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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 manju of a coiled dragon.

Lot 350: A wood manju of a coiled dragon.

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Description: By Fusho, Mid 19th century. Somewhat reticulated. Signed on the reverse in a rectangular reserve, Fusho. 1 3/4in (4.5cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, New York, September 21, 1983.

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A group of three netsuke, various materials.

Lot 351: A group of three netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Mid/late 19th century. The first, ivory of a flying Tennin, her body curled backwards so that the feet form a circle. Signed Gensai. 1 1/2in (3.9cm). The second, wood of a catfish forming a circle of itself. Signed just where the tail begins to show, Gakuzan. 2 1/8in (5.5cm). The third, an ivory manju representing the well-known story of Ono no Tofuan, engraved with a willow tree under which sits a shakudo image of a frog. Signed on the reverse, Gekko, plus kakihan. 1 3/4in (4.4cm). The first, Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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An ivory netsuke of Fukura Suzume.

Lot 352: An ivory netsuke of Fukura Suzume.

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Description: By Genko, Mid 19th century. Signed on the underside in an oval reserve, Genko. 1 1/4in (3.2cm).

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A marine ivory netsuke of a piglet.

Lot 353: A marine ivory netsuke of a piglet.

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Description: Late 19th century. Signed on the underside, Satsuki to, or, Gogetsu to. 2 1/8in (5.4cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A wood netsuke of Oni on drum.

Lot 354: A wood netsuke of Oni on drum.

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Description: By Gyokushi, Early 19th century. Sitting cross-legged atop a taiko drum, smoking a pipe which is made of bone, his eyes are double-inlaid in antelope horn with black pupils, the two rows of beads that secure the drumheads are inlaid with raised black horn and the underside of the drum bears a three-clawed tomoe, the himotoshi lined with horn. Signed on an inlaid tortoise shell tablet, Gyokushi. 1 5/8in (4cm).

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Group of 2 netsuke, various materials.

Lot 355: Group of 2 netsuke, various materials.

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Description: The first, by Gyokusho, mid 20th century, ivory crane dancer. Signed, Gyokusho. 2 1/8in (5.3cm). The second, mid 19th century, wood of an octopus and monkey intertwined in a mortal struggle. Signed on the underside, has not been read. 2 1/8in (5.4cm).

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An ivory netsuke of Shutendoji as priests on conch

Lot 356: An ivory netsuke of Shutendoji as priests on conch

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Description: By Gyokutoshi. Mid 19th century. A grouping of eigh (?) Shutendoji as priests clambering over a large conch shell. Signed on the underside between the himotoshi in a double oval reserve, Gyokutoshi.1 3/8in (3.6cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951. Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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A group of two netsuke, various materials.

Lot 357: A group of two netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Inscribed Gyokuzan, The first, mid 19th century, a wood Mongolian carrying a large cucumber, the whole encrusted with jewels. Inscribed on an inlaid ivory plaque on the back, Gyokuzan. 4 3/8in (11cm). The second, late 18th century, an ivory Kirin seated in the typical pose. Inscribed on the left haunch in a rectangular reserve, Gyokuzan, well worn. The left rear hoof has been replaced. 2 3/8in (6cm).

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A group of three wood netsuke.

Lot 358: A group of three wood netsuke.

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Description: Mid 19th century. The first, by Shuko Hidemitsu, a sparrow with upswept tail and gold lacquer featherwork. Signed on the underside of the tail, Hidemitsu. 1in (2.4cm). The second, Shoki has captured an Oni and has attached a rope and halter to him. Signed on the underside, Shunmei or Haruaki. 2in (5.1cm). The third, Daruma yawning with arms over head. Signed on the underside, Gyokuzan. 1 3/4in (4.4cm).

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A bamboo netsuke of a skull.

Lot 359: A bamboo netsuke of a skull.

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Description: Attributed to Hizan. Mid 19th century. The grain of the bamboo is shown to great advantage as it radiates downward from the center of the nicely polished crown and two burls in the wood have been placed on opposite sides on the back of the skull. The separation of the cranial plates is well delineated and five teeth are carved out while the sockets are shown for the rest. Signed in an impressed seal form on the underside surrounded by a rectangular reserve, HIzan(?). 1 1/8in (2.9cm).

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An ivory square ryusa manju of demons.

Lot 360: An ivory square ryusa manju of demons.

