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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 ningyo.

Lot 251: A wood netsuke of a ningyo.

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Description: By Tomin, School of Minko, Tsu, Late 18th century. Seated, looking up with her tail curled around to rest under her hands, her scales and flowing hair are well defined, some wear and patinated to a rich golden brown color. Signed between a pair of pectoral fins on the underside in ukibori without reserve, Tomin.1 1/8in (2.7cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, October 6, 1982.

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An ebony netsuke of Daruma

Lot 252: An ebony netsuke of Daruma

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Description: By Tomin, School of Minko, Tsu, Late 18th century. With rolling eyes carved of ivory that has been stained red at the back of the eyeballs and in concentric circles outlining the pupil, which is black. Inscribed & signed on the reverse with the inscription, Tomin kore o chouko (carved by craftsman Tomin).1 1/4in (3.2cm). Provenance: Ex C.V.S. Roosevelt collection, Sotheby's, New York, June 2, 1992; Lot 149

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An ebony netsuke of an eagle catching a rabbit.

Lot 253: An ebony netsuke of an eagle catching a rabbit.

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Description: By Tomin, School of Minko, Tsu, Late 18th century. Holding the rabbit in its claws, the eyes of the former inlaid in brass with ebony pupils. Signed on the underside in an oval reserve, Tomin. The signature all but erased from wear but still discernible. A similar model is illustrated in the MCI on page 883. 1 1/2in (3.9cm).

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A guri lacquer netsuke of Kwannon.

Lot 254: A guri lacquer netsuke of Kwannon.

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Description: Inscribed Chikusen, Tsu, Late 19th century. Standing, carved entirely from red and yellow Guri lacquer. Inscribed on the underside, Chikusen.2 3/8in (6.1cm). Provenance: Purchased from Raymond Bushell 1957.

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An ivory netsuke of a fish group.

Lot 255: An ivory netsuke of a fish group.

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Description: By Hasegawa Ikko, Tsu, Early 19th century. Approximately twenty kinds of fish including bream, carp, skate, sunfish, octopus, squid, crayfish, eel, fugu, tai, flounder, perch, and manta ray. The piece is well-carved, slightly toned and lightly worn. Signed in an irregular reserve, Ikko. Meinhertzagen's card reads "Finely carved group. The treatment both original and characteristic. Genuine, first half 19th." 2 3/8in (6.1cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, October 11, 1967. Illustrated in Davey, page 219, Fig. 671.Illustrated in Lazarnick on page 511.Ex Frederick Meinertzhagen - illustrated in the MCI on page 220.Ex W.W. Winkworth collection.

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An ivory netsuke of an octopus and piebald cat.

Lot 256: An ivory netsuke of an octopus and piebald cat.

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Description: By Hasegawa Ikko, Tsu, Early 19th century. Entangled atop a peasant hat, the cat wearing a braided rope collar, nicely patinated and with a large himotoshi on the bottom that exits through a recessed area. Signed on the underside without reserve, Ikko. 1 5/8in (4.1cm). Provenance: Christie's, London, October 9, 1973; Lot 196.

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A wood netsuke of a turtle group.

Lot 257: A wood netsuke of a turtle group.

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Description: Masanao, Yamada, Mid 19th century. five turtles climbing atop one another, the leathery skin naturalistically carved, the finish a warm brown with some appropriate wear. Signed on the underside, Masanao. A similar model illustrated in Bushell - Collectors' Netsuke, page 93, Fig. 117. 1 1/2in (3.7cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1954.

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A wood netsuke of a tiger.

Lot 258: A wood netsuke of a tiger.

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Description: By Masanao I or II, Yamada, Mid 19th century. Seated and turning to the right with its mouth open and its tail curling round beneath, the stripes are well etched in black and the boxwood is of a good color. Signed in a polished reserve, Masanao. 1 1/4in (3.3cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, October 11, 1967; Lot 279. Illustrated in Davey, Page 221, Fig. 674. Ex M. M. Hepworth Collection

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A wood netsuke of two puppies.

Lot 259: A wood netsuke of two puppies.

