Fri, 22nd Apr 2022 13:00

Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

 
  Lot 94
 

94

TADAYUKI: A SUPERB WOOD NETSUKE OF A SNAIL RETREATING INTO ITS SHELL

Sold for €4,803

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Lot details

By Tadayuki, signed Tadayuki 忠行
Japan, Nagoya, c. 1820-1840, Edo period (1615-1868)

Published:
Davey, Neil K. (1974) Netsuke: A comprehensive study based on the M.T. Hindson Collection, p. 191, no. 576.
Meinertzhagen, Frederick / Lazarnick, George (1986) MCI, Part B, p. 847.

The finely carved and compact netsuke of a snail retreating into its shell, its head almost entirely inside, the radial markings of the shell carefully executed in masterful ukibori, the skin of the snail neatly incised, the himotoshi formed by a gap between the body and the shell, signed in cursive ukibori characters in a rectangular reserve TADAYUKI.

LENGTH 4 cm

Condition: Very good condition with minor surface wear and few light scratches.
Provenance: Ex-collection Frederick Meinertzhagen. Ex-collection W. W. Winkworth, acquired from the above. Ex-collection M. T. Hindson. Sotheby’s, 20 October 1969, London, lot 1007. Dr. J. J. Desneux, Brussels, acquired from the above. Christie’s, An Important European Collection of Netsuke, 14 November 2001, London, lot 80. Ex-collection De Rahm, Switzerland, acquired from the above. Barry Davies Oriental Art, 2001. Ex-collection Teddy Hahn, Darmstadt, acquired from the above.

Neil Davey writes, “Little can be said of this artist, save for the fact that he worked very much in the tradition of Tadatoshi, producing similar models, lightly stained of compact form.”

This is a rare variation of the classic Tadatoshi model where the snail is usually shown with its feelers lapped over the shell.

Auction comparison:
Compare a related wood netsuke of a snail emerging from its shell by Tadatoshi, 3.5 cm wide, dated early 19th century, at Christie’s, 15 September 1999, New York, lot 156 (sold for 13,800 USD). Another by Tadayoshi was sold at Bonhams, The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art Part IV, 6 November 2013, London, lot 71 (sold for 5,000 GBP).

 

By Tadayuki, signed Tadayuki 忠行
Japan, Nagoya, c. 1820-1840, Edo period (1615-1868)

Published:
Davey, Neil K. (1974) Netsuke: A comprehensive study based on the M.T. Hindson Collection, p. 191, no. 576.
Meinertzhagen, Frederick / Lazarnick, George (1986) MCI, Part B, p. 847.

The finely carved and compact netsuke of a snail retreating into its shell, its head almost entirely inside, the radial markings of the shell carefully executed in masterful ukibori, the skin of the snail neatly incised, the himotoshi formed by a gap between the body and the shell, signed in cursive ukibori characters in a rectangular reserve TADAYUKI.

LENGTH 4 cm

Condition: Very good condition with minor surface wear and few light scratches.
Provenance: Ex-collection Frederick Meinertzhagen. Ex-collection W. W. Winkworth, acquired from the above. Ex-collection M. T. Hindson. Sotheby’s, 20 October 1969, London, lot 1007. Dr. J. J. Desneux, Brussels, acquired from the above. Christie’s, An Important European Collection of Netsuke, 14 November 2001, London, lot 80. Ex-collection De Rahm, Switzerland, acquired from the above. Barry Davies Oriental Art, 2001. Ex-collection Teddy Hahn, Darmstadt, acquired from the above.

Neil Davey writes, “Little can be said of this artist, save for the fact that he worked very much in the tradition of Tadatoshi, producing similar models, lightly stained of compact form.”

This is a rare variation of the classic Tadatoshi model where the snail is usually shown with its feelers lapped over the shell.

Auction comparison:
Compare a related wood netsuke of a snail emerging from its shell by Tadatoshi, 3.5 cm wide, dated early 19th century, at Christie’s, 15 September 1999, New York, lot 156 (sold for 13,800 USD). Another by Tadayoshi was sold at Bonhams, The Edward Wrangham Collection of Japanese Art Part IV, 6 November 2013, London, lot 71 (sold for 5,000 GBP).

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