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

The Mang Collection of Japanese Netsuke

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 toad.

Lot 300: A wood netsuke of a toad.

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Description: Attributed to Ryusansai Issan, Iwashiro, Early 19th century. Sitting on an upturned straw zori, eyes inlaid in black, with a natural himotoshi formed by the end of the sandal cord, nicely worn and patinated to a reddish color in places. Signed on the underside in a polished reserve, Issan. A similar piece illustrated in Davey, Fig. 806. 7/8in (2.1cm). Provenance: Purchased in Tokyo, 1951.

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A nut netsuke of a daikon and rats.

Lot 301: A nut netsuke of a daikon and rats.

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Description: By Toryusai Kozan, Iwashiro, Mid 19th century. Two rats and a daikon against a diapered background, the leaves have been inlaid with silver dewdrops, as has the eye of one of the rats, in one of the trademarks of this carver. Signed on the underside in a raised rectangular tablet, Toryusai Kozan 7/8in (2.2cm).

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A double kurumi netsuke of forty masks.

Lot 302: A double kurumi netsuke of forty masks.

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Description: By Toryusai Kozan, Iwashiro, Mid 19th century. With occasional silver inlays for eyes and the himotoshi fitted with silver sleeves. The whole stained a uniform matte brown. Signed on one side in a raised rectangular tablet, Kozan.1 1/2in (3.9cm). Provenance: Ex Helen Meredith Collection

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An ivory manju of Tokaido & Kisokaido Stations.

Lot 303: An ivory manju of Tokaido & Kisokaido Stations.

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Description: By Nanyo, School of Nanka, Mid 19th century. Obverse lists the 53 stations of the Tokaido Road and the 69 stations of the Kisokaido. The reverse may list the principal towns of the Central provinces. Signed on the obverse, Nanyo to.1 3/8in (3.5cm).

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A group of two netsuke, various materials.

Lot 304: A group of two netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Nanka style, The first, early 19th century, ivory map of Japan. 1 1/4in (3.2cm). The second, carved whale bone of a farmer's almanac. 1 7/8in (4.8cm).

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A wood netsuke of a man tying his loin cloth.

Lot 305: A wood netsuke of a man tying his loin cloth.

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Description: By Ginko. Yamada, Mid 18th century. Well-worn and patinated, one large himotoshi on the back just above the loin cloth, the other on the left buttock larger and boat shaped, signed on the back of the loin cloth, Ginko.3 1/2in (9cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Ex Gonse collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1958.

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A wood netsuke of an octopus and monkey.

Lot 306: A wood netsuke of an octopus and monkey.

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Description: By either Yasuchika Tou orYasuchika Tsuchiya, Yasuchika, Mid 18th century. The octopus wears a kimono with one tentacle raised to his head while a monkey sits in front of him gazing upwards and grasping another tentacle with his left hand. Signed on the underside without reserve, Tou. 1 1/2in (3.8cm).

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Group of two netsuke, various materials.

Lot 307: Group of two netsuke, various materials.

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Description: The first, mid 18th century, attributed to Yasuchika, Nara school of metalworkers, sentoku of a folded kasa with inlaid loops at top. Signed on the top of the hat, Tsuchiya Yagohachi,plus a possible kakihan. The second, early 19th century, attribured to Shoju IX, wood of a boy kneeling in front of a drum wearing a shishimai mask over his head. Signed on the back of the cowl, Shoju.

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Group of three netsuke, various materials.

Lot 308: Group of three netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Mid/late 19th century The first, attributed to Kyusen Gyuka, painted wood of an Uji doll showing a brightly colored tea-picker. Signed on the undersie, Gyuka, plus a partially lost kakihan. 1/4in (3.2cm). The second, in the style of Toen, a painted wood Noh dancer. 2 7/8in (7.2cm). The third, by Masakazu, stag antler showing a visitor trying to pass through a hole in the temple pillar at the great Nara Buddha. Signed on side of the base, Masakazu. 1 3/8in (3.4cm). Provenance: The second, Ex Behrens collection.

