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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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A wood netsuke of a chestnut.

Lot 201: A wood netsuke of a chestnut.

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Description: By Tadatoshi (circa 1770-1840), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Tthe bottom half smooth, stained a dark mahogany color, and bearing the himotoshi of unequal size, the top half, realistically stained a lighter tan and entirely covered with an ukibori design of streaks and dots that simulate the texture of the cap, signed in ukibori in a polished rectangular reserve, Tadatoshi. 7/8in (2.2cm). Provenance: The signature only is reproduced in Lazarnick, page 1064.

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A kaki wood netsuke of an eggplant cluster.

Lot 202: A kaki wood netsuke of an eggplant cluster.

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Description: By Tadatoshi (circa 1770-1840), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Seven nasubi each with its stem and calyx intact in a tightly compact group, realistically carved, the black kaki wood with its brown highlights giving a natural appearance, the himotoshi use a natural opening. Signed in ukibori without reserve in the recess of a calyx, Tadatoshi, very difficult to locate. 1in (2.6cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1957.

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A wood netsuke of Shojo sleeping.

Lot 203: A wood netsuke of Shojo sleeping.

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Description: By Tadatoshi (circa 1770-1840), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Seated wearing a richly brocaded and deeply cut gown, left leg bent sideways and the right leg bent and raised to support her, one himotoshi in the center of the back, the other larger one exiting the underside. Signed in ukibori on the underside in a rectangular reserve, Tadatoshi. 1 3/8in (3.3cm).

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A wood netsuke of a Shojo sleeping.

Lot 204: A wood netsuke of a Shojo sleeping.

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Description: By Tadatoshi (circa 1770-1840), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Reclined wearing a richly brocaded and diapered gown, lying with head resting on her right hand, color of typical deep reddish brown and long well-carved hair cascading down the front and back, himotoshi of unequal size on the underside. Signed in ukibori on the underside in a rectangular reserve, Tadatoshi. 1 1/8in (2.8cm).

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A wood netsuke of a cock.

Lot 205: A wood netsuke of a cock.

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Description: By Tadatoshi (circa 1770-1840), Nagoya, Early 19th century. Eyes inlaid in black, the feet carved in relief and well-worn, as are the himotosh. Signed in ukibori under the tail without reserve, Tadatoshi. Similar in design to one illustrated in Lazarnick on page 1062 (in MFA Boston). 1 7/8in (4.7cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, June 9, 1971; Lot 3.

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A wood netsuke of reishi mushrooms.

Lot 206: A wood netsuke of reishi mushrooms.

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Description: By Tadatoshi (circa 1770-1840), Nagoya, Early 19th century. Two double stalks leaning against each other and each bearing two large heads, the spongelike spores on the undersides of the caps carefully detailed, the wood a deep reddish brown, himotoshi use a natural openin. SIgned in ukibori on the foot of one fungus in a rectangular reserve, Tadatoshi. 1 3/8in (3.6cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, June 9, 1971; Lot 31.

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A wood netsuke of a  Buaku mask.

Lot 207: A wood netsuke of a Buaku mask.

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Description: By Tadatoshi (circa 1770-1840), Nagoya, Early 19th century. The recessed eyes are cut through, the back is rough-hewn and the crossbar is wider than usually seen on mask netsuke, no doubt to accommodate the. Signed in ukibori on the crossbar in a sunken rectangular reserve, Tadatoshi. A similar model illustrated in Bushell's Netsuke Masks (Fig. 224) 1 5/8in (4.2cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A group of two wood netsuke.

Lot 208: A group of two wood netsuke.

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Description: By Tadatoshi (circa 1770-1840), Nagoya, 19th century. The first, a hako manju of a woven wicker box, the four sides bear a continuous Greek-key design, himotoshi on the underside of unequal size. Signed in ukibori in a rectangular reserve, Tadatoshi. 1?in (4.2cm). The second, a Snail emerging from its shell, the himotoshi formed naturally by a cavity under the foot. Signed in ukibori on the underside in a rectangular reserve, Tadatoshi, very worn. 1?in (3.4cm).

