The Robert S. Huthart Collection of Iwami Netsuke

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Datum der Auktion: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a tortoise

By Shigeyoshi, probably Iwami Province, early 19th century Almost completely enveloped in its carapace, its head emerging, its legs drawn in to form a compact composition, the himotoshi formed by the removable central section of the shell, signed Shigeyoshi. 4.2cm (1 5/8in

Los #: 158*

Schätzpreis: 600 £ - 800 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A buffalo-horn netsuke of a rat on a bamboo shoot

By Kanman (1793-1859), first half of the 19th century Carved in relief from the tip of the horn, depicting a small rat crawling atop a bamboo shoot, signed Iwami-no-kuni no ju Kanman to (carved by Kanman, a resident of Iwami Province) with a kao. 8.1cm (3 1/8in

Los #: 117*

Schätzpreis: 800 £ - 1.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A rare buffalo-horn netsuke of Fukurokuju

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century Carved from the tip of the horn, the god seated, his knees raised holding a large fan with one hand, the horn ideally suited to represent Fukurokuju's elongated bald head and of variegated colour, signed Kanman with a kao. 6.4cm (2½in

Los #: 123*

Schätzpreis: 800 £ - 1.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A wood netsuke of a desiccated salmon head

By Bokugyuken Toshiharu (died 1859), Hakata, Chikuzen Province, mid-19th century The dried fish with an open mouth, its skin beginning to adhere to its partially-visible bones, signed in a sunken rectangular reserve with ukibori characters Bokugyuken. 5.8cm (2¼in

Los #: 131*

Schätzpreis: 800 £ - 1.200 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of a spider and chestnut in a boat

By Shoman, early 19th century A boat with a large chestnut and spider on its deck, the spider resting in a small dish, signed in partially-obliterated characters Shoman saku (made by Shoman). 8.2cm (3¼in

Los #: 142*

Schätzpreis: 800 £ - 1.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An umoregi (bogwood) netsuke of a frog on a book

By Shoman, early 19th century The frog climbing onto a thick book and holding its pages open with its forefeet, the cover of the book beneath engraved with scrolling foliage, signed in a rectangular reserve Shoman saku (made by Shoman). 3.8cm (1½in

Los #: 143*

Schätzpreis: 800 £ - 1.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a fly on driftwood

Iwami Province, early 19th century The fly resting with wings drawn in and legs splayed on one end of a finely-grained and weathered piece of driftwood, unsigned. 7.3cm (2 7/8in

Los #: 148*

Schätzpreis: 800 £ - 1.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A stained boxwood netsuke of a crayfish on an awabi (abalone) shell

By Bokugyuken Toshiharu (died 1859), Hakata, Chikuzen Province, mid-19th century The crayfish resting atop an abalone shell, its antennae and legs drawn in for compactness, its tail flared as it curls around its left side, signed Bokugyuken. 5.1cm (2in

Los #: 130*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a centipede on a hanaike (flower vase)

Style of Mitani Goho, Aki Province, early 19th century The centipede crawling down the side of the hanging vase, formed from a thick section of bamboo which is pierced with a horizontal slot that doubles as the larger cord hole, the wood slightly worn and of a good colour, unsigned. 5.1cm (2in

Los #: 144*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a centipede emerging from driftwood

Iwami Province, dated 1805 The large insect crawling over a horizontally striated weathered large piece of driftwood with an overhanging section, the underside polished and rather worn, inscribed with partially illegible ukibori characters Bunka ni kinoto chuka ... (mid-summer of the second, kinoto

Los #: 145*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An umimatsu (sea-pine) netsuke of a centipede on a log

By Fujiwara Yoshihiro, Iwami Province, early 19th century The centipede crawling over the curved log, two damaged legs replaced by a bead of coral, the dark material with slight pale patches, signed with partially illegible characters Seki-shu no ju ... Fujiwara Yoshihiro (Fujiwara Yoshihiro

Los #: 147*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a cicada on driftwood

By Seppo, Iwami Province, early 19th century The large insect resting with its wings folded and its legs splayed over a striated, irregular section of weathered wood, signed Seppo. 6cm (2 3/8in

Los #: 150*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.200 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of two aoi (hollyhock) leaves

Attributed to Yusui, probably Iwami Province, 19th century Two large overlapping leaves, one bent over, their veins gouged on one side and carved in relief on the reverse, the long trailing stalk of one forming the himotoshi, signed Senji tsukuru (made by Senji). 6.4cm (2½in

Los #: 152*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A lacquered boar-tusk netsuke with a poem

Probably Iwami Province, early 19th century The tusk of relatively shallow curvature, the upper part lacquered and etched in low relief with the first line of the poem Song Guo Si Cang (Bidding Farewell to Official Guo) by the Tang dynasty poet Wang Changling, inscribed Hakuya. 11.6cm (4 5/8in