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Group of two lacquer netsuke.

Lot 309: Group of two lacquer netsuke.

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Description: Late 18th century. The first, a red lacquered Raiden with one leg inside of his drum and attempting to climb out with the help of his drumstick. 1 1/4in (3.3cm). The second, a tsuishu lacquer Chinese gentleman sitting on a large diapered cushion with his left arm resting on a tabouret while his right waves a folding fan. 1 3/4in (4.3cm). Provenance: The second, Purchased in Tokyo, 1951.

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Group of two lacquer netsuke.

Lot 310: Group of two lacquer netsuke.

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Description: Late 18th century. The first, by Gamo Hosen, a square manju showing a pair of rats raiding Daikoku's treasure bag on obverse, and single rat on the reverse. Signed on the inside, Gamo Hosen, plus kakihan. 1 3/4in (4.3cm). The second, by Nagano Yokobue, a duck, with feathers and underside mostly in gold takamakie. Signed on the underside in oval reserve, Yokobue. 6/8in (2cm). Provenance: The first, Purchased from Raymond Bushell 1957. The second, Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957. The second, Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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A tsuishu lacquer netsuke of a Shishi.

Lot 311: A tsuishu lacquer netsuke of a Shishi.

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Description: Early 19th century. Seated on a cushion and resting its front paws on a mokugyo, its adornments in gold and black lacquer include a cap secured by a ribbon that attaches under the chin and tasseled blanket that fits over its back. The mokugyo is covered with an asanoha pattern while the underside of the cushion bears a diaper pattern. One of the himotoshi is countersunk in a large area reserved for the cord knot. Unsigned. 1 1/4in (3.2cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, March 16, 1968; Lot 539. Illustrated Davey, Page 424, Fig. 1265. Ex Mrs. Isobel Sharpe collection

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A group of two tsuishu lacquer manju.

Lot 312: A group of two tsuishu lacquer manju.

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Description: Early 19th century. The first, of square form with pattern of bellflowers and bamboo fencing on both sides. 2in (5.1cm). The second, of round form with bellflowers against a diaper background the design that is varied and not symmetrically placed. 1 3/4in (4.3cm). Provenance: The first, Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1953. The second, Purchased in Tokyo, 1951.

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A group of two lacquer netsuke.

Lot 313: A group of two lacquer netsuke.

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Description: Early/Mid 19th century. The first, of three puppies, reddish-orange with red spots, silver with black spots, and brownish-black. 1 1/4in (3.3cm). The second, of a Tennin cradling a lotus sceptre in her left hand with her celestial scarf flowing around her, matte gold with the overall design worked in oki-hirame of gold and aogai. 1 1/4in (3.2cm).

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A group of three lacquer netsuke.

Lot 314: A group of three lacquer netsuke.

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Description: Early/Mid 19th century. The first, a matte gold sparrow, the featherwork with highlights in brown lacquer. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). The second, tsuishu of an elongted gourd showing two Chinese in a garden setting. 2 3/8in (5.9cm). The third, negoro of a Kirin rampant with gold highlights. 1 1/2in (3.8cm). Provenance: The third, Purchased from Raymond Bushell 1957. The third, Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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A group of two lacquer netsuke.

Lot 315: A group of two lacquer netsuke.

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Description: The first, a negoro lacquer standing Shishi, black & red with gold highlights.. 1 3/4in (4.3cm). The second, a tsuishi gourd showing two Chinese in a garden setting, with removable silver stopper. 2 1/4in (5.7cm).

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A tsuishu manju of Chinese figures in garden.

Lot 316: A tsuishu manju of Chinese figures in garden.

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Description: Early 19th century. Square form showing a Chinese gentleman in a garden setting with his attendantson the obverse, man wielding a net as he tries to capture a large moth on the reverse. 1 7/8in (4.8cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, February 24, 2971; Lot 163.

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A group of three lacquer manju.

Lot 317: A group of three lacquer manju.