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A wood netsuke of a skull with ivory teeth.

Lot 209: A wood netsuke of a skull with ivory teeth.

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Description: By Hogen Tadashige, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. There are six teeth inlaid in ivory and eight sockets that have been left empty, one of which is partially filled with ivory. At the base of the skull and surrounding the external occipital protuberance is the ukibori signature. SIgned to the right of the protuberance, Hogen, and to the left, Tadashige.1 3/4in (4.6cm). Provenance: Illustrated, with signature, in Lazarnick page 1061, following his discussion of the previously incorrect reading of Tadashige as Tadayoshi. Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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A wood netsuke of a tanuki

Lot 210: A wood netsuke of a tanuki

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Description: By Ittan, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Atop his enormous, deeply veined, scrotum under which is compressed a hunter with his rifle. Signed on the underside, Ittan, plus kakihan. A similar model is in the Baur Collection, see Figure C1112. 7/8in (2.2cm).

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A wood netsuke of Shoki.

Lot 211: A wood netsuke of Shoki.

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Description: By Ittan, Nagoya, Circa 1820-1840. Standing with his sword pointing to the ground and his left hand raised to his shoulder and holding the strap of a very large straw hat that covers his back. He is hunched over and looking downwards, large himotoshi on the lower back that exits from under the hem of his garment. Signed on the back of the right leg, Ittan. 2in (5.1cm). Provenance: Purchased at Yagi art shop in Kyoto, Japan, 1960.

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A cherry wood netsuke of Fox from Kitsune Tadanobu

Lot 212: A cherry wood netsuke of Fox from Kitsune Tadanobu

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Description: By Ittan, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. The fox in the guise of Tadanobu as it attempts to regain the tzuzumi which was covered with the belly skin of its mother. Richly stained, essentially unworn, the pupils inlaid in black, the rope bindings on the tzuzumi are undercut, the large himotoshi appears naturally on the underside. Signed on the end of the bushy tail, Ittan, plus kakihan. Similar illustrated in Davey, Fig. 586. 1 3/8in (3.5cm). Provenance: Purchased at Yagi art shop in Kyoto, Japan, 1960.

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A wood netsuke of a tanuki.

Lot 213: A wood netsuke of a tanuki.

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Description: By Ittan, Nagoya, Early 19th century. Seated roaring with head raised, right paw upraised, and the others clutching its distended scrotum. The teeth and tongue are well-articulated and the paws are large with long claws. Signed on underside, Ittan, plus kakihan. 1 3/8in (3.4cm). Provenance: Purchased at auction at Hauswedell, Hamburg, Germany, May 20, 1963.

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A fine wood netsuke of a reclining boar.

Lot 214: A fine wood netsuke of a reclining boar.

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Description: By Seishinsai Ikkei, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. The well delineated snout is raised upwards and the tusks rise up to touch it, the ears are placed well back along the side and the hair-work gives the beast a leathery appearance. The finish is the reddish glow typical of Nagoya works, the space between the left feet provide a natural himotoshi and the signature appears below on the right haunch. The right front hoof has been skillfully replaced, chips to ear. Signed on the underside without reserve, Ikkei, plus a third character that has been read as zan. 1 3/4in (4.3cm).

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A wood netsuke of sleeping Shojo.

Lot 215: A wood netsuke of sleeping Shojo.

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Description: By Ikkan (1817-1893), Nagoya, Early 19th century. The hands with long delicate fingers and carefully delineated nails, the robe richly embroidered with cloud designs and lozenge shaped diaper work, the hair is parted at the top and beautifully carved as it flows to the waist. Signed on the underside in a rectangular reserve, Ikkan. 1 1/2in (3.7cm).

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A wood netsuke of a cluster of five hamaguri.

