Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 13:00

Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

 
  Lot 277
 

277

HARUUJI: A SUPERB AND LARGE PAINTED WOOD MASK NETSUKE OF A KITSUNE (FOX)

Sold for €4,045

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Lot details

By Haruuji (Ujihara), signed Haruujii 春氏
Japan, late 19th century to early 20th century, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Published:
Bushell, Raymond (1985) Netsuke Masks, pl. 186.
Eskenazi (1998) Japanese Netsuke, Ojime and Inro from a Private European Collection, p. 118-119, no. 138.

Superbly carved, the wood finely stained with details such as the eyes, teeth, and tongue in gold and red pigment, the fur neatly incised with thicker hair meticulously executed for the brows and muzzle, the movable lower jar secured by two wooden pins, the reverse with a himotoshi bar signed HARUUJI.

HEIGHT 5.5 cm

Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear.
Provenance: Ex-collection Raymond Bushell. Christie’s, The Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke, Part II, 18 October 1988, London, lot 255. Ex-collection Emiel Veranneman, acquired from the above. Eskenazi, London, 1998. Sotheby’s, May 2007, London. European collection P. Jacquesson, acquired from the above.

The present netsuke depicts a kitsune mask which would be used in the Kyogen play Tsurigitsune (‘The Fishing Fox’). In this story, a hunter is visited by his uncle, the priest Hakuzosu, who lectures his nephew on the evils of killing foxes. The hunter is nearly convinced, but after the priest departs, he hears the cry of the fox and realizes it wasn't his uncle at all but a fox in guise. The fox resumes his natural form and reverts to his wild ways, takes the bait in a trap, and is captured.

 

By Haruuji (Ujihara), signed Haruujii 春氏
Japan, late 19th century to early 20th century, Meiji period (1868-1912)

Published:
Bushell, Raymond (1985) Netsuke Masks, pl. 186.
Eskenazi (1998) Japanese Netsuke, Ojime and Inro from a Private European Collection, p. 118-119, no. 138.

Superbly carved, the wood finely stained with details such as the eyes, teeth, and tongue in gold and red pigment, the fur neatly incised with thicker hair meticulously executed for the brows and muzzle, the movable lower jar secured by two wooden pins, the reverse with a himotoshi bar signed HARUUJI.

HEIGHT 5.5 cm

Condition: Excellent condition with minor wear.
Provenance: Ex-collection Raymond Bushell. Christie’s, The Raymond and Frances Bushell Collection of Netsuke, Part II, 18 October 1988, London, lot 255. Ex-collection Emiel Veranneman, acquired from the above. Eskenazi, London, 1998. Sotheby’s, May 2007, London. European collection P. Jacquesson, acquired from the above.

The present netsuke depicts a kitsune mask which would be used in the Kyogen play Tsurigitsune (‘The Fishing Fox’). In this story, a hunter is visited by his uncle, the priest Hakuzosu, who lectures his nephew on the evils of killing foxes. The hunter is nearly convinced, but after the priest departs, he hears the cry of the fox and realizes it wasn't his uncle at all but a fox in guise. The fox resumes his natural form and reverts to his wild ways, takes the bait in a trap, and is captured.

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