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Description: By Masanao I or II, Yamada, Mid 19th century. Wrestling with each other, with floppy ears and well defined claws on the paws, good hair-work and nicely patinated, slightly worn with a small chip on the tail of one, himotoshi use natural openings. Signed on the underside in an oval reserve, Masanao. 1 1/4in (3.2cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A wood netsuke of mushrooms.

Lot 260: A wood netsuke of mushrooms.

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Description: By Masanao II or Shawaw(III?), Yamada, Mid 19th century. Comprised of three larger and two smaller fungi, the larger with gills on their undersides, stained a lovely light golden brown, some wear and patination. Signed on the underside of stem in a polished reserve, Masanao. 1 1/2in (3.7cm).

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A wood netsuke of a snake and skull.

Lot 261: A wood netsuke of a snake and skull.

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Description: By Masanao III or II, Yamada, Early 20th century. The orbital sockets of skull are pierced by the coils of the snake, eyes inlaid in black, the pitted skin of the snake providing a nice contrast to the smoothly sculpted surface of the skull. Signed on the underside in a polished reserve, Masanao. 1 1/4in (3.3cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1968.

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A wood netsuke of a snake.

Lot 262: A wood netsuke of a snake.

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Description: By Shawa Masanao, Yamada, Mid 19th century. Coiling upon itself to form a compact rectangular pyramid, the scales are carved in high relief and the scaly skin is irregularly stained to imitate the changing snakeskin colors, the eye pupils inlaid in dark horn, the himotoshi formed by natural openings. Signed in a raised oval reserve, Masano. 7/8in (2.2cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, September 21, 1983.

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A wood netsuke of a snail.

Lot 263: A wood netsuke of a snail.

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Description: Attributed to Shawa Masanao, Yamada, Mid 19th century. Emerging from its shell as it sits upon a millstone, the rough texture of its foot somewhat matching the pitted surface of the old millstone. Signed on the underside in a polished reserve, Masanao . A similar example of a snail on a section of log by Shawa Masanao in shown in Lazarnick on page 721. 7/8in (2.3cm).

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A wood netsuke of a frog.

Lot 264: A wood netsuke of a frog.

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Description: Attributed to Shawa Masanao or III. Yamada, Mid 19th century. Sitting on an old well bucket lthat lays on its side, the underside nicely carved to indicate the aged wood, the rivets on the sides of the bucket inlaid in black,and the frog with gnarly skin but with less detail applied to the face. Signed on the underside, Masanao. Some chipping around the himotoshi on the underside that extends to part of the signature. 1 1/4in (3cm).

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A wood netsuke of a toad.

Lot 265: A wood netsuke of a toad.

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Description: Attributed to Shinpuken Masanao, Yamada, Mid 19th century. Sitting on a millstone, eyes inlaid in black. Signed on the underside without reserve, Masanao. There are two rather noticeable cracks that run down the sides of the millstone and intrude slightly on the underside. 1in (2.7cm).

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A boxwood netsuke of Urashima Taro.

Lot 266: A boxwood netsuke of Urashima Taro.

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Description: Attributed ot Shinto Masanao, Yamada, Mid 19th century. Opening the casket given to him by Otohime, the daughter of the Dragon King, which resulted in his instant aging and death. His tunic is carved with a wave pattern and his lower body is draped with finely engraved seaweed, himotoshi are through natural openings, stained a dark brown, the feet carefully carved on the underside. Signed on the underside of the casket, Masanao. 1 1/8in (3cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A wood netsuke of a puppy.

Lot 267: A wood netsuke of a puppy.

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Description: School of Masanao, Yamada, Late 19th century. Sitting on a wooden scoop, the nailheads inlaid in dark horn, simulated age cracks on the side of the scoop, the hair-work and the inside of the scoop are stained black. Signed on the underside without reserve, Masanao. 1 1/4in (3.1cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A group of two Masanao school netsuke.

Lot 268: A group of two Masanao school netsuke.

