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Auction Description for Quinn's Auction Galleries: The Mang Collection of Japanese Netsuke
Viewing Notes:
Saturday December 1st: 10am-5pm Sunday December 2nd: 12am-4pm Monday December 3rd: 10am-5pm Tuesday December 4th: 10am-7pm Wednesday December 5th: 10am-5:30pm Thursday December 6th: 10am-5:30pm Friday December 7th: 9am-11am All other times by appointment
Sale Notes:
Saturday December 1st: 10am-5pm Sunday December 2nd: 12am-4pm Monday December 3rd: 10am-5pm Tuesday December 4th: 10am-7pm Wednesday December 5th: 10am-5:30pm Thursday December 6th: 10am-5:30pm Friday December 7th: 9am-11am All other times by appointment

The Mang Collection of Japanese Netsuke

(632 Lots)

by Quinn's Auction Galleries


632 lots with images

December 7, 2012

Live Auction

360 South Washington St

Falls Church, VA, 22046 USA

Phone: 703-532-5632

Fax: 571-765-4061

Email: info@quinnsauction.com

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A tall wood netsuke of a Tekkai sennin.

Lot 1: A tall wood netsuke of a Tekkai sennin.

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Description: By Tsuji, Osaka, Late 18th century. He stands with his left arm extended and supporting a simulacrum of his spirit which is connected to his mouth by the vapor trail of his breath, a gourd is secured to his sash. Signed inside the himotoshi with the artists one character signature. 2 3/4in (7.1cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1958. Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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A tall painted wood netsuke of Ryujin.

Lot 2: A tall painted wood netsuke of Ryujin.

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Description: Style of Yoshimura Shuzan, Osaka, Late 18th century. Having a dragon wrapped around him and holding a vase from which sprouts coral. Gesso painted green, turquoise, red, and gold. In the style of Yoshimura Shuzan. 4 1/4in (10.7cm).

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An early wood netsuke of Ryujin.

Lot 3: An early wood netsuke of Ryujin.

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Description: Style of Yoshimura Shuzan, Osaka, Mid 18th century. Standing wearing a loose tasseled robe and holding a small leaf spray, the dragon passes up his back, gripping the edges of his robe and forming an elaborate headdress, traces of gesso and colored pigment still remain on the soft kiri-wood. In the style of Yoshimura Shozan. 3 5/8in (9.2cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, October 11, 1967; lot 345. Davey: Fig. 1189. Ex W. W. Winkworth collection.

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An ivory netsuke of tiger with cub.

Lot 4: An ivory netsuke of tiger with cub.

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Description: By Innan, Osaka, 18th century. Climbing on top of a section of bamboo within which is a tiger cub, the tail curling out from one end, and the head completely contained within the other end. The piece is well-worn and with a series of age cracks that encircle the bamboo section. Signed within a hollow space on the underside, Innan. 1in (2.5cm).

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,A wood netsuke of a Chinese scholar.

Lot 5: ,A wood netsuke of a Chinese scholar.

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Description: By Hidemasa I, Kyoto/Tokyo, Early 19th century. Standing and carrying two scrolls on his back. The scrolls, and his feet are of ivory and his eyes are ivory with black pupils. The ivory on the scrolls has orange streaks from the rich patina. Signed on his back in an oval inlaid ivory panel, Hidemasa. 2 1/4in (5.6cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a court noble.

Lot 6: An ivory netsuke of a court noble.

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Description: Attributed to Shuosai Hidemasa II, Osaka, Mid 19th century. Finely designed and carved, kicking a kemari, a deerskin football. Lightly stained and of elegant mien, the robe bears delicate designs. Signed on the back within an irregular reserve, Hidemasa. 2 1/8in (5.3cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951. Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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An ivory netsuke of a mushroom.

Lot 7: An ivory netsuke of a mushroom.

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Description: By Masakazu, Osaka, Mid 19th century. Lying on its top with the gills exposed and the pulpy body covered with raised spores at its top. Signed on the underside near the himotoshi in a wavy, torpedo shaped reserve, Masakazu. 1in (2.4cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a rat in gown.

