Fri, 29th Oct 2021 13:00

Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

 
  Lot 53
 

53

Ɏ A SUPERB IVORY NETSUKE OF A FEMALE DOG WITH YOUNG, ATTRIBUTED TO OKATOMO

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

The adult reclining in a curled-up position, the feet drawn in towards the body for compactness, a playful young pup climbing up over her body near the belly and facing in the other direction. The eyes of the mother are inlaid in dark-reddish horn, she wears a collar, the floppy ears are rested against her head, and the tails of both form pleasing curls. The hairwork is neatly engraved with delicate and precise incision work, attractively worn on the high points. The ivory bearing a beautiful, warm patina, turning honey-orange in some areas (it is rare to find this type with such a fine patina). Large, asymmetrical, and generously excavated himotoshi are found underneath.

LENGTH 4.2 cm

Condition: Superb condition with expected surface wear and very little age cracks.
Provenance: Ex-collection Conte Don Enrico Lucchesi Palli, Monarch of Campofranco. Purchased in 1889, when he accompanied his cousin Enrico (Henry), Prince of Parma, Earl of Bardi, on a tour of the world from 1887-1891. Thence by descent within the same family.

Literature comparisons:
Though Okatomo carved several dogs, this variant of a reclining female dog with pup is considerably rare. For another unsigned variant, however of lesser quality, see Barry Davies Oriental Art, Chicago 1999, p. 26. Furthermore, a similar netsuke signed Okatomo was recently sold by Max Rutherston Ltd (Stock no. MR1142). Another signed piece with the pup in a similar position but with the mother resting her head on her front paws is illustrated in Eskenazi (1993) Japanese Netsuke from the Carré collection, pp. 146-147, no. 183.

Auction comparisons:
Another signed piece with the pup next to the mother was sold at Quinn’s Auction Galleries, The Helen and Jack Mang Collection of Netsuke, 7 December 2012, Falls Church, lot 59 (Hammer price 7,000 USD). Also compare to a netsuke of a dog with ball by Okatomo, sold at the Harriet Szechenyi Sale of Japanese Art, 8 November 2011, London, lot 157 (sold for 46,850 GBP).

Sold for €6,320

including Buyer's Premium


 

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

The adult reclining in a curled-up position, the feet drawn in towards the body for compactness, a playful young pup climbing up over her body near the belly and facing in the other direction. The eyes of the mother are inlaid in dark-reddish horn, she wears a collar, the floppy ears are rested against her head, and the tails of both form pleasing curls. The hairwork is neatly engraved with delicate and precise incision work, attractively worn on the high points. The ivory bearing a beautiful, warm patina, turning honey-orange in some areas (it is rare to find this type with such a fine patina). Large, asymmetrical, and generously excavated himotoshi are found underneath.

LENGTH 4.2 cm

Condition: Superb condition with expected surface wear and very little age cracks.
Provenance: Ex-collection Conte Don Enrico Lucchesi Palli, Monarch of Campofranco. Purchased in 1889, when he accompanied his cousin Enrico (Henry), Prince of Parma, Earl of Bardi, on a tour of the world from 1887-1891. Thence by descent within the same family.

Literature comparisons:
Though Okatomo carved several dogs, this variant of a reclining female dog with pup is considerably rare. For another unsigned variant, however of lesser quality, see Barry Davies Oriental Art, Chicago 1999, p. 26. Furthermore, a similar netsuke signed Okatomo was recently sold by Max Rutherston Ltd (Stock no. MR1142). Another signed piece with the pup in a similar position but with the mother resting her head on her front paws is illustrated in Eskenazi (1993) Japanese Netsuke from the Carré collection, pp. 146-147, no. 183.

Auction comparisons:
Another signed piece with the pup next to the mother was sold at Quinn’s Auction Galleries, The Helen and Jack Mang Collection of Netsuke, 7 December 2012, Falls Church, lot 59 (Hammer price 7,000 USD). Also compare to a netsuke of a dog with ball by Okatomo, sold at the Harriet Szechenyi Sale of Japanese Art, 8 November 2011, London, lot 157 (sold for 46,850 GBP).

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