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Description: Yamada, 19th century. The first, an ivory depiciton of a brigand standing with his right foot raised and resting on a rock, his garment bears the mon 'rimbo'. Signed in an oval reserve, Masanao. 1 7/8in (4.8cm). The second, A kaki wood rat sitting on the head of a salmon, the eyes of both inlaid in black. The himotoshi enters on one side of the head and exits through the cut end. Inscribed onto the head between an eye and the himotoshi, Masanao. 1 3/4in (4.4cm).

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A wood netsuke of a coiled rat.

Lot 269: A wood netsuke of a coiled rat.

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Description: By Masakiyo, Yamada, Mid 19th century. With one paw to his ear and another holding his nose while the tail wraps around his body, he hair-work is beautifully engraved and the eyes are inlaid in dark horn. SIgned at base of tail in rectangular reserve, Masakiyo. The Masanao lineage is easily seen in this typical example of the school, especially the influence of his teacher, Masakatsu. 1 1/4in (3.3cm). Provenance: Purchased at Parke-Bernet, New York, February 7, 1951.

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A wood netsuke of a monkey.

Lot 270: A wood netsuke of a monkey.

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Description: Attributed to Isshinsai Masamitsu II, Yamada, Mid 19th century. Seated with his front hands clasped over his right knee while he gazes upwards, with nice hair-work, and inlaid glass eyes. Signed on underside without reserve, Masamitsu. 1 3/8in (3.3cm). Provenance: Purchased at Parke-Bernet, New York, February 7, 1951.

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A wood netsuke of an ox.

Lot 271: A wood netsuke of an ox.

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Description: School of Masanao, Yamada, Early 19th century. Reclining, head turned slightly to the left, the eyes inlaid in black. Smoothly finished and with a nice patina, the legs and hooves are defined on the underside along with two good himotoshi. Inscribed on the underside, Masamitsu. Left horn repaired. 2in (5cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A kurumi netsuke of Bumbuko Chagama.

Lot 272: A kurumi netsuke of Bumbuko Chagama.

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Description: By Masatada, Yamada, Mid 19th century. The half of the nut above the joint has been carved to simulate the surface of an old iron tea kettle while the bottom half is carved with hair-work and the whole front part transitions to hair-work, the stem end of the nut becomes an elongated snout. Signed in reserve on the tail, Masatada saku. A similar model by Masanao, of whom Masatada was a student, is illustrated in the MCI on page 452. 1 7/8in (4.6cm).

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A wood netsuke of a dromedary camel, after Hokusai

Lot 273: A wood netsuke of a dromedary camel, after Hokusai

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Description: By Masakatsu (d.1899), Yamada, Mid 19th century. The beasts four feet are shown with claws, seemingly copied from the drawing of the same in the Hokusai "Manga". Signed on the belly, without reserve, but in a space cleared of hair-work, Masakatsu.A nearly identical model was in the Hindson Collection, Sale No. 6, lot 1018 (Davey, Fig. 694) 1 5/8in (4.1cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A wood netsuke of two Puppies.

Lot 274: A wood netsuke of two Puppies.

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Description: By Masakatsu (d.1899), Yamada, Late 19th century. Wrestling with each other, a well-balanced composition with fine hair-work, double-inlaid eyes of horn with black pupils, the spine nicely delineated on the pup in the superior position. Signed on the underside in an oval inlaid ivory plaque, Masakatsu. 1 3/8in (3.3cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1954.

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A boxwood netsuke of Ono no Komachi.

Lot 275: A boxwood netsuke of Ono no Komachi.

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Description: By Masakatsu (d.1899), Yamada, Late 19th century. Seated with one knee raised, she holds a bamboo staff in her left hand and a bag in her right, while her wide straw hat is slung over her shoulder. Signed on the underside, Masakatsu. 1 3/8in (3.4cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, October 11, 1967; Lot 283. Illustrated in Davey, page 225, Fig. 690.

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A boxwood netsuke of mushrooms.

Lot 276: A boxwood netsuke of mushrooms.

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Description: Attributed to Chikuzenya Masakazu, Yamada, Mid 19th century. Comprising three large and several smaller buds, the gills are finely carved and darkly stained, the rest lightly stained. Signed safely in a concave area on the underside, Masakazu. 1 1/8in (3cm). Provenance: Purchased at Toraya, Tokyo, July 1, 1960.

