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Auction Description for Lempertz: Asian Art II: inc Kolodotschko Collection of Netsuke I
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Asian Art II: inc Kolodotschko Collection of Netsuke I

by Lempertz

Platinum House

924 lots | 905 with images

June 14, 2014

Live Auction

Neumarkt 3

Cologne, 50667 Germany

Phone: +49 221 92 572917

Fax: +49 221 92 57296

Email: info@lempertz.com

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An ivory seal netsuke of an elephant. 18th century

Lot 1: An ivory seal netsuke of an elephant. 18th century

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Description: Standing on a flat oval base with a seal character carved beneath, a band covering the back and wide ribbons with tassels criss-crossing. Good age patina.

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An ivory seal netsuke of an elephant. 18th century

Lot 2: An ivory seal netsuke of an elephant. 18th century

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Description: Standing on an oval base cut with a raised two-character seal beneath, a saddle with a cloth on its back, the short trunk curled up. Very good patina.

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An ivory netsuke of Shinnô. 18th century

Lot 3: An ivory netsuke of Shinnô. 18th century

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Description: Seated on a rock, with long hair and two rudimentary horns, chewing a blade of grass which he holds with both hands.

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A painted softwood netsuke of Ryûjin's attendant. 18th century

Lot 4: A painted softwood netsuke of Ryûjin's attendant. 18th century

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Description: Standing upright with his bare feet close together, holding the tail and one leg of a thin rain dragon, which is crawling up his back and looking over the attendant's head.

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A large boxwood netsuke of a shishi. 18th century

Lot 5: A large boxwood netsuke of a shishi. 18th century

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Description: Seated upright on his hindlegs, the forepaws placed side by side, with a small head with a straight mane and a tiny bushy tail. Signed.The formal posture of the animal and the flat mane are similar to the stone koma-inu (guardian lions) statues placed at the entrances of Japanese shrines.

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A very large boxwood netsuke of a seated shishi. 18th century

Lot 6: A very large boxwood netsuke of a seated shishi. 18th century

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Description: Open-mouthed, with a long curly mane, his forepaws placed neatly side by side and raising his hind leg in order to scratch himself, the himotôshi formed by the tip of the tail on the base. The eye pupils of black horn.

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A large ivory netsuke of a monkey. 17th/18th century.

Lot 7: A large ivory netsuke of a monkey. 17th/18th century.

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Description: With a small double gourd, and holding on to a namazu by its fin. Pupils of black horn.A very popular theme at the time, this example is unusually large with irregularity-shaped patterns on the fish's body and a good golden patina to the rounded reverse.

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A highly unusual ivory netsuke of a saru ningyo. 18th century.

Lot 8: A highly unusual ivory netsuke of a saru ningyo. 18th century.

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Description: A saru ningyo, a doll made of rolled-up cloth, which is tied to resemble a monkey. The arms and legs are bound together with a cord, the cloth shows a pattern of chrysanthemums and leafy scrolls, a conical hat sits on the small round "head" with engraved facial features.

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An ivory netsuke of a sennin with an orange. Late 18th century

Lot 9: An ivory netsuke of a sennin with an orange. Late 18th century

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Description: Standing, his right fist raised to his head, in the left hand a branch with an orange displaying a sage seated inside.The representation probably refers to the Chinese legend of a large orange from which two sages emerged and sat down at a stone table to play weiqi.

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A large ivory netsuke of a tall sennin with a shishi. Late 18th century

Lot 10: A large ivory netsuke of a tall sennin with a shishi. Late 18th century

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Description: Standing on one leg, the other raised as if he were dancing, supporting a long-tailed shishi on his shoulder.

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An ivory netsuke of a sennin. 18th century

Lot 11: An ivory netsuke of a sennin. 18th century

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Description: Standing turned to the left, the right fist raised to the temple, the other hand holding a flywhisk. Good shiny and amber-coloured patina to the reverse.

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A large ivory netsuke of a laughing Gama Sennin. 18th century

Lot 12: A large ivory netsuke of a laughing Gama Sennin. 18th century

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Description: Standing, the large head with a wide grin turned to the right, the long hair ending in curls and falling over a cape of mugwort leaves. He supports a toad on his shoulder with his left hand and lifts the long end of the sash with his right. The eye pupils of black and brown horn.

