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The Mang Collection of Japanese Netsuke

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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An ivory netsuke of two dancers.

Lot 101: An ivory netsuke of two dancers.

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Description: By Ono Ryoko, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Standing back-to-back, one holding a folding fan, the other a small tzuzumi drum. Signed on the base, Ryoko. 1 1/2in (3.8cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951. Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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A wood shunga netsuke of Okama enjoying a large Te

Lot 102: A wood shunga netsuke of Okama enjoying a large Te

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Description: By Itsumin Hokyudo, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. She kneels facing to the left and holds the phallic proboscis of the Tengu mask in her right hand while her left hand is raised under her robe and holding the cloth up to her mouth as she bites the sleeve in ecstasy. The visible eye of the mask is inlaid in black while Okame's eyes are inlaid in pale horn with black pupils. Signed on the underside, Hokyudo Itsumin 1 1/4in (3.2cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A wood netsuke of a mask masker.

Lot 103: A wood netsuke of a mask masker.

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Description: By Ryukusai Jugyoku 1st, Tokyo, Early 19th century. Early 19th century. Sitting cross-legged and making a Hannya mask, his face taking on the expression of the mask, a cabinet rests at his side with a loose drawer containing an Uzume mask, and a red lacquer oni mask on top. Signed on the underside, Jugyoku. 1in (2.7cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, June 26, 1967; Lot 53. Ex Gilbertson collection. Illustrated in Davey, #344, page 119.

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A carved tsuishu netsuke of a boy with puppy.

Lot 104: A carved tsuishu netsuke of a boy with puppy.

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Description: By Ryykusai Jugyoku 2nd, Tokyo, Late 19th century. Late 19th century. He holds up the puppy in front of him, his hands grasped around its front paws. The eyes of the puppy are inlaid in pale horn with black pupils. Signed on the underside in an inlaid tortoise-shell tablet, Jugyoku. 1 5/8in (4.3cm). Provenance: Purchased from Sydney L. Moss, Ltd, London, 1982. Illustrated with a drawing in the MCI on page 273.

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A wood ryusa netsuke of group of nine Noh masks.

Lot 105: A wood ryusa netsuke of group of nine Noh masks.

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Description: By Kigyoku. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The obverse has an Okame mask as the central figure and is surrounded by masks of Oni, Okina, Usofuki, and O-Beshimi. The reverse has masks of Kitsune, Hannya, Shojo, and One Horn Oni. Carved signature on a raised oval tablet, Kiguoku. 1 7/8in (4.8cm).

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A wood netsuke of Shoki looking down well.

Lot 106: A wood netsuke of Shoki looking down well.

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Description: By Kigyoku. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Signed on the side of the right leg, Kigyoku. 1 1/4in (3.3cm). Provenance: Similar pictured in Lazarnick, Page 613, including signature and an Oni ojime. Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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A group of three netsuke of various materials.

Lot 107: A group of three netsuke of various materials.

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Description: Tokyo, The first, by Jugyokusai Gyokumin, mid 19th century, Umimatsu in the form of a recumbent bull with ivory inlaid eyes. Signed on the underside, Gyokumin, plus kakihan. 1¾in (4.4cm). The second, attributed to Gyokusai, mid 19th century, ivory in the form of a Samurai or Ronin with sword over shoulder and luggage hanging from it, unsigned. 1?in (4.7cm). The third, attributed to Gyokko(sai), early 19th century, wood in the form of a seated worker tweezing his whiskers with metal tweezers. Signed on the underside, Gyoku-ko. 1¼in (3.2cm). Provenance: The second, Shares design characteristics with a Monkey Trainer signed by Gyokusai and illustrated in Bushell's Collectors Netsuke as No. 206. May thus be attributable to Gyokusai.

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A wood netsuke of Shoki.

Lot 108: A wood netsuke of Shoki.

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Description: By Gyokko, Tokyo, Early 19th century. Early 19th century. Kneeling over a bag with four captured oni struggling to get out. Signed on the underside without reserve, Gyokko. 1 1/4in (3.3cm). Provenance: Christie's, New York, March 21, 1985; Lot 723. The Mary Louise O'Brien Collection. Sold as Masahide.

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A wood netsuke of Shoki.

Lot 109: A wood netsuke of Shoki.

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Description: By Gyokkosai, Tokyo, Early 19th century. Early 19th century. Kneeling over a bag with four captured oni struggling to get out. Signed on the underside, Gyokkosai. 1 5/8in (4.2cm).

