4th Nov, 2022 13:00

Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

 
  Lot 94
 

94

Ɏ JITSUGA: A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF MOMOTARO WITH COMPANIONS INSIDE A PEACH

Sold for €4,160

including Buyer's Premium


Lot details

By Jitsuga, signed Jitsuga 雅真
Japan, Tokyo, second half of 19th century

Depicting a peach, carved from two parts hinged together and openable, the lustrous exterior superbly polished and with neatly carved leafage, the inside revealing a densely carved and remarkably intricate depiction. Momotaro, the ‘peach boy’, is preparing with his companions, the dog, pheasant and monkey, to conquer Onigashima (island of ogres). The other side of the peach is carved in relief with a cart holding a banner and supplies. Signature JITSUGA on the underside of the stem, where the natural openings for himotoshi are present.

HEIGHT 3.6 cm

Condition: Excellent condition.
Provenance: Collection Gabor Orszagh, Budapest, Hungary.

According to Miriam Kinsey in her book on contemporary netsuke, Jitsuga was the third master of the school of Hakumin of Edo. His style is certainly inspired by the great Osaka master Kaigyokusai Masatsugu and similar examples are attributed to or signed by members of the school of Kaiygokusai.

Auction comparison:
For two similar netsuke signed Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, see Bonhams, the Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke Part II, 10 May 2017, London, lot 28 (sold for 3,500 GBP), and Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 12 May 2009, London, lot 170 (sold for 3,600 GBP). Another netsuke by Jitsuga (erroneously described as Sanemasa, which is another reading for Jitsuga) was sold by Zacke, Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono, 24 November 2018, Vienna, lot 153 (sold for 3,942 EUR). Furthermore, Jitsuga also appears to have provided carving for a snuff bottle, see Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 12 May 2011, London, lot 268 (sold for 7,200 GBP).




Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 22-B-0463).

 

By Jitsuga, signed Jitsuga 雅真
Japan, Tokyo, second half of 19th century

Depicting a peach, carved from two parts hinged together and openable, the lustrous exterior superbly polished and with neatly carved leafage, the inside revealing a densely carved and remarkably intricate depiction. Momotaro, the ‘peach boy’, is preparing with his companions, the dog, pheasant and monkey, to conquer Onigashima (island of ogres). The other side of the peach is carved in relief with a cart holding a banner and supplies. Signature JITSUGA on the underside of the stem, where the natural openings for himotoshi are present.

HEIGHT 3.6 cm

Condition: Excellent condition.
Provenance: Collection Gabor Orszagh, Budapest, Hungary.

According to Miriam Kinsey in her book on contemporary netsuke, Jitsuga was the third master of the school of Hakumin of Edo. His style is certainly inspired by the great Osaka master Kaigyokusai Masatsugu and similar examples are attributed to or signed by members of the school of Kaiygokusai.

Auction comparison:
For two similar netsuke signed Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, see Bonhams, the Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke Part II, 10 May 2017, London, lot 28 (sold for 3,500 GBP), and Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 12 May 2009, London, lot 170 (sold for 3,600 GBP). Another netsuke by Jitsuga (erroneously described as Sanemasa, which is another reading for Jitsuga) was sold by Zacke, Fine Netsuke, Sagemono & Okimono, 24 November 2018, Vienna, lot 153 (sold for 3,942 EUR). Furthermore, Jitsuga also appears to have provided carving for a snuff bottle, see Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 12 May 2011, London, lot 268 (sold for 7,200 GBP).




Trade Certificate: The trade certificate for the sale of this lot within the EU has been granted (permit number AT 22-B-0463).

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