Lot 216: A wood netsuke of a cluster of five hamaguri.

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Description: By Ikkan (1817-1893), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Ttightly closed, the spiral markings of the shells well-defined and stained black for effect, the umbos partially finished with white gesso to indicate where the periostracum has worn off. The natural openings in the design are used for the hinotoshi.Signed on an oval ivory inlaid plaque, Ikkan. 1 1/8in (2.9cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A wood netsuke of townsman as a butterfly dancer.

Lot 217: A wood netsuke of townsman as a butterfly dancer.

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Description: By Ikkyu, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Standing on his left foot with the right raised and bent at the knee in a 90 degree angle, his arms outstretched hold his robe to simulate the wings, the fingers of the right hand can be seen grasping the front of the robe, his mouth is agape and the eyes are inlaid in black. Signed on underside in an oval reserve, Ikkyu. 1 5/8in (4.1cm).

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A wood netsuke of a kirin.

Lot 218: A wood netsuke of a kirin.

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Description: By Ichimin, Nagoya, Early 19th century. A recumbent two-horned Kirin, eyes inlaid in horn(?), rich reddish Nagoya coloring, fine hair-work with leathery skin and flames carved in relief. Signed on the underside, Ichimin, plus a seal, Ichimin.1 3/8in (3.4cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Illustrated in the The MCI page 206. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A wood netsuke of a rat on lima bean.

Lot 219: A wood netsuke of a rat on lima bean.

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Description: By Ittei, Nagoya, Early 19th century. Chubby little rodent sits atop a lima bean with his right paws extended over the edge as he clutches it, the left front paw supports it from underneath and the remaining paw is extended underneath with long graceful digits, the tail is curled under. The large beady eyes are inlaid in black and the piece is darkly stained. Signed on one end of the bean, Ittei. 7/8in (2.3cm).

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A wood netsuke of two Rats.

Lot 220: A wood netsuke of two Rats.

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Description: By Morinobu, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Entwined with eyes inlaid in dark horn, himotoshi use natural openings, stained with a reddish hue. Signed in a rectangular cartouche, Morinobu. 1 1/8in (2.8cm). Provenance: Illustrated in Lazarnick page 800.

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A wood netsuke of a tanuki.

Lot 221: A wood netsuke of a tanuki.

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Description: Signed Masakazu, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. With open mouth and his right arm raised in anger, nicely stained a warm reddish hue. Signed on the underside, Masakazu 1 1/4in (3.2cm). Provenance: Purchased in Tokyo, 1951.

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A wood netsuke of a rabbit.

Lot 222: A wood netsuke of a rabbit.

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Description: By Masatami, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. A crouching figure which is strikingly similar to the netsuke illustrated in Gonse's "L'Art Japonais" and in the Bing collection. Signed on the underside, Masatami. 1 1/8in (2.7cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection.Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1958.

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A wood netsuke of a monkey.

Lot 223: A wood netsuke of a monkey.

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Description: By Masatami, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Drinking sake from a large gourd and desperately trying to extricate his finger from the mouth of the jug. Signed in an oval reserve, Masatami. 1 1/2in (3.8cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1958.

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A wood netsuke of a rooster on drum.

Lot 224: A wood netsuke of a rooster on drum.

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Description: By (Koya?) Masatami, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Sitting on a drum, the bottom of the drum is engraved with a design of clouds and dragons. Signed on the underside, Masatami. 1 3/8in (3.4cm).

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An ivory netsuke of seven sages in bamboo grove.

Lot 225: An ivory netsuke of seven sages in bamboo grove.

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Description: By Hosai Masahiro, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. The figures under the bamboo canopy, weel worn both inside and out. Signed on the underside, Masahiro, plus a seal highlighted in red, Hosai. School of Hogen Fujiwara Masanobu. 1 1/8in (2.9cm). Provenance: Ex Pruyn Collection in Albany Institute for History & Art. Robert Pruyn was appointed to the post of Minister to Japan by President Lincoln in 1861.

