The first depicting a Chinese boy (karako) holding down a fan, presumably trying to catch a butterfly. Signature TOMOKAZU in a rounded reserve on the underside. The second a finely carved and attractively stained okimono of a Chinese boy holding a puppy with finely carved fur and a charming expression.
HEIGHT 3.4 – 5 cm
Condition: Both in good condition. The first with expected age cracks and minor soiling near the himotoshi.
Provenance: British private collection. The second with two valuations from Sotheby’s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 135.