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Description: Early/Mid 19th century. The first, in guri lacquer carved in a bold cloud pattern with the colors alternating black with red and copper. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). The second, a square two part hako style showing an Oharame leading ox to market. She is carved in bas relief, the ox inlaid in shakudo with gold & silver details. 2in (5.2cm). The third, negoro lacquer with both sides carved in high relief with shishi and peonies. 2in (4.9cm).

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A gold lacquer netsuke of a sparrow.

Lot 318: A gold lacquer netsuke of a sparrow.

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Description: Mid 19th century. Stylized, it bears geometric and floral designs of raised gold lacquer on a gold ground, the underside in silver lacquer, the pate is inlaid in bone with further concentric inlays of jade and tsuishu lacquer, and surrounded by a horn ring. The tail is of inlaid tortoise-shell that has been topped with a geometric design in gold lacquer. 7/8in (2.2cm).

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Group of three lacquer netsuke.

Lot 319: Group of three lacquer netsuke.

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Description: Early 19th century. The first, a seated Karako holding an upside-down Hyottoku mask to his face and in his right hand holding a Shinto rattle (suzu). 1 1/8in (2.9cm). The second, a manju, showing Lao-tze riding a mule accompanied by an attendant who carries a staff and gourd. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). The third, a multicolored lacquer Gama Sennin seated with his right hand resting on the head of a large frog. 1 1/2in (3.7cm). Provenance: The first, Ex Scott Meredith collection. The second, Ex Matthies Collection, Southeby's, New York, 1965.

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A gold laquer manju of Shojo.

Lot 320: A gold laquer manju of Shojo.

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Description: By Shibayama saku and Kakosai Shozan, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Depicted with flowing red hair and red and gold brocade on the pantaloons, face and hands inlaid in ivory, feet in nacre as is a stand-alone figure of a kirin above Shoko's head. Signed on the reverse, all in gold lacquer, Shibayama saku, and below and to the left, Shozan. 1 1/2in (3.8cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1953.

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A gold lacquer manju of pine sprays.

Lot 321: A gold lacquer manju of pine sprays.

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Description: By Shibata Zeshin. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Front and back with a design of pine needles in gold hiramakie, the inside is gold hirame scattered on a reddish brown ground. Signed on the back in gold hiramakie, Zeshin. 1 3/8in (3.5cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1953.

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A lacquered stag antler manju of an ashbowl.

Lot 322: A lacquered stag antler manju of an ashbowl.

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Description: Attributed to Umezawa Ryushin. Tokyo, Early 20th century. Rim with a design of leaves in heavy black lacquer with gold veining. Signed on the back in heavy gold lacquer, Ryushin(?).1 5/8in (4cm).

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A group of three netsuke, various materials.

Lot 323: A group of three netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Mid 19th century. The first, a porcelain manju, decorated in underglaze blue with a design of a flock of birds coming over a mountain, the back with two seals. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). The second, a Chinese porcelain chin dog with a blue souffle glaze. 2in (5.2cm). The third, by Bizen, of a pottery reclining shishi. Provenance: The third, Purchased at Yagi art shop in Kyoto, Japan, 1960.

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A pottery and lacquer netsuke of three turtles.

Lot 324: A pottery and lacquer netsuke of three turtles.

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Description: By Teiji.(D2885), Tokyo, Mid 19th century. An adult turtle is surmounted by two young, the unglazed upper surfaces of all three have traces of gold and magenta lacquer.. Signed on the underside on a gold lacquer tablet, Teiji. The somewhat scarce Tokyo potter turned lacquerer who combined both arts in his unique pieces.7/8in (2.2cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A pottery and lacquer netsuke of a Shojo dancer.

Lot 325: A pottery and lacquer netsuke of a Shojo dancer.