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A wood netsuke of a shishi group.

Lot 226: A wood netsuke of a shishi group.

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Description: By Sato Masayoshi (1819-1865), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. A fine model of two shishi with a cub with an openwork brocade ball. Signed on cub's belly in a rectangular reserve, Masayoshi. A nearly identical piece is Illustrated in the catalogue of Sotheby's London, November 13, 1986, lot 244. 1 1/8in (2.7cm).

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A boxwood netsuke of a tiger and monkey.

Lot 227: A boxwood netsuke of a tiger and monkey.

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Description: By Sato Masayoshi (1819-1865), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. The tiger crouching over a length of bamboo while the small monkey seated on the tiger's back plays with the latter's long tail, the eyes are inlaid in ivory and horn, the fangs in ivory and the tongue is carved from ebony. Signed on the bamboo, Masayoshi. 1 3/8in (3.5cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, March 16, 1968; Lot 423. Ex W. L. Behrens collection, No. 2791. Ex Gunther collection, No. 1806. Ex Gaskell collection, No. 789

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A wood netsuke of a tigress and cub.

Lot 228: A wood netsuke of a tigress and cub.

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Description: By Sato Masayoshi (1819-1865), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. She crouches above cub rolling on it's side at her feet, the eyes are double-inlaid in horn, black pupils on bulging grayish-yellow eyeballs. Signed on a rectangular plaque held between the claws of the tigress, Masayoshi. 1in (2.7cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A Kaki wood netsuke of two goats.

Lot 229: A Kaki wood netsuke of two goats.

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Description: By Sato Masayoshi (1819-1865), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Male and female, seated and intertwined, one nuzzling the ear of the other who responds with raised head and lips pulled back in satisfaction for the attention. Signed on the underside in a hollowed out rectangular reserve, Masayoshi. 7/8in (2.3cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A kaki wood netsuke of a wolf.

Lot 230: A kaki wood netsuke of a wolf.

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Description: By Sato Masayoshi (1819-1865), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. Gnawing on a human skull, the eyes double inlaid in horn with black pupils. Signed on the underside in a raised rectangular reserve, Masayoshi. 1 3/8in (3.4cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A wood netsuke of a fox.

Lot 231: A wood netsuke of a fox.

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Description: By Bazan (d.1879), Nagoya, Mid 19th century. With a captured a rat under a straw hat. The rat is partially coming through a hole in the hat and the fox has the rat's tail in its mouth where is has protruded through another hole. Signed on the side, Bazan. 1in (2.5cm). Provenance: Christie's, New York, March 21, 1985; Lot 760. The Mary Louise O'Brien Collection.

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An ivory netsuke of a Kitsune mask.

Lot 232: An ivory netsuke of a Kitsune mask.

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Description: By Kogyoku, Nagoya, Mid 19th century. The mouth open with teeth clenched and the pupils cut entirely through, nicely stained. Inscribed on the crossbar, Kogyoku. While the signature uses the same characters as the well-known follower of Bazan, may be a different artist as this work appears to be a little later and the Getsu character is formed using both horizontal strokes whereas most examples show the D1180 carver using only a single horizontal stroke. 1 7/8in (4.7cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1954.

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A wood netsuke of a kappa on clam.

Lot 233: A wood netsuke of a kappa on clam.

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Description: Nagoya, Mid 19th century. With its foot caught between the halves of a giant hamaguri shell, eyes inlaid in black, the leathery skin well rendered. The hair-work and the staining suggest a Nagoya origin. Unsigned. 1 1/2in (3.7cm).

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A cherry wood netsuke of an octopus.

Lot 234: A cherry wood netsuke of an octopus.