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Description: Attributed to Hodo. Mid 19th century. Depicting numerous demons including a bumbaku chagama and a one-eyed goblin both emanating from and surrounding a large wicker basket and a tabouret. Strands of coral are interwoven with the design as are lobster claws, a tama in a cup with long hair flowing down the sides, several snakes are emerging from the side of a large container, the sides of which are covered with poems. SIgned in plaque on end, Hodo. 1 3/8in (3.5cm). Provenance: Purchased from Sydney L. Moss, Ltd, London, 1982.

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A wood netsuke of an ox.

Lot 361: A wood netsuke of an ox.

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Description: Inscribed Hoichi (Meikosai?), 19th century. Resting peacefully, his short tail curling around the left side, overall smoothly finished without hair-work, lightly stained and gently worn. Signed on the underside without reserve, Hoichi. 2 3/8in (6cm). Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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A group of two netsuke, various materials.

Lot 362: A group of two netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Mid 19th century. The first, an ivory manju depicting a Kokusempu Riki weilding axe. Signed on the reverse, Hoichi, plus kakihan. 1 3/8in (3.3cm). The second, a wood village festival dancer in a semi-crouch with an Usofuki mask. Signed on the right rear border of his garment, possibly Homei. 1 7/8in (4.8cm).

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A wood netsuke of Oni Nembutsu.

Lot 363: A wood netsuke of Oni Nembutsu.

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Description: Inscribed Hosho, Mid 19th century. Holding a nenchiko with the inscription reading "Hoga-cho" (a subscription list), gently worn and patinated, Signed on the reverse just below the himotoshi, Hozan. 2 1/4in (5.6cm).

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A wood netsuke of an oni.

Lot 364: A wood netsuke of an oni.

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Description: By Hozan. Mid 19th century. Sitting cross-legged in the process of cutting off his horn, he gazes at a mirror. Musculature is well defined as are his curly hair and the diaperwear pattern on his tiger skin loin cloth. Signed on the underside using a seal within a square reserve, Hozan. 1 1/4in (3.1cm).

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Group of three netsuke, various materials.

Lot 365: Group of three netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Mid 19th century. The first, by Josetsu, an ivory nasubi with a smaller one attached to it, stained dark brown with streaks of the ivory left white. Signed on the side of the larger one, Josetsu. 2 7/8in (7.3cm). The second, By Josui, a large ivory manju portraying a Dutch three-masted ship on the front, the reverse with rain dragons and 8 chaaracters. Signed on the reverse in an oval reserve, Josui. 1 5/8in (4cm). The third, a wood Oni fishing through a hole in an inverted lotus leaf. Illegible signature. 1in (2.4cm).

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A wood netsuke of a snail.

Lot 366: A wood netsuke of a snail.

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Description: Inscribed Juko, Mid 19th century. With antennae resting on shell, with foot reaching across the body. Signed on the underside in a rectangular reserve, read as Juko. 5/8in (1.6cm).

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A wood netsuke of Kappa on a clamshell.

Lot 367: A wood netsuke of Kappa on a clamshell.

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Description: By Juzan, Early 19th century. Perched on clamshell with its foot caught in it, eyes inlaid in black. Signed on the underside in an irregular torpedo shaped reserve, Juzan. 1 3/8in (3.5cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1958.

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A wood netsuke of mushrooms.

Lot 368: A wood netsuke of mushrooms.

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Description: By Juzan. Late 18th century. Three mushrooms with well-articulated gills, and stained a warm golden brown. The underside is carved with an intricate seal that is impregnated with red color from use. Signed on the side without reserve, Juzan. 1 1/8in (2.9cm). Provenance: Purchased at Rittershofer auction in Berlin, Germany, April 27, 1965.

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A group of three netsuke, various materials.

Lot 369: A group of three netsuke, various materials.

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Description: The first, by Kametomo, late 18th century, a wood shishi squatting on a base. Signed on the underside, Kametomo. 1 1/4in (3.1cm). The second, group of six puppies sitting on top of a large kasa. Signed on the underside on a raised malachite tablet, Kagetami. 1 7/8in (4.6cm). The third, 3 Karako musicians seated together. Signed on the underside on a raised tablet, Kaijosai. 1 1/8in (2.8cm).

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A group of three netsuke, various materials.

