19 April 2001,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 223
GBP 200 - GBP 300
A Japanese mammoth ivory netsuke of an animal group
carved with a central horse with a rat on its back, surrounded by numerous different animals -- 1½in. (3.8cm.) wide.
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Valérie Hess on the erotic — and semi-autobiographical — sculpture considered a masterpiece of the artist's late career
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