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A group of two ivory netsuke.

Lot 110: A group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: By Gyokkosai. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Early 19th century. The first, manju with a cooper seated in front of the barrel that he is working on, his right hand raised and holding a small hammer while his left holds a chisel with which he works on one of the bands. Signed on the back, Gyokkosai. Back is worn with age and use. 1¾in (4.4cm). The second, a couple kneeling and holding a Fox(A tanuki I think. DQ) that lies on its back in front of them, the man's right hand holds an opened fan to the other's back and his left holds a Shinto tablet. Signed on underside without reserve, Gyokkosai. 1?in (2.9cm).

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A group of two  ivory netsuke.

Lot 111: A group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: Attributed to Ryuchin Gyokuhosai, Tokyo, Mid/late 19th century. Mid/late 19th century. The first, ryusa manju of musical instruments including samisen, biwa, sho, recorder, tsuzumi, and others. Signed on the side, Gyokuhosai, using the 8 stroke form of ho. 1½in (4cm). The second, a group of six pomegranates attached to a branch, a ladybug sits on one of them, and three of them are carved with inside scenes of famous places and their names above in Kana. Signed on underside with 3 characters. 1½in (3.8cm). Provenance: The second, Sotheby's, London, April 21, 1971; Lot 120.

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A group of two netsuke, various materials.

Lot 112: A group of two netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Attributed to Ryuchin Gyokuhosai, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, manju of truncated oval form showing a number of the takaramono, or precious objects, including mallet, treasure sack, cloak of invisibility (kakuremino), hat of invisibility (kakuragasa), treasure pearl (hoju), scrolls, fundo, and shippo. Signed within an irregular reserve, Ryuchin. 1in (2.5cm). The second, negoro lacquer netsuke of Kokuji grasping a coral branch, the body of the islander has been left black and overlaid with silver lacquer; the eyes and the loin cloth are gold lacquer. Signed on underside before lacquer applied and is very faint, first and third identifiable, 2nd may by ho. 2in (5.2cm). Provenance: The second, Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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An ivory netsuke of a horseman.

Lot 113: An ivory netsuke of a horseman.

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Description: By Ryusa Gyokugasai, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Riding through an avenue of pine trees towards a gate while six other travelers stand by, one opening the gate. Signed on the base, Ryusa, with kakihan. The face of the spear holder on one side is chipped off. 1 5/8in (4.1cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, July 30, 1968; Lot 437.

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An ivory netsuke of a monkey in a suit of armor.

Lot 114: An ivory netsuke of a monkey in a suit of armor.

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Description: By Ikkosai Toun (1805-1876), Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Representing the story of Hideyoshi Toyatomi, the "monkey-faced servant" (Saru-men Kwanja) who was sent by his master, Yukitsuna, to buy a suit of armor like that worn by Nobunaga and instead of executing the commission, he applied to Nobunaga for employment. The head is attached by a cord and revolves, eyes inlaid in black horn, and the whole is nicely stained and well-patinated with a few age cracks. Signed on the bottom without reserve, Ikkosai. 2 1/4in (5.7cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1955.

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An ivory netsuke of a Shishi with young.

Lot 115: An ivory netsuke of a Shishi with young.

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Description: By Kosu Gyokuyosai, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The cub resting one paw on the foot of its parent and looking upward affectionately. The curling flames well-articulated and the whole gently worn and patinated. Signed on the bottom of one paw, Gyokuyosai. 1 1/4in (3.3cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a Shishi and a mokugyo.

Lot 116: An ivory netsuke of a Shishi and a mokugyo.

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Description: By Kosu Gyokuyosai, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Its front paws resting on a mokugyo, he curling flames well-articulated, nice hair work and the whole gently worn and patinated. Signed on the underside of the mokugyo, Gyokuyosai. 1 1/4in (3.1cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a shell cluster.

Lot 117: An ivory netsuke of a shell cluster.

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Description: By Kosu Gyokuyosai, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Three shells have interior carved scenes and bear titles in Katakana which read from right to left as it was used in the 19th century. 1: Kanazawa. A village in Musashi, 10 Km S. of Yokohama. 2: Enoshima (Beach). A little island in Sagami, near Kamakura, dedicated to the goddess Benten. Name 3: Shichi Ri no Hama (the Seven Ri Beach of Enoshima.). 1 3/4in (4.4cm).

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An ivory manju of sarumawashi.

Lot 118: An ivory manju of sarumawashi.

