A fine and compact stained ivory study of a puppy with beady inlaid eyes heartily chewing on a sandal (waraji). The dog (inu) is the eleventh sign of the zodiac. Himotoshi through the waraji and under one of the legs and signature RANICHI 蘭一. A pupil of the well-known Hogen Rantei, who showed individual character in his compositions, and made mainly carvings of animals, though netsuke of dogs are rather rare.
HEIGHT 2.5 cm, LENGTH 3.8 cm
Provenance: The 40-Year Collection of a London Gentleman.
Condition: One nerve channel on the back of the puppy, smaller expected age cracks, the ivory slightly worn. Generally, in very good condition.