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An ivory netsuke of a laughing sennin with a monkey. 18th century

Lot 13: An ivory netsuke of a laughing sennin with a monkey. 18th century

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Description: Standing, the head turned to the right, lifting his sash with the right hand while a monkey sits on his shoulder and holds on to the sennin's head.

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An ivory netsuke of Chinnan Sennin. Late 18th century

Lot 14: An ivory netsuke of Chinnan Sennin. Late 18th century

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Description: Standing, with facial features of a Western barbarian, a curly beard and long hair, supporting the head of a one-horned raindragon that has emerged from an alms bowl on his shoulder; shoulders and hips are covered by a cape of mugwort leaves. Details of the carving stained for effect with black ink.

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A rare ivory netsuke of Kensu. Late 18th century

Lot 15: A rare ivory netsuke of Kensu. Late 18th century

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Description: Standing, holding the antennae of a large shrimp on his shoulder and a fishing net carved with a dragon's head at the lower end.Kensu was a Chinese character who - dressed in rags - roamed the riverside with a fishing net in search of shrimps and clams. He is said to have attained enlightenment while catching shrimps.

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An ivory netsuke of Tôbôsaku Sennin. Late 18th century

Lot 16: An ivory netsuke of Tôbôsaku Sennin. Late 18th century

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Description: Standing upright, stroking his beard and holding a peach branch; in front of him stands a spotted deer.

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A well-worn ivory netsuke of a tall Gama Sennin. 18th century

Lot 17: A well-worn ivory netsuke of a tall Gama Sennin. 18th century

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Description: Standing with head turned to the right, holding a staff, with a toad on his shoulder, and a second toad jumping up his thigh.

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An ivory netsuke of Kinko Sennin. Late 18th century

Lot 18: An ivory netsuke of Kinko Sennin. Late 18th century

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Description: Holding a scroll and seated on a carp jumping up out of the waves. Inscribed Mitsuharu.

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A very unusual and large ivory netsuke of Kan'u. 18th century

Lot 19: A very unusual and large ivory netsuke of Kan'u. 18th century

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Description: Standing upright and holding his sword in its richly ornamented scabbard, the right hand placed on top of his head, the long sleeves billowing upwards. Good patina.

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A large and unusual ivory netsuke of Shôki with a captured oni. 18th century

Lot 20: A large and unusual ivory netsuke of Shôki with a captured oni. 18th century

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Description: Running off with the captured demon on a small cloud base, the sword in its scabbard at the back, the beard, flaps of his cap and the long sleeves blowing to the left depicting movement. Very good patina.

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A long stag antler netsuke of Kan'u. 18th/early 19th century

Lot 21: A long stag antler netsuke of Kan'u. 18th/early 19th century

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Description: Standing stroking his long beard and holding his halberd named "Blue Dragon", the robe engraved with a dragon rising from stylized waves.

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An ivory netsuke of a tall Shôki. Late 18th/early 19th century

Lot 22: An ivory netsuke of a tall Shôki. Late 18th/early 19th century

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Description: Standing straight with wind-blown beard, gripping the hilt of a drawn sword held in front of him, the scabbard slipped into the belt at the back. Very good patina.

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An amusing ivory netsuke of Shôki and oni. Early 19th century

Lot 23: An amusing ivory netsuke of Shôki and oni. Early 19th century

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Description: Standing with drawn sword pointing downwards, an oni perched on top of the hat peeping through a hole to meet Shôki's upward gaze, the scabbard slipped into the belt at the back. Shôki's eye pupils of black glass.

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An ivory netsuke of a laughing Hotei. Late 18th century

Lot 24: An ivory netsuke of a laughing Hotei. Late 18th century

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Description: Lying on his left side, the head resting on his left hand and holding a fly whisk in his right, the loose robe displaying chest and belly.

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An ivory netsuke of a resting Hotei. Late 18th century

Lot 25: An ivory netsuke of a resting Hotei. Late 18th century

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Description: Lying on his left side, the head supported by his left hand and holding a flywhisk in his right, the loose robe displaying a plump chest and belly.

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A large ivory netsuke of a laughing Hotei. 18th/early 19th century

Lot 26: A large ivory netsuke of a laughing Hotei. 18th/early 19th century

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Description: Resting on his large bag with a stiff fan in his right hand and prominently displaying his belly, while one karako clambers over his shoulder and another boy lies prostrate next to Hotei, at the base a wooden staff.