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Description: By Teiji. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Kneeling the skirt finished in a bluish-green glaze, portions of the arms have been left unglazed, the fan lacquered silver, the upper portions of the gown are a brightly hued combination of white, yellow, blue, green, and red glazes and the shock of cascading red hair has been applied in lacquer. Signed on the back on a white ceramic tablet with overglaze brown border and characters, Teiji. The somewhat scarce Tokyo potter turned lacquerer who combined both arts in his unique pieces. 1 1/2in (3.7cm). Provenance: Christie's, So. Kensington, London

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A Hirado-ware netsuke of a Shishi.

Lot 326: A Hirado-ware netsuke of a Shishi.

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Description: Hirado, Mid 19th century. Crouching on a lotus pedestal, finished with clear, brown, celadon, and blue glazes. An identical model is in the Silverman Collection (pages 10 and 25, 2009.69). 1 3/8in (3.5cm). Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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A Hirado-ware manju of a Shishi.

Lot 327: A Hirado-ware manju of a Shishi.

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Description: Mid 19th century. Kidney-shaped with relief of a Shishi lion and Peony in clear, blue and brown glazes. The combination of Shishi and Peony symbolizes the coexistence of virility and fragility that exemplify the code of Bushido. 1 5/8in (4.2cm).

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A Hirado-ware netsuke of a boy with Shishi mask.

Lot 328: A Hirado-ware netsuke of a boy with Shishi mask.

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Description: Hirado, Mid 19th century. Kneeling and holding a shishi Mask above his head, the mask contains a loose ceramic ball, finely finished with green, reddish brown, dark brown, blue, and clear glazes. 2 5/8in (6.5cm).

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A group of two Hirado-ware netsuke.

Lot 329: A group of two Hirado-ware netsuke.

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Description: Mid 19th century. The first, a sparrow, pure white with the feathers neatly modeled under the glaze. 1 1/2in (3.7cm). The second, a recumbent Karako cradling his chin in his hands, finished with clear, blue, brown, and green glazes. 2 1/8in (5.4cm). Provenance: The first, Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1954. The second, Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957. Exhibited: The first, Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960). The second, the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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Group of three Hirado-ware netsuke.

Lot 330: Group of three Hirado-ware netsuke.

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Description: Mid 19th century. The first, a Gama Sennin with a toad head in his sleeve, with bisque w/ black, blue, yellow and lavender glazes. 2 1/8in (5.6cm). The second, Hotei carrying his treasure bag on his head, with bisque, clear, and blue glazes. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). The third, a recumbant goat with a clear glaze. 1 1/8in (2.9cm).

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A Hirado-ware netsuke of Shishimai child dancer.

Lot 331: A Hirado-ware netsuke of Shishimai child dancer.

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Description: Hirado, Mid 19th century. Holding a lion mask having bisque with white, blue, gold, and brown glazes. The mouth of the mask contains a loose ceramic ball. 2 1/8in (5.6cm).

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A group of four porcelain netsuke.

Lot 332: A group of four porcelain netsuke.

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Description: The first, an eggplant. 2 3/8in (6cm). The second, by Masakazu of a Tsuru Sennin with his pot-belly. Signed in a sunken oval reserve, Masakazu. 2 3/4in (6.9cm). The third, Chokwaro Sennin standing and stroking his beard with his left hand and carrying a large gourd on his back. 2 1/4in (5.7cm). The fourth,a gourd-shaped bottle with a silver stopper. 2 1/4in (5.7cm).

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A group of three netsuke, various materials.

Lot 333: A group of three netsuke, various materials.

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Description: The first, a porcelain mask of Hannya, in blue porcelain, possibly Kyoto ware. 1 3/4in (4.5cm). The second, a porcelain manju in a square ashtray form with blue underglaze, the inside with a design of a pine branch and a three character inscription . 2 1/8in (5.3cm). The third, a pottery Tengu, finish combines a thick reddish-gold and black glazes. An unidentified impressed seal on the crossbar, signature? 1 7/8in (4.7cm).

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A group of two pottery netsuke.

Lot 334: A group of two pottery netsuke.