Lot 8: An ivory netsuke of a rat in gown.

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Description: By Masakazu, Osaka, Early 19th century. Seated using an abacus that he is holding on his knees, eyes inlaid in black, he wears a short kimono with a design of five-petal flowers, some wear and well-patinated on the back with large himotoshi. Signed in an irregular torpedo shaped reserve on the underside, Masakazu. 1 1/8in (2.9cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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An ivory netsuke of Daruma.

Lot 9: An ivory netsuke of Daruma.

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Description: Attributed to Masakazu, Osaka, Early 19th century. Seated cross-legged with his robe pulled together in front and held by his hands which are cradling a large netsuke of Daruma in a similar pose, from which are suspended an ojime and kinchaku, the ojime inlaid in dark red amber, his robe is embellished with Buddhist symbols. Signed on the underside within an oval reserve, Masakazu. 1 5/8in (4cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, New York.

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An ivory netsuke of Nuye.

Lot 10: An ivory netsuke of Nuye.

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Description: Attributed to Garaku, Osaka, Late 18th/early 19th century. Seated with its head turned back to the right and its long snake-like tail winding across its body, hair work and other details well rendered, the eye pupils are inlaid. Unsigned. 1 1/8in (3cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, June 23, 1969; Lot 1266. Ex H. A. Gunther CollectionEx W. L. Behrens Collection, No. 5143, illustrated plate LXVIIIllustrated in V. F. Weber, Koji Hoten, plate 70.

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An ivory netsuke of a recumbent ox.

Lot 11: An ivory netsuke of a recumbent ox.

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Description: Attributed to the Garaku School, Osaka, Late 18th century. Tail curled around in front of his body. The braided halter is placed around the face and the rope attached to it is draped across the body. Good color, large himotoshi, and a pair of age cracks that run horizontally across the body. 2 1/8in (5.4cm). Provenance: Ex Bernheimer's Antique Art (Paul), Boston.

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A wood netsuke of a recumbent goat.

Lot 12: A wood netsuke of a recumbent goat.

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Description: Attributed to the Garaku School, Osaka, Early 19th century. Head turned back over its body and the legs tucked up underneath. Nicely worn, decently large himotoshi, eyes inlaid in black, the hair-work interrupted by the spotted markings on its fur. 1 7/8in (4.7cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a Dutchman.

Lot 13: An ivory netsuke of a Dutchman.

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Description: Attributed to the Garaku School, Osaka, Early 19th century. Bearded and with long curls falling down from the back of his head, holding a large hat onto his back and standing on one leg as if the hat has just been blown off his head. Signed in an irregular reserve, Shoraku. This is believed to be an unrecorded artist from the school of Garaku. 2 3/8in (6.1cm).

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A wood netsuke of a bent over sennin.

Lot 14: A wood netsuke of a bent over sennin.

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Description: Attributed to Gyokusen Tomochika, Osaka/Tokyo, Early 19th century. Carrying a large basket suspended from an Axe that he carries over his shoulder. A gourd is suspended at his waist and he wears a cape of mugwort leaves. Signed, in a rectangular reserve that winds its way around the lower rear of his cape, Gyokusen. 1 7/8in (4.9cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951.

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An ivory netsuke of a Minogame tortoise.

Lot 15: An ivory netsuke of a Minogame tortoise.

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Description: By Sadayoshi, Osaka, 19th century. Sitting atop an awabi shell trailing his finely rendered hair while the underside of the bivalve is realistically portrayed. Signed in a typical wavy lined torpedo shaped reserve, Sadayoshi. Similar to the piece shown by Lazarnick on page 906 1 1/8in (2.7cm). Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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An ivory netsuke of a monkey.

Lot 16: An ivory netsuke of a monkey.

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Description: By Sadayoshi, Osaka, 19th century. Boldly etched and stained hair-work, holding a peach, seated on a smooth section of bamboo. Signed in an irregular cartouche, Sadayoshi. 1 3/4in (4.5cm). Provenance: Purchased at Glendining, London, June 6, 1968; Lot 5. Appears to be the same piece illustrated in the MCI on page 689.

