• Lot 457

    Three ivory netsuke


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    Three ivory netsuke
    19th Century
    The first depicting a half-blind thief sitting almost naked behind a folding screen, two stolen purses in his hand, signed in an oval reserve Toshinaga; the second depicting a treasure-collector standing, smiling and carrying a rake on his shoulder with the inscription takara (treasure), signed Kosho; the third depicting Fujiwara Sadatoshi, a member of the famous Fujiwara family, in fine dress, seated posture, unwrapping the biwa (lute) sent to him by the Chinese professor Renjobo, signed on a rectangular red lacquer plaque Yoshio
    Sizes ranging from 2.5 cm. to 7.5 cm high (3)

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    The netsuke of the thief: Ex Collection Seymour Trower.