The Robert S. Huthart Collection of Iwami Netsuke

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Datum der Auktion: 15.05.2019

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A large kurogaki (black persimmon) wood okimono of Hotei on his sack

By Mitani Goho, Aki Province, late 18th/early 19th century Carved in two parts, the chubby, smiling god holding a rolled hand scroll aloft with one hand and a large fan with the other, seated on his large sack of treasure, the neck of which is tied at the front, signed on the top of the sack Koryo

Los #: 2*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with a centipede

Attributed to Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The shallow tusk carved in relief with a large centipede running along the length of the tusk, unsigned. 11.8cm (4 5/8in

Los #: 3*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with a centipede

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1796 The tusk of shallow curve, carved in relief with a centipede walking along the narrow end, its body undulating and its legs partially undercut, signed Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Tomiharu kyonen rokujugosai shite kore o

Los #: 4*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with a centipede

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1789 The shallow curved tusk carved in relief with a large centipede running almost the entire length of the tusk, signed Seki-shu Enokawa Seiyodo Shi Tomiharu kyonen gojunanasai shite kore o chokoku toki ni Kansei gan tsuchinoto-tori jugatsu

Los #: 5*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 4.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A small boar-tusk netsuke with a spider

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1786 Carved in high relief with a crawling spider, its legs undercut, signed Iji Tenmei rokuryushu juyuhachinichi Sekiyo Enokawa Seiyodo Shi Tomiharu Kyonen gojusansai shite kore o chokoku mono nari (carved by Seiyodo Shi[mizu] Tomiharu by the

Los #: 6*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with a spider

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1793 The tusk carved in low relief with a small spider crawling near the tip, its legs undercut, eyes inlaid in dark horn, signed Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Tomiharu kyonen rokujunisai shite kore o chokoku mizunoe-tora Kansei

Los #: 7*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with a spider

By Seiyodo Tomiharu, (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1793 The short tusk carved in high relief to one end with a spider, its legs undercut and eyes inlaid, signed Iwami-no-kuni Enokawa Seiyodo Shi Tomiharu kyonen rokujuissai shite kore o chokoku toki ni Kansei go ryushu mizunoto-ushi fuyu

Los #: 8*

Schätzpreis: 3.500 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with a firefly

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1794 Carved in high relief with a firefly resting diagonally across the tusk, its legs undercut, signed Iji Kansei rokunen kinoe-tora chushun no hi Seiyo Enokawa Seiyodo Shi Tomiharu kore o chokoku mono nari (carved by the Eno River in Iwami

Los #: 9*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with a cicada and ferns

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1793 The tusk of shallow curvature, carved towards the narrow end with a resting cicada, and engraved in delicate kebori with trailing ferns, signed Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Tomiharu kyonen rokujunisai shite kore o chokoku toki

Los #: 10*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with an applied snail

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1785-6 The short tusk applied with a snail of pale honey-coloured horn emerging from its shell, signed Iji Tenmei gonen ryushu kinoto-mi fuyu rogetsu jugonichi Seiyodo Shi Tomiharu kyonen gojusansai Sekiyo Iwami-gawabe ni oite chokoku mono nari

Los #: 11*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 5.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of a minogame on driftwood

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1796-7 The large turtle with long flowing tail walking over the striated section of driftwood, signed Sekiyo Enokawa Seiyodo Tomiharu kyonen rokujugosai shite kore o chokoku (carved at the age of sixty-five by the Eno River in Sekiyo by Seiyodo

Los #: 12*

Schätzpreis: 6.000 £ - 8.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of a minogame on driftwood

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The small turtle with a long hairy tail crawling along the edge of a large section of strongly-grained and striated rotten wood, signed Seiyodo Tomiharu. 7cm (2¾in

Los #: 13*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a minogame on driftwood

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The small minogame crawling across a piece of smooth driftwood, its long hairy tail flowing behind, signed with ukibori characters Tomiharu. 4.8cm (1 7/8in

Los #: 14*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of a minogame and terrapin

Style of Seiyodo Tomiharu, Iwami Province, late 18th century The large minogame walking across a large rock, its long tail trailing over the craggy surface, a terrapin climbing up from one side, unsigned. 7.3cm (2 7/8in

Los #: 15*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a tortoise

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, circa 1797 Facing ahead, its head protruding, its legs drawn in for compactness, the eyes inlaid in horn, signed Sekiyo Enokawa Seiyodo Tomiharu kyonen rokujugosai shite chokoku (carved at the age of sixty-five by Seiyodo Tomiharu by the Eno River in

