origin of the salmon. LENGTH 15.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

241 A LARGE IVORY NETSUKE OF A CARP Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto style, Meiji period (1868-1912) A large Kyoto style ivory netsuke of a carp, its tailfin curling around and the large eyes inlaid in mother of pearl. The ivory is stained, and the scales and fins are carved well. Ringed himotoshi. LENGTH 7 cm Condition: Excellent condition – the himotoshi may be a later addition. Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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242 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A CICADA ON A BAMBOO NODE Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A rare and early ivory netsuke of a naturalistically carved cicada (semi) perched on a node of bamboo. Cicada netsuke were worn during the festival of Obon, honoring the ancestor spirits. Very appealing honey patina and large himotoshi through the bamboo node. HEIGHT 3 cm Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 128. Condition: Very good condition, expected age cracks, excellent patina. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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243 A VERY RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A TORTOISE PILE BY TADAKAZU By Tadakazu (Chuichi), ivory netsuke Japan, Osaka, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1869) A captivatingly dense ivory netsuke full of individual character and charm depicting eleven tortoises, two of them larger than the rest, forming a pile and each one depicted in a different attitude and full of movement. Each one is smiling, with inlaid eyes of dark horn, all with the same goal – to get to the top where the sun is the strongest and to enjoy a healthy sunbathing. Every netsuke connoisseur will immediately know the artist, since he almost exclusively made these piles of tortoises and in the process mastered the art. The carver is Tadakazu (or Chuichi), both names are important since they are often referenced differently in netsuke literature. When researching his output, one immediately notices that he carved almost exclusively in wood, making the present netsuke, carved from ivory, incredibly rare. Large and irregular himotoshi as well as the signature in an oval reserve TADAKAZU 忠一. HEIGHT 4.3 cm Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 54. Condition: Three inlaid eyes are missing and minor discoloration to ivory, otherwise in very good condition. Literature comparison: Another ivory tortoise pile by Tadakazu is shown in Zacke, Netsuke und Inro aus Japan - Ausstellung 1985, Vienna, no. 82. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

244 A FINE WOOD NETSUKE OF A TORTOISE PILE BY TADAKAZU By Tadakazu (Chuichi), wood netsuke Japan, Osaka, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1869) The same model as previous no. 243, however carved from the artists preferred material, which is also shown in the quality of the work, which is significantly higher. The wood is of a very good color and attractively stained, and the tortoises are carved masterfully. Particular attention has been given to the carapace of each of the five tortoises. They are climbing on top of each other to get the most of the sun. The eyes are minutely inlaid in black horn. Large and irregular himotoshi rimmed in ivory as well as the signature in an oval recessed reserve TADAKAZU 忠一. HEIGHT 4.6 cm Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 131, and old collection no. G325. Condition: One vertical crack through the largest tortoise, otherwise very good condition. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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245 AN EXCEPTIONAL AND RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A TORTOISE WITH YOUNG ATTRIBUTED TO OHARA MITSUHIRO (1810-1875) Unsigned, attributed to Ohara Mitsuhiro, ivory netsuke Japan, Osaka, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A very finely carved and immaculately stained ivory netsuke depicting a retracted tortoise with only its head peeking out, and a young tortoise crawling up on its shell. The details of both carapaces are stunning, each individual section of the shell is naturalistically stippled with an astonishing amount of detail. The wrinkly skin of the tortoise on the underside is achieved masterfully as well, with tiny and minutely incised crossed lines. Small himotoshi on the underside. There exist similar models signed Mitsuhiro and Masatsugu (see comparisons below), which show a shared sphere of influence between arguably these two, arguably the greatest, Osaka netsuke masters. LENGTH 4.8 cm Provenance: French private collection. Condition: Excellent condition, the high points characteristically rubbed. Comparisons: A very similar tortoise signed Masatsugu (though in the catalog text it is written that the carving bears remarkable similarities to Ohara Mitsuhiro) was offered at Sotheby’s, The Katchen Collection of Netsuke – Part II, London, 13 July 2006, lot 198. Another very similar netsuke signed Mitsuhiro is Illustrated in Eskenazi, Japanese Netsuke and Inro from Private Collections (May 1975) and also illustrated on the back cover of INCS vol.3, no.1. Estimate EUR 5.000,Starting price EUR 2.500,-

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246 A FINE WOOD NETSUKE OF A SNAIL ON A BUCKET BY MASANAO

247 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A SNAIL BY MASAKAZU

By Masanao, wood netsuke Japan, Ise-Yamada, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

By Masakazu, ivory netsuke Japan, Osaka, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

A finely carved netsuke of a snail stretching its feelers out on a disintegrating bucket – a popular model made by the Masanao family, who also carved many frogs on buckets (though the snail variant is slightly rarer). The grain of the bucket is carved precisely, and the signature is found near the small and singular himotoshi, MASANAO 正直.

A naturalistic ivory netsuke of a snail with a smooth and spiraling shell and a foot with an attractively contrasting coarse and cross-etched surface. The flattened and curved underside of the foot is smooth and shows a beautiful yellow patina, as well as the himotoshi and signature in a wavy reserve MASAKAZU 正一. One of the few animals carved by the brilliant Osaka master.

HEIGHT 3.3 cm

LENGTH 4.8 cm

Provenance: European collection. Condition: Very good condition, appealing dark patina.

Condition: A small section of the edge of the shell is chipped and both upper tentacles are lost with a small section still visible at the basis and edge of the shell. Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman.

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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248 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A MONKEY TRAPPING AN OCTOPUS BY MASATAMI By Masatami, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, late 19th century, Meiji period (1868-1912) This netsuke references a legend in which the octopus-physician to Ryujin, the Dragon King of the Sea, prescribes a monkey’s liver to heal the King’s daughter. The octopus was sent to overpower a monkey, however in this netsuke the monkey has outwitted the octopus (tako) and trapped him under a mortar. The octopus is visibly annoyed by this, and the monkey is joyously screaming, his entire body in movement with the left hindleg kicking outwards. The head of the tako is very well-crafted with large inlaid eyes. The monkey, with fine fur and inlaid eyes is carved in the characteristic style of the artist, whose signature is found behind the monkey on the mortar, MASATAMI 正民. HEIGHT 2.7 cm Provenance: European private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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249 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A MONKEY WITH OCTOPUS BY IKKOSAI By Ikkosai, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, late 19th century A superbly detailed and finely polished ivory netsuke depicting a monkey quarreling with an octopus which is seated on a bell-shaped vessel. The octopus is wearing a shirt and is holding a mallet up high menacingly, while the monkey is gripping its tentacles. The netsuke references a legend in which the octopus-physician to Ryujin, the Dragon King of the Sea, prescribes a monkey’s liver to heal the King’s daughter. The octopus was sent to overpower a monkey and this netsuke shows exactly this scene. Natural himotoshi and the signature IKKOSAI 一光齋 in a polished reserve. The carving shows deep influences from the Osaka master Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, who opened a school in Tokyo which probably had a shared sphere of influence with Ikkosai. HEIGHT 4.3 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: The ivory slightly worn in some areas, some age cracks, generally in good condition. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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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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252 A FINE WOOD NETSUKE OF TWO MONKEYS AND PEACH SIGNED MASATSUGU Signed Masatsugu, wood netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely carved and amusing wood netsuke depicting a large monkey holding another by the ankle as it cheekily tries to reach the peach behind its back. The fur is incised naturalistically, and the eyes are inlaid in pale and translucent horn, almost appearing like amber. The wood is of a very appealing color, lightly stained, and the humorous expressions of the monkeys are achieved masterfully. Natural himotoshi and signature in a rounded reserve, MASATSUGU 正揥. HEIGHT 5 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: Minor nicks and scratches in the wood. Generally, in very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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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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254 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF SEVEN HUNGRY MONKEYS BY HOICHI By Hoichi, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, late 19th century, Meiji period (1868-1912) A very fine and dense carving of a large monkey with six young monkeys portrayed in various attitudes. The large monkey is biting into a peach, while a young monkey in front of her is trying to reach the fruit. The other monkeys are climbing on top of the large one, clambering and pushing and pulling on each other. Another smaller monkey on top has managed to find another peach and is heartily biting into it. The hairwork is masterfully incised and all the eyes are minutely inlaid with pale translucent horn. The style of the carving, as well as the finish and the unstained ivory, is reminiscent of Kaigyokusai Masatsugu. The signature is found on the underside in a rectangular reserve, HOICHI 芳一 saku 作. The carver probably comes from the school of Hojitsu in Tokyo. Kaigyokusai Masatsugu was also known to have opened a school in Tokyo during the Meiji period. HEIGHT 5.1 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: Very good condition, minor discoloration to the ivory in limited areas and some imperfections such as plugged nerve channels. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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255 AN AMUSING AND RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF THE SANBIKI SARU Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of the three wise monkeys, also known as sanbiki saru, shown here as a large monkey with two of its young. The larger monkey is holding the mouth of the young monkey on his shoulder and the eyes of the other child to his left. In return, they are holding his ears, thus completing the representation of the three wise monkeys, which embody the proverbial principle of ‘speak no evil’, ‘hear no evil’ and ‘see no evil’. A charming and unusual netsuke with a beautiful honey-patina and good, large himotoshi to the reverse and side. HEIGHT 5.9 CM Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 85. Condition: Good condition, expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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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,-

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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,-


258 A CHINESE IVORY TOGGLE OF A MONKEY ON A ROCK

259 A CHINESE IVORY CONVERTED NETSUKE OF A MONKEY AND LEAVES

Unsigned, ivory netsuke China, 18th century

Unsigned, Chinese ivory carving converted into a netsuke China, 17th century

A succinctly crafted toggle showing a monkey with large dark eyes seated on a rock. The monkey is holding an object, presumably something to eat, in one paw. The structures are carved powerfully while the composition is dense and cohesive. Fine patina, several openings for suspension.

A Chinese ivory carving of a reclining monkey on many leaves. The carving, imported from China to Japan, has been converted into a netsuke later as there are himotoshi on the flat underside. Excellent honey patina.

HEIGHT 3.8 cm Provenance: Austrian private estate formerly acquired at Galerie Zacke in the 1990s. Condition: Several expected age cracks, generally in good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

HEIGHT 2.5 cm, LENGTH 4.7 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition, expected age cracks, excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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260 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A MONKEY PICKING FLEAS Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A good ivory netsuke of a monkey, the posture of his body in an acrobatic position, as he uses both hands to pick fleas near his hip. His head is slightly tilted downwards, and he has a concentrated expression, with wrinkles on his forehead and the small eyes inlaid in dark horn. His two legs are joined together in the front, forming the himotoshi. The details as well as the fur of the monkey are rendered precisely. The contorted body of the monkey is achieved very well by the anonymous artist. HEIGHT 3.6 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition, two very minor cracks by the leg, and what looks like two plugged nerve channels near both eyes. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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261 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A MONKEY WITH LOQUATS AFTER OKATOMO Signed Okatomo, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, first half 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The monkey with finely incised fur is depicted holding a branch of loquats, the stems of the fruit inlaid in dark horn. His expression is naturalistic, the eyes are inlaid in black horn. Natural himotoshi, and the signature is found in a rectangular reserve on one leg OKATOMO 岥�. A good and detailed work from the Okatomo school. HEIGHT 2.8 cm, LENGTH 4.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Literature comparison: For similar models signed Okatomo see The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part B, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), New York, 1986, page 618. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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262 A WOOD NETSUKE OF A GROOMING MONKEY SIGNED OKATOMO

264 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A MONKEY ON A FLOWERY ROCK Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Signed Okatomo, wood netsuke Japan, late 19th to 20th century A finely carved and lightly stained wood netsuke of a monkey grooming himself. The monkey has double-inlaid eyes and the fur is neatly incised. Natural himotoshi and signature on the right buttock OKATOMO 岥�. Several variants of this study by Okatomo exist in ivory, though the present model appears to be carved later in the manner of Okatomo. HEIGHT 3.7 cm

A charming ivory netsuke of a little monkey leaning on a flowery rock. The fur of the monkey is finely incised and inked, and the face with some red coloring. Large himotoshi through the rock. HEIGHT 3.5 cm

263 A HIRADO PORCELAIN NETSUKE OF A MONKEY AS A SAMBASO DANCER

Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Excellent condition.