Lot 370: A group of three netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Early/mid 19th century. The first, a preening duck with its head turned back, in black wood streaked with brown. Signed on the underside, Kazan. 7/8in (2.3cm). The Second, an ivory Priest(Rakan) wrestling an oni(Udeoshi) on a lotus leaf. Signed with on a nacre plaque, Kinko. 1 3/8in (3.4cm). The third, by Keisai, Daruma sitting cross-legged, a hossu over his right shoulder. Signed on the underside, Keisai. 1 1/2in (3.8cm).

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A wood netsuke of a tigress

Lot 371: A wood netsuke of a tigress

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Description: By Kogetsu. Early 19th century. Seated with her long tail curled around the rear leg and passing under the body, the hair-work is deeply cut and traversed by the stripes carved in ukibori, the head is turned left with the mouth in a snarl revealing the teeth and huge bushy eyebrows. Signed on the right haunch in a jagged irregular reserve, Kogetsu. 1in (2.6cm).

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A group of three netsuke, various materials.

Lot 372: A group of three netsuke, various materials.

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Description: 19th century. The first, wood simulating a tree stump, lacquered in gold and red takamakie with a crab, dragonfly, and reeds. Signed on the underside in gold lacquer, Kogyoku. 1 5/8in (4cm). The second, an ivory monkey straddling a chestnut. Signed in oval reserve, Korin. 1 1/2in (3.9cm). The third, a wood kinchaku, having gold lacquer rain dragon and clouds. Signed on the hinge, Kogyoku. 2 1/4in (5.7cm). Provenance: The first, Sotheby's, New York, September 21, 1983. Sotheby's , London, October 23, 1972; lot 171. Illustrated in Lazarnick, page 637.

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A wood netsuke of monkeys in peach.

Lot 373: A wood netsuke of monkeys in peach.

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Description: By Mitsuyoshi Kokei. (D1210) Mid 19th century. Large monkey straddling the side of a huge peach, while two smaller monkeys wrestle with each other inside of the hollowed-out fruit. Signed on the bottom without reserve, Mitsuyoshi. 1 3/8in (3.5cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1955.

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A wood netsuke of Kintoki.

Lot 374: A wood netsuke of Kintoki.

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Description: By Kokuzan. Early 19th century. Wrestling with the Demon Rokurokubi, well worn with a nice patina. Signed on the back, Kokuzan. 1 1/4in (3.2cm). Provenance: Purchased at auction at Hauswedell, Hamburg, Germany, May 20, 1963.

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A wood netsuke of a skeleton on Mokugyo.

Lot 375: A wood netsuke of a skeleton on Mokugyo.

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Description: Attributed to Komin I, Early 19th century. Beating on a mokugyo, with stick in right hand, the himotoshi are lined in ivory, the smaller one stained green. Inscribed on the underside in an irregular oval reserve, Komin. 1 3/8in (3.5cm).

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A group of two ivory netsukes.

Lot 376: A group of two ivory netsukes.

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Description: Inscribed Kosai. Mid 19th century. The first, a group of medicine gourds, with 4-column inscription "Fukki (prosperity) Mubyo (no sickness) Chomei (longevity) Kosai to". 1 1/4in (3.1cm). The second, a seated and smiling Ashinaga, supporting his weight with his left hand, a Monkey stands atop his head supporting himself with his hand on Ashinaga's knees while eating a peach. 2 1/4in (5.7cm). Provenance: The first, IlIllustrated in Lazarnick page 802.

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An ivory netsuke of Ashinaga & Tenaga.

Lot 377: An ivory netsuke of Ashinaga & Tenaga.

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Description: By Kosen. Early 20th century. Ashinaga in the guise of an elderly Chinese with a wispy beard standing with his heavily carved dragon robe open at the bottom, his arms interlocked behind him to hold onto Tenaga appearing as a South Sea Islander. Signed on the underside without reserve, Kosen. 3 3/8in (8.6cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a Mongolian.

Lot 378: An ivory netsuke of a Mongolian.

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Description: By Masaharu. 19th century. Standing and holding a bow in his left hand and a large arrow in his right. He wears a Tartar hat and his mouth is open, his robe is finely engraved with lotus designs, the quiver slung from his back with a T'ao T'ieh. Signed at the lower left, Masaharu. 3 7/8in (9.9cm). Provenance: Purchased at auction at Hauswedell, Hamburg, Germany, May 20, 1963.

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A wood netsuke of a coiled snake.

Lot 379: A wood netsuke of a coiled snake.