Los #: 16*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a tortoise

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1793 Facing ahead, its head emerging from within its shell, its legs drawn in for compactness, the carapace embellished with ukibori pimples and the eyes inlaid in horn, signed Seki-shu Enokawa Seiyodo Tomiharu kyonen rokujuissai kore o chokoku

Los #: 17*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a tree frog

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century Resting, the frog with its head lowered, facing ahead over a large leaf, signed Tomiharu. 4.5cm (1¾in

Los #: 18*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 4.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a frog on a taro leaf

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The striped frog of lightly-stained wood squatting on a folded leaf, the textures of the skin of the frog contrasting with the veining of the large leaf which are rendered in ukibori, the eyes inlaid, signed with ukibori

Los #: 19*

Schätzpreis: 6.000 £ - 8.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a frog on a lotus leaf

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The frog squatting diagonally on the large folded leaf, its veins carved in delicate and elaborate ukibori, signed with ukibori characters Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Tomiharu chokoku (carved by Seiyodo

Los #: 20*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a frog on a lotus leaf

Attributed to Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), late 18th/early 19th century The frog resting on the long folded leaf, the veins of which are carved in low relief, in the typical style associated with Tomiharu, unsigned. 8.2cm (3¼in

Los #: 21*

Schätzpreis: 3.500 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a frog on a lotus leaf

Attributed to Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), late 18th/early 19th century An unusually light rendition of the frog resting with splayed feet on the large folded leaf, the veins of which are carved in relief, unsigned. 7.5cm (3in

Los #: 22*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 4.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The frog squatting with splayed legs on a strongly grained section of driftwood, its eyes inlaid in horn, signed Seki-shu Enokawa Seiyodo Tomiharu chokoku (carved by Seiyodo Tomiharu by the Eno River in Iwami Province

Los #: 23*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a frog on a log

Attributed to Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), late 18th/early 19th century The frog squatting on an old rotten log, its skin embellished with ukibori pimples, the underside of the log depicted with a gouged technique, unsigned. 6.1cm (2 3/8in

Los #: 24*

Schätzpreis: 3.500 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a frog on a rock

Attributed to Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), late 18th/early 19th century The frog climbing down one end of a jagged elongated rock, the contrasting textures effectively differentiated in typical Tomiharu style, unsigned. 8cm (3 1/8in

Los #: 25*

Schätzpreis: 3.500 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a frog on driftwood

Attributed to Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), late 18th/early 19th century Squatting in a typical attitude on a short section of driftwood, its skin relatively smooth and embellished with ukibori pimples, signed in a sunken oval reserve Seiyo. 6cm (2 3/8in

Los #: 26*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The small frog squatting athwart the long log, its head slightly raised looking ahead, as if about to leap, the bark of the rotten log carefully rendered, contrasting with the polished ends, signed Sekiyo Enokawa Seiyodo

Los #: 27*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of two frogs on a rotten log

Attributed to Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), late 18th/early 19th century Smooth-skinned, the frogs squatting on a gnarled and rotted log, the differing textures carefully and cleverly contrasted, signed Seiyodo. 8.2cm (3¼in

Los #: 28*

Schätzpreis: 6.000 £ - 8.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A large kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of a centipede on driftwood

Attributed to Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), late 18th/early 19th century Crawling through and around a large section of fallen driftwood, carved in several layers, faintly signed on the top of the driftwood with ukibori characters Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo ... (Seiyodo ... of the Eno

Los #: 29*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a rat

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1792 Gnawing a huge chestnut, the rodent's body almost fitting into the hole it has eaten away, the surface of the nut covered with rather worn ukibori pimples, faintly signed Kansei mizunoe-ne ni ni hachigatsu Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa

Los #: 30*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a snail on a taro leaf

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The large snail of pale colour, slithering over the folded leaf, delicately carved with ukibori details, signed with ukibori characters Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Shi Tomiharu (Seiyodo Shi[mizu] Tomiharu by

Los #: 31*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A rare kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of a rat on an inkstick

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1782 The large rodent seated diagonally on a discarded, partly-used cake of ink, its tail trailing over the side, signed with ukibori characters iji Tenmei mizunoe-tora shimo[tsuki] hatsuka Sekiyo Ishikawa no nishi Seiyodo Tomiharu Seigen'an no

Los #: 32*

Schätzpreis: 3.500 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of a recumbent ox

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century Lying with its legs folded compactly beneath its body, its halter wound tightly around its horn, one end connecting to its nose piece, its eyes inlaid in horn, signed in a rectangular reserve Seiyodo Tomiharu. 6cm (2

Los #: 33*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a recumbent ox

Iwami Province, 19th century Lying with its head turned to the right and with a rope halter attached to a ring through its muzzle and trailing over its back, its legs drawn in for compactness, unsigned. 6.1cm (2½in