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Description: Kyoto, Mid/late 19th century. The first, by Mokubei, of a sleeping Ningyo holding on to the end of her tail that curls around from under her body. Signed on the underside with an impressed seal in an unglazed oval reserve, Mokubei. 1 1/2in (3.7cm). The second, by Wahei, of a seated badger. Signed with seal in oval reserve, Wahei. 1 3/8in (3.5cm).

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Group of two porcelain netsuke.

Lot 335: Group of two porcelain netsuke.

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Description: Kyoto, Mid 19th century. The first, by Eiraku, seagull (miyakadori) with a celadon glaze and impressed unglazed seal, Eiraku. 1 5/8in (4cm). The second, by Dohachi, a Noh dancer, with underglaze blue decoration. Signed in underglaze blue, Dohachi. 1 1/2in (3.9cm).

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Group of three netsuke, various materials.

Lot 336: Group of three netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Kyoto, Mid 19th century. The first, a Kyoto ware pottery figure of Daruma in meditation. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). The second, a Kyoto ware pottery netsuke of a Wasp's nest. 1 5/8in (4.2cm). The third, a blue and white porcelain manju of square form with an underglaze design of a Dragon amidst clouds. 2 1/8in (5.5cm). Provenance: The first, Sotheby's, London, July 28, 1969; Lot 206. The third, Sotheby's, London, February 23, 1970; Lot 269. The second, Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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A shibuichi and senyoku kagamibuta, octopus chasin

Lot 337: A shibuichi and senyoku kagamibuta, octopus chasin

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Description: Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Oblong, the shibuichi plate has an ishime ground, the octopus is sentoku with gold eyes and Raiden is finely wrought in silver with gold details. The octopus has a tentacle wrapped around one of Raiden's ankles and as a result he has lost one of his drumsticks. 2 1/2in (6.3cm).

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A shibuichi and stag antler kagamibuta, Fugen Bosa

Lot 338: A shibuichi and stag antler kagamibuta, Fugen Bosa

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Description: By Shuraku, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. A ryusa-style stag antler Asakusa school bowl and a shibuchi disk with an incised elephant holding a lotus flower in its trunk and Fugen Bosatsu on its back. The elephant inlaid in katakiribori, the lotus and Fugen's robes in gold hirazogan, and the hair in silver. Signed Shuraku Okyo Zu. 1 1/2in (4cm). Provenance: IlIllustrated in Lazarnick page 1099.

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A shibuichi and ivory kagamibuta, Yoko defying tig

Lot 339: A shibuichi and ivory kagamibuta, Yoko defying tig

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Description: By Shuraku, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. A ivory bowl (cracked) of shibuichi takabori with gold and silver inlay and some ginzogan work depicting Yoko, one of the Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety, who gave his life by jumping in front of a Tiger that had attacked his father. Signed, Shuraku, plus kakihan. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, October 16, 1973; Lot 80.

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A shibuichi and ivory kagamibuta, Hotei.

Lot 340: A shibuichi and ivory kagamibuta, Hotei.

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Description: By Ryumin+ kakihan, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Chased in high relief with Hotei fast asleep on his sack and a mischievous child behind him removing the hat. The sack is silver, Hotei's hat is of shakudo, the child's hat of copper, and the pattern of the clothing in gold damascene, with an ivory collar. Possibly the same piece as shown in the MCI on page 680. Signed to the left of Hotei, Ryumin. 1 7/8in (4.8cm).

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A shibuichi kagamibuta, an archer.

Lot 341: A shibuichi kagamibuta, an archer.

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Description: By Teimin, Mid 19th century. Showing an engraved archer on the metal disk and a sarumawashi crouching and looking behind him on the metal bowl, his monkey and a gohei can barely be seen behind him. Signed on the edge of the metal bowl, Teimin. The backplate was pressed and then chiseled; the bowl was worked in a more traditional manner. 1 5/8in (4.1cm). Provenance: IlIllustrated in Lazarnick page 1084.

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A shibuichi and tagayasan kagamibuta, Bijin.