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A group of two netsuke, various material.

Lot 277: A group of two netsuke, various material.

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Description: May be Chikuzenya Masakazu, Mid 19th century. The first, a wood manju of narasumi, charcoal for use in tea ceremony, seen as a cross-section of wood with a smaller node attached to one side, the outside bark has been stained to appear burnt. Inscribed on the lower side in an arrowhead shaped reserve, Masakazu. 1 7/8in (4.7cm). The second, a tsuishu cicada on a darkly stained leaf, the stem has been curled around to meet the underside of the leaf. Inscribed on the underside, Masakazu. 7/8in (2.1cm).

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A wood netsuke of a snail on a roof tile.

Lot 278: A wood netsuke of a snail on a roof tile.

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Description: By Shojuken Masatomo, Yamada, Mid 19th century. Silver snail on front side. Signed on the top edge, Masatomo, plus a third character. The bottom edge bears a three character inscription. The back has two polished areas with ukibori characters that are mostly illegible from wear. Snail attributed to Ganbun. 1 1/4in (3.2cm).

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A wood netsuke of a rat.

Lot 279: A wood netsuke of a rat.

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Description: By Kano Tomokazu, Gifu, Early 19th century. Sitting with its tail curled underneath while clutching a chestnut with its front paws, eyes inlaid with dark horn, the lower two incisors with ivory, the reddish hue of the wood typical of origins near Nagoya. Signeed under the tail in an oval reserve, Tomokazu. 1in (2.4cm).

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A wood netsuke of a monkey held in Eagle's Claw.

Lot 280: A wood netsuke of a monkey held in Eagle's Claw.

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Description: By Kano Tomokazu, Gifu, Early 19th century. The claw is severed at the ankle, the small creature writhing in a terrified manner to escape, the eyes inlaid in translucent amber with dark pupils, hair-work finely detailed, himotoshi use a natural opening. Signed on the end without reserve, Tomokazu. Traces of an old collector's number appear on the back in white paint. 1 3/4in (4.6cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, June 14, 1972; Lot 8.

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A wood netsuke of Shoki and Oni.

Lot 281: A wood netsuke of Shoki and Oni.

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Description: By Kano Tomokazu, Gifu, Early 19th century. Shoki trapped under a basket by an oni, the eyes of the Oni inlaid in black, those of Shoki are in ivory with black pupils, and the buttons of his jacket are in ivory, the tip of his scabbard is inlaid in horn. The detailing of the basket and Shoki are finely rendered and Shoki's sword can be seen bursting through the side of the basket. Signed on the under edge of the basket in an oval reserve, Tomokazu. 1 1/4in (3cm).

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A wood netsuke of a tiger.

Lot 282: A wood netsuke of a tiger.

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Description: By Kano Tomokazu, Gifu, Early 19th century. Sitting licking his left front paw while his tail curls beneath him and between his other legs, eyes inlaid in horn or amber with black pupils, the incisors inlaid in ivory, uniformly good hair-work with almost no wear, the stripes have been applied with black ink. The himotoshi occur naturally under the tail. Signed on the right rear foot in a polished oval reserve, Tomokazu using the 5-stroke Tomo. A nearly identical example is shown in Lazarnick on page 1155. 1 1/8in (3cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1958.

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A wood netsuke of an owl and two owlets.

Lot 283: A wood netsuke of an owl and two owlets.

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Description: By Kano Tomokazu, Gifu, Mid 19th century. Perched on a branch, eyes double-inlaid in grey horn with black pupils, on either side is a stump from which pops up an Owlet whose eyes are inlaid in black. The feathers are well carved and the tree limbs are surmounted by leaves and tendrils, very little wear but the underside is deeply patinated. Signed in an oval reserve, Tomokazu. 1 1/2in (3.9cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, October 6, 1982.

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A group of two wood netsuke.

Lot 284: A group of two wood netsuke.

