Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The proudly standing Dutchman wearing a European hat and lozenge wig, holding the legs of a boar which is slung over his back, the fur of the limp creature neatly incised. The Dutchman’s coat is finely stippled and engraved with crashing wave designs on the hem. The back bearing a stunning honey-yellow patina and with two generously excavated himotoshi placed at an angle and formed by one larger and one smaller hole.
HEIGHT 9.2 cm
Condition: Very good condition, minor wear and few natural age cracks.
The carver is familiar from the very distinctive sharp and dramatically undercut chin, as well as the style of decoration to the coat. For a similar example, see the catalog of the H.G. Beasley collection, Sotheby’s, 14th March 1984, London, lot 87, illustrated in color on p. 43. Another is illustrated in Eskenazi Ltd. (1993) Japanese Netsuke from the Carré Collection, no. 1, and illustrated on the cover of the catalog.
For a closely related ivory netsuke, likely carved by the same hand, of slightly larger size (10.1 cm) see Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 29 October 2021, Vienna, lot 5 (sold for 20,856 EUR).
Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 22-B-0524).
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