Unsigned, hirado porcelain netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

A hirado porcelain netsuke of a monkey as a sambaso dancer wearing a high eboshi and holding a fan. Brown and hirado-blue glaze and the face and foot are left unglazed. Amusingly, the red tongue is movable. Himotoshi through the back. HEIGHT 6.5 cm Provenance: Austrian private estate. Condition: Very good condition, the head is inserted as is usual with this type of yakimono netsuke. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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Provenance: Austrian private estate. Condition: Some age cracks and a petal of two flowers chipped. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-


265 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OKIMONO DEPICTING THE TWELVE ZODIAC ANIMALS BY TOMOMASA By Tomomasa, ivory netsuke-okimono Japan, mid to late 19th century The twelve animals of the zodiac, also known as Junishi, arranged in a circle. The scene is dominated by the large and ferocious dragon grasping a smooth pearl (tama) with a flaming beard and horns, one of the horns is grabbed by a monkey who is holding a snake in its hand. The little rat is on top of the large horse, and the tiger with its thick tail curling upwards, is snarling at the horse. Underneath them the little puppy dog and goat can be found. A little rooster is perched on top of the ox, and the rabbit and boar are seated next to it. The underside with an attractive accumulation of hooves and legs, with the scaly tail of the dragon in the center, where also the signature TOMOMASA 友正 and seki 刾. The eyes of the animals are inlaid in dark horn. There are possibilities for himotoshi, though due to the size it was probably used as an okimono. HEIGHT 5.2 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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266 AN UNUSUAL WOOD NETSUKE OF A MYTHICAL BEAST

267 A RARE IVORY MANJU NETSUKE IMITATING STAG ANTLER DEPICTING A RAIN DRAGON

Unsigned, wood netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned, ivory manju netsuke Japan, probably Asakusa, mid to late 19th century

A rare netsuke of a mythical beast with the face like a dragon, one horn like a Kirin and the wings of a bat. The body is spiraling and the small himotoshi are on the reverse. The wood of a very good color with an appealing patina.

The ivory manju in the shape of a drum, the section in-between openworked, and the front depicting a rain dragon with bifurcated tail, serpentine body and characteristic trunk-shaped nose. The reverse with a swastika and central himotoshi. The material is brilliantly stained and stippled to imitate stag antler, especially on the reverse, allowing an attribution to the Asakusa school in Tokyo, however the manju is clearly made from ivory.

HEIGHT 4.1 cm Provenance: British private collection, stored in a bank vault for 40 years, collection no. 7. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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DIAMETER 3.5 cm, WIDTH 1.4 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Good condition with minor age cracks. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-


268 AN UNUSUAL TOKYO-SCHOOL INLAID WOOD NETSUKE OF A TENGU WITH CAT

269 A MINUTELY CARVED IVORY NETSUKE OF ONI, KAPPA AND MONK SIGNED TENMIN

Unsigned, wood netsuke with mother of pearl inlays Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Signed Tenmin, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The lightly colored wood is carved to depict a tengu fondly looking down at a cat, which is lying on its back and playing with a brocade ball. The tengu has a long nose, inlaid eyes and his tokin cap is inlaid in mother of pearl, as well as several sections of his robes. The cat has inlaid eyes and a charming expression. Himotoshi possible, however more functional as an okimono.

An unusual ivory netsuke, minutely carved and depicting an amusing scene of a fully-clothed oni trying to lift the tea-kettle shell off a kappa, next to a gesticulating monk. The tea-kettle probably references the legend of the Bunbuku Chagama, where a tanuki transforms into a kettle. The details of this small and fragile carving are incredibly precise. All set on a stippled and thin base. And singular himotoshi on the underside as well as the signature TENMIN 夊民 in a jar shaped reserve.

HEIGHT 5 cm

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Provenance: British private collection. Condition: The rope which goes from the brocade ball to his nose is chipped.

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition.

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

Auction comparison: A very similar netsuke certainly by the same hand/workshop signed Haru-Ha in the same jar-shaped reserve was sold at Zacke, Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono, November 24th 2018, Vienna, lot 135. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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270 A TALL WOOD NETSUKE OF A FOX PRIEST Unsigned, wood netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Kitsune (fox) are creatures imbued with a lot of mythological meaning, as they can change forms, like a tanuki, and are believed to be animated by devils. In this netsuke the fox with a sly expression is disguised as a priest wearing the corresponding flowing robes and leaning on a cane, the paw that is visible is that of a fox. Beautiful patina and good irregular himotoshi showing signs of wear through the back. HEIGHT 8 cm Provenance: British private collection, stored in a bank vault for 40 years, collection no. 82. Condition: Old and smooth chip to the hem of the robe, otherwise good condition with a very good patina. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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271 A RARE WOOD NETSUKE OF SATO TADANOBU AS A FOX Unsigned, wood netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Kitsune (foxes) are known to have magical powers and the ability to shapeshift, some even believe they are animated by devils. The present netsuke shows a fox holding a drum between its paws – an allusion to the kabuki play Yoshitsune Senbon-Zakura, where a fox transforms into Sato Tadanobu, who retrieved the Hatsune drum made from the skin of his parents, who were powerful kitsune. Natural himotoshi and a fine patina especially to the underside. HEIGHT 4.5 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: Very good condition, fine patina especially to the underside. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-


272 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A FOX PRIEST Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely carved ivory netsuke of a kitsune (fox) disguised as a priest and holding a long cane with both hands. Kitsune are creatures imbued with magical powers and are known to have the ability of shapeshifting, shown in this netsuke as the fox has transformed into a priest – a popular theme in netsuke art. They are also believed to be animated by the devils. The fox priest is completely wrapped in priestly clothing, only showing the face which has a sly expression with a slightly opened mouth showing the teeth. Large and irregular himotoshi through the back. HEIGHT 6.2 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Good condition, the ivory slightly worn with some age cracks, some wear around the smaller cord hole. Good yellowish patina with some spots of brownish honey color. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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273 A MONUMENTAL TALL IVORY NETSUKE OF A KIRIN Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A very large ivory netsuke depicting a Kirin, derived from the Chinese mythical beast Qilin, one of the four divine creatures, the others being the dragon, phoenix and turtle. The Japanese Kirin is something of wild mythical fantasy – its most characteristic feature is of course the horn, as it is also called the Japanese unicorn. It has four legs with hooves and the hindlegs are covered with very well-expressed fatty tissue, like that of a Shishi. The bushy and curly tail is also very similar to a Shishi’s, however the end section of the tail is trifurcated and goes all the way up the Kirin’s back and even touches its horn. The rest of the body is covered in dense plumage, like that of a phoenix. A powerful and accomplished carving with a vivid expression enhanced by inlaid eyes of dark horn. Natural himotoshi through the legs. HEIGHT 10.3 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: A small section by the belly has been plugged and the surface has been slightly re-stained. Some smaller expected age cracks, generally in good condition. Estimate EUR 8.000,Starting price EUR 4.000,-

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274 A VERY RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A TENNIN BY CHIKUYOSAI TOMOCHIKA By Tomochika, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A relatively small and finely carved netsuke of a flying Tennin holding a lotus bud with both hands. Tennin (meaning literally ‘heavenly being’) are derived from Apsaras, which are female spirits of the clouds and water in Hindu and Buddhist culture. The Tennin is smiling enigmatically with sensitively crafted facial features. Her hair is neatly tied into a top bun, held together by a tiara. She is depicted in flight with gently flowing heavenly garlands. Small himotoshi on the underside and signature TOMOCHIKA 友親 in a wavy reserve on the backside. HEIGHT 2.2 cm, LENGTH 4.5 cm Provenance: French private collection. Condition: Very good condition with minor wear to ivory. Auction comparison: A similar netsuke of a Tennin by Tomochika was sold at Lempertz, Asiatische Kunst I, 9 June 2017, Cologne, lot 563. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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275 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF TWO FIGHTING SHISHI BY KINSHI By Kinshi, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A compact and lively study of two Shishi engaged in a tussle. One Shishi seems to have the upper-hand has he bites fiercely into his opponent’s paw, making him clench his teeth in pain. The hairwork is finely incised and the curly mane and bushy tail are carved very well. The signature KINSHI 珡紫. is located on the right leg of the dominant Shishi in a raised rectangular reserve. The small himotoshi through the back of one of the lion dogs. HEIGHT 3.1 cm, LENGTH 4.1 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: Very good condition, few minor vertical age cracks, very appealing patina. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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276 A LARGE IVORY NETSUKE OF A SHISHI WITH BALL Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An unusually large ivory netsuke of a snarling Shishi scratching his ear and holding an openworked brocade ball with a small loose ball inside. The ivory is of a very good color with a fine patina. The lion dog has a wide opened mouth with sharp fangs, glaring eyes with inlaid pupils and a smooth reishi nose. The fur, bushy curls and flaming tail are all finely carved. Very large and irregular himotoshi on the underside. HEIGHT 4.5 cm, LENGTH 5.5 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: The nose has possibly been reattached with a crack visible on the inside of the mouth. Minor expected age cracks, generally in good condition. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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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,-

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279 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A RECLINING SHISHI Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A fine, compact and rather small ivory netsuke depicting a reclining and snarling Shishi, with a loose ball in its mouth and the left hindleg scratching the lower jaw. Special consideration has been given to the curly mane as well as the bushy tail of the Shishi, which are carved masterfully. The lion dog’s body is covered in incised spirals and the powerful spine is expressed very well. Very fine patina and natural himotoshi. HEIGHT 3 cm Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 61. Condition: The left foreleg has been reattached. Otherwise good condition with a very appealing patina. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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280 AN EXCELLENT IVORY NETSUKE OF A SNARLING SHISHI Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An expressively carved and powerful ivory netsuke of a snarling Shishi with its four paws firmly placed on the ground and its head tilted, letting out a mighty roar. The pupils are inlaid in dark horn and there is a movable ball in its mouth. The Shishi has a flowing mane with emanating powerful curls. The beard and bushy tail as well with crisply carved curls. The underside with large himotoshi, well-carved paws and expressed fatty tissue on the left haunch. HEIGHT 3.1 cm, LENGTH 4 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Very minor age cracks and a miniscule chip to the edge of one paw. Generally, in very good condition. Estimate EUR 2.500,Starting price EUR 1.250,-

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281 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A RECUMBENT SHISHI Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) This Shishi has a grim, hefty head and is baring its teeth. The pupils of its eyes are black and inlaid, its mane is curly and the tail is flaming. The large, expressive head dominates this dense and well-rounded composition. Himotoshi on the underside. LENGTH 4.5 cm Provenance: Austrian private estate. Condition: Expected age cracks, good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

282 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A SHISHI WITH BALL Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, probably Osaka, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An amusing ivory netsuke of a Shishi with inlaid pupils of dark horn and a wide grin with an opened mouth and a loose ball inside. The fur is finely incised, and the curls all over his body form little smooth balls. Himotoshi through the large ball and underside of the lion dog. HEIGHT 3.7 cm Provenance: British collection. Condition: Good condition, some age cracks and two teeth inside the mouth are chipped. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

283 AN IVORY NETSUKE WITH A GROUP OF SEALS, LOTUS AND SHISHI Unsigned, ivory netsuke with some coloring Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of a group of seals, some of them with red coloring imitating seal paste, next to a grim Shishi with ball. The underside with a lotus bud and a beautiful stain and patina. Natural himotoshi through the stem of the lotus bud. HEIGHT 2 cm, LENGTH 3.7 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Many age cracks – an indication of an early piece – excellent patina, some wear to red coloring. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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284 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A SHISHI STATUE SIGNED TOMOKAZU Signed Tomokazu, ivory netsuke Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) An amusing ivory netsuke of a Shishi statically standing upright like the statues that flank the entrances of Buddhist shrines and temples. The glaring inlaid eyes make the statue almost seem like it has come alive. The guardian lion has its mouth opened, and a curly mane and bushy tail accentuated with ink. Natural himotoshi and signature TOMOKAZU �一 in a wavy reserve in an unusual place near the tail. HEIGHT 5.4 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Very good condition, minor age cracks..

