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 an eagle clutching a monkey

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The large eagle perched, facing ahead with a stern expression, grasping a terrified monkey, the eyes of both animals inlaid in horn, signed Iwami-no-kuni Kanman (Kanman of Iwami Province). 7.3cm (2 7/8in) high

Los #: 125*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a tiger in bamboo

By Baiseki, Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The tiger climbing out of a thick section of bamboo, howling with pain as its tail is caught in a split in the wood, signed Gokyotei Baiseki kore o chokoku (Gokyotei Baiseki carved this) with a seal Sha. 5.7cm high (2¼in

Los #: 126*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a snail

By Baiseki, Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century Emerging from its intentionally-broken shell and turning to the right over a large curled leaf, its flesh covered with pimples in ukibori, signed Baiseki kore o chokoku (Baiseki carved this) with a seal Sha. 5.3cm (2 1/8in

Los #: 127*

Schätzpreis: 3.500 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A rare kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of Jurojin in a peach

By Baiseki, Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century Carved in two parts, the large peach with leaves carved in relief, surmounted by a loose blossom on which Jurojin stands and fits inside the fruit, forming the himotoshi, signed Baiseki kore o chokoku (Baiseki carved this) with a seal Sha

Los #: 128*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke of a dragon

By Bokugyuken Toshiharu (died 1859), Hakata, Chikuzen Province, early to mid-19th century Carved in relief with a running dragon, signed Bokugyuken Toshiharu. 10.8cm (4¼in) long

Los #: 129*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

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 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 Kikujido

By Bokugyuken Toshiharu (died 1859), Hakata, Chikuzen Province, mid-19th century Seated on a large chrysanthemum leaf, leaning on a low writing table and holding a brush with one hand, his long hair flowing down his back, signed Bokugyu. 5.6cm (2¼in

Los #: 132*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of the Bunbuku Chagama (badger tea-kettle)

By Bokugyuken Toshiharu (died 1859), Hakata, Chikuzen Province, mid-19th century The badger shown curled in a ball, imitating a tea kettle, its head lowered and flanked by its two forelegs and tail beneath, the removable cover of the kettle forming the himotoshi, the upper part variously textured to

Los #: 133*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood and metal netsuke of ants on vegetables

By Jikan Ganbun, Kyoto and Edo, 19th century A large pumpkin with a mushroom, eggplant and cucumber resting at the sides, inlaid with three crawling ants in shakudo and shibuichi, signed on an inlaid ebony tablet Gyonen nanajusai Jikan Ganbun (Jikan Ganbun, aged seventy). 4.9cm (1 7/8in

Los #: 134*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A bamboo and ebony netsuke of mushrooms with a snail and ants

By Jikan Ganbun, Kyoto and Edo, late 19th century A large worm-eaten mushroom over which a snail in pale horn and pewter slides, overlapping a smaller ebony fungus applied with two gilt-metal ants, signed Ganbun saku (made by Ganbun) with a kao. 4.2cm (1 5/8in

Los #: 135*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a minogame on an awabi (abalone) shell

By Gyokusho, Iwami Province, early 19th century The small minogame with a long trailing tail walking over an abalone shell, two limpets carved in relief beneath, signed Enokawa Gyokusho chokoku (carved by the Eno River by Gyokusho). 4.8cm (1 7/8in

Los #: 136*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A wood netsuke of a recumbent horse

Attributed to Tachikawa Senshiro Tomitane (Takusai) (1817-1887), Suwa, Shinano Province, mid-late 19th century Lying with its head tuned back to the left, its legs drawn in for compactness and its tail sweeping forward over its left flank, the wood stained and eyes inlaid, signed Tachikawa to

Los #: 137*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of tengu no tamago (hatching tengu)

By Tachikawa Senshiro Tomitane (Takusai) (1817-1887), Suwa, Shinano Province, mid-late 19th century The karasu (crow-beaked) tengu bearing a fierce expression levering itself out of its egg, one wing trailing over the shell, the wood of distinctive grain and the eyes inlaid in pale and dark horn

Los #: 138*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a kirin

By Masatoyo, Tomita, Iwami Province, late 18th century The smooth-skinned kirin in a contorted pose, its neck stretched and its chin resting on its four feet, the eyes double-inlaid, a loose ball in its mouth, signed with partially-erased ukibori characters Tomita no ju Masatoyo ... (... Masatoyo

Los #: 139*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a cicada on driftwood

By Seisendo Masatoyo, Tomita, Iwami Province, late 18th century The large insect finely carved, its wings folded with veins finely carved in relief, the flattish section of typically-striated driftwood polished beneath, signed with very faint ukibori characters Tomita no junin Seisendo Masatoyo saku

Los #: 140*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

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 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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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 ebony netsuke of a centipede on driftwood

By Hayashi Gendo, Iwami Province, dated 1789 The centipede crawling around and over a section of striated and weathered driftwood of irregular form, its body and the underside of the wood polished, signed with ukibori characters Kansei gan tsuchinoto-tori toshi Sekiyo Kohoku Hayashi Gendo kore o

Los #: 146*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

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 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 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 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 boxwood netsuke of a snail and young

By Yoshiharu, Sado Province, 19th century The larger snail with its head extended and folded back over its shell, its young lying close to its side, forming a compact composition, the shell meticulously carved and embellished with spots of gold and black lacquer, signed Sashu no ju Yoshiharu

Los #: 153*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a snail on leaves and nuts

By Fujii Katsuyoshi, possibly Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The large snail sliding over a pile of various leaves, their veins carved in delicate low relief, a cluster of nuts attached to a branch beneath, forming the himotoshi, the wood slightly worn and bearing a fine patina, signed

Los #: 154*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A large boxwood netsuke of a frog on a lotus leaf

By Yamashina, probably Iwami Province, 19th century The tree frog squatting diagonally on the large folded leaf, the main veins of which are carved in low relief, the wood slightly worn and bearing a good patina, signed in a sunken oval reserve Yamashina saku (made by Yamashina). 11.6cm (4 5/8in

Los #: 155*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019