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Description: By Masahiro. Mid 19th century. Coiled upon itself in a lifelike representation with the craggy skin of the reptile evidenced by the deep grooves cut into the surface. Signed on the underside without reserve, Masahiro. 1in (2.6cm). Provenance: Purchased from Raymond Bushell 1957.

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An ivory netsuke of Ashinaga and Tenaga.

Lot 380: An ivory netsuke of Ashinaga and Tenaga.

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Description: Late 18th century. With a monkey taking the place of Tenaga and being held upside down so that he can try to remove an octopus that has encircled Ashinaga's ankles. Inscribed on reverse above the himotoshi, Masanaga. 4 1/4in (10.7cm).

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A wood netsuke of Takarabune.

Lot 381: A wood netsuke of Takarabune.

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Description: Early 19th century. The seven Lucky gods nicely arranged and each shown with his or her attribute. Signed on the underside, Masanaga or Masayoshi. 2 1/4in (5.6cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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A group of two wood netsuke.

Lot 382: A group of two wood netsuke.

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Description: Mid 19th century. The first, temple scene in a clamshell, has cloud patterns along the top and wave patterns along the bottom, inside are two temple porticos and three small figures. A later added signature on the top. 1 3/8in (3.5cm). The second, by Masabumi, a man kneeling to polish a curved object which is the base of the netsuke and forms the character 'kokoro'. Signed on the underside, Masabumi. Provenance: The second, Illustrated in Lazarnick page 699.

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A marine ivory netsuke of Gentoku.

Lot 383: A marine ivory netsuke of Gentoku.

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Description: Attributed to Sawaki Rizo Masatoshi, Mid 19th century. Riding his horse through the waves as he makes his escape through the Hwang Ho river gorge. Signed on the bottom in an oval reserve, Masatoshi. 1 1/8in (2.9cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951. Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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An ivory netsuke of Ii no Hayatata Tadazumi

Lot 383A: An ivory netsuke of Ii no Hayatata Tadazumi

Description: By Masatomi, Early 19th century. Slaying the nue, kneeling on the beast holding it down with his left hand while wielding the sword with his right, the Nue's tail whips around his back and turns into a snake head. Signed on the underside in a ragged leaf-life cartouche, Masatomi. 1 3/8in (3.6cm).

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A wood netsuke of Kwan-Yu.

Lot 384: A wood netsuke of Kwan-Yu.

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Description: Attributed to Masatoshi(1781-1800). Late 18th century. Standing in full war-dress, his long halberd held down at his right side, his left hand strokes his full beard. Signed on reverse under himotoshi in an oval reserve, Masatoshi. 3 1/2in (9cm). Provenance: Barry Davies, London

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Group of two netsuke, various materials.

Lot 385: Group of two netsuke, various materials.

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Description: Inscribed Masatsugu, Mid 19th century. The first, ivory of a woman holding a boy on her right shoulder who points to a Chrysanthemum plant that she holds in her left. Inscribed in an oval reserve, Masatsugu. The base has been filed smooth. 1 5/8in (4cm). The second, a wood Kintaro as a crawling boy wearing a tortoise-shell tunic. Inscribed on the underside without reserve, Masatsugu. 1 1/4in (3.2cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a foreigner carring Tama.

Lot 386: An ivory netsuke of a foreigner carring Tama.

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Description: Inscribed Masayuki. Mid 19th century. Standing with his legs together and with both hands holding a large tama on his right shoulder, the tama hollowed out and pierced on the top and both sides, eyes inlaid with black horn. Signed on the end of the ribbon in an oval reserve, Masayuki. 3 1/8in (7.9cm). Provenance: Purchased at auction at Hauswedell, Hamburg, Germany, May 20, 1963.

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A group of two ivory netsuke.

Lot 387: A group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: Mid 19th century. The first, a young man standing next to an ox, his left hand holding a bridle that runs through the bovine's nose. Signed on the underside in a polished irregular reserve, Minsei, and on the rear of the ox in an oval reserve, Kosai. 1 1/4in (3.2cm). The second, Shoki holding down the lid of a bucket in which he has captured an oni. Signed on the underside, Mitsutami. 1 1/2in (3.9cm).

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A wood netsuke of a Tekkai Sennin.

Lot 388: A wood netsuke of a Tekkai Sennin.

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Description: Carrying Harlot of Benares on his back. Unsigned.2 5/8in (6.8cm). Provenance: Ex Barry Davies Oriental Art, London.

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A wood netsuke of a falcon.

