Fri, 29th Oct 2021 13:00

Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

 
  Lot 117
 

117

MASANAO: A SUPERB WOOD NETSUKE OF A TIGER

By Masanao, signed Masanao 正直
Japan, Ise-Yamada, first half of 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The tiger (tora) is shown as a muscular being with pronounced and bulky shoulders, its head turned to the right as it lets out a hearty snarl, baring its sharp fangs. The thick tail curls in front of the chubby paws and the well-carved ears are in an alert position. Particular attention has been given to the fur coat of the tiger, the stripes being rendered by alternating patches of finely incised lines and polished areas. The pupils inlaid in dark horn. The underside shows the signature MASANAO 正直 in a polished reserve. Natural himotoshi.

LENGTH 3.9 cm

Condition: Very good condition, minor surface wear and some tiny imperfections to the wood.
Provenance: European collection.

The tiger was a popular subject from the Masanao line of carvers, this is certainly one of the best examples from this school.

Auction comparison:
Compare to a similar wood netsuke by Masanao sold at Bonhams, The James A. Rose Collection of Netsuke and Sagemono, 17 September 2013, New York, lot 2016 (sold for 5,250 USD). Also compare to a similar wood netsuke by Masanao sold at Lempertz, Netsuke from the Albert Brockhaus Collection, 27 June 2020, Cologne, lot 528 (sold for 10,000 USD).

Sold for €3,034

including Buyer's Premium


 

By Masanao, signed Masanao 正直
Japan, Ise-Yamada, first half of 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The tiger (tora) is shown as a muscular being with pronounced and bulky shoulders, its head turned to the right as it lets out a hearty snarl, baring its sharp fangs. The thick tail curls in front of the chubby paws and the well-carved ears are in an alert position. Particular attention has been given to the fur coat of the tiger, the stripes being rendered by alternating patches of finely incised lines and polished areas. The pupils inlaid in dark horn. The underside shows the signature MASANAO 正直 in a polished reserve. Natural himotoshi.

LENGTH 3.9 cm

Condition: Very good condition, minor surface wear and some tiny imperfections to the wood.
Provenance: European collection.

The tiger was a popular subject from the Masanao line of carvers, this is certainly one of the best examples from this school.

Auction comparison:
Compare to a similar wood netsuke by Masanao sold at Bonhams, The James A. Rose Collection of Netsuke and Sagemono, 17 September 2013, New York, lot 2016 (sold for 5,250 USD). Also compare to a similar wood netsuke by Masanao sold at Lempertz, Netsuke from the Albert Brockhaus Collection, 27 June 2020, Cologne, lot 528 (sold for 10,000 USD).

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