Depicting an immortal lady with huge sleeves and flowing Chinese garments, holding a fan and with heavenly garlands surrounding her. Seated on a Chinese table next to her is a little whimsical dog, quite mythical in its appearance with a bushy tail and a flowing mane, raising one paw up high and letting out a hearty roar. The facial features of the lady are crafted sensitively and she has the appearance of a fairy, reminiscent of the Queen mother of the west, or Seiobo in Japanese. Signature on the base in a wavy reserve TEIMIN.
HEIGHT 6.3 CM
Condition: A small section of the end of one garland which extends to the floor has been reattached - otherwise pristine condition
Provenance: Michael Tomkinson collection no. 477, with old label
Literature comparison: Possibly the same depiction labelled as a tall ivory netsuke of a ‘foreign lady with dog’ is in the collection of the LACMA (AC1998.249.60), formerly in the Bushell collection