Lot 389: A wood netsuke of a falcon.

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Description: Attributed to Ryokoku, Late 18th century. Perched on rock, eyes inlaid in nacre, with a dark stain. Unsigned. The tail on this piece may have been repaired or replaced.1 3/4in (4.3cm). Provenance: Purchased at Rittershofer auction in Berlin, Germany, April 27, 1965.

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A wood netsuke of falcon.

Lot 390: A wood netsuke of falcon.

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Description: Attributed to Ryokoku, Late 18th century. Perched on rock. Unsigned. 1 3/4in (4.4cm).

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A wood netsuke of Futen.

Lot 391: A wood netsuke of Futen.

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Description: Mid 19th century. In the clouds with his wind sack by his side, his hair blown back and his eyes inlaid in nacre with black pupils. The clouds are carved in almost ittobori technique but the sack is beautifully polished in contrast. Signed on the underside on a raised rectangular tablet, Ryumin. 1 1/4in (3.2cm).

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Group of two wood netsuke.

Lot 392: Group of two wood netsuke.

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Description: Early 19th century. The first, by Sanko, a boxwood carving of a table, on top of which is Shoki's hat, underneath is an Oni wearing a tiger-skin loincloth. Signed on the base, Sanko. 2 1/4in (5.7cm). The second, by Sansha, a wood netsuke of two puppies on a cushion. Signed on the underside, Sansha 1 5/8in (4.3cm). Provenance: The second, purchased in Japan, 1972.

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An ivory netsuke of Dutch explorer Fernão Mendes P

Lot 393: An ivory netsuke of Dutch explorer Fernão Mendes P

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Description: By Sanzan. Mid 19th century. Holding a long trumpet to the top of which is knotted a sash that drapes across his front and is held by his right hand. A braided rope hangs from his shoulders and extends down his back to where it is knotted midway down and then extends as tassels to his knees. Signed on the back just at the end of the tassels, Sanzan, plus kakihan.2 3/4in (6.9cm). Provenance: Illustrated in Lazarnick page 915.

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An ivory netsuke of curled lotus leaf.

Lot 394: An ivory netsuke of curled lotus leaf.

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Description: By Seiichi, Mid 19th century. Leaf with stalk, Ivory, worn and patinated. Signed on the underside in rounded rectangular reserve, Seiichi.2in (5.2cm). Provenance: Barry Davies, London. illustrated as No. 125 in the Barry Davies Oriental Art - An Exhibition of Netsuke Through Three Centuries (15th June to 5th July 1996). Exhibited: Museum for Kunsthandwerk, Frankfort 1990

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A wood netsuke of Okame and Usofuki.

Lot 395: A wood netsuke of Okame and Usofuki.

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Description: By Shiba fu. Mid 19th century. A Tonkotsu cover in a very hard wood. The underside of the cover is a mask of Okame while the upper side appears to be Usofuki with a large wen over his right eye. Pupils inlaid in black. Signed on the rim of the underside, Shiba fu, plus Kakihan. 2 5/8in (6.7cm).

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Group of four wood netsuke.

Lot 396: Group of four wood netsuke.

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Description: Early/mid 19th century. The first, a seated man trying to remove a giant bee from his shoulder. Signed on the back of his loin cloth in an oval reserve, Shigekazu. 1 5/8in (4.2cm). The second, a Buddhist temple in a grove. Signed on the underside, Shinboku or Masamutsu. 1in (2.6cm). The third, an ebony Citron(Buddha's hand fruit). Signed. 2 1/8in (5.4cm). The fourth, by Seizan, of a woman wielding a straw pounder to teach her son a lesso. Signed on the underside on a raised rectangular tablet. 1 1/2in (3.8cm).

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An ivory netsuke ofChinese hunter with deer disgui

Lot 397: An ivory netsuke ofChinese hunter with deer disgui

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Description: By Shinsai. Mid 19th century. Standing wearing deerskin headdress with antlers, holding a sheathed sword and large egg, probably represents Enshi who went into the mountains dressed in the hide of a stag to obtain deer's milk for his ailing mother. Signed on back, Shinsai. 3 1/8in (8.1cm).

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A wood netsuke of sumo wrestlers.

Lot 398: A wood netsuke of sumo wrestlers.

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Description: Early 19th century. In the Kawazu throw. Signed on the back side on the waist band of the loin cloth, Shomei(?). 1 3/4in (4.4cm).

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