An early ivory netsuke with an incredibly rich honey patina depicting a domesticated piebald cat lying densely curled up on a straw broom. The surface on the broom is very well carved and the himotoshi are on the underside and exactly as they should be.
LENGTH 4.5 cm
Provenance: British private collection with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 159.
Condition: Several age cracks, very fine patina. The stem of the broom has been lost. It appears that the cat is carved separately as a metal screw on the underside holds in place. Another metal screw has previously held the stem of the broom in place as well.