Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 13:00

Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

 
Lot 181
 

181

SHUZAN YASUSADA: A WOOD NETSUKE OF CHORYO AND KOSEKIKO

Sold for €1,138

including Buyer's Premium


Lot details

By Shuzan Yasusada, signed Shuzan Yasusada 秋山安定 with kakihan
Japan, Echigo Province, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Finely carved with Choryo riding a dragon and handing the recovered shoe to Kosekiko atop his horse on a naturalistically carved base, the underside carved with crashing wave and the dragon’s scaly body and sharp claws, further with a single himotoshi and the signature SHUZAN YASUSADA with a kakihan within a rectangular plaque.

HEIGHT 3.8 cm

Condition: Very good condition with some wear and few minuscule nicks.
Provenance: French private collection.

Zhang Liang (known as Choryo in Japanese) was a Chinese military strategist and politician who lived in the early Western Han dynasty. The present netsuke depicts the legend of when Choryo met the old man Kosekiko (Huang Shigong) on a bridge. The old man began to teach the art of war to Choryo and one day Kosekiko wanted to test Choryo and threw a shoe into the river where a powerful water dragon lived. The dragon seized the shoe and Choryo defeated it and gave the shoe back to Kosekiko. The present netsuke shows exactly this scene – the proud Choryo, with one foot on the dragon’s head, is presenting the shoe to Kosekiko who is mounted on a horse atop a bridge. According to legend, Choryo used the teachings of Kosekiko as a military adviser to Liu Bang, the founder of the Han dynasty.

Auction comparison:
For a netsuke of a boar by this rare artist see Bonhams, Harriet Szechenyi Sale of Japanese Art, 8 November 2011, London, lot 177 (sold for 4,375 GBP). Another netsuke by Shuzan Yasusada depicting a tanuki was sold by Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 29 October 2021, Vienna, lot 145 (sold for EUR 4,803).

 

By Shuzan Yasusada, signed Shuzan Yasusada 秋山安定 with kakihan
Japan, Echigo Province, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Finely carved with Choryo riding a dragon and handing the recovered shoe to Kosekiko atop his horse on a naturalistically carved base, the underside carved with crashing wave and the dragon’s scaly body and sharp claws, further with a single himotoshi and the signature SHUZAN YASUSADA with a kakihan within a rectangular plaque.

HEIGHT 3.8 cm

Condition: Very good condition with some wear and few minuscule nicks.
Provenance: French private collection.

Zhang Liang (known as Choryo in Japanese) was a Chinese military strategist and politician who lived in the early Western Han dynasty. The present netsuke depicts the legend of when Choryo met the old man Kosekiko (Huang Shigong) on a bridge. The old man began to teach the art of war to Choryo and one day Kosekiko wanted to test Choryo and threw a shoe into the river where a powerful water dragon lived. The dragon seized the shoe and Choryo defeated it and gave the shoe back to Kosekiko. The present netsuke shows exactly this scene – the proud Choryo, with one foot on the dragon’s head, is presenting the shoe to Kosekiko who is mounted on a horse atop a bridge. According to legend, Choryo used the teachings of Kosekiko as a military adviser to Liu Bang, the founder of the Han dynasty.

Auction comparison:
For a netsuke of a boar by this rare artist see Bonhams, Harriet Szechenyi Sale of Japanese Art, 8 November 2011, London, lot 177 (sold for 4,375 GBP). Another netsuke by Shuzan Yasusada depicting a tanuki was sold by Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 29 October 2021, Vienna, lot 145 (sold for EUR 4,803).

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