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An amusing partly stained ivory netsuke of Hotei and Daikoku as sumô wrestlers. Late 18th century

Lot 27: An amusing partly stained ivory netsuke of Hotei and Daikoku as sumô wrestlers. Late 18th century

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Description: Hotei, wearing an apron, squats and holds Daikoku aloft, preparing to throw him, while Daikoku only clad in a fundoshi grimaces in anger.

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A large Kyoto school ivory netsuke of Hotei with a fan, by Masamori. Late 18th century

Lot 28: A large Kyoto school ivory netsuke of Hotei with a fan, by Masamori. Late 18th century

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Description: Standing upright, holding a fan in one hand and the sash in the other, the loose robe falling open to reveal the large belly, the garment with chrysanthemums and scroll in fine line engraving. Signed Masamori in an oval reserve.

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A large and grotesque netsuke of a laughing Hotei. Late 18th century

Lot 29: A large and grotesque netsuke of a laughing Hotei. Late 18th century

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Description: Carved from a triangular piece of ivory, the right hand placed on his knee, the loose robe displaying a fleshy chest and belly.

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A large and amusing ivory netsuke of Hotei. 18th century

Lot 30: A large and amusing ivory netsuke of Hotei. 18th century

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Description: Hotei cowers with head placed in his hands and arms resting on the bag in front of him, grimacing with pain. A moxa piece is placed on the left side of his bare back while a dark spot is on the opposite side. One of the karako holds chopsticks and a small ball for applying moxa, the other karako sits with an object on his feet.

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A massive ivory netsuke of Hotei with a karako, by Masamori. Late 18th century

Lot 31: A massive ivory netsuke of Hotei with a karako, by Masamori. Late 18th century

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Description: Standing upright, lifting his bag with both hands, revealing a karako, who is holding an uchiwa. Hotei's robe is covered with a dense pattern of chrysanthemums and foliage in fine line engraving. Signed Masamori in a rectangular reserve.

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A large and amusing Kyoto school ivory netsuke of Hotei. 18th century

Lot 32: A large and amusing Kyoto school ivory netsuke of Hotei. 18th century

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Description: The triangular piece is carved in th shape of a seated bare-bellied Hotei with huge earlobes and chin pushed up, in front of him a small karako with large tweezers pulling out hair from Hotei's sprouting beard. The hair tufts of black horn.

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A well worn boxwood netsuke of a pot-bellied Hotei. Late 18th century

Lot 33: A well worn boxwood netsuke of a pot-bellied Hotei. Late 18th century

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Description: Standing, supporting his bag of treasure on his head with the right hand, and lifting the edge of his robe with the left in order to wade through a stream.Hotei wading through water is a theme in Edo period zenga and Kano school painting.

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A boxwood netsuke of a laughing pot-bellied Hotei. Early 19th century

Lot 34: A boxwood netsuke of a laughing pot-bellied Hotei. Early 19th century

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Description: Standing and carrying his empty sack over his shoulder and lifting his garment up in order to wade through a stream.Hotei wading through water is a theme in Edo period zenga and Kano school painting.

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An ivory netsuke of a friendly Hotei. Early 19th century

Lot 35: An ivory netsuke of a friendly Hotei. Early 19th century

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Description: Standing upright with a stiff fan in the right hand and supporting a karako sitting on his back. Hotei's garment crosshatched and stained with black ink for effect. Inscribed Tomotada in a rectangular reserve.

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An ivory netsuke of a chubby Hotei. Early 19th century

Lot 36: An ivory netsuke of a chubby Hotei. Early 19th century

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Description: Standing upright with a stiff fan in his right hand and supporting a karako on his back. Hotei's garment crosshatched and stained with black ink for effect.

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An ivory netsuke of a laughing Hotei. Early 19th century

Lot 37: An ivory netsuke of a laughing Hotei. Early 19th century

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Description: Standing on one leg with a stiff fan in his right hand and supporting a karako clambering over his back, both Hotei and the karako wear robes richly engraved with various patterns. Inscribed Yoshinaga in a rectangular reserve.

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An ivory netsuke of a friendly Hotei. Early 19th century

Lot 38: An ivory netsuke of a friendly Hotei. Early 19th century

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Description: Seated, the left hand placed on his raised leg, and a karako with a stiff fan seated on his shoulder and holding on to Hotei's bald head. Hotei's garment crosshatched and stained with black ink for effect. Inscribed Tomotada in a rectangular reserve.

