Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 13:00

Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

 
Lot 233
 

233

Ɏ ONO RYOMIN: AN IVORY MANJU NETSUKE DEPICTING BOYS AND TOYS

Sold for €1,725

including Buyer's Premium


Lot details

By Ono Ryomin, signed Ryomin 陵民 with kakihan
Japan, Edo (Tokyo), mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Of circular form, the two-part manju finely carved in shishiaibori with two boys, one seated and beating a drum, the other dancing while holding a rattle and wearing a kitsune (fox mask), their robes neatly incised with diapered designs, and to the reverse with a group of children’s toys including a duck and fishing rod, further with the central himotoshi and the signature RYOMIN with a kakihan.

DIAMETER 4.5 cm

Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear.

According to Neil Davey, Ono Ryomin was a “fine maker of sukashi netsuke and manju, invariably of ivory. He was the founder of a fairly large school, most of whom took the name Ono. The signature is clearly written in kaisho, without reserve.” See Davey, Neil K. (1974) Netsuke: A comprehensive study based on the M.T. Hindson Collection, p. 314. Ono Ryomin was particularly fond of carving netsuke of boys, however manju netsuke with such depictions appear to be rare.

Literature comparison:
Compare a related kagamibuta netsuke by Ono Ryomin depicting a boy beating a drum, illustrated in Dieuwke Eijer (1994) Kagamibuta, Mirrors of Japanese Life and Legend, Leiden and Geneva, p. 26, no. 18.

Auction comparison:
Compare another ivory two-part manju netsuke by Ono Ryomin, 4.2 cm diameter, at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 7 November 2013, London, lot 18 (sold for 4,750 GBP; part lot, together with an ivory manju netsuke by Hojitsu).



Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 22-B-0231).

 

By Ono Ryomin, signed Ryomin 陵民 with kakihan
Japan, Edo (Tokyo), mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Of circular form, the two-part manju finely carved in shishiaibori with two boys, one seated and beating a drum, the other dancing while holding a rattle and wearing a kitsune (fox mask), their robes neatly incised with diapered designs, and to the reverse with a group of children’s toys including a duck and fishing rod, further with the central himotoshi and the signature RYOMIN with a kakihan.

DIAMETER 4.5 cm

Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear.

According to Neil Davey, Ono Ryomin was a “fine maker of sukashi netsuke and manju, invariably of ivory. He was the founder of a fairly large school, most of whom took the name Ono. The signature is clearly written in kaisho, without reserve.” See Davey, Neil K. (1974) Netsuke: A comprehensive study based on the M.T. Hindson Collection, p. 314. Ono Ryomin was particularly fond of carving netsuke of boys, however manju netsuke with such depictions appear to be rare.

Literature comparison:
Compare a related kagamibuta netsuke by Ono Ryomin depicting a boy beating a drum, illustrated in Dieuwke Eijer (1994) Kagamibuta, Mirrors of Japanese Life and Legend, Leiden and Geneva, p. 26, no. 18.

Auction comparison:
Compare another ivory two-part manju netsuke by Ono Ryomin, 4.2 cm diameter, at Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 7 November 2013, London, lot 18 (sold for 4,750 GBP; part lot, together with an ivory manju netsuke by Hojitsu).



Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 22-B-0231).

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