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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 recumbent ox.

Lot 51: A wood netsuke of a recumbent ox.

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Description: Inscribed Tomotada, Kyoto, Early 19th century. Eyes inlaid in black, deeply stained a dark brown, well-worn and patinated. Inscribed on the underside in an oval reserve, Tomotada. 2 1/4in (5.6cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection.Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1958.

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A wood netsuke of an ox.

Lot 52: A wood netsuke of an ox.

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Description: By Tomotada, Kyoto, Mid 18th century. Mid 18th century. Eyes inlaid in black, the horns made of black horn, the ribs well defined and realistic, traces of hair-work cover the body but are well-worn and patinated, signed on the right rear haunch in a rectangular reserve, Tomotada. 2 1/4in (5.8cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a Karako.

Lot 53: An ivory netsuke of a Karako.

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Description: Kyoto, Late 18th/early 19th century. Seated, pointing to his eye with his left index finger in a bekkako gesture while his right hand reaches behind him to touch the skin of a large hozuki that has burst open to reveal its fruit which is carved partially in the round and dyed red. On the underside without reserve, Tomotada 1 1/2in (3.8cm).

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A wood netsuke of an acrobat on a Baku.

Lot 54: A wood netsuke of an acrobat on a Baku.

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Description: Kyoto, Late 18th/early 19th century. The acrobat, grasping a trumpet, is balanced on the back of a recumbent Baku, in the form of an elephant or tapir, whose tusks and eyes are inlaid in ivory. Signature deeply incised within an oval reserve, Tomotada, likely added to the unsigned piece at a later date. 1 3/8in (3.6cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London.

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An ivory netsuke of a recumbent bull.

Lot 55: An ivory netsuke of a recumbent bull.

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Description: By Yamaguchi Okatomo, Kyoto, Late 18th century. The rope bridle flowing back from the nose to drape over his back where it meets the tail. Eyes inlaid in dark horn, with hooves well-carved underneath. Signed on underside in rectangular reserve, Okatomo. 2 1/4in (5.8cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a rat.

Lot 56: An ivory netsuke of a rat.

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Description: By Yamaguchi Okatomo, Kyoto, Late 18th century. Sitting on its tail and scratching face with the left paw. Eyes inlaid in dark horn. Signed on underside in rectangular reserve, Okatomo. 1in (2.6cm). Provenance: Ex collection of Wolf Ladejinsky, who was on MacArthur's SCAP staff in Japan at the end of the war and was influential in restoring Japan's agricultural programs.

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An ivory netsuke of a bean cluster.

Lot 57: An ivory netsuke of a bean cluster.

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Description: By Yamaguchi Okatomo, Kyoto, Late 18th century. Three beans with a white color to topside, and warm orange tone to the underside. Signed on underside without reserve, Okatomo. Similar pictured in MCI, page 621. 1 7/8in (4.8cm).

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A group of two ivory netsuke.

Lot 58: A group of two ivory netsuke.

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Description: School of Okatomo, Kyoto, Late 18th/early 19th century. The first, a cluster of five lima beans beginning to open, inscribed, Okatomo. The second, a quail and her young feeding on a millet plant, the eyes of both inlaid with dark horn, inscribed on the underside, Okatomo. 1 5/8in (4.1cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a bitch and pup.

Lot 59: An ivory netsuke of a bitch and pup.

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Description: By Yamaguchi Okatomo, Kyoto, Early 19th century. The pup scratching its chin with its left rear paw sitting under the adult. Signed in a polished rectangular reserve, Okatomo. 1in (2.5cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a pair of Shishi.

Lot 60: An ivory netsuke of a pair of Shishi.

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Description: Inscribed Okatomo. Kyoto, Late 18th/early 19th century. In a heraldic pose and supporting a reticulated ball between them with a loose ball inside. On a rounded base with flat bottom. Inscribed on underside without reserve, Okatomo. 1 5/8in (4cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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An ivory netsuke of a quail perched on millet seed

Lot 61: An ivory netsuke of a quail perched on millet seed

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Description: By Okatori, Kyoto, Early 19th century. One leaf winds around the back of the quail, whose eyes are inlaid in black horn. Signed on the underside of the stem in a raised rectangular reserve, Okatori. 1in (2.5cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957. Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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A wood netsuke of Oni.

Lot 62: A wood netsuke of Oni.

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Description: By Okatori, Kyoto, Late 18th century. Polishing a pot, his horns appear to have been shorn off and wearing a tiger-skin loin cloth. Signed on the right rear buttocks without reserve, Okatori. 1 3/8in (3.6cm).

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A ivory netsuke of a tigress and two cubs.

