The lucky dwarf with the amusingly large face is depicted here standing in a dancing posture and holding a fan in his right hand. His Kimono and surcoat are finely decorated in the typical manner of the Yoshi school. The pupils are inlaid in dark horn. Good patina and himotoshi to the reverse. Signed YOSHIMASA 吉正.
HEIGHT 5.9 cm
Condition: Excellent condition with only minor wear.
Provenance: British collection.
Literature comparison: Compare with models by Yoshitomo in Nigel Platt’s article ‘Yoshitomo and Fukusuke’ in International Netsuke Society Journal, Vol. 31, no. 1, Spring 2011, p. 25.
Auction comparison: Compare with a similar netsuke in the style of Yoshitomo sold by Bonhams, The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke Part I, 8 November 2016, London, lot 11.