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Description: Attributed to Masakazu, Gifu or Nagoya, Early 19th century. The first, a mask of an Exorcist, the nose large and upturned, the mouth in a downward sneer, a stubble of whiskers etched and then polished off. The eyes are recessed with deep holes for pupils, which may have lost inlays. Inscribed on the crossbar, Masakazu. 1 7/8in (4.6cm). The second, a Buddhist priest holding a long serrated knife and in the process of cutting off the horns on an Oni who kneels in front of him with hands held to his mouth in abject resignation. Well-worn and beautifully patinated. Inscribed on the underside, Masakazu. 1 7/8in (4.7cm). Provenance: The first, Barry Davies, London.

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An ivory netsuke of a tiger.

Lot 285: An ivory netsuke of a tiger.

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Description: Inscribed Tomokazu, Gifu, Early 19th century. Snarling, twisting its head around, pupils inlaid in black, good hair-work reinforced with black ink, stripes formed by flame-shaped polished reserves, somewhat worn with good patination. Inscribed in a polished oval reserve, Tomokazu. Probably an added signature. 1 1/8in (3cm). Provenance: Purchased from Sydney L. Moss, Ltd, London, 1964.

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A wood netsuke of a war lord on waves.

Lot 285A: A wood netsuke of a war lord on waves.

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Description: Inscribed Tomokazu, Early 19th century. Gentoku (Liu Pei) on horseback riding over the waves as he makes his escape through the Hwang Ho river gorge, he holds the reins in his right hand and his bow in his left, eyes of both horse and rider inlaid in black, stained a yellowish brown, well-worn and patinated. Inscribed on the underside in a large polished area without reserve, Tomokazu. Probably an added signature. . 1 3/4in (4.1cm)

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A wood netsuke of Shoki and Oni.

Lot 286: A wood netsuke of Shoki and Oni.

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Description: By Matsuda Sukenaga, Early 19th century. Shoki kneeling on an Oni and holding him down with his left hand, his right holding his sword in a threatening manner, the lightly stained Hida pine showing very slight traces of ittobori work on the back, nicely polished and showing a little wear to the front of the Oni, himotoshi uses a natural opening. Signed on the underside without reserve, Sukenaga. 1 1/2in (3.7cm).

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A group of two ittobori ichii wood netsuke.

Lot 287: A group of two ittobori ichii wood netsuke.

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Description: By Sukeyuki, 19th century. The first, a sparrow with eyes inlaid in black and effective use of the dark and light colors of the ichii wood on the crown of the head and the wing cuts to show contrast. Signed on the underside withour reserve, Sukeyuki. 1 3/8in (3.5cm). The second, Daruma yawning with eyes inlaid in black. Signed on the reverse without reserve, Sukeyuki. 1 1/2in (3.8cm).

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A hida pine netsuke of a Kamifuki mask.

Lot 288: A hida pine netsuke of a Kamifuki mask.

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Description: By Shoko, Hida, Mid 19th century. Beshimi playing the kamifuki game, the two sides of the crossbar are finished with recessed borders, the insides of the back are left corrugated while the rest is smoothly polished. Signed to the left of the crossbar, Shoko. 1 7/8in (4.8cm).

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A pottery netsuke of a Beshimi mask.

Lot 289: A pottery netsuke of a Beshimi mask.

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Description: By Shimizu Sekisen 1st, Gifu, Late 19th century. A Bizenyaki mask of Beshimi, finished with a copper glaze and silver eyes. Impressed seal on the crossbar, Sekisen. Ueda says that Sekisen was engaged in the production of Onko ware at Akasaka, Mino which is in the present-day Gifu Prefecture. 1 7/8in (4.8cm). Provenance: Purchased at auction, Hauswedell, Hamburg, Germany, May 20, 1963.

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A wood netsuke of Tengu no Tamago.

Lot 290: A wood netsuke of Tengu no Tamago.

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Description: By Nobukazu, Early 19th century. Breaking out of its egg with left arm and wing extending out of egg, himotoshi of unequal size on the underside. Signed on an inlaid ivory plaque near the himotoshi, Nobukazu. 1 5/8in (4.3cm).