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A superb Kyoto school ivory netsuke of Hotei with two karako, by Okatomo. Late 18th century

Lot 39: A superb Kyoto school ivory netsuke of Hotei with two karako, by Okatomo. Late 18th century

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Description: Seated and smiling contently, the crosshatched robe falling open to reveal his ample belly, while a karako with a fan clambers over his head and another karako holds his arm out to offer a leg-up to his companion. Signed Okakoto in a rectangular reserve. Very good and shiny patina.

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An ivory netsuke of a friendly Fukurokuju. Early 19th century

Lot 40: An ivory netsuke of a friendly Fukurokuju. Early 19th century

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Description: Standing with a head as tall as his body and extremely fleshy earlobes, holding a Chinese-type fan. Very good patina.Standing with a head as tall as his body and extremely fleshy earlobes, holding a Chinese-type fan. Very good patina.

Condition Report: herrliche Gebrauchspatina

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An unusual and amusing ivory netsuke of Fukurokuju, by Hidemasa. Early 19th century

Lot 41: An unusual and amusing ivory netsuke of Fukurokuju, by Hidemasa. Early 19th century

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Description: With an oval, flattened and legless body and a laughing face, the long head placed on his back. Signed Hidemasa.

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A very impressive ivory netsuke of Fukurokuju with two karako, by Masatsugu. Early 19th century

Lot 42: A very impressive ivory netsuke of Fukurokuju with two karako, by Masatsugu. Early 19th century

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Description: Seated in a relaxed pose with one karako sitting on his shoulder, the other on his leg, both displaying a scroll with the two characters "fuku" (good luck) and "ju" (long life). The hair tufts of the children of black horn. Signed Masatsugu.

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A large boxwood netsuke of a laughing Fukurokuju, by Shukô. Early 19th century

Lot 43: A large boxwood netsuke of a laughing Fukurokuju, by Shukô. Early 19th century

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Description: Standing and leaning forward as if bowing and holding a Chinese-type fan and a wooden staff in his hands. Signed Shukô.

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A very unusual ivory netsuke of Jurôjin. Early 19th century

Lot 44: A very unusual ivory netsuke of Jurôjin. Early 19th century

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Description: Riding on a stag and holding a tortoise and a gnarled staff behind him, the long-legged animal raising its head, its eye pupils of black horn.Stag and tortoise are both symbols of longevity.

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A large ivory netsuke of Ebisu. 18th/19th century

Lot 45: A large ivory netsuke of Ebisu. 18th/19th century

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Description: Seated and holding onto a large sea bream (tai) behind him, with a bamboo fishing rod in his hand, laughing happily about his huge catch. The eye pupils of the fish of black wood.

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An ivory netsuke of various takaramono. Late 18th century

Lot 46: An ivory netsuke of various takaramono. Late 18th century

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Description: Daikoku's mallet and two large tama are placed on a sedge hat (kasa) and a rain cape (mino), the two latter takaramono ensuring invisibility for the powers of evil while the mallet and tama stand for good luck.

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A fine Kyoto school ivory netsuke of a one-horned dragon. Late 18th/early 19th century

Lot 47: A fine Kyoto school ivory netsuke of a one-horned dragon. Late 18th/early 19th century

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Description: The scaly body coiled into an oval shape, with a long mane and with long and lambent tongues of flames emanating from the joints. The eye pupils of black horn.

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An ivory netsuke of a coiled dragon. Around 1800

Lot 48: An ivory netsuke of a coiled dragon. Around 1800

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Description: Of compact flat and oval shape, the mouth displaying an upper row of teeth, large flames emanating from the joints, and thin legs with three claws to each foot.

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An ivory netsuke of a dragon. 18th century

Lot 49: An ivory netsuke of a dragon. 18th century

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Description: Coiled around an eight-spoked chariot wheel riding on foaming waves.

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A superb ivory netsuke of a two-horned dragon. Late 18th century

Lot 50: A superb ivory netsuke of a two-horned dragon. Late 18th century

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Description: Emerging from wisps of smoke rising from an incense burner resting on a double lotus pedestal. Inscribed Tomotada.The subject refers to Chinnan Sennin who is commonly represented summoning a dragon from his begging bowl.

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