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An ivory netsuke of two monkeys.

Lot 17: An ivory netsuke of two monkeys.

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Description: Attributed to Mitsukuni, Osaka, Mid 19th century. Two long haired monkeys, each with deeply set eyes, grooming each other. Signed on the underside in a polished reserve, Anraku(sai). Mitsukuni was a pupil of Anrakusai. 1in (2.6cm).

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A boxwood netsuke of the Ghost of the lantern.

Lot 18: A boxwood netsuke of the Ghost of the lantern.

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Description: Attributed to Sansho. Osaka, Early 20th century. The limbs and head of the ghost emerge through ragged holes; the head is movable, as is the left arm. Bowl of the lantern painted with characters on gesso. Unsigned. Sotheby's(London), 20 December 1967, Lot 311. 2 7/8in (7.4cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, December 20, 2967; Lot 311

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An ivory manju of a Noh play prompter.

Lot 19: An ivory manju of a Noh play prompter.

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Description: Attributed to Ichiyusai. Osaka, Late 19th century. He sits cross-legged in a pensive position, holding an open book in his right hand; a closed fan in the left. The reverse shows a engraved sake bottle and sakazuki. Signed without reserve, Ichiyu. 1 3/4in (4.4cm).

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An ivory netsuke of shitake mushrooms.

Lot 20: An ivory netsuke of shitake mushrooms.

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Description: By Raku. Osaka, 19th century. Two large Shiitake with a third small one protruding from the bottom. Signed on the underside in a wavy reserve, Raku. There is a light age crack running from top to bottom and a second going through the signature. 1 7/8in (4.9cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a fox and her cub.

Lot 21: An ivory netsuke of a fox and her cub.

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Description: By Chokusai, Osaka, Early 20th century. The cub is looking at its mother with its front paws off the ground, as is the mother's left front paw, the tail curls around the right side and is highlighted by a white section of ivory whereas the rest is lightly stained. Signed on underside, Chokusai. 1 1/4in (3.3cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a wasp on its nest.

Lot 22: An ivory netsuke of a wasp on its nest.

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Description: By Chokusai, Osaka, Early 20th century. The nest carved with seven empty compartments and ten containing pupae, one of which is loose. The pupae are left in their natural ivory while the rest of the piece is stained a deep brown color. Signed on the side in an oval reserve, Chokusai. 1 1/4in (3.2cm). Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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An ivory netsuke of a fish head in a bowl.

Lot 23: An ivory netsuke of a fish head in a bowl.

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Description: By Ohara Mitsuhiro (b.1810), Osaka, Mid 19th century. The head of a sea bream in a mortar. Signed on bottom in oval reserve, Mitsuhiro. Similar example illustrated in Lazarnick, pg.1322 with kakihan added to signature. Ex Richards collection. 1 1/2in (3.8cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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An ivory netsuke of a Manchurian crane

Lot 24: An ivory netsuke of a Manchurian crane

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Description: By Ohara Mitsuhiro (b.1810), Osaka, Mid 19th century. At rest with one claw holding its egg while the other appears to grasp one himotoshi on the underside. Signed on the underside without reserve, Mitsuhiro. Ex Richards collection. 1in (2.6cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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An ivory netsuke of Nitta no Shiro killing the boa

Lot 25: An ivory netsuke of Nitta no Shiro killing the boa

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Description: By Ohara Mitsuhiro (b.1810), Osaka, Mid 19th century. Nitta no Shiro grasps the beasts tail and begins to strike with his short sword. Signed on the underside in a polished oval reserve, Mitsuhiro. 1 1/4in (3.2cm).

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An ivory netsuke in the form of loquats.

Lot 26: An ivory netsuke in the form of loquats.