Lot 342: A shibuichi and tagayasan kagamibuta, Bijin.

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Description: Mid 19th century. A bijin inlaid in silver and copper on the disk with a tagayasan, Indonesian ironwood, bowl. Disk inscribed "Utamaro ga". The design is copied from a print by Utamaro. Unsigned. Similar illustrated in Lazarnick, page 1207. 1 1/2in (3.8cm). Provenance: Similar in Lazarnick on page 1207. Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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A shibuichi and ivory kagamibuta, O Chiyo and Raid

Lot 343: A shibuichi and ivory kagamibuta, O Chiyo and Raid

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Description: Mid 19th century. O Chiyo holding the string of her kite, under her feet is Raiden. Inlays of takazogan, copper and gold. Set in an ivory bowl. 1 7/8in (4.9cm). Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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A shibuichi and ivory kagamibuta, Emma-O.

Lot 344: A shibuichi and ivory kagamibuta, Emma-O.

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Description: By Naomitsu, Early 19th century. A katakiribori design of Emma-O stroking his beard with his left hand while he holds a dragon-headed staff in his right. Signed, Naomitsu. The ivory bowl slightly cracked. 1 3/4in (4.5cm).

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A group of three metal netsuke.

Lot 345: A group of three metal netsuke.

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Description: Mid/late 19th century. The first, kagamibuta with a sibuichi lotus pad with leaves, with gilt lotus pod, copper frog and silver turtle, in an ivory bowl. 1 3/4in (4.5cm). The second, manju with two deeply cast sides that are connected by a wide band, depicting the story of the Soga Brothers, the obverse likely shows Juro with his hand on the waistband of his brother Goro. 1 7/8in (4.8cm). The third, kagamibuta with a shibuichi disc with gilt detailing of Kiyomasa slaying the Tiger, in an ivory bowl. 1 7/8in (4.7cm). Provenance: The first, Sotheby's, London, July 30, 1968; Lot 121.

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Group of three metal netsuke.

Lot 346: Group of three metal netsuke.

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Description: Early/Mid 19th century. The first, stag antler and silver showing two Ho-o birds and flowers with a border of inlaid green, white, and black stones in a Tibetan style, the back plate is of shakudo. 1 1/2in (3.8cm). The second, one part Ryusa style shibuichi manju of Insects. 1 7/8in (4.6cm). The third, kagamibuta with a shibuichi disc with a 30-petal chrysanthemum with a gilded shakudo lima bean plant, three shakudo aubergines, and three sentoku chestnuts. 1 7/8in (4.8cm). Provenance: The first, Sotheby's, London, June 14, 1972; Lot 125. The second, Ex Beasley (H. G. and Miss M. A.) collection.

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A marine ivory netsuke of a fisherman and fish.

Lot 347: A marine ivory netsuke of a fisherman and fish.

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Description: Early 19th century. Standing atop a rock and bent over at the waist as he struggles to lift a huge fish onto his shoulder, standing on his belt. The underside is finished as a seal with a single character, Do. 2 1/8in (5.4cm).

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A group of three netsuke, various materials.

Lot 348: A group of three netsuke, various materials.

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Description: The first, mid 19th century, by Chuji, ivory of the temple priest Tadamori capturing the suspected oil thief. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). The second, mid 19th century, manju, two-piece wood, the front shows a lantern with inscription against a carved ishime background, the reverse bears an eight-character inscription. 1 5/8in (4.1cm). The third, late 18th century, wood of a blind masseur massaging the shoulders of a bald old man. Signed on the underside, Baigetsu. 1 1/2in (3.8cm). Provenance: The first, Illustrated in Lazarnick page 348. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951.

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A carved ivory netsuke of an elephant.

Lot 349: A carved ivory netsuke of an elephant.

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Description: Early 18th century. Caparisoned Surmounted by a figure kneeling crossways reading a book, possibly a young Fugen. A heavily worn piece and patinated to a mottled orange color with numerous age cracks. Inscribed on the underside. 1 3/4in (4.5cm).

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