Circle of Tsuji Gisaburo, unsigned
Japan, late 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
The God of Longevity carved standing with his arms together in front, enveloped in his loose-fitting robe with voluminous folds, secured at the waist with a belt, a small fan attached to it, and wearing a cowl over his characteristically elongated head, the face with a cheerful expression as he lets out a hearty laugh, the facial features neatly detailed, the back with two asymmetrical himotoshi.
HEIGHT 5.8 cm
Condition: Good condition with minor surface wear, few small natural age cracks.
Provenance: British private collection.
A very similar netsuke signed Tamayuki, was sold at Lempertz, Netsuke-Sammlung Kolodotschko I, 14 June 2014, Cologne, lot 186 (sold for 3,416 EUR). Another very similar netsuke signed Masatomo was sold at Lempertz, Netsuke aus der Sammlung Kolodotschko II, 6 December 2014, lot 686 (sold for 4,464 EUR). Also compare to a similar netsuke of Fukurokuju with child sold at Lempertz, Netsuke aus der Sammlung Albert Brockhaus, 27 June 2020, lot 409 (sold for 3,250 EUR).
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