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Description: By Ohara Mitsuhiro (b.1810), Osaka, Mid 19th century. A pair of Loquats together with a leaf are attached to a stem, well-carved to simulate bark, with the tips of the two fruits finely and delicately stippled with the rest smoothly polished with a soft light brown finish beginning to patina on the back. A few age cracks developing on the leaf and adjoining fruit. Signed on the cut end of the stem in a polished gourd shaped reserve, Mitsuhiro, plus the 'a' form of his kakihan. 1 3/4in (4.5cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1954. Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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A group of two ivory netsuke.

Lot 27: A group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: Osaka, Mid 19th century. The first, by Ohara Mitsusada, in the form of Daikoku's pouch, the gold lacquer decorations of precious objects with reverse carving meant to represent a sliding clasp with an incised design of a paulownia leaf and berries. Signed on the front without reserve, Mitsusada. 1?in (3.5cm). The second, by Ohara Mitsuhiro, A mask of Jo, possibly akobu-jo. Signed on the crossbar, Mitsuhiro, plus the Ohara seal. 1?in (4.8cm). Provenance: The first, Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951.

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An ivory netsuke of a dancer.

Lot 28: An ivory netsuke of a dancer.

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Description: Student of Mitsusada, Osaka, Late 19th century. Holding a tzuzumi drum in his left hand and a folded fan in his right and his heavily stippled cap is held on to the back of his head by a strap that passes under his nose. His robe is etched with designs of birds on the sleeves and flowers on the back. All of the designs are reinforced with black ink. Signed on the back without reserve, Mitsusada. 1 3/4in (4.4cm).

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An ivory figure of Daruma.

Lot 29: An ivory figure of Daruma.

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Description: By Setsuju. Osaka, Mid 19th century. Grimacing in pain and holding his sore left arm with his right. With his left arm he appears to be polishing a mokugyo between his feet. Signed on underside folds of robe without reserve, Mori & Setsuju to. 1 1/8in (2.9cm).

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An ivory netsuke of Daruma.

Lot 30: An ivory netsuke of Daruma.

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Description: By Mitsushige, Osaka, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century Standing with his mouth fully open in a monumental yawn revealing four irregularly spaced teeth. His eyes are inlaid with dark horn and his billowing robe is closed in front and he hold a hossu that protrudes from the front and hangs from his earring to his knees, the handle of which is inlaid in tsuishu lacquer. Signed on the underside without reserve, Mitsushige. 1 7/8in (4.7cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, September 21, 1983.

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A group of two netsuke.

Lot 31: A group of two netsuke.

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Description: By Gyokusen, Osaka, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, wooden with Mount Fuji with the poet Saigyo Hoshi gazing upwards. Signed on underside, Gyokusen to. 1in (2.6cm). The second, ivory Daruma holding flywhisk. Signed on the base with a single character, Gyoku. 1?in (3.6cm). Provenance: The second, Sotheby's, New York.

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An ivory netsuke of a lantern.

Lot 32: An ivory netsuke of a lantern.

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Description: Osaka, Mid 19th century. In the form of the Ghost of Oiwa. The back is engraved with the Buddhist prayer, Namu Amida Butsu (Save us, merciful Buddhain) and Zokumyo Iwa Jo (in the woman, (O)iwain). Signed on the base, Gyokusen. 1 5/8in (4cm).

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An ivory netsuke of the Lunar Hare.

Lot 33: An ivory netsuke of the Lunar Hare.

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Description: Attributed to Shigemasa No.3, Osaka, 2nd half 19th century. Grasping a rice pounder in its left paw and climbing up the side of the moon. The eyes are inlaid in red. Signed in an irregular wavy reserve, Shigemasa. Probably the same piece shown in the MCI by Shigemasa No. 3. 1 1/8in (2.7cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, December 20, 1967; Lot 374.

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An ivory netsuke of a cockatoo.

Lot 34: An ivory netsuke of a cockatoo.

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Description: Mid 19th century. Perched on a branch, eyes double-inlaid with horn, the ivory smooth and only lightly toned except for the wing feathers and the crest which are neatly etched and highlighted with black ink. Signed on the underside without reserve, Tomomitsu. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1954. Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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An ivory netsuke of a monkey.

Lot 35: An ivory netsuke of a monkey.