Los #: 166*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a pangolin

By Michael Webb (1934-2011), Yorkshire, England, dated 1983 The scaly creature climbing onto a large tree stump, its head lowered and its tail trailing over the side, the pupils inlaid, signed MJW carved at Cropton in the county of York, April, 1983. 4.5cm (1¾in

Los #: 171*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a toad

By Michael Webb (1934-2011), Yorkshire, England, dated 1981 Climbing over a large folded leaf, its head lowered and its forelegs splayed, the wood bearing a typical stain and the eyes inlaid, signed with ukibori characters MJW, 12 1981. 5.4cm (2 1/8in

Los #: 172*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a rhinoceros

By Masatoshi (Nakamura Tokisada, 1915-2001), Tokyo, 20th century Standing four-square with its head raised and turned slightly to the left, its thick skin finely rendered with a cloud-pattern in matt and polished sections, signed in an irregular polished reserve Masatoshi to (carved by Masatoshi

Los #: 173*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a salamander

By Michael Webb (1934-2011), Yorkshire, England, dated 1980 The large amphibian climbing over the stump of a felled pine tree, the wood variously stained for effect and the eyes inlaid, signed with ukibori characters MJW made this at Cropton in the last weeks of 1980. 5.4cm (2 1/8in

Los #: 174*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of two carrion beetles

By Michael Webb (1934-2011), Yorkshire, England, dated 1981 The two locked together in combat over a section of discarded pine bark, the wood variously stained for effect, signed MJW, 1981. 6.3cm (2½in

Los #: 176*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a cicada on a taro leaf

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The large insect resting on the folded leaf, its legs and wings partially undercut and the chitinous texture of its wings contrasting with the smooth leaf, signed Kanman saku (made by Kanman). 9cm (3½in

Los #: 99*

Schätzpreis: 1.000 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A rare kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of a shishimai dancer

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The small figure standing, leaning to one side, wearing a large lion mask and holding a rattle, the large eyes inlaid in pale and dark horn, signed Iwami-no-kuni Kanman (Kanman of Iwami Province) with a kao. 4.8cm (1 7/8in) high

Los #: 124*

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An umoregi (bogwood) netsuke of a centipede and ants on a roof tile

By Shoman, early 19th century The centipede crawling over one end of the broken, discarded tile, two ants carved in relief crawling over the top, the surface of which is carved to simulate the rough ceramic, signed Shoman saku (made by Shoman). 5.1cm (2in

Los #: 141*

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a cicada on a leaf

By Rimu, probably Iwami Province, early 19th century The large insect resting with wings drawn in on a partially-folded leaf, its legs tightly gripping the sides of the leaf and forming a compact composition, signed Rimu. 6.3cm (2½in

Los #: 149*

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a tortoise and young

Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The turtle almost completely encased within its shell, its head about to emerge and its legs drawn in while its offspring walks on its carapace, its head, legs and tail extended, unsigned. 4.8cm (1 7/8in

Los #: 157*

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony and stag-antler netsuke of a crab on an awabi (abalone) shell

By Seikan, 19th century The ebony abalone with the edge of the underside lined with iridescent shell, the removable stag-antler crab on top forming the himotoshi, signed Hachijussai kore o saku Fujima Seikan (made by Fujima Seikan at the age of eighty) with a kao. 4.9cm (1 7/8in

Los #: 159*

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a mole

By Michael Webb (1934-2011), Yorkshire, England, circa 1980 Resting with its body curled to the left, its head lowered and its legs drawn in to the sides, forming a compact composition, the wood variously stained for effect, signed in a polished reserve MJW. 5.4cm (2 1/8in

Los #: 179*

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An umimatsu (sea-pine) netsuke of a cicada on a log

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The large insect resting with its wings drawn in for compactness on a cylindrical log, the umimatsu of dark tone with slightly paler patches, signed Kanman to (carved by Kanman) with a kao. 5.6cm (2¼in

Los #: 94*

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An umimatsu (sea-pine) netsuke of a cicada on a branch

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The cicada resting with wings drawn in on a branch with two shorter stems, signed Iwami-no-kuni Kanman (Kanman of Iwami Province) with a kao. 6.7cm (2 5/8in

Los #: 95*

Schätzpreis: 1.200 £ - 1.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An unusual boar-tusk netsuke of a recumbent ox

Probably Iwami Province, 19th century Carved in shishiaibori with a recumbent ox, its head lowered to the right and its tail trailing, signed with an unidentified seal. 12cm (4¾in

Los #: 85*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An umimatsu (sea-pine) netsuke of a cicada on a branch

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The large insect resting with wings drawn in on a bifurcated section of branch with leaves carved in low relief, signed Iwami-no-kuni Kanman (Kamnan of Iwami Province) with a kao. 6.7cm (2 5/8in

Los #: 98*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019