The Robert S. Huthart Collection of Iwami Netsuke

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Datum der Auktion: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with two flying bats

By Seiyodo Gansui (1809-1848), early 19th century Carved in low relief with two bats flying amid the foliage of a gourd vine, delicately engraved in kebori, signed Gansui. 10.8cm (4¼in) long

Los #: 63*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a frog on driftwood

By Seiyodo Gansui (1809-1848), early 19th century Squatting facing ahead, its head slightly raised and its legs splayed over the weathered wood, the eyes inlaid in pale and dark horn, signed Gansui with a kao. 5.4cm (2 1/8in

Los #: 64*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A kurogaki (black persimmon) wood and boxwood netsuke of a frog on driftwood

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810) and Seiyodo Gansui (1809-1848), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The small boxwood frog squatting diagonally on the striated black persimmon section of rotting weathered wood, signed Tomiharu chokoku no kaeru o mochiite, Gansui futatabi kore o kizamu

Los #: 65*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of the twelve zodiac animals

By Ga'no (born circa 1789), Suo Province, dated 1813 The twelve animals clustered together, overlapping each other and forming a compact composition in dark stained and slightly worn wood, signed Boshu Bunka ju tori no toshi fuyu Ga'no sanjin nijugo kore o saku (made by the hermit Ga'no of Suo

Los #: 66*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of a bat

By Ga'no (born circa 1789), first half of the 19th century A small bat partially enclosed in its folded wings, the carving of the fur and veins from the wings blending together, signed in a rectangular reserve Ga'no. 5.5cm (2¼in) long

Los #: 67*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a tortoise

By Gan'ei, Iwami Province, early 19th century The reptile's head emerging from its shell and its legs drawn in for compactness, the central section of its carapace forming the himotoshi and the eyes inlaid in pale and dark horn, signed Gan'ei. 4.9cm (1 7/8in

Los #: 68*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An unusual boar-tusk netsuke of a landscape with Mount Fuji

By Gan'ei, Iwami Province, circa 1830-1843 The tusk delicately engraved in kebori with Mount Fuji rising above a small village of rustic dwellings in the foreground, signed Toki Tenpo tojitsu Enokawa Gan'ei cho (carved by Gan'ei by the Eno River on a winter's day in the Tenpo period [1830-1843

Los #: 69*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A large boxwood netsuke of a toad

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century Squatting in a typical attitude, its feet curled beneath for compactness, boldly rendered and with ukibori pimples covering its entire body, signed Goho. 7cm (2¾in

Los #: 70*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a toad emerging from a lotus pod

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century The toad emerging from the empty pod, which is simulated as split and broken in places, the trailing stalk carved in relief beneath, the skin of the toad partially covered with ukibori pimples and its eyes inlaid, signed Goho rojin saku

Los #: 71*

Schätzpreis: 6.000 £ - 8.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a frog emerging from a rotted branch

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century The frog levering itself out of a partially-rotted branch, its hind legs visible from the opposite end, its body covered with ukibori pimples, signed with ukibori characters on a smooth portion of bark Goho with a kao. 4.2cm (1¾in

Los #: 72*

Schätzpreis: 6.000 £ - 8.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a frog in bamboo

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century The frog attempting to lever itself out of a broken-off section of bamboo, the creature naturalistically carved with details in ukibori, the bamboo gouged with simulated worm holes with a small shoot emerging from one side, signed in ukibori

Los #: 73*

Schätzpreis: 6.000 £ - 8.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a frog on driftwood

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century The finely detailed frog squatting on an an irregular piece of weathered and deeply striated wood, signed with ukibori characters Nitto Geiyo Goho Kotsu saku (made by Goho Kotsu of Aki in Japan). 4.5cm (1¾in

Los #: 74*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 4.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a frog on driftwood

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, 1809 The frog squatting on an old, weathered piece of driftwood, facing ahead and with one foot resting on the edge of a hole in the wood, its skin covered with ukibori pimples and its eyes inlaid, signed Bunka tsuchinoto-mi Aki Goho (Goho, autumn of the tsuchinoto-mi

Los #: 75*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a frog on rotten wood

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century The pimply-skinned frog climbing onto a large piece of striated rotten wood of pronounced grain, pushing itself up with one extended rear leg, its skin meticulously worked in ukibori, the slightly worn wood bearing a good patina and the eyes