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Description: By Masatsugu, Osaka, Early/mid 19th century. Seated with his legs folded in front and his arms tucked inside the folded legs, eyes double-inlaid in dark horn or amber. Dense, well-carved hair-work that has been stained black covers the body. The himotoshi use natural openings. Signed on the underside in a polished oval reserve, Masatsugu. An early work by Kaigyokusai who stopped using the go of Masatsugu in 1835. 1 1/4in (3.3cm).

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A wood netsuke of a roaring dragon holding a ball.

Lot 36: A wood netsuke of a roaring dragon holding a ball.

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Description: By Kaigyokudo, Osaka, c.1833-1843. Seated with its tail curled beneath, the body erect and head thrown back in defiance, the front claws clutch a glass ball. Signed underneath on the tail without reserve, Kaigyokudo. The tip of right horn and claw have been repaired with original pieces. Ball replaced. An early work by Kaigyokusai who used this signature from 1833-1843. 1 3/4in (4.4cm).

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A wood netsuke of a tree trunk form ash bowl.

Lot 37: A wood netsuke of a tree trunk form ash bowl.

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Description: Attributed to Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, Osaka, Mid 19th century. In the shape of a truncated tree trunk, the top concave with striations, the bottom with a himotoshi in the center and a sunburst pattern of engraved lines radiating outwards. The kaki wood has been stained almost black but traces of a lighter golden vein can be seen on one side. Signed on side, Kaigyokusai, plus a square seal, Masatsugu, in double reserve. 1 1/8in (2.8cm).

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A fine ivory manju of a parrot.

Lot 38: A fine ivory manju of a parrot.

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Description: By Kaigyokusai Masatsugu (1813-1892), Osaka, Late 19th century. A square manju carved from white heart ivory with parrot amid a bed of peonies, one wing raised, and the flowers deeply undercut. The visible eye of the parrot is inlaid with horn. The floral design continues around the side and onto the reverse. Signed on the reverse, Kaigyokusai. 1 1/2in (3.9cm).

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A wood netsuke of two monkeys.

Lot 39: A wood netsuke of two monkeys.

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Description: After Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, Osaka, Mid 19th century. Depicting see/hear/speak no evil, with good hair work taking on a leathery appearance from the almost black staining over reddish wood giving a Nagoya look. Signed on the right side, Kaigyokusai. 1 1/4in (3.2cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A painted wood netsuke of the dancer of Shakkyo.

Lot 40: A painted wood netsuke of the dancer of Shakkyo.

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Description: By Nagamachi Shuzan, Osaka, Early/Mid 19th century. With bright red flowing hair that reaches to the floor+AA84. Signed on the rear in an oval reserve, reinforced with red paint, Shuzan. 2 1/8in (5.3cm). Provenance: Purchased in Tokyo, 1951.

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A group of two painted wood netsuke.

Lot 41: A group of two painted wood netsuke.

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Description: By Nagamachi Shuzan, Osaka, Early/Mid 19th century. The first, a nobleman playing football. Signed on the right rear in oval reserve, Shuzan. the characters reinforced with red paint. 2in (5.2cm). The second, Kinko riding a giant carp. Signed under the tail on a raised rectangular tablet, the characters reinforced with red paint, Shuzan. 1?in (4cm). Provenance: The first, purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1966.

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A group of two painted wood netsuke.

Lot 42: A group of two painted wood netsuke.

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Description: By Nagamachi Shuzan, Osaka, The first, early 19th century, Shoki standing and holding his sword in his right hand and suspending an Oni by the hands in his left. Signed on the back in a rounded rectangular reserve, the characters reinforced with red paint, Shuzan. 2?in (5.5cm). The second, Late 18th century, Ono no Tofu standing on his geta and holding a closed umbrella (kasa) in his right hand while a frog climbs up the front of his gown. Signed on the back in a rounded rectangular reserve, Shuzan. 2¼in (5.6cm). Provenance: The second, Sotheby's, New York.

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An ivory netsuke in the form of Fuji Yama.