Lot 63: A ivory netsuke of a tigress and two cubs.

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Description: By Harumasa, Kyoto, Early 19th century. Seated and turning to the left, one cub climbing onto his back, the other crouching beneath his jaw. The eyes inlaid with mother of pearl. Signed on the underside without reserve, Harumasa.1 1/8in (2.9cm). Provenance: Illustrated in the MCI, page 128 (Entry No. 1730A).Ex M. T. Hindson Collection, lot 381.Illustrated in Davey, Fig. 211. Ex Gordon Smith Collection.

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A group of two netsuke in various materials

Lot 64: A group of two netsuke in various materials

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Description: Kyoto, Late 18th/early 19th century. The first, a carved ivory group of four ginko nuts. Signed on underside without reserve, Mitsuharu. 1¼in (3.3cm). The second, wood depicting the story of Tadamori and the suspected thief, as a temple watchman walking on geta holding an oil lantern in his right hand. Signed on the back in oval reserve, Mitsuharu. 2?in (7.3cm). Provenance: The first, Sotheby's, London, November 3, 1969; Lot 281.

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An ivory netsuke of a Shishi.

Lot 65: An ivory netsuke of a Shishi.

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Description: Kyoto, Late 18th century. Roaring figure grasping a ball.. Eyes inlaid in dark horn. Signed on underside in an oval reserve, Mitsuharu. 1 7/8in (4.6cm).

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A group of two ivory netsuke

Lot 66: A group of two ivory netsuke

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Description: By Kiyokatsu & attributed to, Kyoto, Mid 19th century. The first, a group of six ginko nuts, signed Kiyokatsu. A similare piece that appears to be in the same hand in the British Museum(Barker & Smith, Page 56, Fig.72), also unsigned and attributed to Kiyokatsu. 1½in (3.9cm). The second, tea ceremony implements, unsigned. 2½in (6.3cm). Provenance: The first, Sotheby's, London, February 24, 1971; Lot 77. The second, Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A wood netsuke of a tiger.

Lot 67: A wood netsuke of a tiger.

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Description: Attributed to Hakuryu II, Kyoto, Mid 19th century. Snarling with long tail curling around back. The eyes inlaid in mother-of-pearl with dark centers. Signed on the right haunch within a gourd shaped cartouche, Hakuryu. Similar in Lazarnick Pg. 439. 1 1/4in (3cm). Provenance: Ex Xanadu Gallery, San Francisco

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An ivory netsuke of the junishi.

Lot 68: An ivory netsuke of the junishi.

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Description: By Kagetoshi, active early to mid 19th century, Kyoto, Mid 19th century. All eyes inlaid in black except for the hare which are in coral. Signed on the underside in a raised oval reserve, Kagetoshi.1in (2.6cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957.

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An ivory netsuke of two monkeys.

Lot 69: An ivory netsuke of two monkeys.

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Description: School of Nagai Rantei, Kyoto, Mid 19th century. Larger monkey wearing a short tunic with a diapered lozenge pattern and picking fleas of the back of the smaller one, eyes of both inlaid in black horn. Lightly stained and worn with some patination and a few age cracks appearing. Signed on the underside in a polished oval reserve, Rantei. 1 1/8in (2.9cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a Tanuki.

Lot 70: An ivory netsuke of a Tanuki.

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Description: Nagai Rantei, Kyoto, Mid 19th century. In the guise of a waiter in the process of transformation, in his right hand he holds a tablet with the single character, Kayoi(order book). The eyes are inlaid in black horn, and a long un-human tongue hangs out of his mouth and his tail protrudes from under his robe. Signed on the right rear of his robe in a polished oval reserve, Rantei. 2 5/8in (6.6cm). Provenance: Purchased from Sydney L. Moss, Ltd, London, 1982.

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An ivory netsuke of a dancer.

Lot 71: An ivory netsuke of a dancer.

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Description: Nagai Rantei, Kyoto, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. He holds an open fan and his kimono has slipped off his left shoulder. Signed on the right hem of his gown in an oval reserve, Rantei. For similar see Bushell - Collector's Netsuke, Fig. 176. 2 1/4in (5.8cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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An ivory netsuke of a seated Court figure.

Lot 72: An ivory netsuke of a seated Court figure.

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Description: By Ranichi, Kyoto, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. He strokes his beard with his left hand. Signed on the bottom in an oval reserve, Ranichi. An unusual netsuke as the MCI states that there are no recorded human subjects by the artist. 1 7/8in (4.7cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1951.

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An ivory netsuke of two tigers.

Lot 73: An ivory netsuke of two tigers.