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Description: Attributed to Kogyoku Hakuyosai, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Seated with his monkey. Signed on the reverse along with a package tied up with a furoshiki and is well-worn as is the obverse. The MCI names three artists named Hakuyosai, all using the same kakihan. The 1st (D0519) is supposedly unique, the 2nd is Hakuyosai Kogyoku (D1192), and the 3rd is Hakuyosai Shoraku (D2499). Based on the signatures of the two pieces illustrated in the MCI, this would appear to be the 2nd artist, Kogyoku (D1192), based on what could be called the "bow-legged" sai character. None of the signatures shown in the MCI or in Lazarnick are as exaggerated or distinct as on this piece. 1 3/4in (4.6cm).

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A boxwood netsuke of a Noh mask.

Lot 119: A boxwood netsuke of a Noh mask.

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Description: By Hogen Rakumin (Tsuchiura, 1804-1877), Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Mask of Shojo, the hair, eyebrows and lips painted with red lacquer. The lips are parted in a half smile to reveal the teeth and the opening is carved through to the back. The eyes appear to be inlaid. Signed on the back above the bar, Ho Hogen, with the kakihan of Rakumin. 1 5/8in (4.1cm).

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A group of two ivory netsuke.

Lot 120: A group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, by Issen, Tokyo, 3rd quarter 19th century. Shoki surrounded by five court figures and holding onto an oni appearing as a dog. Signed on base, Issen. 2.16cm (1 1/8"). The second, by Norishige, Tokyo. Two elderly gentlemen playing a game of go. Signed on the underside, Norishige. 3.1cm (1 7/32"). Issen appears to be the mid 19th century Issen Davey No857. 7/8in (2.2cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951.

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A wood netsuke of an octopus and a monkey.

Lot 121: A wood netsuke of an octopus and a monkey.

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Description: By Toyosai Masachika, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The pair fighting with the octopus having gotten the upper hand judging from the expression of the monkey. The pupils of the octopus are inlaid in black and those of the monkey in horn (or agate), signed on the underside in a polished oval reserve, . Tomochika school. 1 1/2in (3.7cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, November 3, 1969; Lot 240. Illustrated Lazarnick page 700.

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A group of two ivory manju.

Lot 122: A group of two ivory manju.

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Description: Attributed to Kikugawa, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, square form executed in cavo-relievo work of an Onna Daruma, the reverse shows a hossu and is signed, Kikugawa. 3.4cm (1 1/3"). The second, a two-piece manju showing a boy carved in deep relief, sitting and beating on a drum with sticks in both hands, the boy's mouth in inlaid in red and the bosses around both rims of the drum are inlaid in black. Signed on an inlaid green stone tablet, Kikugawa. 4.1cm (1 5/8"). 1 3/8in (3.4cm). Provenance: The first, Purchased in Tokyo, 1951. The second, Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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An ivory netsuke of a boy with a mask.

Lot 123: An ivory netsuke of a boy with a mask.

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Description: Attributed to Ichijo Hakuunsai II, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The muscular boy sitting cross-legged wearing a loin-cloth and holding a large Buaku type mask over his face, the ribbons that secure the mask are knotted and cascade down his bare back. Signed on the underside, Hakuunsai. 1 1/8in (2.8cm). Provenance: Purchased from Sydney L. Moss, Ltd, London, 1982.

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An ivory manju of a nobleman on horseback.

Lot 124: An ivory manju of a nobleman on horseback.

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Description: Attributed to Kitaro Hakuunsai III, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Nobleman on horseback and three attendants who walk beside him, one of whom carries a long sword in a scabbard over his shoulder. The reverse shows a noblewoman, seated with flowing kimono, who raises a club-like instrument with her right hand while her left rolls an obi around a mounted shaft. The hair and caps of all figures front and back are dyed black while the lips and appropriate details of all are done in bright red. Signed on the side, Hakuunsai. 3in (7.5cm). Provenance: Purchased at Parke-Bernet, New York, February 7, 1951.

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An ivory shunga netsuke of a woman cutting her toe

Lot 125: An ivory shunga netsuke of a woman cutting her toe

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Description: Kikugawa family, possibly Toun, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Sits with her left knee raised as she intently cuts a toenail on her left foot, patches of patination especially on the back. Signed in an irregular reserve, Kikugawa. 1 1/4in (3.1cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a Tanuki.

Lot 126: An ivory netsuke of a Tanuki.

