• Japanese Art & Design auction at Christies

    Sale 5968

    Japanese Art & Design

    4 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 206

    A Rare Osaka School Ebony Netsuke


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    A Rare Osaka School Ebony Netsuke
    Signed Kaigyoku (Masatsugu Kaigyokusai [1813-1892])
    Of a karashishi on a plinth with seal beneath, with tomobako signed Kaigyokusai Masatsugu and sealed
    4.4cm. high

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    Among the best-known of all netsuke carvers, Kaigyokusai Masatsugu is especially celebrated for the extreme care and precision of his carving and for his use of various materials. As noted by Ueda Reikichi, Masatsugu of Osaka appears to have been one of the first carvers whose work was exported on a large scale during his own lifetime1, a distinction he shares with his near-contemporary, the lacquerer Shibata Zeshin of Tokyo.

    1 Raymond Bushell (ed.), The Netsuke Handbook of Ueda Reikichi (First published as Ueda Reikichi, Netsuke no kenkyu [A Study of Netsuke], (Osaka, 1943); Rutland, Vermont and Tokyo, 1961), p.242

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