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Description: By Ransen, Kyoto, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Engaged in a friendly romp, one biting the tail of the other as they play. Eyes of both inlaid in black horn, yellow patina in many places. Signed on the underside in a polished oval reserve, Ransen. 7/8in (2.3cm). Provenance: Christie's, New York, March 21, 1985; Lot 742. The Mary Louise O'Brien Collection.

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A wood netsuke of Tanuki.

Lot 74: A wood netsuke of Tanuki.

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Description: By Ransen, Kyoto, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Seated on his distended scrotum and looking up as it beats upon its large stomach, the light wood is slightly worn and the eyes are inlaid. Signed on the underside in an oval reserve, Ransen. 1 1/2in (3.9cm). Provenance: Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, Sale No. 3, Lot 388. Illustrated in Davey, page 90, Fig. 248. Ex J. A. Druce collection, sold at Sotheby's August 3, 1950 Lot 227.

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An ivory netsuke of a Shishi.

Lot 75: An ivory netsuke of a Shishi.

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Description: Kyoto School. Kyoto, Late 18th century. Late 18th century. Crouching with partially open mouth, eyes inlaid in black. Similar face on piece by Okanobu. 1 1/8in (2.8cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a stag.

Lot 76: An ivory netsuke of a stag.

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Description: Attributed to Okatomo. Kyoto, Late 18th century. Late 18th century. Head turned back, eyes inlaid in black, with a dappled coat and good hair-work. Unsigned. 1 3/8in (3.5cm). Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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An ivory netsuke of a single-horned Kirin.

Lot 77: An ivory netsuke of a single-horned Kirin.

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Description: Kyoto School. Kyoto, Early 19th century. Early 19th century. Seated with head turned back to its right, well-worn and nicely patinated on the back. Unsigned. A similar piece was sold as lot 260 at Christie's London on October 18, 1988, Bushell Collection - Part II. 2 3/8in (5.9cm). Provenance: Purchased from Joseph U. Seo, 1958.

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A bone figure of a Sennin.

Lot 78: A bone figure of a Sennin.

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Description: Kyoto School. Kyoto, Mid 18th century. Mid 18th century. Standing with his head looking skyward, grasping a mokugyo. Unsigned. Includes Meinertzhagen's index card with his drawing of the piece. Meinertzhagen described this work as "probably the best netsuke in bone that I have seen." 3 7/8in (9.9cm). Provenance: Purchased from F. Meinertzhagen in 1959. Paul Moss in Japanese Netsuke, Serious Art, Item No. 2 discusses this piece. Illustrated in the NKSJ article on the mang collection (Volume 3, No.4 - December 1983.)

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An ivory netsuke of a monkey.

Lot 79: An ivory netsuke of a monkey.

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Description: Kyoto School. Kyoto, Mid 18th century. Mid 18th century. The front paws slightly crossed, his long digits carefully defined underneath, with deeply carved hair-work all over and a rich patina. Unsigned. 1 7/8in (4.7cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a Sumarawashi with monkey.

Lot 80: An ivory netsuke of a Sumarawashi with monkey.

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Description: Kyoto School. Kyoto, Late 18th century. Late 18th century. The bearded old man stands holding a bamboo guide stick in his right hand, his left supports a large peach while the monkey sits atop his left shoulder. Unsigned. Collection number in black on back, 11853/302. 3 7/8in (10cm).

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An ivory netsuke of a Shishi.

Lot 81: An ivory netsuke of a Shishi.

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Description: Kyoto School. Kyoto, Late 18th century. Late 18th century. The eyes are inlaid in black and the mouth is open, the paws meet to clutch a ball. Unsigned. 1 5/8in (4.1cm). Provenance: Ex Scott Meredith collection.

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A group of three wood netsuke of masks.

Lot 82: A group of three wood netsuke of masks.

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Description: Deme Family, Tokyo, Late 18th century. Late 18th century. The first, a Beshimi type, with eye in gold lacquer, signed on the crossbar, Deme Uman, and in the upper recess, Ten Ka Ichi. 1?in (4.3cm). The second, mask of Hannya in cherry wood, signed on the crossbar, Deme Joman. 1?in (4.2cm). The third, mask of a smiling man, signed on the crossbar, Deme Joman. 1?in (4cm).

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A wood netsuke of two fish.

Lot 83: A wood netsuke of two fish.