285 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A SHISHI ON A BASE Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Carved as a roaring lion dog holding a ball with wide-opened eyes, curly mane and bushy tail, set on an intricately decorated base. Large himotoshi on the underside. HEIGHT 4.2 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Expected age cracks, some discoloration to ivory, good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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287 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A HANASAKA JIJI BY TOMOCHIKA By Tomochika, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of Hanasaka Jiji happily raking a pile of coins next to a dog which has dug up the treasure for him. Finely carved and stained details, natural himotoshi and signature TOMOCHIKA 友親 in a wavy reserve.

286 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A MAN AND WOMAN WITH TIGER BY ANRAKU By Anraku, ivory netsuke Japan, Osaka, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A rather large ivory netsuke depicting a man and woman dressed in elaborately decorated clothes, holding a large tiger. The tiger is finely carved with a well-expressed fur pattern, curling tail and snarling expression with inlaid pupils of dark horn. The woman is holding the tiger, while the man is looking at a food basket and scratching his head in confusion. Possibly they are wondering what to feed the tiger. Himotoshi on the underside and signature on an inlaid mother of pearl tablet ANRAKU 安樂. HEIGHT 4 cm, LENGTH 4.5 cm Provenance: British private collection Condition: Very good condition, minor imperfections to material. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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The legend of Hanasaka Jiji may be interpreted as a tale of bad neighbors. In the legend Hanasaka’s dog had the ability to dig up treasure, however when his neighbor saw this, he stole the dog and made it dig. The dog dug up nothing but dirt, so the neighbor killed it and buried it under a pine tree. The dog’s spirit appeared to Hanasaka and ordered him to cut down the pine tree and turn it into a mortar which could endlessly multiply rice. Again, the neighbor stole the mortar and again it did nothing for him, so he turned it into ashes. The dog’s spirit appeared again and ordered Hanasaka to spread the ashes over dead plants, making them flower. This made Hanasaka Jiji famous throughout the country and is probably the most depicted part of the story in netsuke art. HEIGHT 4.1 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Minor discoloration to ivory, otherwise excellent condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-


288 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF URASHIMA TARO WITH MINOGAME BY GARAKU By Garaku, ivory netsuke Japan, Osaka, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) This fine ivory netsuke depicts Urashima Taro saving the little minogame (straw-raincoat turtle) crawling up on him, which subsequently turned out to be the daughter of the dragon king. Urashima is visibly delighted by this as the minogame is nestling up to him thankfully. There is a little carved basket next to him, presumably he would feed it back to strength with the contents. His hair is tied in typical fashion and he is wearing elaborately decorated clothing - the characteristic straw-like tail of the turtle amusingly blends in with the straw loincloth of Urashima. Good angled himotoshi through the underside and back and the signature in a way reserve GARAKU 我樂. In the legend, the next day a giant turtle appeared and brought Urashima to the underwater palace of the dragon god (this scene is more frequently depicted in netsuke art). Urashima stayed there for a few days and received a box and was told not to open it. When he returned everyone he knew was gone and everything had changed, so in his bewilderment he opened the box and suddenly turned into an old man. He then heard a whisper from the sea telling him he was told not to open the box, in it was his old age… HEIGHT 4.9 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Minor expected age cracks, fine patina, very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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289 AN EXCELLENT AND RARE WOOD AND IVORY NETSUKE OF KIYOHIME BY TOMIN By Tomin, wood and ivory netsuke Japan, late 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The netsuke is carved in from cherry wood depicting Kiyohime as a serpentine monster pursuing the priest Anchin in rage and wrapping her scaly body around the temple bell in Dojo-ji, in which Anchin is hiding. The priest Anchin fell in love with the once beautiful Kiyohime, but refrained from his passions, escaping from her which made Kiyohime transform into a dragon-like monster. In her rage she belched a fire so great it not only melted the temple bell but also killed Anchin. The extraordinarily well carved face, horns and claws are inlaid in ivory. The hair and scaly body are finely carved and expressive. The priest Anchin’s pained facial expression, intricately carved in ivory, is visible through a hole in the bell. In her right hand she holds a mallet made from wood. Good and irregular himotoshi on the underside as well as the signature TOMIN 東岷. HEIGHT 3.7 cm Provenance: Purchased from Zacke, Japanische Netsuke – Austellung 1990, no. 7. Condition: A small section of the tip of the mallet has been restored, minor surface scratches on the underside. Generally, in very good condition. Auction comparison: Compare to a similar netsuke by Minko sold at Zacke, Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono, 24. November 2018, Vienna, Lot 70. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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290 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF ONO NO KOMACHI Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of Ono no Komachi, one of the great Poets of the Heian period, shown as an old and starved woman leaning on a long cane. She is reduced to begging for food, which she collects in the basket hanging on her arm. The underside flattened with an attractive honey patina and showing her large hat as well as the large himotoshi showing significant wear. HEIGHT 7 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Age-related and good condition with an excellent patina, the hat shows some old chips to the sides, some expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

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291 A FINE TOKYO-SCHOOL IVORY NETSUKE OF TENAGA BY GYOKKO By Gyokko, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912) A stained ivory netsuke depicting the long-armed Tenaga, usually depicted with his long-legged companion Ashinaga, though shown in the present netsuke alone and using his ‘powers’ to leap over a geta. The underside of the geta with a carved leaf and conch. His facial expression is well-detailed, and he is visibly amused by the feat he is performing. The himotoshi in the back are ringed in green-stained ivory next to the signature GYOKU-KO (Gyokko) 玉光. HEIGHT 5.9 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: One very minor chip near the belt, otherwise perfect condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-


292 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF ROCHISHIN KILLING THE BUTCHER

293 A RARE NETSUKE OF MATANO NO GORO WITH BOULDER

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, late 18th – early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, Osaka, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

An ivory netsuke depicting bare-chested Rochishin (in Chinese Lu Chi Shen) in the process of slapping and killing the butcher who attacked him with a knife, after Rochishin provoked him because he was harassing the daughter of an acquaintance. Rochishin then became a priest in order to avoid capital punishment. The present netsuke shows the dramatic scene as Rochishin prepares to strike the butcher who looks up frightenedly, aware of his dire fate. Inlaid eyes of dark horn and large himotoshi through the underside and back.

Matano no Goro is shown holding the massive boulder which he throws over the cliff at his rival Sanada Yoichi during the battle of Ishibashiyama. Matana no Goro is shown seated with a humorously tense expression. Finely carved details and beautiful stain reminiscent of Hidemasa of Osaka, a likely candidate for this carving. Himotoshi through the back and underside. HEIGHT 3.5 cm

HIEGHT 5.5 cm

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition.

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition, fine patina.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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294. AN IVORY NETSUKE OF THE LEGEND OF MOMOTARO BY MITSUO By Mitsuo, ivory netsuke Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) A finely carved and well-detailed ivory netsuke depicting Momotaro (the peach boy) returning from Onigashima (the land of devils). He is shown with his companions – the dog, the monkey and pheasant – all dressed in human clothes. In front of them is a low table filled with treasures bestowed onto them for defeating the devil Akandoji. Two oni are shown begging for mercy. Himotoshi and signature MITSUO 光雄 and seal MITSU 光 on the underside of the rock on which Momotaro sits on. HEIGHT 3.3 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

295 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A DEMON WITH ATTENDANT AND ONI IN A BOAT BY CHIKUYOSAI TOMOCHIKA By Tomochika, ivory netsuke Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely carved and stained ivory netsuke by Chikuyosai Tomochika. Depicted is a demon with a female, possibly Benten, pouring sake into the sakazuki he is holding - accordingly he has a slightly drunken expression. Behind them is an oni who is gleefully rowing the boat. Finely carved waves on the sides. Himotoshi and signature TOMOCHIKA 友 親 on the underside. LENGTH 5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Minor age-related wear and a crack through the underside. Generally, in good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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296 AN IVORY OKIMONO NETSUKE OF AN ONI SCRUBBING SHOKI’S SHOES ATTRIBUTED TO GYOKUZAN Unsigned, attributed to Gyokuzan, ivory okimono-netsuke Japan, Tokyo, Meiji period (1868-1912) An intricately carved okimono-netsuke depicting an oni, with a painfully hard-working expression, scrubbing the very large pointed shoes of the demon queller Shoki with a long brush. The shoes are finely carved and incised with cloud patterns. Next to the shoes are a bucket filled with water and a knife. The carving is incredibly detailed, such as the clothes of the oni with metal inlay in the back. Unsigned, however attributed to Gyokuzan. LENGTH 6.1 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Auction comparison: Compare to a very similar ivory netsuke by Gyokuzan offered at Bonhams, Fine Asian Art, 10 November 2003, London, lot 626. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

297 A SMALL IVORY NETSUKE OF AN ONI ON A CLOUD Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The oni is shown running on a cloud and holding a Buddhist reliquary. Minutely carved and himotoshi through the cloud. HEIGHT 3.1 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

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298 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF AN ONI SCRUBBING AN OKAME MASK

299 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A REPENTANT ONI BY TOMOAKI

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

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

An ivory netsuke of a clothed oni washing a mask of the Shinto goddess Okame in a tub. The oni is repentant with a determined and slightly wild expression with large eyes. Natural himotoshi.

A finely stained ivory netsuke depicting a repentant oni. The oni has an amusingly determined expression while hitting a temple gong with a mallet and holding a rosary. He is wearing priestly clothing and is seated on a base, the underside incised with fine patterns and the signature in a wavy reserve TOMOAKI ĺ?‹ć˜Ž. Tomochika school.

