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    Sale 7582

    Japanese Art and Design

    14 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 126

    A RARE WOOD NETSUKE

    SIGNED ATOKAMA, EDO PERIOD (18TH CENTURY)

    Price Realised  

    A RARE WOOD NETSUKE
    SIGNED ATOKAMA, EDO PERIOD (18TH CENTURY)
    Kwanyu holding his halberd
    6.5cm. high


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    Illustrated in George Lazernick Netsuke and Inro Artists, and How to Read Their Signatures, (Honolulu, 1981), p.298, with a drawing from card index

    For a discussion on the subject of this netsuke, see Joe Earle, Netsuke: Fantasy and Reality in Japanese Miniature Sculpture (Boston, 2001), pl.41, where he mentions that the figure is based on the image of Kwanyu found volume seven of Ehon shaho bukuro illustrated by Tachibana Morikuni (1720) (see left)

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    Provenance

    F. Meinertzhagen
    W.W. Winkworth
    M.T. Hindson


    Pre-Lot Text

    AN ENGLISH COLLECTION OF NETSUKE FORMED IN THE 1950'S - 1970'S FROM HISTORIC LONDON SALES INCLUDING THE HINDSON COLLECTION


    Literature

    N.K. Davey, Netsuke, (London, 1982) p.284 no. 863
    George Lazernick, Netsuke and Inro Artists, and How to Read Their Signatures, (Honolulu, 1981), p.298, with a drawing from Meinertzhagen card index of the British Museum (see above)