Fri, 29th Oct 2021 13:00

Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

 
  Lot 2
 

2

Ɏ AN IVORY NETSUKE OF KAN’U LEANING AGAINST A ROCK

Unsigned
Japan, late 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The god of war Kan’u is leaning against a large rock, stroking his long beard, and holding his halberd by his side. His facial hair and the surface of his robe are finely engraved and inked for texture. The back shows an attractive yellow color and two himotoshi, with a third himotoshi to the underside.

HEIGHT 5.6 cm

Condition: Good condition with some wear, minor nicks, and light scratches. Fine patina.
Provenance: French private collection.

Literature comparison:
Though slightly smaller in size, this netsuke bears all the features of the well-known models of Kan’u from the 18th century, as for example in Sydney L. Moss Ltd. (2004) Outside the Box, pp. 26-27, no. 8. The addition of the rock is quite unusual.

Auction comparison:
For a related figure of Kan’u, larger in size and without the rock, see Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 25 September 2020, Vienna, lot 26 (sold for 7,584 EUR).

Starting price
€1,000
Estimate
€2,000
 

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Unsigned
Japan, late 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The god of war Kan’u is leaning against a large rock, stroking his long beard, and holding his halberd by his side. His facial hair and the surface of his robe are finely engraved and inked for texture. The back shows an attractive yellow color and two himotoshi, with a third himotoshi to the underside.

HEIGHT 5.6 cm

Condition: Good condition with some wear, minor nicks, and light scratches. Fine patina.
Provenance: French private collection.

Literature comparison:
Though slightly smaller in size, this netsuke bears all the features of the well-known models of Kan’u from the 18th century, as for example in Sydney L. Moss Ltd. (2004) Outside the Box, pp. 26-27, no. 8. The addition of the rock is quite unusual.

Auction comparison:
For a related figure of Kan’u, larger in size and without the rock, see Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 25 September 2020, Vienna, lot 26 (sold for 7,584 EUR).

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Auction: Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, Fri, 29th Oct 2021

A SHORT FOREWORD

Thank you for reading this far. I intend to keep this foreword short so you, fellow netsuke-collector, can dive right in (if you have not already done so before... I certainly would, so I do not blame you!). Our bi-annual netsuke auction is gradually developing its own unmistakable identity, so many things, such as the general order of the catalog, remain the same. Therefore I will just shortly draw your attention to what is special and quickly go through the new sections of the catalog.

Gabor Wilhelm, whose name has become synonymous with netsuke, has kindly trusted us with 37 netsuke from his collection, many of them rather reluctantly, but he hopes their new owners will enjoy them as much as he has over the years.

There are also 39 netsuke from the Teddy Hahn collection, including several snails, a subject he very much cherished. We suggest you ‘crawl’ over to the snail section of the catalog (lots 120-127). For those of you who love shunga, there is also a very nice selection (lots 95-103), most of them previously exhibited in 2017 at the MOAK in Cologne.

Lastly, a personal favorite of mine is the rare materials chapter (lots 270-315). This is certainly our best selection of this type so far. Two superb bamboo netsuke are also featured on our ‘bamboo forest’ cover (lots 271 and 272).

We sincerely hope you will enjoy browsing through our selection and look forward to hearing from you!

Lukas Zacke

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