HEIGHT 4.5 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

HEIGHT 4 cm Provenance: British collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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300 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A BATHING ONI Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A fine ivory netsuke depicting an oni with long hair, inlaid eyes and a menacing facial expression, seated inside a bucket filled with water. Finely carved details, very good patina with spots of honey-color and large himotoshi on the underside. HEIGHT 3.1 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: One of the stands of the bucket is chipped, minor age cracks – otherwise good condition with fine and appealing patina. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

301 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF ONI AND JIZO WRESTLING ON A LOTUS LEAF ATTRIBUTED TO HO RAKUMIN Unsigned, attributed to Ho Rakumin, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of Jizo, wearing earrings and naked except for a loincloth, wrestling with an oni on top of a lotus leaf. Jizo is a Boddhisattva, patron of deceased children and has the ability to open the gates of hell –typically amusing of the netsuke carver to show him wrestling with an oni. Finely carved details with some coloring. The underside with the veiny structure of the lotus leaf and a central himotoshi. HEIGHT 2.3 cm, LENGTH 4.3 cm Provenance: British private collection Condition: Excellent condition. Literature comparison: For a similar netsuke signed Rakumin see The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part A, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), New York, 1986, page 160. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,--

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302 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF AN ONI WITH THE HAND OF RASHOMON Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A weeping oni, with one clawed hand over his face and the other holding a rosary, is lamenting the severed hand of the demon Rashomon. The world of demons went into deep despair after Watanabe no Tsuna severed Rashomon’s arm in the year 976. This event is parodied in netsuke art, as really it was only a ‘drop in the ocean’. The demon’s muscular arm is clenched into a fist, showing its might. Small himotoshi through one of the buttocks of the oni. HEIGHT 3 cm Provenance: British collection. Condition: The rosary is chipped, one minor age crack, fine yellowish patina to the backside. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

303 AN AMUSING IVORY NETSUKE OF SHOKI AND ONI Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A fine and amusing ivory netsuke of the demon hunter Shoki, with drawn ken-sword, pulling an elusive oni by the hand which is hiding on top of Shoki’s wide-brimmed hat. The demon queller’s robes are flowing and finely engraved with various patterns and the oni has an inlaid black horn button. The exaggeratedly large and inlaid eyes of Shoki enhance the humor of the composition as he becomes aware of the sneaky oni hiding atop his hat. Himotoshi through the back. HEIGHT 6.4 cm Condition: Excellent condition, the ivory bearing a fine yellowish patina. Provenance: British private collection. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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305 A WOOD AND IVORY NETSUKE OF SHOKI AND ONI IN A DRUM BY SHOKO 304 AN AMUSING IVORY NETSUKE OF AN ONI WITH SHOKI IN A TUB BY TOMOKAZU By Tomokazu, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, late 19th century An amusing and clever ivory netsuke of an oni seated on top of a tub, his eyes double-inlaid. He has an impish expression, long hair and is wearing a tiger-skin loin cloth. When turning the netsuke, one immediately notices that one of the boards is slightly different, and when sliding this board open, the demon queller Shoki is revealed crammed into the small space inside the tub – how amusing! The demon queller has a dismal expression with furrowed brows, double inlaid eyes and a large beard. Small himotoshi on the side of the beard. Signed TOMOKAZU 友一 on the underside – from the workshop of Kano Tomokazu in Kyoto. HEIGHT 4.3 cm

By Shoko, wood and ivory netsuke Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) The demon queller Shoki is grimly peeking out of a war drum and holding a club, while an oni is shown hiding in one of the openings of the drum, also armed with a club. The two are engaged in a cat and mouse game, and as usual Shoki will probably leave empty-handed. Shoki and the oni are inlaid in ivory, as well as the ends of the drum which are incised with mitsudomo-e symbols. The handle and the sides of the drum skin are inlaid in horn. The underside with small himotoshi and signature SHOKO 尚古 HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: A section of inlay is lost, minor imperfections, otherwise good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

Provenance: British collection. Condition: Good condition – only very minor wear to an isolated area around the sliding board and a chip to the slider only visible on the inside. The oni is separately carved and placed with pegs on the tub and has been later supported with some glue (residue slightly visible). Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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306 A POWERFUL IVORY NETSUKE OF SHOKI AND ONI BY EIICHI By Eiichi, ivory netsuke Japan, probably Kyoto, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A bold and powerful ivory netsuke depicting the demon-queller Shoki holding down an oni which is screaming and trying to break free. Shoki appears grim and fierce, his pupils inlaid and his beard flowing in all directions like piercing arrows. The oni below him is demonic and wild and the pupils, as well, are inlaid in dark horn. The robe of shoki is ornately engraved with various geometrical and cloud patterns and the folds are carved expressively. The underside with the good and large himotoshi and the signature EIICHI ć „ä¸€ in a rounded rectangular reserve. HEIGHT 3.5 cm, LENGTH 4.5 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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307 A STAG ANTLER NETSUKE OF SHOKI Unsigned, stag antler netsuke Japan, Kyoto, late 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The demon hunter is depicted wearing a straw hat, with a finely carved flowing beard and holding his downward pointed ken-sword, with a determined and grim facial expression. The use of material is masterful with the natural ‘flaws’ hidden very well and the material almost appearing like ivory. Himotoshi in the back above and under the obi and next to the sword sheath. Note: There appears to have been a carver of the late 18th century with a prolific output of similar stag antler shoki netsuke. Examples are found in the stock of noted dealers Max Rutherston and Giuseppe Piva. HEIGHT 7.6 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: The two feet have been fixed with metal screws – otherwise excellent condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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308 A RARE MARINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A DUTCHMAN WITH KARAKO Unsigned, marine ivory netsuke with inlays Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A charming composition carved from a difficult and rare material, depicting a laughing Dutchman holding a chubby Chinese child on his back. He is wearing an allonge wig and a cloak with inset buttons of lapis lazuli, coral and black horn. He has a grotesque facial expression with large bulging eyes, opened mouth and prominent nose. The hem of his robe, as well as the garment of the karako, are decorated with incised floral motifs. The ‘Dutchman and boy’ motif is a popular subject in netsuke art, and the fact that the boy carried by the Dutchman is usually a Chinese boy, rather than his own child, substantially adds to the grotesqueness and the ‘foreign nature’ of the motif. Chimney himotoshi through the underside and back. Dutchmen were only known to netsuke artists from the woodblock prints from Nagasaki and were the only Europeans allowed in Japan, after the Portuguese were expelled in 1638. HEIGHT 5.4 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: One foot has been restored, otherwise good condition with minor age cracks. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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309 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A DUTCHMAN WITH CHILD Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A lively ivory netsuke of a Dutchman wearing a cloak and hat, holding a Chinese boy with inlaid tufts of hair, on his back. The movement of the composition is achieved very well, as the Dutchman is lifting one leg in a dancing posture and holding the slipping karako with both hands on his shoulder. Himotoshi through the back. HEIGHT 5.3 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Two inlaid eyes are lost, the ivory slightly worn with a very good patina to the backside. The Dutchman’s hair with a minute chip to the side. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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310 AN EXCELLENT IVORY NETSUKE OF A DUTCHMAN WITH TRUMPET AND KARAKO Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A masterfully carved, powerful and expressive netsuke. Depicted is a grim Dutchman, standing tall and holding a trumpet in his right hand, while supporting a Chinese boy (karako) on his back. The Dutchman is wearing a cloak and an allonge wig with expressively carved curls, while the Chinese boy on his back is bald and wearing typical Chinese clothing with flaming Zhu pearls engraved on the back. Their facial expressions are cleverly placed in juxtaposition next to each other, merging together to create a quite grotesque image of a foreigner in the Japanese mind during the Edo period. The ivory is of a very good color showing wear and the ‘chimney himotoshi’ are found in the back and underside. HEIGHT 8.3 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Very good condition, the ivory worn with expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 3.000,Starting price EUR 1.500,-

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311 A TALL IVORY NETSUKE OF A DUTCHMAN WITH COCKEREL Unsigned, ivory netsuke with horn inlay Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke depicting a Dutchman proudly presenting a cockerel, a magnificent specimen with a fierce expression and beautiful long tail feathers. Probably the cockerel has won him plenty of fights, as the netsuke refers to the popular pastime of cockfighting in the Dutch company. The Dutchman is wearing a hat with a tassel, a long coat with finely engraved waves on the seam and long stockings with inlaid horn buttons in the back, where also the large and irregular himotoshi are located. Very good patina, especially to the reverse. HEIGHT 9.4 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: Very good condition. Expected and minor age cracks, excellent patina, accumulation of dust in the crevices. Estimate EUR 2.500,Starting price EUR 1.250,-

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312 AN UNUSUAL AND RARE WOOD NETSUKE OF A FOREIGN ENTERTAINER Unsigned, wood netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A quite unusual and impressive netsuke depicting a foreigner, most likely a south sea islander as he wears only a loincloth, as an entertainer. He has a rope tied around his forehead and is holding a rattle (shakujo) in his right hand and a fan behind his back. The movement of the composition is achieved masterfully, and the amusing facial expression is crafted very well. The wood is of a very good color with a fine patina and is accentuated for effect. Natural himotoshi and inscription in the back. HEIGHT 7.9 cm Provenance: From the collection of the late Barry Davies, by repute. Condition: Very good condition with fine patina. Auction comparison: Another netsuke in similar style of an entertainer by Tanaka Minko was sold at Bonhams, The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke Part II, 10 May 2017, London, lot 34. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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313 AN EXCELLENT INLAID HORN NETSUKE OF A KUROMBO DIVER Unsigned, horn netsuke with white coral inlay Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A powerful and rare netsuke made from horn, appearing like ebony in the back with the front in shades of grey-green. Depicted is a Kurombo diver, a south sea islander, greedily holding a jar with a piece of coral inside, inlaid in very rare white coral. This rather small netsuke is carved with intricate detail – note the hands and feet, the rib cage and chest, the curls at the back, and the incredibly powerful expression. Small himotoshi in the back. HEIGHT 4 cm Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 27. Condition: Some minor imperfections and cracks, the largest through the head. Generally, in good condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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314 A KOKUTAN AND MOTHER OF PEARL NETSUKE OF A SOUTH SEA ISLANDER Unsigned, attributed to Gyokusen Tomochika, ebony wood netsuke with mother of pearl inlay Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A large and expressive ebony (kokutan) wood netsuke of a south sea islander (kurombojin) fondling a fish, inlaid in mother of pearl, gleefully. He is naked, except for a loincloth, and his ribcage and backbone are well expressed. His facial expression is very amusing with a wide-opened mouth and large double-inlaid eyes. Unsigned, however attributed to Gyokusen Tomochika. HEIGHT 8 cm Provenance: From the John and Helen Mang collection, sold by Quinn’s Auction Galleries, lot 540. Condition: Excellent condition. Auction comparison: Compare to a similar netsuke by Gyokusen Tomochika sold at Bonhams, The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke Part I, 8 November 2016, London, lot 36. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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316 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF TRAVELERS IN A BOAT Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

315 AN UNUSUAL IVORY NETSUKE OF A DUTCHMAN WITH PEARL Unsigned, ivory netsuke with horn and brass inlay Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of a Dutchman wearing an allonge wig and a coat inlaid with brass and horn buttons. He is holding a pearl with a movable ball inside. This type of pearl is usually seen with south-sea islanders, though it is known that netsuke carvers would often combine the attributes of different types of foreigners. The Dutchman has a grotesque and amusing facial expression. Himotoshi through the side and back.   HEIGHT 5.8 cm   Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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An early piece with an excellent patina depicting three travelers in a boat. One is amusingly hanging from the beam in the center, his heading peaking out from a lifted sheet. The other two are climbing on top of the boat, one pulling the other by the leg. Interestingly, one of the travelers is holding a fan – a symbol of immortals. One himotoshi on the underside and the other ‘natural’ through the other opened sheet. LENGTH 6.3 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Many expected age cracks, facial features worn, superb patina. Very good age-related condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-