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Description: By Toman, Tokyo, Late 18th/early 19th cent Late 18th / early 19th century. A Fugu and an Aji, resting together head to tail. The two fish are nicely stained with the distended belly of the Fugu left unstained for effect. Signed on the underside with kakihan without reserve, Toman. 2 1/8in (5.5cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1957. Illustrated in the article by Jay Hopkins in the INSJ (Volume 31, no.3). Exhibited: Delgado Museum, New Orleans, LA (March-April, 1960)

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A group of two carved wood netsuke.

Lot 84: A group of two carved wood netsuke.

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Description: Tokyo, Late 18th century. Late 18th century. The first, by Jobun, a child's netsuke, Mask of Ofuku, signed on the cross bar without reserve, Jobun. 6/8in (1.9cm). The second, by Hokei, Ni-o seated on a huge straw sandal which he is repairing, one himotoshi lined with ivory, signed on an inlaid ivory tablet, Hokei.1?in (4.1cm). Provenance: The first, Purchased from Raymond Bushell 1957. The second, Barry Davies, London.

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A wood and lacquer kagamibuta style netsuke of a b

Lot 85: A wood and lacquer kagamibuta style netsuke of a b

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Description: Inagawa family, Tokyo, Late 18th century. Late 18th century. A covered bowl of black wood (kaki?) with a simulated crack and lacquer repair with an ivory handle and gold lacquer leaves. There is a cutout on the side of the removable lid that reveals a mouse in inside the bowl. The gold lacquer signature appears on the outside of the bowl, Inagawa saku. 6/8in (1.9cm). Provenance: Illustrated in Lazarnick page 514.

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A carved boxwood netsuke of Ii no Hayata slaying t

Lot 86: A carved boxwood netsuke of Ii no Hayata slaying t

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Description: Late Miwa, Tokyo, Late 18th/early 19th cent Late 18th / early 19th century. The Nuye's stripes are carved in ukibori and several teeth are inlaid in ivory, signed on bottom with kakihan only 1 1/4in (3.1cm).

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A tall wood netsuke of an octopus and monkey.

Lot 87: A tall wood netsuke of an octopus and monkey.

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Description: Attributed to Chosai Miwa II, Tokyo, Late 18th century. Late 18th century. With bulging eyes inlaid in ivory with black pupils, standing over monkey. Signed on the right side, Miwa. 2 3/8in (6.1cm). Provenance: Ex Richards collection. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1959.

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A wood netsuke of Emma-O reading book.

Lot 88: A wood netsuke of Emma-O reading book.

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Description: Signed Miwa, Tokyo, Late 18th century. Late 18th century. Seated in front of a large book that he uses for recording sins, his teeth are inlaid in old ivory. Freely carved signature and kakihan on the underside without reserve, Miwa 1 1/8in (2.7cm).

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A wood netsuke of a boy wearing a Shishi mask.

Lot 89: A wood netsuke of a boy wearing a Shishi mask.

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Description: Attributed to Zaiyei Miwa (3rd), Tokyo, Late 18th century. Late 18th century. Seated with a drum in front of him, the eyes of the mask are inlaid in ivory with black pupils. The top and bottom edges of the drum are inlaid with rows of ivory beads. Signed, Miwa, with kakihan, highlighted in red, without reserve. 1 1/4in (3.1cm).

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A group of two wood netsuke.

Lot 90: A group of two wood netsuke.

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Description: Tokyo, The first, Attributed to Zaiyel Miwa 3rd, late 18th century, a group of the three wise monkeys, seated in an unusual position. Signed in an oval reserve, Miwa. 1?in (3.4cm). The second, Miwa style, mid 19th century, in kaki wood, a man kneeling with head upraised in the act of tweezing his whiskers with a small inlaid ivory button on the front as a clasp for his robe and another on the back. Unsigned. 2in (5.2cm). Provenance: The First, Christie's, New York, October 2, 1984; Lot 107. Ex M.T. Hindson collection, Sotheby's, London, 1968; Lot 40. Illustrated in Davey, #275, page 98.

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A group of two wood netsuke.

Lot 91: A group of two wood netsuke.

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Description: Tokyo, 19th century 19th century. The first, attributed to Genryosai Minkoku 1st, a shishi with a ball. 1?in (3.5cm). The second, attributed to Shugetsu 2nd, a smiling figure of the priest Kanzan holding his broom. Signed on the back without reserve, Shugetsu. 2?in (5.9cm). Provenance: The first, purchased in Tokyo, 1951.

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A wood netsuke of Ishikawa Goemon with Ichiro.

Lot 92: A wood netsuke of Ishikawa Goemon with Ichiro.

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Description: By Genryosai Minkoku 1st, Tokyo, Late 18th century. Late 18th century. He holds his sword in his right hand as he clutches the baby Ichiro inside his robe with his left. Signed on the rear, bottom hem of his robe, Minkoku. Gently worn and patinated. 3 3/8in (8.6cm). Provenance: Sotheby's, London, December 20, 2967; Lot 310.

