Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 13:00

Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

 
  Lot 70
 

70

Ɏ A NARWHAL TUSK NETSUKE OF AN OXHERD AND OX, ATTRIBUTED TO GARAKU

Sold for €2,528

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Lot details

Attributed to Risuke Garaku, unsigned
Japan, Osaka, second half of 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The small boy wearing a loose robe and holding the rope halter of a recumbent ox as he tries to clamber onto its back, the underside well carved with the boy’s and ox’s legs, two asymmetrical himotoshi, and a characteristic oban-shaped reserve.

LENGTH 5.5 cm

Condition: Wear, natural age cracks, a larger circumferential crack, the tail with a small loss. Overall good condition.
Provenance: European collection.

The oban-shaped reserve to one of the hind legs is an invention of Garaku. Raymond Bushell writes, “Garaku preserved a section of the spirally grooved bark in the shape of an oban (gold coin) on which he carved his signature – an innovation – […] The signed oban-shaped reserve in narwhal is distinctively the work of Garaku of the Soken Kisho. Unsigned narwhal netsuke with this characteristic oban-shaped reserve, and otherwise consistent, may be attributed to Garaku with the utmost confidence.” (Collector’s Netsuke, 1971, p. 44).

Literature comparison:
A near-identical narwhal tusk netsuke attributed to Garaku I or II and depicting a herdboy and ox, with the same unsigned oban-shaped reserve as on the present netsuke, is illustrated in Moss (2008) Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, p. 56-57, no. 20. Compare also a near-identical marine ivory netsuke by Garaku at Sotheby’s, The Carlo Monzino Collection of Netsuke, Inro and Lacquer, 21 June 1995, London, lot 167.

Auction comparison:
Compare a closely related ivory netsuke of a boy oxherd, also attributed to Risuke Garaku, 5.4 cm wide, at Bonhams, The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art Part IV on 6 November 2013, London, lot 60 (sold for 4,375 GBP). A closely related narwhal tusk netsuke of a baying Kirin attributed to Garaku, was sold at Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 16 April 2021, Vienna, lot 61 (sold for 9,480 EUR).

 

Attributed to Risuke Garaku, unsigned
Japan, Osaka, second half of 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

The small boy wearing a loose robe and holding the rope halter of a recumbent ox as he tries to clamber onto its back, the underside well carved with the boy’s and ox’s legs, two asymmetrical himotoshi, and a characteristic oban-shaped reserve.

LENGTH 5.5 cm

Condition: Wear, natural age cracks, a larger circumferential crack, the tail with a small loss. Overall good condition.
Provenance: European collection.

The oban-shaped reserve to one of the hind legs is an invention of Garaku. Raymond Bushell writes, “Garaku preserved a section of the spirally grooved bark in the shape of an oban (gold coin) on which he carved his signature – an innovation – […] The signed oban-shaped reserve in narwhal is distinctively the work of Garaku of the Soken Kisho. Unsigned narwhal netsuke with this characteristic oban-shaped reserve, and otherwise consistent, may be attributed to Garaku with the utmost confidence.” (Collector’s Netsuke, 1971, p. 44).

Literature comparison:
A near-identical narwhal tusk netsuke attributed to Garaku I or II and depicting a herdboy and ox, with the same unsigned oban-shaped reserve as on the present netsuke, is illustrated in Moss (2008) Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On, p. 56-57, no. 20. Compare also a near-identical marine ivory netsuke by Garaku at Sotheby’s, The Carlo Monzino Collection of Netsuke, Inro and Lacquer, 21 June 1995, London, lot 167.

Auction comparison:
Compare a closely related ivory netsuke of a boy oxherd, also attributed to Risuke Garaku, 5.4 cm wide, at Bonhams, The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art Part IV on 6 November 2013, London, lot 60 (sold for 4,375 GBP). A closely related narwhal tusk netsuke of a baying Kirin attributed to Garaku, was sold at Zacke, Fine Netsuke & Sagemono, 16 April 2021, Vienna, lot 61 (sold for 9,480 EUR).

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