317 A FINE IVORY OKIMONO NETSUKE OF A DISSAPOINTED RAT CATCHER BY KIHODO MASAKAZU By Kihodo Masakazu, ivory okimono-netsuke Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) A fine, ever so slightly stained ivory okimono-netsuke of a rat catcher, armed with a large club and holding down a box with one hand trying to catch the rat, which has escaped onto his back. He is visibly frustrated, as he is exclaiming while turning his head and looking at the innocent and adorable little rat which has eluded him. The rat (nezumi) is a symbol of wealth and the companion of the lucky god Daikoku. That may explain why rat catchers had such a bad reputation, since he is usually depicted emaciated, ugly and demonic, as in the present carving. Note the fine details of the fingers, toes and expressed spine and rib cage of the rat catcher. All eyes inlaid in horn and signature KIHODO MASAKAZU 奇峰堂 正一 and saku 刀 (made) on the underside of the loincloth – One of the great okimono artists of the Meiji period. HEIGHT 4.9 cm Provenance: British collection. Condition: Two age cracks through the back and small chip to the rope attached to the end of the club. Generally, in very good condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

318 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A FRUSTRATED RAT CATCHER BY HOKYUDO ITSUMIN By Itsumin, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo/Tokyo, late 19th century A rather large ivory netsuke depicting a frustrated rat catcher armed with a club and holding down a box with which he tries to catch a little rat, which has escaped over his back. The rat which is placidly seated on his shoulder is carved naturalistically. The rat catcher’s face is a sight to behold – his expression is distorted and visibly in pain as he realizes his failed attempt whilst glancing over his shoulder at the rat. Also note the fine details such as the muscular body and the well-carved hands and feet. The unusual signature ITSUMIN 逸民 do jin to 道人 刀 – meaning carved by retired man Itsumin – is found on the underside of the loincloth. Large and good himotoshi through the side. HEIGHT 5.6 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: A section of the left foot and hand, as well as the right knee have been reattached. The tail of the rat has been chipped. The end section of the club is possibly reattached however most likely restored, some minor and faint age cracks. Literature comparison: A similar netsuke signed Hokyudo Itsumin is illustrated in The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part A, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), New York, 1986, page 247. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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319 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A CRAFTSMAN Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A rather large and rare depiction of a craftsman, wearing an apron adorned with sunflowers, and pushing down on a box. His facial features are finely crafted – he visibly takes joy in his work. His almost naked body is smooth with a very appealing honey patina in the back. Large himotoshi through the underside and back.

320 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A BOY HOLDING A HANNYA MASK Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A rather small and fine ivory netsuke of a boy holding a Hannya mask with both hands – the contrast between the individual expressions is quite amusing. Large himotoshi through the underside and back.

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HEIGHT 4.2 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Some age cracks (one large one through the left hand), imperfections and one foot reattached. Age-related and good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Very appealing patina, some age cracks – generally in complete and good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-


321 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A CALLIGRAPHIST BY KOHOSAI By Kohosai, ivory netsuke Japan, Osaka, late 19th century, Meiji period (1868-1912) Very finely carved and beautifully stained, depicting a calligraphist, his finely carved bony fingers holding a quill with an amusingly pensive expression. Extraordinarily detailed flowing robes with the natural himotoshi cleverly hidden in a fold. The underside with the signature KOHOSAI 公鳳齋. HEIGHT 4 cm Condition: One plugged nerve channel at the back of the head, very minor discoloration of ivory, generally in very good condition. Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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322 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A BIJIN WITH PUPPY AND TWO BOYS

323 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF BENTEN WITH HOJO TOKIMASA BY SHOUNSAI JORYU

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo/Tokyo, mid to late 19th century

By Shounsai, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

A bijin (beautiful lady) is standing and holding a young child. A small puppy extending a greeting is carved next to her, as well as another small child holding beads. Finely carved and attractively stained. The robes are beautifully adorned with various patterns and maple leaves. Small himotoshi in the back.

Shounsai Joryu was an expert in creating small figural netsuke such as this piece, he is said to have been an early master working from 1800-1840 in Edo. Depicted is a rare subject, though some examples are known by the carver. The lucky deity Benten is seated next to Hojo Tokimasa, holding a basket with the three dragon scales, which he later adopted for his mon-crest. The dragon which is usually shown in this depiction is perhaps only hinted at, as Benten’s feet form the mouth of a dragon. The work is made with great sensitivity and attention to detail, despite its small size. Natural himotoshi, signed SHOUNSAI 升雲齋 on the underside.

HEIGHT 5.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

HEIGHT 2.9 cm, LENGTH 3.9 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: The details slightly worn and a minor age crack on the base generally, in very good condition. Literature comparison: A similar netsuke signed Shounsai is in the Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part A, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), New York, 1986, page 263. Auction comparison: A similar netsuke by Shounsai Joryu was sold at Van Ham, Netsuke, June 8 2017, Cologne, lot 1506. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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324 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A WOODCUTTER TAKING A SMOKING BREAK BY GYOKUZAN By Gyokuzan, ivory netsuke Japan, Tokyo, late 19th century, Meiji period (1868-1912) A quite simple, yet charming, netsuke depicting a woodcutter seated on two bundles of sticks, with a hatchet attached to his obi and smoking a long pipe, while holding a tobacco pouch with ashtray netsuke. An interesting piece since it shows the practical use of sagemono during everyday life and depicts a netsuke within a netsuke. Small himotoshi on the underside and signature GYOKUZAN 玉山. HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

325 AN AMUSING IVORY NETSUKE OF A MAN WITH MUSHROOM BASKET Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An amusing ivory netsuke of man, naked except for a loincloth, painfully exclaiming as his hand is stuck under a gigantic mushroom on top of a basket. His expression is quite ambiguous as he is happy about his find, however he is also obviously in pain. The weave pattern on the basket is very well carved. Large himotoshi through the underside. HEIGHT 3 cm, LENGTH 5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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326 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A PEASANT WITH BUCKET BY YOSHINAGA By Yoshinaga, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely carved ivory netsuke depicting a peasant leaning over a water bucket with a finely crafted and gleeful facial expression. He is wearing sandals, his robe is decorated with cross-etched patterns and he has a water-drenched rolled up towel, with finely engraved ferns, draped over his shoulder. Very attractive and irregular himotoshi on the reverse, as well as the signature YOSHINAGA �镡 in a rectangular reserve. HEIGHT 4.3 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: Good condition with a few faint age cracks. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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327 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF SAMBO KOJIN BY RANSAI By Ransai, ivory netsuke Japan, Kyoto, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) In Japanese folklore this group is called the ‘saddle with the three places’ or the ‘saddle with the three treasures’ and relates to the three-faced god Sambo Kojin, also known as the god of the kitchen and the dread of all evil. The group of travelers are seated on the horse led by a servant. The entire composition is set on a base with a singular himotoshi and signature RANSAI 蘭齋 on the underside. A pupil of Hogen Rantei of Kyoto. HEIGHT 5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: The ear of the horse is chipped, otherwise good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

328 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF AN OX WITH BOKUDO Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely carved ivory netsuke set on an irregular base with a singular himotoshi. The bokudo (ox herder), with inlaid tufts of hair, is gleefully playing on his flute while the ox (ushi) is turning around towards him and listening to the tune. The thin legs of the ox are carved extraordinarily well. Finely carved fur, worn in some areas, with spots of fine honey patina shining through. HEIGHT 3 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: A section of the rope halter and the inlaid eye on the less visible side of the face of the ox is lost. Otherwise good condition with excellent patina. Some remnants of red paint on the underside. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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329 AN IVORY OKIMONO NETSUKE OF A HORSE AND GROOM BY TADACHIKA

330 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A HORSE AND GROOM BY TOYOSAI TADACHIKA

By Tadachika, ivory okimono-netsuke Japan, Edo, mid to late 19th century

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

Similar to next no. 330, though slightly larger and with a heavy okimono character. Finely carved as a saddled horse with a groom next to it pulling on its reigns. Set on an irregular base with singular himotoshi and signature TADACHIKA 忠親.

Finely carved as a saddled horse with a groom next to it pulling on its reigns. The ivory lightly stained and with a lustrous polish. Set on an irregular base with singular himotoshi and signature in a wavy reserve TADACHIKA 忠親 – Son of Tadachika I, who was a pupil of Chikuyosai Tomochika I.

HEIGHT 4.3 cm Provenance: British collection. Condition: Generally, in very good condition. One imperfection to the base, two minor age cracks at the back of the horse and some discoloration to the facial features of the groom. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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HEIGHT 4.3 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Very good condition with some minor and expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-


332 AN INLAID WOOD NETSUKE OF A KABUKI ACTOR BY HOEI 331 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A SAMBASO DANCER BY MINKOKU By Minkoku, ivory netsuke Japan, Edo/Tokyo, late 19th century Finely carved as a Sambaso dancer with intricately decorated and flowing robes, depicted in a dancing posture and with an amusingly inserted tongue. He is wearing an eboshi, holding a bell tree in the front and is swinging a fan around to his back. The movement of the composition is achieved masterfully. The himotoshi are cleverly placed in between the fan and the signature is located on the left leg MINKOKU 民谷. The Sambaso dance originates from the Noh play Okina and involves the old man (Okina) performing a lively and humorous dance with a fan and hand bells. HEIGHT 7 cm

By Hoei, wood and ivory netsuke Japan, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Finely carved from a lightly colored piece of wood depicting a kabuki actor fully wrapped in clothes with an inlaid ivory mask. The ivory mask is quite amusing with dense eyebrows and looking upwards, the mouth tinted red. Kabuki is a traditional form of comedy theatre often performed in the intermissions of Noh-plays. Himotoshi and signature HOEI 法英 on the underside. The artist is mentioned on page 163 in MCI and carved almost exclusively fine netsuke of actors with details inlaid in ivory. HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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333 A FINE INLAID WOOD NETSUKE OF A SNEEZER BY GYOKKEI By Gyokkei, wood netsuke Japan, Edo, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A fine wood netsuke of a professional sneezer, a street artist, holding an inlaid ivory needle which he uses to tickle himself. He is about to sneeze, and his facial features are crafted very well. The underside with the signature GYOKKEI 玉珪 (Gyoku-Kei) on an inlaid ivory tablet and the fine and irregular himotoshi, one of them ringed in green-stained ivory. HEIGHT 3.8 cm Provenance: British private collection, stored in a bank vault for 40 years, collection no. 28. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

334 A WOOD NETSUKE OF A BLIND MASSEUR WITH CLIENT BY BEIZAN By Beizan, wood netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Published: Published and illustrated in ‘Sans ivoire’ by Sagemonoya (2009), no. 42. An amusing and well-crafted netsuke. The blind masseur is visibly delighted as he uses his elbow and hand to massage the client in front of him, who has an amusingly ambiguous expression – a mixture between pain and relief. His facial expression is split into two halves. One eye is opened accompanied with a frown and the other is closed with a smile. The wood is darkened and accentuated in some areas for effect. Natural himotoshi and signature BEIZAN 米山 on the underside. HEIGHT 3.9 cm Provenance: European private collection, acquired from Sagemonoya. Condition: Very good condition with an appealing hand patina. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

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335 A LACQUERED WOOD NETSUKE OF A DANCER

336 A FINE WOOD NETSUKE OF A NOH ACTOR

Unsigned, wood with lacquer Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned, wood netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

A dancing figure wearing a black lacquered cap and looking upwards, with finely crafted facial features. One hand with the palm facing upwards and the other holding a drum, slightly concealed under the flowing robes, which are finely decorated with gold lacquer. Small himotoshi in the rear.

