Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 13:00

Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

 
  Lot 47
 

47

Ɏ AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A DOG AND YOUNG, ATTRIBUTED TO OKATOMO

Sold for €7,584

including Buyer's Premium


Lot details

Attributed to Yamaguchi Okatomo, unsigned
Japan, Kyoto, late 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Finely carved, the mother seated on the rear haunches with one front paw on the ground and the other resting on the back of her pup snuggling up to her, both with fine expressions, floppy ears, tails swung to one side, and neatly incised fur heightened with sumi, the mother’s spine precisely rendered, the underside well carved, several himotoshi between the two animals and their limbs, the side and underside with asymmetrical himotoshi.

LENGTH 4.3 cm

Condition: Superb condition with expected surface wear and very little age cracks. Fine, warm patina.

Literature comparison:
Though Okatomo carved several dogs, this variant of a female dog with pup is quite rare. Compare a similar ivory netsuke of a dog and young, also attributed to Okatomo, illustrated in Eskenazi (1993) Japanese Netsuke from the Carré Collection, p. 147, no. 183.

Auction comparison:
Compare a related ivory netsuke of a dog by Okatomo, in a similar pose as the mother dog in the present netsuke, 5.1 cm high, dated early 19th century, at Bonhams, The Harriet Szechenyi Sale of Japanese Art, 8 November 2011, London, lot 157 (sold for 46,850 GBP). Compare a related netsuke of a dog and young, also attributed to Okatomo and dated late 18th century, at Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 29 October 2021, Vienna, lot 53 (sold for 6,320 EUR).



Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 22-B-0228).

 

Attributed to Yamaguchi Okatomo, unsigned
Japan, Kyoto, late 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Finely carved, the mother seated on the rear haunches with one front paw on the ground and the other resting on the back of her pup snuggling up to her, both with fine expressions, floppy ears, tails swung to one side, and neatly incised fur heightened with sumi, the mother’s spine precisely rendered, the underside well carved, several himotoshi between the two animals and their limbs, the side and underside with asymmetrical himotoshi.

LENGTH 4.3 cm

Condition: Superb condition with expected surface wear and very little age cracks. Fine, warm patina.

Literature comparison:
Though Okatomo carved several dogs, this variant of a female dog with pup is quite rare. Compare a similar ivory netsuke of a dog and young, also attributed to Okatomo, illustrated in Eskenazi (1993) Japanese Netsuke from the Carré Collection, p. 147, no. 183.

Auction comparison:
Compare a related ivory netsuke of a dog by Okatomo, in a similar pose as the mother dog in the present netsuke, 5.1 cm high, dated early 19th century, at Bonhams, The Harriet Szechenyi Sale of Japanese Art, 8 November 2011, London, lot 157 (sold for 46,850 GBP). Compare a related netsuke of a dog and young, also attributed to Okatomo and dated late 18th century, at Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 29 October 2021, Vienna, lot 53 (sold for 6,320 EUR).



Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 22-B-0228).

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