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A wood netsuke of a Gama Sennin.

Lot 291: A wood netsuke of a Gama Sennin.

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Description: Toyomasa style, Mid 19th century. Standing in his mugwart cape with a toad sitting on his right shoulder, his right arm reaches across his body to hold one rear leg of the amphibian, his eyes are inlaid in light horn with black pupils while the toad eyes are inlaid in black. The reddish staining and the design of the subject are both in the manner of Toyomasa. Unsigned.2 1/2in (6.2cm). Provenance: Ex Barry Davies Oriental Art, London.

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A wood netsuke of the hear no evil monkey.

Lot 292: A wood netsuke of the hear no evil monkey.

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Description: Namboku style, School of Toyomasa, Mid 19th century. The eyes inlaid in dark horn, the hair-work deeply carved, the himotoshi large and well-placed, a nice patina forming on the hands and face where it is more worn. 1 5/8in (4.2cm).

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A wood netsuke of two monkeys.

Lot 293: A wood netsuke of two monkeys.

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Description: By Koichi, School of Toyomasa, Early 19th century. Fighting over a bunch of biwa fruit, the hair-work boldly carved and the eyes double inlaid in dark red horn with black pupils. Traces of light red paint highlight the mouth of one monkey and the eyes and ears of the other. The cord attachment made through natural openings. Signed on a raised oval reserve, Koichi.1 7/8in (4.6cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1954. Illustratted in the MCI page 357.

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A wood ryusa manju of a phoenix.

Lot 294: A wood ryusa manju of a phoenix.

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Description: By Toyokazu, School of Toyomasa, Early 19th century. The eye inlaid with pale horn, the densely etched feathers on the front darkened in contrast to the lighter design of paulownia leaves on the reverse,cwhich have been placed in a naturalistic overlapping arrangement. Signed on the side without reservee, Toyokazu. 1 1/4in (3.3cm).

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A wood netsuke of a tigress and cub.

Lot 295: A wood netsuke of a tigress and cub.

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Description: By Toyokazu, School of Toyomasa, Mid 19th century. The mother crouching and turning her head to the left to gaze at her cub who also crouches with its tail passing under her chin, the wood is of good color and eyes are well inlaid in translucent horn. The adult appears with spots rather than stripes. Signed on the underside in a polished oval reserve, Toyokazu. 1in (2.4cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, July, 26, 1967; Lot 391.

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A wood netsuke of a tiger on bamboo.

Lot 296: A wood netsuke of a tiger on bamboo.

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Description: By Masahide, Early 19th century. Paws resting on a large bamboo shoot, showing his right side with his head turned back over his shoulder. Stripes with great contrast, the eyes are in translucent horn. Signed in an oval reserve, Masahide. 1 1/4in (3.3cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1955. Illustrated in Lazarnick, page 702.

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A wood netsuke of a Hannya mask.

Lot 297: A wood netsuke of a Hannya mask.

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Description: Inscribed Masahide, Toyomasa school, Late 18th century. Thin face with large open mouth cut through to the back with tongue sticking out, large flaring nostrils, and large black button eyes that are secured by staples that protrude at the back. A single large hinotoshi on the crossbar. Inscribede on vertical support going down from crossbar, Masahide.2 1/2in (6.5cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A wood netsuke of San Sukumi.

Lot 298: A wood netsuke of San Sukumi.

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Description: By Sari, Iwashiro, Late 18th century. The snail on top of the snake which has the frog caught in its coils making the frog's face bulge, the details are well carved. Signed on the underside of frog, Sari. 1 1/8in (3cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, July 9, 1968; Lot 650.Illustrated Lazarnick, page 335.Illustrated Davey, page 258, Fig. 795.Ex Warner collection

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A kumari netsuke of three puppies.

Lot 299: A kumari netsuke of three puppies.

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Description: By Hidari Issan, Iwashiro, Mid 19th century. Two seated in close proximity to each other, one facing away and the other forward, the third one on the opposite side and standing with the signature just below him. Signed under lone puppy. Provenance: Purchased at Yagi art shop in Kyoto, Japan, 1960.

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