Los #: 76*

Schätzpreis: 6.000 £ - 8.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a frog on a lotus pod

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century The frog clambering onto the top of a lotus-seed pod, one trailing leg resting on the stalk, the seeds inlaid in ebony, the frog's skin rendered with ukibori pimples and the skin of the pod carved with ukibori pimples and veins, signed Goho

Los #: 77*

Schätzpreis: 4.500 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a frog on a tortoise

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century The smooth-skinned tree frog resting, its raised head bearing an alert expression, on the back of the tortoise which is almost completely enveloped in its shell, the slightly worn wood bearing a fine patina and the pupils inlaid, signed

Los #: 78*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a snake devouring a frog

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, dated 1811 The large snake curled in several loops, clutching the huge frog in its open mouth, the scales of the former and the skin of the latter carved with delicate ukibori details, faintly signed with ukibori characters Bunka hachi kanoto-hitsuji juichigatsu hi

Los #: 80*

Schätzpreis: 6.000 £ - 8.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A rare Boxwood netsuke of Gama sennin

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, dated 1804 Half-kneeling and crying out in pain as he is almost crushed beneath the weight of a huge toad resting on his shoulders, one leg trailing down his back, the skin of the frog rendered with ukibori pimples, signed with partially-erased ukibori characters Goho

Los #: 81*

Schätzpreis: 8.000 £ - 10.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a lizard on a mushroom

Attributed to Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century The large lizard resting on the upper surface of the fungus, its tail curled to the left, following the perimeter of the cap, its stalk forming the himotoshi, details carved in ukibori, the wood slightly worn and bearing a fine

Los #: 82*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a spider on an oak branch

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century The small spider resting on a section of oak, flanked by five large acorns, their cups rendered with ukibori pimples, signed with ukibori characters Goho. 3.6cm (1 3/8in

Los #: 83*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a snail on a rotting mushroom

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century The large mollusc emerging from its shell and turning to the left as it slithers over the underside of the partly eaten fungus, signed with ukibori characters in a gourd-shaped reserve Goho. 4.8cm (1 7/8in

Los #: 84*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

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 unusuallly large boar-tusk netsuke of a dragon

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, dated 1829 The tusk of pronounced curvature, carved in relief with a dragon amid clouds, extending almost along the entire length, signed Bunsei juninen ... sangatsu hi Iwami no ju Kanman saku (made by Kanman, a resident of Iwami, on a day in the third month

Los #: 86*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke of a dragon

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century Carved in relief with a running dragon, extending along almost the entire length of the tusk, its eyes inlaid, signed Iwami-no-kuni Kakuhodo Kanman to (carved by Kakuhodo Kanman of Iwami Province) with a kao. 11.1cm (4 3/8in

Los #: 87*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke of a dragon

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The tusk of pronounced curvature, carved in high relief with a dragon, its head turned back over its body and its eyes inlaid in mother-of-pearl and dark horn, the broad end plugged with a silver plate, signed Iwami-no-kuni Kakuhodo Kanman to

Los #: 88*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke of a crab

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century Carved in high relief with a large crab, facing to the side and with its legs partially undercut, signed Iwami no ju Kanman saku (made by Kanman of Iwami). 10.8cm (4¼in

Los #: 89*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke of a spider

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The tusk simply finely polished and carved in relief with a large spider resting with legs splayed, signed Iwami-no-kuni Kanman to (carved by Kanman in Iwami Province) with a kao. 9.5cm (3¾in

Los #: 90*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke of a frog on a folded leaf

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The frog squatting with splayed legs on a large folded leaf, the veins of which are carved in relief and engraved, signed Iwami Kanman. 9.2cm (3 5/8in

Los #: 91*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An umimatsu (sea-pine) netsuke of a cicada

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The large insect resting on a log, carved in high relief, the veins of its wings carved in fine detail, two fallen leaves at its back, the variegated colouring of the material used to maximum effect, signed Iwami-no-kuni Kanman to (carved by

Los #: 92*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The insect carved in high relief, resting on a branch of oak, a small cluster of three acorns at one end, in very dark umimatsu, signed Iwami-no-kuni no ju Kanman to (carved by Kanman, a resident of Iwami Province) with a kao. 8.4cm (3¼in

Los #: 93*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019