A fine netsuke of a recumbent boar, with its left front leg slightly raised, and mouth wide open baring its teeth, as if it is about to roar. The hairwork is masterful and comparable to that of the Osaka master Kaigyokusai Masatsugu. Long autumn grasses extend from below up around the back and the right foreleg. The underside equally beautifully carved and with the signature RANTEI in a circular reserve. The inscription HOGEN, which is an honorary title, can be found in a rectangular reserve on the boar´s back. Natural himotoshi through the legs.
HEIGHT 3.1 CM, LENGTH 4.8 CM
Condition: A large crack through the boar and the left front leg has been reattached - otherwise good condition
Provenance: European private collection
Literature comparison: Compare to a similar netsuke of a boar signed Rantei illustrated in The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part B, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), New York, 1986, page 643.