Los #: 34*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A kurogaki (black persimmon) wood netsuke of a crab on driftwood

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, 1789-90 A crab resting on a piece of striated driftwood, signed Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Tomiharu kyonen gojuhassai shite kore o chokoku nari (carved at the age of fifty-eight by the Eno River in Iwami Province by Seiyodo Tomiharu

Los #: 35*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a crab on driftwood

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The crab resting on a striated piece of irregularly-shaped driftwood, over which water flows, signed Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Tomiharu chokoku (carved by the Eno River in Iwami Province by Seiyodo

Los #: 36*

Schätzpreis: 3.500 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a crab on driftwood

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, 1791-2 The crab crawling across a piece of driftwood, signed Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Tomiharu kyonen rokujusai shite chokoku nari (carved at the age of sixty by the Eno River in Iwami Province by Seiyodo Tomiharu). 5.2cm (2in

Los #: 37*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 4.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a beetle on bamboo shoots

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century A beetle crawling over two bamboo shoots, bound together by straw rope, signed with ukibori characters Tomiharu saku (made by Tomiharu). 6cm (2 3/8in

Los #: 38*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 6.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A buffalo-hoof netsuke of a cicada

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, dated 1794 The cicada resting on a section of driftwood, from which grows the stalk and foliage of a kohone plant, signed Iwami-no-kuni Enokawa Seiyodo Shi Tomiharu kyonen rokujunisai shite kore o chokoku toki ni Kansei kinoe-tora natsu nari (carved

Los #: 39*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 4.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A large ebony netsuke of a cicada on a leaf

By Seiyodo Tomiharu (1733-1810), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The insect resting on two layered leaves from a long stalk, one partially folded to form the himotoshi, signed in a raised rectangular reserve Sekiyo Hako Seiyodo cho (carved by Seiyodo at Hako in Sekiyo). 9cm (3½in

Los #: 41*

Schätzpreis: 5.000 £ - 5.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tooth netsuke of a chilli

By Shimizu Shojiro, Iwami Province, dated 1789 A small, smooth chilli with a detachable stalk made of stag-antler, signed Nihon San'indo Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Shi Tomiharu no otoko Shimizu Shojiro seinen junisai shite kore o chokoku toki ni Kansei gan tsuchinoto-tori uru'u

Los #: 42*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a snail on fungus

By Sasaki Tomiaki (born 1746), late 18th/early 19th century The snail gliding over the stalk and cap of a fungus, fully extended from its shell, its body embellished all over with ukibori pimples, signed in ukibori characters Kaishundo Tomiaki kore o horu (carved by Kaishundo Tomiaki). 6.8cm (2

Los #: 43*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 4.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a cicada on wood

By Sasaki Tomiaki (born 1746), Iwami Province, dated 1793 The insect resting with wings folded on a piece of fallen wood, poised as if about to take flight, the veining of its wings carved in low relief, signed Kaishundo Sa Tomiaki kore o chokoku toki ni Kansei go mizunoto-ushi gogatsu mikka nari

Los #: 44*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a spider on driftwood

By Sasaki Tomiaki (born 1746), Iwami Province, late 18th/early 19th century The small spider resting in an indentation on a large section of weathered driftwood, which is roughened beneath, signed on the side Kaishundo Tomiaki kore o chokoku (carved by Kaishundo Tomiaki). 6.1cm (2 3/8in

Los #: 45*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke of a centipede and ferns with a poem

By Seiyodo Bunshojo (1764-1838), Iwami Province, early 19th century Carved in low relief, the centipede clambering along the length of the tusk, the concave side decorated with ferns and a poem by Kawara no Sadaijin from the love-poem section of the Kokinwakashu (Collection of Ancient and Modern

Los #: 46*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with a spider and ferns

By Seiyodo Bunshojo (1764-1838), Iwami Province, early 19th century The tusk carved to one end with a spider, its legs partially undercut, the ferns delicately engraved above in kebori, signed Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Bunsho chokoku (Seiyodo Bunsho carved this by the Eno River in

Los #: 47*

Schätzpreis: 3.500 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with a spider and ferns

By Seiyodo Bunshojo (1764-1838), Iwami Province, early 19th century The tusk of pronounced curvature, carved towards the narrow end with a large spider, its body with etched markings and its legs undercut, delicately engraved with ferns above, signed Nihon San'indo Iwami Enokawa Seiyodo Bunshojo

Los #: 48*

Schätzpreis: 2.500 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with a minogame and ferns

By Seiyodo Bunshojo (1764-1838), Iwami Province, dated 1826 The small tusk carved in low relief with a minogame, its long tail trailing at the back above ferns which are delicately engraved in kebori, signed Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Bunshojo rokujusansai chokoku (Seiyodo Bunshojo