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Description: Nagoya, Early 19th century. Standing on two tentacles with the others joining together to provide natural himotoshi, the head is smoothly modeled with bulging eyes and the tubular mouth is well-defined, the suckers on the tentacles are well-detailed. Unsigned. 2 1/8in (5.3cm).

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A group of 4 netsuke, of various material.

Lot 235: A group of 4 netsuke, of various material.

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Description: Nagoya, Mid 19th century. The first, a wood Noh mask of Kwang-yo doji, inscribed, Ikko. 1?in (4.2cm). The second,by Tomonobu, a wood vegetable group consisting of a pumpkin surmounted by three nasubi. Signed on a rectangular tablet, Tomonobu. 2in (5cm). The third, a wood awabi shell, with deep striations and traces of color that give testimony to its life under the water. Signed on side in a rectangular reserve, unread. 1?in (4.2cm). The fourth, by Hosai Masahiro, an ivory scene of a court lady standing in front of a screen. Signed on the underside, Masahiro. School of Hogen Fujiwara Masanobu. 1½in (3.7cm).

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A wood netsuke of a south sea islander.

Lot 236: A wood netsuke of a south sea islander.

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Description: By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, Mid 18th century. Wearing a straw fisherman's cape, as he carries an umbrella and a pair of geta. Darkly stained and well-patinated and worn. Signed inside a geta, Minko. With Meinertzhagen's original color card. 2 5/8in (6.6cm). Provenance: Purchased from F. Meinertzhagen in 1959.

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A wood netsuke of a maid.

Lot 237: A wood netsuke of a maid.

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Description: By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, Early 19th century. Wearing a kimono and seated with her hands under the garment and pulling it together, her feet show under the kimono but without erotic detail, her eyes are double-inlaid in ivory with black pupils, her haircomb is also inlaid in ivory and her tongue sticks out and is inlaid in ebony. Signed on the underside, Minko. 1 5/8in (4.1cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A wood netsuke of a monkey and snake.

Lot 238: A wood netsuke of a monkey and snake.

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Description: By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, Mid 18th century. Engaged in a struggle, the monkey's head is turned around to meet the gaze of the snake's head that emerges from under the monkey's rump, the himotoshi use natural openings. The monkey has the same rough-hewn hair-work that one expects from Minko's animals. Signed on the right rear foreleg, Minko. 1in (2.5cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, November 3, 1969; Lot 190.

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A group of two wood netsuke.

Lot 239: A group of two wood netsuke.

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Description: By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, The first, late 18th century, a mask of Kitsune with a movable jaw, eyes double inlaid in ivory and pins for the lower jaw also in ivory. Signed on the crossbar, Minko. 1?in (4cm). The second, early 19th century, the monkey triad, eyes inlaid in dark horn, good hair-work, one himotoshi is natural, the other is on the underside. Signed in a never seen irregular reserve, Minko. 1¾in (4.5cm). Provenance: The second, Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1966.

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A wood netsuke of a goat.

Lot 240: A wood netsuke of a goat.

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Description: By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, Late 18th century. Seated with legs tucked under, eyes inlaid in brass with black pupils, roughly-hewn hair-work. Signed on the underside on the right rear haunch in a polished reserve, Minko, plus kakihan. 1 1/8in (2.9cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1954.

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A wood netsuke of a goat.

Lot 241: A wood netsuke of a goat.

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Description: By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, Mid 18th century. Seated with legs tucked under, eyes inlaid in brass with black pupils, roughly-hewn hair-work, Richly patinated and slightly worn. Signed on the underside on the right rear haunch in a polished reserve, Minko, plus kakihan. 1 1/4in (3.1cm).

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A wood netsuke of a tiger.

Lot 242: A wood netsuke of a tiger.

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Description: By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, Mid 18th century. Looking around to his left as he sits snarling with his tail curled over his back, eyes inlaid in brass with black pupils, typical large bushy eyebrows and enormous paws suggest an early work by this master. Nicely worn and patinated, himotoshi carved between the front paws. Signed under the left rear paw, Minko, plus kakihan. 1 3/8in (3.6cm). Provenance: Purchased at auction at Hauswedell, Hamburg, Germany, May 20, 1963.