A finely caved and stained wood netsuke depicting a seated Noh-actor wearing a mask and holding a fan. The wood is of a very attractive color – the natural grain of the wood is used to full effect. Himotoshi through the underside and back.

HEIGHT 4.2 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition with minor wear to lacquer. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

HEIGHT 3.9 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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337 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A SLEEPING SARUMAWASHI WITH MONKEY

338 A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A SLEEPING SARUMAWASHI WITH MONKEY

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Another classic variant of the sarumawashi (monkey trainer) model. The trainer is peacefully sleeping while the monkey is mischievously stealing from the basket behind him. Large himotoshi on the underside.   LENGTH 5.5 cm   Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Some age cracks, the monkey’s head is restored.

Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

The Sarumawashi (monkey trainer) was a street artist who performed tricks with his monkey. In this netsuke the monkey trainer is depicted sleeping, with a serene facial expression, while the normally obedient monkey is grabbing the basket of the food behind his back. The ivory bearing a very good patina and the large himotoshi on the underside. LENGTH 5.1 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Minor expected age cracks, the ivory slightly worn - very good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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339 A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A SARUMAWASHI WITH TWO MONKEYS Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A humorous ivory netsuke of a sarumawashi (monkey trainer) with his trained monkey climbing on his back and holding the arm of a large wild monkey. The proportions of the monkey and sarumawashi are very amusing. Furthermore, the monkey appears to be blind. The present netsuke appears to be a variant of Kintaro with two monkeys motif, though with a humorous twist. Good himotoshi through the underside and side. HEIGHT 3.1 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Very good condition, appealing patina. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

340 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A SLEEPING MAN Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An ivory netsuke of a sleeping man resting on his elbow with a serene facial expression. The man is most likely a sarumawashi, though the monkey is missing. Good himotoshi and fine patina on the underside.   LENGTH 5.5 cm   Provenance: British private collection stored in a bank vault for 40 years, collection no. 86. Condition: Several age cracks, fine patina. The usual basket and monkey is possibly missing, though there is no indication of this. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

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341 AN EXCELLENT IVORY NETSUKE OF A SKULL WITH SNAKES Unsigned, ivory netsuke Japan, late 19th century A morbidly fascinating composition depicting an anatomically precise skull with two slithering snakes coiling around it - an eerie scene representing death and the evanescence of life. One snake is coiled on top of the cranium while the other is winding around several openings in the skull, the end section is upright, and it is ‘feeling’ the other snake. The individual scales are crafted masterfully and naturalistically, and the eyes are inlaid in black horn. The details of the skull, especially the sections of the nose and teeth are carved exquisitely as well. The underside with the himotoshi in-between the winding body of the snake. HEIGHT 4 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: Very good condition, minor expected age cacks through the snakes. Estimate EUR 4.000,Starting price EUR 2.000,-

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342 A LARGE IVORY NETSUKE OF AN ANATOMICALLY CORRECT SKULL BY TERUYUKI By Teruyuki, ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An excellently crafted, anatomically correct skull, a symbol of mortality. Large, staring eyes, individual teeth in the upper jaw and the jagged lines on the cranium are expressed. One large himotoshi on the underside and another ‘natural himotoshi’ through the underside of the teeth. Signature TERUYUKI 照之 on the back. HEIGHT 4.5 cm Provenance: European collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

343 AN IVORY CARVING OF A SKULL AND SNAKE Unsigned, ivory carving Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) or later One half is a dead human skull while the other is still intact with hair, ears and eyes and appears almost to be sleeping. The severed head after an execution or on the battlefield is a motif that frequently occurs in netsuke art. Asahi Gyokuzan (18431923) was a great master in this field, this piece could have been carved by one of his students. The snake crawling out of the eyehole is a striking detail. The artist skillfully juxtaposes life and death in this ideally rounded composition, which probably served as some sort of filial, since it has two pierced and connected holes on the top and bottom. HEIGHT 3.5 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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344 A RARE SQUARE WALRUS IVORY RYUSA MANJU NETSUKE WITH CRABS Unsigned, walrus ivory ryusa-manju netsuke Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An unusual ryusa-manju netsuke of square shape, carved from a choice piece of walrus tooth, depicting three crabs on a rocky ground. The eyes inlaid in silver. One central himotoshi. SIZE 3.5 x 4 cm Provenance: British private collection. Condition: Very good condition with minor age cracks. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

345 A RARE TANEGASHIMA TEPPO NETSUKE Unsigned, iron, brass, black lacquer and gilding Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An exact miniature version of a Tanegashima matchlock rifle in the form of a netsuke with a little gilt metal loop as himotoshi. The matchlock rifle was introduced by the Portuguese in 1543, and is rarely seen in netsuke art. LENGTH 7 cm Provenance: Norwegian private collection, formerly acquired at Galerie Zacke. Condition: Good condition with minor wear to lacquer and gilding. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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346 A FINE IVORY AND MIXED METAL KAGAMIBUTA NETSUKE AND OJIME The ojime by Masayuki, ivory, mixed metal with gold Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Very finely crafted with a stained ivory bowl and a mixed metal lid depicting a dancing figure under a golden full moon. The ivory ojime carved in high relief with Jurojin and crane, signed MASAYUKI 正之. DIAMETER kagamibuta 4.5 cm, ojime HEIGHT 2 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: The bowl with many cracks and one chip to the side. Generally, in good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

347 AN IVORY AND MIXED METAL HAMANO SCHOOL KAGAMIBUTA BY NAOHIRO By Naohiro, ivory, mixed metal with silver and gold Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A large and flawless ivory bowl with the lid depicting Kanzan and Jittoku. Very fine work from an important metalwork school – signed NAOHIRO 直廣. DIAMETER 5.3 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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348 AN IVORY AND MIXED METAL KAGAMIBUTA NETSUKE BY SERIZAWA RYUMIN By Ryumin, ivory, mixed metal with gold and silver Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Depicting Omori Hikoichi carrying the witch after the battle of Minatogawa. Signed RYUMIN 立民 with kao. A student of Tenmin. DIAMETER 4.6 cm Provenance: British collection. Condition: Some wear to the side of the lid. The mid-section on the backside of the ivory bowl has been glued. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

349 AN IVORY AND MIXED METAL KAGAMIBUTA NETSUKE OF FUTEN Unsigned, ivory, mixed metal with gold Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Depicting the wind god Futen amongst billowing clouds. DIAMETER 5 cm Provenance: British collection. Condition: The bowl with several cracks and heavy glue residue on the inside. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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350 AN IVORY AND MIXED METAL KAGAMIBUTA NETSUKE BY SHUMIN By Shumin, ivory, mixed metal with gold Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Depicting an immortal and Chinese official reading from a scroll. Signed SHUMIN 秀民 with kakihan. DIAMETER 4.4 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: The bowl with a small crack to the side. Generally, in very good condition. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

351 AN IVORY AND MIXED METAL KAGAMIBUTA NETSUKE AND AN IVORY MANJU Kagamibuta signed Nagatsune and the manju signed Chisei, ivory, mixed metal with silver and gold Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The kagamibuta depicting a monkey with young. The bowl is made of ivory and the lid of iron with silver and gold details. The backside of the lid signed NAGATSUNE 長常 and saku 作 with a long inscription relating to a painting. The ivory manju with a village scene carved in shishiabori. Signed CHISEI 千成 and to (made). Kagamibuta DIAMETER 5.1 cm, Manju DIAMETER 5.1 cm, THICKNESS 2 cm Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: The Kagamibuta with age cracks but generally in very good condition. The manju with some soiling and missing the peg in the middle. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE BY ALEXANDER DERKACHENKO Alexander Derkachenko, born 1964 in Sambor in the Ukraine, has been carving netsuke since 1990 and does so to this day. Originally, he was an engineer for military aircraft. The following netsuke works (lots 352 358) come from his still very active workshop. One of his specialties is the lively, expressive carving of faces imbued with his own individual style and character. The following netsuke show also a great versatility in subjects and a good sense of humor – an important attribute for every netsuke carver! The late Guy Shaw, another great contemporary netsuke artist and a good friend of us all, wrote: “Alexander Derkachenko is a truly gifted sculptor who has chosen the difficult path of netsuke …”.

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352 BEETLE ON STUMP OJIME ALEXANDER DERKACHENKO By Alexander Derkachenko, Boxwood Ukraine, 2014 Not many ojime are known from the prolific Ukrainian artist. Finely carved from Boxwood as a beetle on a tree stump. HEIGHT 1.9 cm Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 400,Starting price EUR 200,-

353 COILED RAT WITH NUT NETSUKE BY ALEXANDER DERKACHENKO By Alexander Derkachenko, Boxwood with mammoth and jet inlay Ukraine, 2014 Carved after the famous Yamada-school coiled rat, though with Derkachenko’s own carving style and idiosyncrasies. Ingeniously, he has also added a round and large nut which the rodent is holding. The teeth inlaid with mammoth ivory and the eyes inlaid with jet. HEIGHT 4 cm Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 2.000,Starting price EUR 1.000,-

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354 KITSUNE AND PUPPY NETSUKE BY ALEXANDER DERKACHENKO By Alexander Derkachenko, Mammoth ivory with jet inlay Ukraine, 2018 Finely carved as a Kitsune with finely carved and colored flowing robes. The movement of the composition is depicted brilliantly. A charming little puppy is placed next to the magical fox. One of Derkachenko’s most accomplished subjects. Derkachenko notes: According to a Japanese tale, Kitsune left the family (husband and son) because of a puppy given by her mother-in-law. HEIGHT 4.4 cm Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

355 KAPPA ON THE STUMP NETSUKE BY ALEXANDER DERKACHENKO By Alexander Derkachenko, Boxwood, mammoth ivory and mother of pearl Ukraine, 2018 Finely carved as a Kappa on a hollow tree stump holding a magical pearl. The inside of the stump with a ghost or skeleton of the Kappa carved from mammoth ivory. Alexander Derkachenko notes that the second title of this work is “Fear of the Kappa”, since according to legend Kappa are not afraid of anything, however what happens when the he sees a ghost or a skeleton of a Kappa? LENGTH 3.8 cm Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

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357 OKAME WITH TANK NETSUKE BY ALEXANDER DERKACHENKO By Alexander Derkachenko, Mammoth ivory Ukraine, 2017 Carved from colored mammoth ivory. According to legend, Okame turned the cooking tank and danced on it. This moment is depicted in this netsuke. HEIGHT 3.4 cm Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

356 OKAME WITH TENGU MASK NETSUKE BY ALEXANDER DERKACHENKO By Alexander Derkachenko, Mammoth ivory Ukraine, 2018 Alexander Derkachenko’s vision of the famous subject “Okame with Tengu mask”. Carved from colored mammoth ivory with heavy shunga undertones – a playful and fun Okame.

358 KARAKO WITH OKAME MASK NETSUKE BY ALEXANDER DERKACHENKO By Alexander Derkachenko, Sperm whale tooth Ukraine, 2017

HEIGHT 5.2 cm

A fine shunga netsuke carved from sperm whale tooth, depicting a playful karako hiding behind a large, mischieviously grinning Okame mask.

Condition: Excellent condition.

HEIGHT 3.8 cm

Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

Condition: Excellent condition. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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Netsuke II

Lot 436

Lot 407

Lot 367

Lot 365 Lot 403

Lot 391

Lot 411 Lot 387

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Lots 359 to 438

Lot 359

Lot 401

Lot 431

Lot 375

Lot 364

Lot 412

Lot 408

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359 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF TWO PIEBALD RATS AND TWO PUPPIES Unsigned Japan, late 18th and 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The rats very much in the style of Ikko.

