The Robert S. Huthart Collection of Iwami Netsuke

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Datum der Auktion: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a frog on a pumpkin

Late 19th/early 20th century The frog squatting on the pumpkin, facing ahead with an alert expression as if about to leap, the wood bearing a good patina and the eyes inlaid in horn, inscribed Masanao. 4.5cm (1¾in

Los #: 156*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

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 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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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 lizard and acorns

Early 19th century The gecko lizard resting on an oak branch with a cluster of acorns attached, the wood bearing a good patina, signed with ukibori characters San ichi nana (three, one, seven). 5.4cm (2 1/8in

Los #: 160*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a hatching eagle

By Yojuken Ryosai, probably Iwami Province, early 19th century The bird of prey gripping the shell with both large feet attempting to lever itself out of its egg, signed Yojuken Ryosai. 4.9cm (1 7/8in

Los #: 161*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An umimatsu (sea-pine) netsuke of a long-armed monkey

By Ganko, Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century Seated with its legs folded up to its chest and clasped by its left hand, its right arm outstretched to the side, the umimatsu of pronounced grain and the eyes inlaid, signed Ganko to (carved by Ganko). 12.6cm (5in) wide

Los #: 162*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of Urashima Taro

By Gotei, early 19th century The hero seated on the back of a large turtle, looking to the right with mouth agape, the turtle's head and limbs fully retracted, forming a compact composition in rather worn and well-patinated wood, signed in an oval reserve Gotei. 5.1cm (2in

Los #: 163*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A wood netsuke of a recumbent ox

Attributed to Tsunesato, late 18th/early 19th century Lying, facing ahead and its legs folded beneath, forming a compact composition in somewhat worn and finely patinated wood, unsigned. 6.3cm (2½in

Los #: 164*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A rare boar-tusk netsuke with Yoshitsune and Benkei

By Tomimura, probably Iwami Province, 19th century The tusk of pronounced curvature, delicately carved in kebori with Benkei and Yoshitsune (Shanao) engaged in their epic duel on the Gojo Bridge, when the giant monk was defeated by the lithe young hero, signed in reisho style Tomimura shi (Mr

Los #: 165*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

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 kurogaki (black persimmon) wood koshira-e (mounting) for a wakizashi...

By Kakusen, Iwami Province, early 19th century The saya (scabbard) carved to represent the bark of a tree, the tsuka (hilt) carved in relief with netting and seventeen tortoises, the tsuba (hand guard) of oval form carved as a tortoise, the fuchi (hilt collar) carved with pine needles, the kashira

Los #: 167*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A set of boxwood netsuke of the twelve zodiac animals

By Michael Webb (1934-2011), Yorkshire, England, circa 1975 Rat: two, one recumbent, the other nuzzling into its side, resting on its companion's back. Ox: recumbent, its head turned to the left, with a rope halter passing over its back. Tiger: recumbent, lying in wait for prey, its head lowered and

Los #: 168*

Schätzpreis: 15.000 £ - 20.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A dark-stained boxwood netsuke of a rhinoceros

By Michael Webb (1934-2011), Yorkshire, England, circa 1980 Standing with its head lowered to the left and its thick skin finely delineated in a naturalistic manner, signed in a polished reserve MJW. 6.1cm (2 3/8in

Los #: 169*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a kirin

Kyoto, late 18th century Seated on its haunches, its long neck twisted and its head raised as it bays to the sky, its single horn and its ears drawn back over its neck joining its long erect tail, flames licking up the sides of its scaly body, the slightly-worn wood bearing a good patina and the

Los #: 170*

Schätzpreis: 10.000 £ - 15.000 £

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 badgers

By Michael Webb (1934-2011), Yorkshire, England, circa 1978 Curled around each other, forming a ball, one leg forming the cord attachment, the wood variously stained for effect and the eyes inlaid, signed with ukibori characters MJW. 4.5cm (1¾in

Los #: 175*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

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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A boxwood netsuke of a chimpanzee

By Michael Webb (1934-2011), Yorkshire, England, circa 1980 Seated, facing ahead with a morose expression, its legs bent and its arms crossed over its chest, the wood variously stained for effect and the eyes inlaid, signed MJW. 4.2cm (1 5/8in) high

Los #: 177*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of an adult walrus and pup

By Michael Webb (1934-2011), Yorkshire, England, circa 1980 The former resting, its body curled to the left protecting its offspring nuzzling into its side, their legs drawn in beneath, forming a compact composition, the eyes of both parent and pup inlaid, signed in a rectangular reserve MJW. 5.4cm

Los #: 178*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

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 ebony netsuke of a camel

By Kosei Hideyuki (born 1941), late 20th century Recumbent, its head turned back on its long neck and resting between its two humps, its legs drawn in beneath, forming a compact composition, signed on two tablets Kosei and Hideyuki. 4.8cm (1 7/8in

Los #: 180*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A wood okimono of Hotei

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1793 Reclining with an arm resting on his large sack, his chest and belly exposed as he wears an amiable expression, carved using yosegi-zukuri (multiple-block construction), decorated with pigments, his eyes secured from inside using gyokugan

Los #: 1*

Schätzpreis: 6.000 £ - 8.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An Ebony netsuke of a spider on driftwood

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The round-bodied spider crawling over the end of a large piece of striated and well-weathered driftwood, its splayed legs partially undercut, signed Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Seiyodo Tomiharu chokoku (carved by Seiyodo

Los #: 40*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a frog on bamboo

Attributed to Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century The frog squatting on a short section of bamboo, its head raised and looking alert as if about to leap, its body almost covered with ukibori and its eyes inlaid in pale horn, unsigned. 4.5cm (1¾in

Los #: 79*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a crab on bamboo

By Kanman (1793-1859), Iwami Province, early 19th century The large crab carved in relief resting on the end of a short section of thick oval bamboo, with a prominent nodal ring, signed Kanman with a kao. 5.6cm (2¼in

Los #: 110*

Schätzpreis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a snail on a shiitake mushroom

By Soho, 19th century The large snail slithering over a mushroom, its optic feelers extending over the cap, forming a compact composition in stained wood, the stalk of the mushroom forming the himotoshi, signed Soho sanjin Minko no zu (Hermit Soho, after Minko). 5.7cm (2¼in

Los #: 151*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019