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Lot 63 (Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 25th September 2020)

UNSHO HAKURYU II: A SUPERB IVORY NETSUKE OF A TIGER WITH TWO CUBS

By Unsho Hakuryu II, signed Hakuryu 白龍
Japan, Kyoto, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

A powerful and dynamically crafted ivory netsuke of a tigress placing one paw protectively on her sleeping cub, while another climbs up over her back. The mother’s body is muscular with pronounced shoulder bones, and her entire body is contorted into a circle, her thick tail swinging around over her back, as she lets out a powerful, yet comedically docile snarl. The sleeping cub below her is almost entirely nestled underneath her body, its chin resting on its paws, the tail swinging around to its side. The climbing cub is determined and bravely snarling, baring teeth, the tail also curling around over its back. The ivory is realistically stained orange and the bellies are stained in a lighter color. The stripes are stained brown and the surrounding areas polished to emulate the tiger’s natural fur coat. The eyes of the mother and larger cub are characteristically inlaid in mother-of-pearl with the pupils far apart. Natural himotoshi and signed on the mother’s behind HAKURYU inside a gourd-shaped reserve.

HEIGHT 3 cm, LENGTH 4.6 cm

Condition: The very tip of the climbing cub’s tail is restored. Otherwise excellent condition.
Provenance: British private estate.

Auction comparison:
Several netsuke of tigers by Hakuryu have been recently sold in these rooms. The present netsuke appears to be a mirror image of the one sold by Zacke, Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono, 2 November 2019, Vienna, lot 105 (sold for 13.904 EUR), however the orange stain of the present netsuke is decidedly different and one cub is sleeping. Further similar netsuke by Hakuryu were sold by Zacke, Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono, 27 April 2019, Vienna, lot 86 (sold for 13.904 EUR), and Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 27 March 2020, Vienna, lot 46 (sold for 10.512 EUR).

Sold for €7,930

including Buyer's Premium


 

By Unsho Hakuryu II, signed Hakuryu 白龍
Japan, Kyoto, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

A powerful and dynamically crafted ivory netsuke of a tigress placing one paw protectively on her sleeping cub, while another climbs up over her back. The mother’s body is muscular with pronounced shoulder bones, and her entire body is contorted into a circle, her thick tail swinging around over her back, as she lets out a powerful, yet comedically docile snarl. The sleeping cub below her is almost entirely nestled underneath her body, its chin resting on its paws, the tail swinging around to its side. The climbing cub is determined and bravely snarling, baring teeth, the tail also curling around over its back. The ivory is realistically stained orange and the bellies are stained in a lighter color. The stripes are stained brown and the surrounding areas polished to emulate the tiger’s natural fur coat. The eyes of the mother and larger cub are characteristically inlaid in mother-of-pearl with the pupils far apart. Natural himotoshi and signed on the mother’s behind HAKURYU inside a gourd-shaped reserve.

HEIGHT 3 cm, LENGTH 4.6 cm

Condition: The very tip of the climbing cub’s tail is restored. Otherwise excellent condition.
Provenance: British private estate.

Auction comparison:
Several netsuke of tigers by Hakuryu have been recently sold in these rooms. The present netsuke appears to be a mirror image of the one sold by Zacke, Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono, 2 November 2019, Vienna, lot 105 (sold for 13.904 EUR), however the orange stain of the present netsuke is decidedly different and one cub is sleeping. Further similar netsuke by Hakuryu were sold by Zacke, Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono, 27 April 2019, Vienna, lot 86 (sold for 13.904 EUR), and Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 27 March 2020, Vienna, lot 46 (sold for 10.512 EUR).

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