HEIGHT 2.3 and 3 cm Condition: The puppies in good condition with expected age cracks. The rats with missing end of the tails and a small chip to one ear. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

360 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF TIGERS AND DOGS Unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Provenance: European collection. Condition: Generally, in very good condition. Estimate EUR 900,Starting price EUR 450,-

LENGTH 3.5 and 5.2 cm

361 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF DEER

362 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF GOATS

Unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

HEIGHT 2.6 and 5 cm

HEIGHT 5.1 and 2.6 cm

Condition: Good condition, some wear, the second with two very tiny chips.

Condition: The first in good condition with only slight discoloration to fur. The second with some discoloration to fur the top section of one leg chipped.

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-


363 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF MONKEYS LOOKING AT BUGS The first signed Masatomo, the other unsigned Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)

HEIGHT 3.9 and 4 cm

364 TWO IVORY NETSUKE

Condition: Each missing the magnifying glass, otherwise good condition with expected age cracks.

The first signed Shungyoku, the other unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Estimate EUR 700,Starting price EUR 350,-

The first an ivory netsuke of a monkey on top of a large and flat fish. Finely carved and the fish with finely inlaid eyes.

The second of the luck deity Ebisu with puffer fish. HEIGHT 2.2 and 3 cm Condition: Both in very good condition with expected wear and minor age cracks. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

365 THREE IVORY NETSUKE OF MONKEYS The first unsigned, the second signed Tomokazu and the last signed Masatami Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) HEIGHT 3.1 – 3.5 cm Condition: All with minor age cracks, the first in good condition, the second with two hands and several details missing, the third with one hand and tail missing. Estimate EUR 700,Starting price EUR 350,-

366 THREE IVORY NETSUKE OF MONKEYS, ONE WITH CRAB Unsigned Japan, early 19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912)

Condition: Good condition with expected wear. The first monkey with a chip to the end of the stick he is holding. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

HEIGHT 3.5 – 7.5 cm

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367 THREE FINE IVORY NETSUKE Unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The group consisting of Kintaro, a Dutchman and a Bijin with child. HEIGHT 4.4 – 5.2 cm Condition: All in very good condition with expected wear, the Dutchman with some age cracks. Estimate EUR 900,Starting price EUR 450,-

368 TWO IVORY NETSUKE, ONE OF A DUTCHMAN Unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) HEIGHT 5 and 5.2 cm Condition: Minor age cracks and surface scratches, overall good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

369 TWO 18TH CENTURY IVORY NETSUKE

370 TWO IVORY NETSUKE

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The first unsigned, the second signed Tomomitsu Japan, mid-19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912)

HEIGHT 5.3 and 6 cm

The first of Okame and the second of a peasant with lantern and walking cane.

Condition: Minor age cracks and surface scratches, overall good condition with appealing patina. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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HEIGHT each 5.1 cm Condition: Both in good condition. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-


371 TWO IVORY NETSUKE, ONE SIGNED JUGYOKU The first unsigned, the second signed Jugyoku Japan, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Consisting of a man leaning on a stick and a woodcutter taking a smoking break. HEIGHT 4.9 and 3.2 cm Condition: The first netsuke possibly with a tiny section of the staff restored, the second in very good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

372 FOUR IVORY NETSUKE The first signed, the second signed Masayuki, the third signed Gyokuzan, the fourth unsigned Japan, 19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912) Consisting of a carpenter, Sotoba Komachi, two carpenters and a fisherman.

373 THREE SMALL MEIJI PERIOD NETSUKE

HEIGHT 1.9 – 2.3 cm

HEIGHT 3 – 3.3 cm

The third signed Tame, the others unsigned Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Condition: All in good condition with minor expected wear.

Condition: All generally in good condition.

Consisting of an immortal in a sake cup with minogame, two boys with scroll in front of a bamboo screen and Hotei with boy and bag.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Estimate EUR 700,Starting price EUR 350,-

374 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF A GROUP OF TRAVELLERS IN BOATS The first signed Kori, the second unsigned Japan, early 19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912)

HEIGHT 2.7 and 3 cm Condition: The fist with a tiny chip to the front bow, the second with a fine stain and superficial scratches. Both in good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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375 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A RECUMBENT OX SIGNED TOMOTADA Signed Tomotada Japan, Kyoto, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) HEIGHT 2 cm

377 THREE IVORY NETSUKE OF HORSES WITH GROOM

376 THREE IVORY NETSUKE OF OXEN, ONE BY HOGEN RANTEI The first signed Hogen Rantei, the other two unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) HEIGHT 2.2 - 2.7 cm

Condition: With surface scratches, otherwise good condition.

Condition: Overall good condition with minimal age cracks. The third ox with broken tail, the second with the tip of one ear slightly chipped.

Estimate EUR 1.500,Starting price EUR 750,-

Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

The second signed Kogyoku, the others unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) HEIGHT 2.3 – 3.8 cm Condition: All in good condition with some wear. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

378 FOUR SIGNED IVORY NETSUKE

HEIGHT 3.7 – 4 cm

The first signed, the second signed Hoshin, the third signed Koshu with seal Ju and the last signed Ryuei Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Condition: The first with some damage around the himotoshi. Otherwise all in good condition.

The group consisting of a farmer with horse, Hanasaka Jiji, a man on horse and large Yamabushi with small children.

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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379 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF DEER

380 TWO IVORY NETSUKE

Unsigned Japan, 19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912)

Unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

HEIGHT 2.5 and 5.2 cm Condition: Expected wear, both in overall good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

The first of an immortal with a large gourd next to a horse on a base, the second of a boy with ox on a base.

HEIGHT 3.3 and 2.8 cm Condition: The second with a section of the rope attached to the ox lost. Otherwise good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

381 FOUR IVORY NETSUKE The first signed Masatsugu, the second signed, the third unsigned, the fourth signed Kogyokusai Japan, 19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912) Consisting of Roshi reading a scroll mounted on an ox, Sambo Kojin, Koshi on horseback and a Bokudo with ox. All set on a base. HEIGHT 4.2 – 5.3 cm Condition: All generally in good condition with minor and expected wear. Estimate EUR 700,Starting price EUR 350,-

382 THREE MEIJI PERIOD FIGURAL IVORY NETSUKE The first two unsigned, the third signed Homin with kao Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) Depicted are Jurojin with crane, a bokudo with ox and two men.

HEIGHT 3 - 3.4 cm Condition: Overall good condition, the second minimal age cracks and surface scratches. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

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383 FOUR MEIJI PERIOD IVORY NETSUKE The fourth signed Eijitsu, the others unsigned Japan, Meiji period (18681912) and later Consisting of a boy in Shishimai mask, a festival scene, workers crafting a temple bell, and a group of blindmen fighting. The second and fourth with horn and mother of pearl inlays. HEIGHT 3.8 – 6.1 cm Condition: Some losses to inlays. Generally, in good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

384 FOUR IVORY NETSUKE WITH SCENES FROM DAILY LIFE

HEIGHT 3.5 – 4.7 cm

The first unsigned, the second signed Homin with kao, the third unsigned, the fourth signed Ono Ryoko Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Condition: Generally, in good condition with minor expected wear. The third netsuke with a reattached paw of the dog.

Consisting of a Shishimai group, a street performer with boy, a boy with dog, and a man with boy, tortoise and dog.

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

385 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF NOH MASKS WITH ONE JADEITE OJIME

386 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF MASKS

The first unsigned, the second signed Ryuraku Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The first signed Mitsuyuki, the second unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

HEIGHT 2 and 3 cm

HEIGHT each 4.3 cm

Condition: Overall good condition with a nice patina.

Condition: Both in very good condition.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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387 FIVE IVORY NETSUKE OF SHISHI WITH BALL One signed Nanshosai, the rest unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) One finely carved in the manner of Gyokuyosai. HEIGHT 2.2 – 3.7 cm Condition: All generally in good condition with expected wear and cracks. The Nanshosai Shishi with reattached base and signature. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

388 THREE IVORY NETSUKE OF SHISHI Unsigned Japan, late 18th to early 19th century HEIGHT 2.8 – 3.9 cm

Condition: All in good condition with expected wear. The signature on the fourth Shishi is illegibly worn. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

389 FOUR IVORY NETSUKE OF SHISHI The fourth signed illegibly, the others unsigned Japan, late 18th to early 19th century HEIGHT 3.1 – 3.8 cm Condition: All in good condition with expected wear. The signature on the fourth Shishi is illegibly worn. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

390 THREE 18th CENTURY IVORY NETSUKE

HEIGHT 3.4 – 4.7 cm

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Condition: Good condition with appealing patina and expected wear and age cracks.

Consisting of a Shishi on base, Momotaro (the peach boy) with peach on a base, and a sennin with tiger on a base.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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391 FOUR IVORY NETSUKE OF DOGS Unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) HEIGHT 2.3 – 3.4 cm

392 ONE SILVER AND THREE IVORY NETSUKE OF DOGS The first signed Hakuo, The fourth signed Mitsuo, the others unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) HEIGHT 3.4 – 6 cm

Condition: All in good condition. The rope in the mouth of the fourth dog is chipped. Some minor expected age cracks.

Condition: All in good condition. Some minor expected age cracks.

Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-

393 FIVE IVORY NETSUKE OF DOGS Unsigned Japan, late 18th to 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) HEIGHT 2 – 4.8 cm

394 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF A DOG AND A RAT IN A BASKET Unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) LENGHT 5 and 6.3 cm

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Condition: The first in good condition, the second with superficial scratches and a restoration to the edge of the basket. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

Condition: All in good condition with minor expected wear and age cracks. Estimate EUR 1.200,Starting price EUR 600,-


395 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A TIGER Unsigned 20th century or earlier LENGTH 5.1 cm

Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman. Condition: Some expected age cracks, plugged section to the back. Good condition.

396 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A TIGER WITH CUB SIGNED HAKURYU

Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

Signed Hakuryu with mother of pearl inlay Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)

HEIGHT 2.3 cm Condition: Good condition with expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

397 TWO IVORY NETSUKE, ONE BY SHINKEISAI MASATOSHI The first signed Shinkeisai, the second unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (16151868) The first finely carved as a rocky pavilion landscape. The second as Sennin Koreijin with tiger. HEIGHT 3.2 and 4.6 cm Condition: Both in very good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

398 THREE IVORY NETSUKE Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Consisting of a man with bag, a Chinese sage and boy and a tiger on bamboo.

HEIGHT 2.8 – 4.3 cm Condition: Good condition with expected wear and age cracks. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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399 THREE IVORY NETSUKE OF CLAM’S DREAMS AND ONE OF A REVEALING BIWA The first signed Gyokuyosai, the others unsigned

400 A GROUP OF THREE STILL LIFE IVORY NETSUKE

LENGTH 3.2 - 4,2 cm

The third signed Doko, the others unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Condition: The first in good condition, the second with one tiny and one larger chip to the side, the third with a chip to the leg of the fly. All with an appealing patina.

Two ivory netsuke of minogame amongst clams and one with hozuki (winter cherries) and a fly.

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

HEIGHT 2 – 3 cm Condition: All in very good condition. The first and third with some age cracks. Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

401 THREE IVORY NETSUKE OF STILL LIFE AND ONE OF AN AMA INSIDE A CLAM The third signed Ryoshin (Yoshioki), the others unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) LENGTH 4 – 7.9 cm Condition: All in very good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

402 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF MANY FROGS AND ONE IVORY NETSUKE OF A BIRD WITH BIWA FRUITS The first signed Seimin, the other two unsigned, ivory and walrus ivory netsuke Japan, 19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912) The first very finely carved as a frog concert.

