By Koma Sadahide, signed Koma Sadahide 古満貞榮
Japan, 18th-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)
Of upright form and lenticular profile, bearing a lustrously polished roiro ground, the front decorated with a deer couple below temple lanterns and falling maple leaves, the stag executed in colored togidashi beautifully contrasting against his mother-of-pearl deer companion. The leaves are lacquered in gold hiramaki-e or inlaid with mother-of-pearl or horn. The lanterns are, like the stag, lacquered in gold togidashi-e. The verso similarily decorated with a large stag inlaid in buffalo horn with antler horns. Signed underneath in gold characters KOMA SADAHIDE. The interior cases of nashiji with gold fundame rims.
With a reticulated metal ojime and a two-part ryusa manju netsuke, one side carved in antler with billowing clouds and reishi, and the other side of metal and depicting a ho-o (phoenix) with a kiri (paulownia) sprig in its mouth, the details gilt.
HEIGHT 9 cm, LENGTH 4.5 cm
DIAMETER (the netsuke) 4 cm
Condition: Very good condition with minor typical wear, particularly along the edges of the risers. The manju netsuke with minor wear to gilt.
Provenance: From a noted private collection in Geneva, Switzerland, assembled since the 1960s, and thence by descent. An old collector’s label to the base, ‘Art Ancien Chine & Extr-Orient Geneva’. An important part of this collection was on permanent loan and was exhibited over several decades at the Asia-Africa Museum in Geneva.
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