Los #: 49*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke of a spider on a taro leaf

By Seiyodo Bunshojo (1764-1838), Iwami Province, dated 1830 A spider sitting on a folded taro leaf, its legs undercut, the veins of the leaf finely carved, signed Iji Bunsei jusan kanoe-tora shunshin Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Bunshojo chokoku (carved by the Eno River by Seiyodo

Los #: 50*

Schätzpreis: 3.500 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boxwood netsuke of a spider and web

19th century The sides of a section of boxwood carved in low relief, depicting a spider next to its web and several leafy bamboo stalks, the cut surfaces polished, unsigned. 7.2cm (2¾in) long

Los #: 51*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a snake

Attributed to Seiyodo Bunshojo (1764-1838), dated 1808 Its body tightly coiled in several loops with its head resting on top, signed Bunka go[...] tatsu gogatsu kichinichi (a lucky day in the fifth month of the fifth, dragon, year of Bunka [1808]). 4.5cm (1¾in

Los #: 52*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 4.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A buffalo-horn netsuke of a snail on a bamboo section

By Seiyodo Bunshojo (1764-1838), early 19th century A snail gliding over the top of a cut length of bamboo with four prominent nodes, signed Seiyodo Bunshojo chokoku (carved by Seiyodo Bunshojo). 5.8cm (2¼in) high

Los #: 53*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 5.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a tortoise

By Seiyodo Bunshojo (1764-1838), Iwami Province, early 19th century The tortoise with its head emerging and facing ahead while its legs and tail are retracted within its shell, the central segment removable to form the himotoshi, faintly signed ... kawa Seiyodo Tomiharu no musume Bunsho chokoku

Los #: 54*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a frog on a lotus leaf

By Seiyodo Bunshojo (1764-1838), Iwami Province, early 19th century The frog resting diagonally on the folded leaf, its veins carved in low relief and ukibori, the eyes of pale and dark horn, signed with ukibori characters Seiyodo Bunshojo horu (carved by Seiyodo Bunshojo). 6.3cm (2½in

Los #: 55*

Schätzpreis: 3.000 £ - 3.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a recumbent dog

By Seiyodo Bunshojo (1764-1838), early 19th century The plump dog resting with its legs drawn in for compactness, its coat meticulously rendered, its eyes inlaid in horn, signed in ukibori characters Seiyodo Bunshojo. 5.9cm (2 3/8in

Los #: 56*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 4.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A small boar-tusk netsuke with a spider and ferns

By Ryusui, Iwami Province, early 19th century Carved in relief with a spider towards the narrow end, the reverse with a clump of ferns engraved in kebori, signed Kashi no yadori Ryusui (Ryusui, in his lodging at Kashi) with a kao. 8.5cm (3 3/8in

Los #: 57*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with a crab and poems

By Ryusui, Iwami Province, early 19th century The small tusk carved in the centre of the concave facet in relief with a spider crab, the reverse delicately engraved in kebori with waka poems in three lines, signed Ryusui with a kao. 10.2cm (4in

Los #: 58*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a crab on driftwood

By Ryusui, early 19th century The crab clambering across a piece of striated and weathered wood, signed Ryusui kizamu (carved by Ryusui). 9.1cm (3 5/8in

Los #: 59*

Schätzpreis: 3.500 £ - 4.000 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An ebony netsuke of a crab on a rock

By Shukuto, Iwami Province, early 19th century The small crab with one pincer pulled in towards its body, resting on the top of a high rock which bears distinctive striations, signed Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo no otoko Shukuto chokoku (carved by the Eno River in Iwami Province by

Los #: 60*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke with two crabs

By Seiyodo Gansui (1809-1848), Iwami Province, first half of the 19th century A small and large crab carved in relief, scurrying near the tip of the tusk, signed Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa Seiyodo Gansui chokoku (carved by the Eno River in Iwami Province by Gansui) with a kao. 10.1cm (4in

Los #: 61*

Schätzpreis: 4.000 £ - 4.500 £

Datum: 15.05.2019

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An unusual boar-tusk netsuke with a stag in a mountain landscape

By Seiyodo Gansui (1809-1848), Iwami Province, dated 1830 The large tusk carved in relief with a barking stag standing on a crag beneath an ancient pine tree, signed Oju toki ni Bunsei jusan kanoe-tora fuyu jugatsu Matsudaira Suo no kami ko Iwami-shu (Iwami-no-kuni) Enokawa no nishi Seiyodo Gansui

Los #: 62*

Schätzpreis: 2.000 £ - 2.500 £

Datum: 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