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Description: By Kogyokusai, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Using a lotus leaf as a cloak, the veins on the lotus leaf are raised and the eyes are inlaid in amber colored horn with black pupils. Signed on the back, Kogyokusai. A nearly identical model is in the British Museum (F.493. Franks Collection) and is illustrated as Figure 120 in Barker & Smith's book on Netsuke. 1 3/4in (4.5cm).

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A lacquered wood and pottery netsuke of a lobster.

Lot 127: A lacquered wood and pottery netsuke of a lobster.

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Description: Ryukei 2nd (D2106), Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Black, gold and brown lacquer on the back, the claws made of unglazed dark brown pottery, the himotoshi lined with ivory stained green, signed on the underside, Ryukei plus kakihan. 2in (5.2cm). Provenance: Illustrated in Lazarnick page 892. Purchased from Raymond Bushell 1957

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A group of two netsuke, various materials.

Lot 128: A group of two netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, school of Ryukei 2nd, wood of a seated oni contemplating a Jurojin mask that he holds out at arm's length. The exact same model can be seen in its finished state covered with red, gold, and black lacquer as No. 217 in the Go Collection catalogue. 1¼in (3.2cm). The second, attributed to Ryukusai, stained ivory depicting the poet Hitomaru. Signed on the underside, Ryukosai. 1?in (2.9cm).

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An ivory manju of a tiger on a rock.

Lot 129: An ivory manju of a tiger on a rock.

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Description: By Kimura Ryumin 1st, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. A large and boldly-incised manju of a tiger amid pine trees and rocks. Signed, Ryumin, with kakihan, the whole filled with red ink. As described in the MCI, the kakihan is very similar to that used by Ryukei and Ryuraku. An almost identical piece was sold as lot 99 of the Christie's sale of 11/16/1976 but signed Ryusei who is apparently unrecorded. 2in (5.2cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, July 30, 1968; Lot 392.

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A group of two carved ivory netsuke.

Lot 130: A group of two carved ivory netsuke.

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Description: By Kimura Ryumin 1st, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, a marine ivory reticulated gourd, the veins etched onto the leaves and many of the tendrils intertwining, well-worn. Signed, Ryukei, apparently by the first Kimura. The second, an ivory manju, General Take-Uchi no Sukune holding Ojin. Signed Ryumin. illustrated by a drawing in the MCI at UL of page 678. Provenance: The first, Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1957. The second, Sotheby's, London, July 30, 1968; Lot 393. Ex J. Fairley collection, Sale No. 2 (Glendining & Co., 26 February 1953, lot 32)

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An ivory netsuke of Busho slaying the tiger.

Lot 131: An ivory netsuke of Busho slaying the tiger.

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Description: By Chikuyosai Tomochika 1st, Tokyo, Early 19th century. Early 19th century. Holding the struggling tiger with one hand, his other with clenched fist raised, the tiger's stripes are so deeply carved that they appear to be in relief, some wear and age cracks, with an old chip to the right foot of Busho. Signed in wavy reserve, Tomochika. 1 1/4in (3.3cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, July 9, 1968; Lot 599. Illustrated in Davey, Fig. 419. Ex H. L. Joly collection (Illustrated in his Legends, page 368). Ex Guest collection, No. 775.

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An ivory netsuke of Shin no Yojo.

Lot 132: An ivory netsuke of Shin no Yojo.

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Description: By Chikuyosai Tomochika 1st, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. stabbing the cloak of Wu Shan to avenge his master, his teeth are bared in a ferocious rictus, his robe engraved with scattered foliate scrolls. Signed in a wavy reserve, Tomochika. 1 3/8in (3.6cm). Provenance: Ex Frederick M. Goldschmidt collection, Christie's, New York, October 2, 1984; Lot 130. Ex M.T. Hindson, Sotheby's, London, Sale #5; Lot 782. Illustrated in Davey, Fig. 421. Ex Guest collection, No. 774. Ex H. L. Joly collection (Illustrated in his Legends, page 394).

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An ivory netsuke of Benten with dragon

Lot 133: An ivory netsuke of Benten with dragon

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Description: By Chikuyosai Tomochika 1st, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Sitting on the back of the Dragon, playing a one-stringed koto while the dragon's tail rises to meet the scarf at the back. Signed in a raised oval reserve, Tomochika. 1 3/8in (3.4cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, October 11, 1967; Lot 24. Illustrated in Davey, Fig. 420.

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An ivory shunga netsuke of a karako.