Lot 43: An ivory netsuke in the form of Fuji Yama.

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Description: By Masayuki Isshinsai, Osaka, Mid 19th century. The flat side has a geisha and her attendant, both with walking sticks, in relief carving. The reverse shows a porter carrying two boxes on a pole. Signed on the underside with signature arranged in two columns, Isshinsai Masayuki, and kakihan. The signature is reinforced with black ink and the kakihan in red. 3 1/8in (8cm). Provenance: Both the netsuke and the signature are illustrated in Lazarnick on page 747.

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An ivory netsuke of the Seven Happy Gods.

Lot 44: An ivory netsuke of the Seven Happy Gods.

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Description: By Kiyu Chikusai, Osaka, Mid 19th century. Signed on the underside without reserve, Chikusai. 1 5/8in (4.1cm). Provenance: Purchased at Toraya, Tokyo, July 1, 1960.

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A painted wood netsuke of Ryujin, the Dragon King.

Lot 45: A painted wood netsuke of Ryujin, the Dragon King.

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Description: Attributed to Mondo (1857-1917), Osaka, Early 20th century. Standing as the dragon climbs on his shoulder. Wearing polychrome decorated robes and holding a pearl. Done in the style of Yoshimura Shuzan. Mondo perfected Shuzan's style, and was responsible for many of the "Shoken Kisho" netsuke exported to the west. 3 3/8in (8.7cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A group of two carved ivory netsuke.

Lot 46: A group of two carved ivory netsuke.

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Description: By Yoshinaga and Yoshinaga School, Kyoto, 2nd half 18th century. The first, by Yoshinaga, a rice peddler standing with his sack of rice flung over his shoulder, a square rice measure is suspended from the front of his sash while from the back and attached to a manju, is a kinchaku bearing the single character, Kayoi. Signed on the sack in a rectangular reserve, Yoshinaga. 2? (6.5cm). The second, Gama Sennin standing and cradling a large toad in his left hand while his right holds a large peach to his shoulder. The eyes of the toad are inlaid with horn or amber. Unsigned. (2¾ 7.1cm).

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An Ivory netsuke of a samurai.

Lot 47: An Ivory netsuke of a samurai.

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Description: By Yoshimasa, Kyoto, Late 18th century. Balancing on one foot struggling with a kasa in the face of a strong wind. Signed in a polished oval reserve, Yoshimasa. 2 3/4in (7.1cm). Provenance: Ex James Rose, Potomac, Maryland.

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An ivory netsuke of a dragon emerging from an alms

Lot 48: An ivory netsuke of a dragon emerging from an alms

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Description: Kyoto, Late 18th century. Rising up in a vapor cloud and bending at the top with its head turned, the eyes are inlaid in black, ivory of good color and well patinated on the back. Unsigned. 2 3/8in (6.2cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1955.

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A black persimmon netsuke of Shoki.

Lot 49: A black persimmon netsuke of Shoki.

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Description: By Unshodo, Kyoto, Late 18th century. Standing slightly bent and holds his unsheathed sword at his side with his right hand while his left crosses in front of him to hold the right sleeve of his flowing robe, his empty scabbard hangs from his back. Signed on the bottom without reserve, Unshodo. 2 3/8in (6cm). Provenance: Purchased from Raymond Bushell 1960. Illustrated in Lazarnick, page 1305.

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A wood netsuke of a yama-inu(wild dog).

Lot 50: A wood netsuke of a yama-inu(wild dog).

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Description: By Tomotada, Kyoto, Late 18th century. Eating a haunch of venison. The eyes inlaid in ivory with black pupils, the rib cage well defined and darkened for effect, the hair finely etched. Signed under the right rear paw in a rectangular reserve, Tomotada. A nearly identical model (if not the same) is shown in Ueda's Shumi no Netsuke (1934) as Figure 61 and again in Netsuke no Kenkyu (1943) as Figure 46 and reproduced in the MCI on page 917. The original tag from seller reads "Ueda 46" and may indicate that it was that piece. 1 3/8in (3.6cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1954.

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