Fri, 29th Oct 2021 13:00

Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

 
  Lot 69
 

69

Ɏ ANRAKU: A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A CROW ON PERSIMMON

By Shukosai Anraku(sai), signed Anraku 安樂
Japan, Osaka, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Superbly stained and carved as a smooth persimmon (kaki), a crow with neatly incised fur perched on top and pecking with its sharp beak. A finely carved folded leaf is visible at the side of the fruit and the well-carved stem underneath forms the cord attachment. Note the tiny wormhole underneath the stem.

HEIGHT 3.6 cm

Condition: Very good condition with associated surface wear and tiny age cracks.
Provenance: Ex-collection Hayashi Tadamasa (1853–1906), Paris, sold at his Drouot sale, 16 February 1903, lot 1380b. Then sold at Christie’s, 4 December 1986, New York, lot 36. Then ex-collection Alan Liss, sold at his sale, Sotheby’s, 2 September 1993, Chicago, lot 46, the persimmon misdescribed as a rock. Then collection Carré, acquired from the above.

The persimmon was a successful model of the Osaka school due to its compact nature. Usually this type was deeply stained and very finely polished, as in the present example. The addition of the crow appears to be unique, however.

Sold for €5,688

including Buyer's Premium


 

By Shukosai Anraku(sai), signed Anraku 安樂
Japan, Osaka, mid-19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Superbly stained and carved as a smooth persimmon (kaki), a crow with neatly incised fur perched on top and pecking with its sharp beak. A finely carved folded leaf is visible at the side of the fruit and the well-carved stem underneath forms the cord attachment. Note the tiny wormhole underneath the stem.

HEIGHT 3.6 cm

Condition: Very good condition with associated surface wear and tiny age cracks.
Provenance: Ex-collection Hayashi Tadamasa (1853–1906), Paris, sold at his Drouot sale, 16 February 1903, lot 1380b. Then sold at Christie’s, 4 December 1986, New York, lot 36. Then ex-collection Alan Liss, sold at his sale, Sotheby’s, 2 September 1993, Chicago, lot 46, the persimmon misdescribed as a rock. Then collection Carré, acquired from the above.

The persimmon was a successful model of the Osaka school due to its compact nature. Usually this type was deeply stained and very finely polished, as in the present example. The addition of the crow appears to be unique, however.

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