A fine ivory netsuke, attractively stained and worn, with a pleasantly smooth feel to it and a honey patina. Depicted is a Chinese boy, leaning on one elbow, with a little tuft of hair at the front of his smooth and bald head, petting a small dog, which visibly amuses him. The entire composition is set on a lobed base with very large and hollowed out himotoshi, typical for this type of early ivory netsuke.
HEIGHT 3.5 cm
Provenance: British private collection stored in a bank vault for 40 years, collection no. 121.
Condition: Good condition with very attractive and smooth honey patina, some minor expected age cracks and surface scratches to the base.