Lot 134: An ivory shunga netsuke of a karako.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Affectionately grasping the nose of a Tengu mask. The hems of his robe, the hair surrounding his top knots, and the signature on the bottom are all reinforced with black ink while his topknots themselves are inlaid in black horn. Inscribed without reserve, Tomochika. 1 3/8in (3.6cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951.

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An ivory netsuke of Hanasaka Jiji raking gold coin

Lot 135: An ivory netsuke of Hanasaka Jiji raking gold coin

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Description: By Chikuyosai Tomochika 2nd, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Raking through a pile of gold coins with a dog by his side. Signed on the back in a wavy reserve, Tomochika. The oban coin closest to the back is clearly engraved with the characters, Tempo, the period from 1830-1843 and if this is meant to indicate a date, 1830 is the year that Tomochika 2nd was born and would seem appropriate. 1 1/2in (3.9cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, July 30, 1968; Lot 384.

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A group of three netsuke of various material.

Lot 136: A group of three netsuke of various material.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, ivory depicting Oni carrying barrel on back. The Tomoye on both ends of the drum and the bosses around the end strips are inlaid in tortoise-shell. Inscribed in wavy reserve, Shugyoku. 1in (2.5cm). The second, attributed to(or school of) Tomochika, Corozo nut (Tagua) depicting a puppy, eyes inlaid in black. Signed on the rear in an irregular boat-shaped reserve, Tomochika. Purchased from Ray Bushell who designated the artist as Tomochika. 1¼in (3cm). The third, attributed to Tomochika 3rd, ivory depicting a carpenters plane, lightly stained and carved to resemble bone, missing the blade which is usually in ebony. Signed without reserve, Tomochika. 1¾in (4.5cm). Provenance: The first, Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951. The second, Purchased from Raymond Bushell 1960.

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An ivory netsuke of Benten with dragon

Lot 137: An ivory netsuke of Benten with dragon

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Description: By Sogyokusai Fuboku, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Playing a koto on her lap while sitting on the back of a Dragon. Signed in a raised oval reserve, Fuboku + a seal that appears to be based on the character sai (for Sogyokusai?). 1 1/2in (3.8cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, March 25, 1970; Lot 178. Ex Michael Tomkinson collection - No. 938

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A ivory netsuke of Gentoku (Liu Pei) on horseback.

Lot 138: A ivory netsuke of Gentoku (Liu Pei) on horseback.

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Description: By Tomotane Kinryusai, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. On horseback riding over the waves as he makes his escape through the Hwang Ho river gorge, he holds the reins in his left hand and his sheathed sword in his right. Signed on the underside in a raised oval tablet, Kinryusai Tomotane plus an un-deciphered seal. 1 1/2in (3.9cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, November 3, 1969; Lot 170. Illustrated Lazarnick page 1165.

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A netsuke of Kosekiko Chang Liang.

Lot 139: A netsuke of Kosekiko Chang Liang.

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Description: By Tomotane Kinryusai, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Returning his lost shoe to Kosekiko (Hwang She Kung) who stands on a nearby rock holding a scroll in his right hand, the two encircled by a Dragon that rises up from below. Signed on the underside in a raised oval reserve, Tomotane. 1 3/4in (4.6cm).

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A ivory netsuke of a Sambaso dancer.

Lot 140: A ivory netsuke of a Sambaso dancer.

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Description: By Meikeisai Hojitsu, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Riding a hobby-horse, his right foot raised and the wheel of the horse protruding from under the rear of his robe which is elegantly engraved with Buddhist symbols. The cap is nicely stippled, both the reins and the sandal straps show alternating engraved bands of black and the horse's mane has been bobbed. Signed on the sole of the right foot, Hojitsu. 2 1/4in (5.8cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, July, 26, 1967; Lot 402.

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A wood netsuke of Daikoku.

Lot 141: A wood netsuke of Daikoku.

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Description: By Meikeisai Hojitsu, Tokyo, Early 19th century. Early 19th century. Squatting atop a brigand who is being held face down with his left hand while his raised right hand holds his mallet engraved with a tama. Daikoku's eyes are squinting from the effort and his mouth is partially open as is the mouth of the captive robber. Signed on the back plate, Hojitsu, partially worn. 1 3/8in (3.4cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, July 30, 1968; Lot 337.

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A ivory netsuke of a blind beggar.

Lot 142: A ivory netsuke of a blind beggar.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. With a large tumor on his scalp trying to raise himself from the ground, impeded in this effort by the weight of his hypertrophic testicle. Inscribed in inlaid ivory tablet on underside, Gyokkei. 1 3/8in (3.6cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1955. Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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A wood netsuke of a blind man lifting scrotum.