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A group of two wood netsuke.

Lot 93: A group of two wood netsuke.

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Description: Attributed to Genryosai Minkoku 2nd. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The first, of Lords Kira and Asano, both in eboshi and court robes, one drawing his sword on the other. Signed on the underside with reserve, Genryosai. 1?in (3.4cm). The second, a Shishi with ball. Signed, Minkoku. 1¼in (3.2cm). Provenance: The first, Ex Richards collection. IlIllustrated in Lazarnick page 766. Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1958.

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An ivory manju of O-Hara-me.

Lot 94: An ivory manju of O-Hara-me.

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Description: By Shuyusai Minkoku 3rd. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Seated on a bundle of twigs and smoking her pipe as she rests on her journey. Ko-ji Hoten, Vol 2. page 129 states, "A woman from the village of O-hara. Most of the occupants of this area are employed in the business of firewood, and it is chiefly the women who are charged with transporting the wood from the forest to their neighborhood."1 5/8in (4cm).

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A wood netsuke of Daruma.

Lot 95: A wood netsuke of Daruma.

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Description: By Hara Shumin, Tokyo, Early 19th century. Early 19th century. Sitting cross-legged and wrapped in his cloak during his nine years of ascetic religious contemplation. Himotoshi are lined with unstained ivory. Signed on underside, Shumin. 1 1/2in (3.7cm). Exhibited: the Student Center (August 29 - September 25, 1960)

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A wood netsuke of Tengo no Tamago.

Lot 96: A wood netsuke of Tengo no Tamago.

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Description: Attributed to Masa Shumin 2nd. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. The eyes are inlaid in brass, the "cap" on the Tengu's head is of ebony, and one himotoshi is lined with green-stained ivory, the other exits through a large opening where the Tengu is breaking through the bottom of the shell. The feather work is well-carved and slightly worn There are two leaves carved on the underside, one of which is a maple and the other appears to be an elm. Signed on the side using the 2-element form of Min. 1 1/2in (3.7cm).

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A narwhal ivory netsuke of a Piebald pup.

Lot 97: A narwhal ivory netsuke of a Piebald pup.

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Description: By Kawamoto Shuraku. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Seated on a dais, with open mouth, tongue out and the nose is stippled, he wears a ruff around his neck and the eyes and spots are highlighted with black ink. The outer crust of the tusk has been left intact as was his style. Signed on underside with seal, all highlighted in magenta, Shuraku. 1 1/2in (3.7cm).

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A group of two narwhal ivory netsuke.

Lot 98: A group of two narwhal ivory netsuke.

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Description: By Kawamoto Shuraku. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Both signed with an intaglio carved seal, filled with sepia. The first, a netsuke of Daruma playing kamifuki. Eyes, eyebrows, and chest hair highlighted with black ink, half of the figure is the outer crust of the tusk that has been carved and polished and is beginning to patina. 1½in (3.9cm). The second, a manju with the crust intact and beautifully polished, the center opening has been fitted with an ivory plug that provides a cord opening on the otherwise unadorned reverse side, and on the obverse is carved in the shape of an iron tea kettle bearing a 10 character inscription and a faux seal and is surrounded by an incised design of a tea whisk, tea caddy and spoon. 1?in (3.6cm). Provenance: The first, Sotheby's, London, April 29, 1968; Lot 283. Illustrated in Lazarnick, page 1011.

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An ivory manju of Benkei and Yoshitsune.

Lot 99: An ivory manju of Benkei and Yoshitsune.

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Description: By Ono Ryomin 1st. Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Carved in relief, the obverse showing Yoshitsune leaping high above a corner post of the Gojo bridge in Kyoto. The reverse showing Saito Musashi-bo Benkei indicating his subservience, with his stubby beard and holding his halberd protectively over his head. Signed on the right side, Ono Ryomin, plus a kakihan. 1 5/8in (4.1cm). Provenance: Purchased from Sydney L. Moss, Ltd, London, 1982.

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An ivory netsuke of an oyster girl.

Lot 100: An ivory netsuke of an oyster girl.

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Description: By Ono Ryomin I or II, Tokyo, Mid 19th century. Mid 19th century. Balancing a large basket filled with her recently collected bivalves, her expressive face is looking slightly upwards and the hem of her kimono is curled upwards in the back. Signed on her back just below her sash and is partially filled with red ink, Ryomin. 1 7/8in (4.6cm). Provenance: Purchased from R. Koscherak, 1953.

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