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A wood netsuke of a tiger and cub.

Lot 243: A wood netsuke of a tiger and cub.

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Description: By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, Late 18th century. Looking around to his left as he sits snarling with his tail curled around his body and his cub seated on his haunch, eyes of both inlaid in brass with black pupils, typical large bushy eyebrows and enormous paws. Nicely worn and patinated, himotoshi carved between the front paws. Signed under the left rear paw, Minko, plus kakihan. 1 1/8in (3cm).

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A kaki wood netsuke of an ox.

Lot 244: A kaki wood netsuke of an ox.

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Description: By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, Mid 18th century. Recumbent with legs tucked under and the tail lying along its left side, eyes inlaid in brass with black pupils, the nostrils are colored red, well-worn and the right side shows a wide swath of the outer brown part of the kaki wood. Signed on the underside of the right rear haunch, Minko, plus kakihan, colored red. 2in (5.1cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A kaki wood netsuke of Daruma.

Lot 245: A kaki wood netsuke of Daruma.

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Description: By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, Late 18th century. With rotating eyes that are painted gold and red, the smaller of the two himotoshi is lined in ivory, nicely polished to show the streaks of brown against the black core of the kaki wood.. Signed above the large himotoshi, Minko, plus kakihan with traces of red coloring remaining on all. There is an old label from a museum or dealer affixed to the back with the number '3405'. 1 3/8in (3.3cm).

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A boxwood netsuke of an octopus and monkey.

Lot 246: A boxwood netsuke of an octopus and monkey.

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Description: By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, Mid 18th century. The standing octopus with eyes inlaid in dark horn with black pupils looking down at monkey with mouth and eyes colored red, the eyes with black pupils. Signed on the reverse to the right of the himotoshi, Minko, plus seal and Kakihan.4in (10.2cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1960.

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A wood netsuke of a monkey with nacre eyes.

Lot 247: A wood netsuke of a monkey with nacre eyes.

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Description: Attributed to Tanaka Minko, Tsu, Mid 18th century. Seated with legs crossed and rocking backwards with mouth wide open and arms wrapped around his lower legs to keep himself from falling overe, eyes inlaid in nacre, deeply cut hair-work, a thick flowing mane that extends from the head down the back and under the body where it forms a natural himotoshi. Well patinated and worn. Unsigned. A similar piece signed Minko illustrated in Davey, Fig. 643. 1in (2.5cm). Provenance: Illustrated in the Netsuke Kenkyukai article on the Mang Collection (Volume 3, Number 4 - December 1983)

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A wood netsuke of a tigress.

Lot 248: A wood netsuke of a tigress.

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Description: By Kokei, School of Minko, Tsu, Late 18th century. Seated, the long tail curled up and around the back, the mouth slightly open and the eyes double-inlaid in oxidized brass with black pupils.Signed on the right haunch, without reserve, Kokei. 1in (2.4cm).

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A wood netsuke of a tigress.

Lot 249: A wood netsuke of a tigress.

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Description: By Kokei, School of Minko, Tsu, Early 19th century. With well-marked fur-work, tail a little shorter than some and hunched a little further back in a clear defensive position, mouth slightly open and eyes double-inlaid in brass with black pupils. Signed on the underside on the right haunch, without reserve, Kokei. 7/8in (2.3cm).

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A wood netsuke of a pekinese.

Lot 250: A wood netsuke of a pekinese.

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Description: Kokei style, School of Minko, Tsu, Early 19th century. Doing his best imitation of a Shishi lion with back humped up and a slight snarl to the mouth, the large eyes double-inlaid in amber with black pupils. Interesting hair-work with the mane flowing down from the crown of the head and meeting the tail as it wraps around the back. 1in (2.5cm).

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