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HEIGHT 1.2 – 2.4 cm Condition: The first with wear and nice patina, the second with a very tiny chip, the third with wear to staining and a reattached leaf. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-


403 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF BLIND MEN FIGHTING

404 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF BLINDMEN

Unsigned, one with inlays Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Both signed Japan, mid-19th century to Meiji period (1615-1868)

HEIGHT 3 and 4.6 cm

HEIGHT 3.9 and 4.9 cm

Condition: The first with half of the cane missing, the second with three minor losses to the inlays.

Condition: The first slightly worn with some age cracks. The second with an added himotoshi on the underside. Both generally in good condition.

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

405 THREE FIGURAL MEIJI PERIOD IVORY NETSUKE Unsigned Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) HEIGHT 4.7 – 6 cm Condition: All in good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

406 THREE IVORY NETSUKE The first signed Masahiro, the second signed Shuko, the third signed Shungetsu Japan, 19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912) Consisting of a karako with Daruma snowman, an islander standing next to a table with a censer, and an oni hiding from roasted beans during Setsubun. HEIGHT 3.3 – 4.4 cm Condition: All in good condition with minor and expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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407 TWO RARE WOOD AND IVORY MANJU NETSUKE OF DRAGONS

408 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF THE TWELVE ANIMALS OF THE ZODIAC

Unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The second with coral and mother of pearl inlay.

Very finely carved.

HEIGHT 3.1 and 3.8 cm

HEIGHT 2.1 cm

Condition: Good condition. The signature tablet of the second is lost.

Condition: The mid-section on the underside, including the signature plate, is lost.

Estimate EUR 1.000,Starting price EUR 500,-

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

409 TWO UNUSUAL MEIJI PERIOD IVORY NETSUKE The first signed Shushi, the second signed Ryuji Japan, Meiji period (168-1912) The first of lucky deity seated in a roof tile with pigeons drinking sake – with inlays. The second of an immortal in a dragon chariot next to a man in a Shishimai costume. LENGTH 5.3 and HEIGHT 3.9 cm Condition: Good condition. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

410 THREE MINIATUTE IVORY CARVINGS OF RABBITS AND FROGS Unsigned, ivory ojime Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) or later HEIGHT each 2 cm Condition: Good condition. Estimate EUR 200,Starting price EUR 100,-

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411 FOUR IVORY NETSUKE The second signed Masatsugu, the others unsigned Japan, 19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912) Consisting of a tanuki wrapped in a veiny lotus leaf, two rakan reading from scripture, two boys in a Shishimai costume and a seated Tekkai sennin. HEIGHT 3 – 5.9 cm Condition: The tanuki with minor imperfections, the two Rakan with the end of the cane chipped. Otherwise good condition.

412 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF A TANUKI WITH RABBIT

HEIGHT 3.4 and 4 cm

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

The first signed Tomoyuki, the second signed Hogyoku Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

413 FOUR IVORY NETSUKE The second signed Kaijosai, the fourth signed Shigemasa, the others unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (16151868) Consisting of four blindmen fighting, Kanshin

Condition: Both in excellent condition.

crawling away, the dragon king Ryujin and an ivory drummer with horn inlay.

414 TWO IVORY CANE HANDLES OF KIYOHIME AND HOTEI

HEIGHT 3.1 – 5.3 cm

Unsigned Japan, 19th century to Meiji period (18681912)

Condition: All in good condition with expected wear. The drummer with one horn button missing. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

HEIGHT 4.4 and 5 cm Condition: The Kiyohime handle with himotoshi in the back and some wear and a loose section on the inside. The Hotei handle with some age cracks and a chip to the object in front of his mouth. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,289


415 THREE IVORY NETSUKE OF SENNIN AND TWO OF KANZAN The last one signed Ranichi Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Consisting of a Gama Sennin, seated Kanzan, a Sennin with dragon, standing Kanzan and Tobosaku Sennin. HEIGHT 3 – 6.2 cm Condition: All in good condition with expected wear.

416 TWO IVORY NETSUKE WITH ONI

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

The first unsigned, the second signed Shugyoku Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The first of Okame emerging from a scroll and throwing roasted beans at a hiding oni, the second of an oni next to an unusual hat.

417 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF AN ONI WITH LARGE GOURD AND STRAW HAT BY MASAMITSU By Masamitsu Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) HEIGHT 5.3 cm Condition: Good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

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HEIGHT 2.7 and 1.8 cm Condition: Good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

418 THREE IVORY NETSUKE The third signed Hidekazu, the others unsigned Japan, late 18th to 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Consisting of Kiyohime with the bell of Dojo-ji, a Rakan seated on a rock, and Raijin banging a large drum amongst clouds, the sides of the drum inlaid with horn buttons. HEIGHT 2.9 – 4.1 cm Condition: All in very good condition with the ivory slightly worn and minor age cracks. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-


419 FOUR FINE FIGURAL IVORY NETSUKE The first signed Masatomo, the second signed Ryuei, the third signed Hogyokusai, the last unsigned Japan, 19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912) Consisting of an actor with Hannya mask, the Rokkasen (six great poets of Japan), two dancers and sleeping man. HEIGHT 2.1 – 3.3 cm

420 TWO IVORY NETSUKE The first signed Hoshinsai, the second signed Kisei Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) The first of two Shojo drinking sake and the second of a carpenter taking a break eating rice.

HEIGHT 3.9 and 3.6 cm

Condition: The first with a tiny chip to the edge of the foot. Otherwise all in good condition.

Condition: Both in very good condition.

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

421 TWO FIGURAL IVORY NETSUKE The first unsigned, the second signed Ungai Japan, mid-19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912) The first of musicians drinking sake and the second Tomochika school of a Bijin with boys. HEIGHT 3.2 and 4.1 cm Condition: The first one with some discoloration to ivory and a repaired foot. The second in very good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

422 THREE IVORY NETSUKE The first signed Tomotsugu, the second Gessan and the last Tomonobu Japan, mid-19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912) Consisting of a Bijin with a ball, a shunga netsuke of a man paying a Geisha (with visible genitals on the underside) and a woman scrubbing the floor. HEIGHT 3.5 – 4.5 cm Condition: All in good condition with very minor wear. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,291


423 THREE IVORY NETSUKE The first signed Masahiro, the second signed Bunsei, the third singed Tadachika Japan, mid-19th century, to Meiji period (1868-1912) Consisting of a karako with daruma snowman, a boy pulling the skin off a drum, and two karako playing horse riding. HEIGHT 2.9 – 4.8 cm Condition: All in good condition with expected wear.

424 TWO FINE AND SMALL IVORY NETSUKE, ONE BY YOSHINOBU The first unsigned, the second by Yoshinobu Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The first of Benten with boy and rabbit and the second of Hotei with boy.

Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

HEIGHT 3.1 and 2.9 cm Condition: Both in very good condition with expected wear. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

425 THREE IVORY NETSUKE The first signed Masayuki, the second unsigned, the third signed Tomochika Japan, mid-19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912) Consisting of a boy with dog, a Bijin with two boys playing go, and Daikoku with Ebisu. HEIGHT 3.9 – 4.6 cm

426 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF KARAKO The first signed Homin, the second unsigned Japan, mid-19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912) HEIGHT each 3.7 cm Condition: Both in very good condition with expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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Condition: All in good condition. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-


427 TWO IVORY NETSUKE The first unsigned, the second signed Nobutoshi Japan, late 18th to 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The first of a Chinese sage and the second of a Karako leaning on a table holding a fan next to another small boy.

HEIGHT 6.3 and 4.6 cm Condition: Both in good condition. The second slightly worn with expected age cracks Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

428 TWO IVORY NETSUKE The first unsigned, the second signed Raku Japan, late 18th to 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The first depicting Fukurokuju with staff and gourds. The second depicting a drunken Shojo.

HEIGHT 6 and 5.7 cm Condition: Both in very good condition with expected age cracks and fine patina. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

429 TWO IVORY MANJU NETSUKE, ONE OF DARUMA The first signed Jugyoku, the second illegibly signed Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) DIAMETER 5.3 and 4.7 cm Condition: Both in very good condition. The second Manju with the signature illegibly worn. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

430 AN IVORY KAGAMIBUTA AND MANJU Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The first of shakudo with gold details depicting Kannon with Shishi, the second manju with a peg in the shape of a pumpkin. DIAMETER 5.8 and LENGTH 4.7 cm Condition: Both with age cracks. Otherwise good condition with expected wear. Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

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431 TWO IVORY NETSUKE The first signed Kogyoku, the second signed Horyu Japan, Meiji period (1868-1912) The first of Hotei with boys, one balancing on his shoulder. The second of a drunken Shojo. HEIGHT 5.1 and 4.6 cm Condition: Both in very good condition. The Shojo with some expected age cracks. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

432 TWO IVORY NETSUKE The first unsigned, the second signed Kunfu Japan, 19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912) The first of a Sambaso dancer with inlays. The second of Fukurokuju throwing roasted beans during Setsubun. HEIGHT 5.1 and 5.4 cm Condition: The head of the Sambaso dancer is slightly loose. Both generally in very good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

433 TWO FIGURAL IVORY NETSUKE The first unsigned, the second signed on an inlaid mother of pearl tablet Japan, 19th century to Meiji period (1868-1912)

434 AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A DRUNKEN SHOJO SIGNED HOGEN RANTEI Signed Hogen Rantei Japan, Kyoto, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The first of two oni being pelted by roasted beans during Setsubon, the other of a mask carver taking a smoking break.

HEIGHT 3.4 cm

HEIGHT 4.3 and 3.8 cm

Condition: Overall god condition with light stains.

Condition: Good condition.

Estimate EUR 500,Starting price EUR 250,-

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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435 FIVE IVORY NETSUKE The first signed Chomin, the third signed Masahiro, the others unsigned Japan, 19th century to Meiji period (18681912) Consisting of lady with boy and tortoise, a boy with puppy, a karako with snowman daruma, a farmer with boy and a man with two puppies and sandals. HEIGHT 2.8 – 5.6 cm Condition: The first with a leg of the tortoise chipped and the fifth with an object in the left hand lost. Otherwise in good condition with minor wear. Estimate EUR 800,Starting price EUR 400,-

436 TWO WALRUS IVORY AND ONE IVORY NETSUKE

woman polishing the floor and a walrus ivory Kinko sennin. HEIGHT 3.3 – 3.8 cm

The second signed Tomomasa, the others unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Condition: All in very good condition, one minor age crack through the polishing lady.

Consisting of a rare and fine walrus ivory Ebisu holding down a sea bream, an ivory

Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

437 TWO IVORY NETSUKE OF SLEEPING SARUMAWASHI Unsigned Japan, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (16151868) LENGTH 5.5 and 6.8 cm

Condition: The first in very good condition with expected wear. The second with age cracks, minor wear around the ear and the head of the monkey likely reattached. Estimate EUR 700,Starting price EUR 350,-

438 TWO IVORY NETSUKE, ONE MARINE IVORY Unsigned Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Consisting of a reclining farmer on a mat of bamboo holding a sycle, and a marine ivory islander holding a sycle and fish. LENGTH 5.6 cm and HEIGHT 6.7 cm Condition: The farmer with some discoloration to the underside. Generally, both in very good condition. Estimate EUR 600,Starting price EUR 300,-

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