Lot 143: A wood netsuke of a blind man lifting scrotum.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. With a large tumor on his scalp trying to raise himself from the ground, impeded in this effort by the weight of his hypertrophic testicle. Inscribed in inlaid ivory tablet on underside, Gyokkei. 1 3/8in (3.6cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1969.

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A group of three ivory netsuke.

Lot 144: A group of three ivory netsuke.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, attributed to Tadatane, Daikoku and a bearded Ebisu, Daikoku wields the pounder while Ebisu carries a sack of rice over his shoulder. The ivory is white on the front and nicely patinated on the back. Signed on Ebisu's back in an irregular torpedo shaped reserve, Tadatane. 1¾in (4.5cm). The second, by Ikkeisai Hogyoku, depicting a Sage, and tiger. Signed on the reverse, Ikkeisai Hogyoku, plus a kakihan, worn. 1¾in (4.5cm). The third, attributed to Hidechika II, of Jurojin with a minogame (head missing) climbing over his shoulder. Signed in an irregular cartouche, Hidechika. 1¼in (3.2cm). Provenance: The first, Christie's, London, October 9, 1973; Lot 181. The second, Sotheby's, London, July 30, 1968; Lot 393.

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A ivory manju of Fujin (Futen).

Lot 145: A ivory manju of Fujin (Futen).

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Description: By Ichieisai Komin, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. His wind sack wrapped around his shoulders being carried by an Eagle, the reverse with no design except for an overflowing bit of a cloud and full signature, Ichieisai Komin, with kakihan. 1 7/8in (4.6cm).

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A stagshorn netsuke of tea grinding instruments.

Lot 146: A stagshorn netsuke of tea grinding instruments.

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Description: Attributed Ichieisai Komin, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. A surikogi (pestle) for grinding tea with a shimenawa and gohei tied around the top and a ladle and paddle on the other side. There is a small green jade inlay near the tip. Signed in a seal that is inset on the paddle highlighted with red ink, Raku. Raku was used by Ichieisai Komin. 3in (7.6cm).

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A ivory manju of Jurojin.

Lot 147: A ivory manju of Jurojin.

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Description: By Ichieisai Komin, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. With a flowing beard carrying a paper lantern. Jurojin's pupils are inlaid in black and his mouth is highlighted with red. On the reverse is a neatly engraved image of a prancing deer. Signed on the back, Komin, plus kakihan in lines of the same weight as the deer. 1 3/4in (4.4cm).

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A group of two ivory netsuke of karako.

Lot 148: A group of two ivory netsuke of karako.

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Description: Inscribed Homin. This is(?) the artist described on pages 188-189 of the MCI where FM says "Tokyo. Worked 1850-80. About a dozen netsuke recorded by this carver. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, Seated doing bekkako while a large Beshimi mask is attached to his back. The mouths of the karako and the mask are reinforced with red. Inscribed on the underside. 1?in (3.5cm). The second, two karako engaged in catching goldfish from a bowl. Inscribed on the underside. 1¼in (3.3cm). Provenance: The first, Purchased in Tokyo, 1951. The second, Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951.

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A ivory netsuke of a Sambaso dancer.

Lot 149: A ivory netsuke of a Sambaso dancer.

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Description: By Naoyuki. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. His left arm holds a fan behind his back, while the right holds the Shinto bells. Both hands are well hidden within the folds of his robe which is engraved on the back panel with pine branches, a crane taking flight, and geometric patterns. These patterns, as well as the horizontal bands on the dancer's elongated hat are nicely colored with black ink. Signed on the underside, Naoyuki. 2 3/4in (6.9cm).

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A group of three netsuke, various materials.

Lot 150: A group of three netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, by Mitsutoshi Koju, ivory depicting an Oshidori, smoothly polished to accentuate the grain of the ivory and lightly stained to a golden color. Signed on the underside. 1½in (3.7cm). The second, wood, nacre, and rattan, a Shibayama style hollow spherical piece, with an interior two-character seal. The outer surface is inlaid in mother-of-pearl in an interlocking pattern interrupted by woven rattan circles. Inscribed on the outside, Ichiyu?. 3?in (7.9cm). The third, attributed to Ipposai, manju incised with a portrayal of Kanshin (Han Sin), the reverse shows a pair of fisherman's creels. Signed in a rectangular reserve, Ipposai. 1in (2.7cm).

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