London, South Kensington
28 November 1996
An ivory netsuke of a shishimai dancer
putting his hand through the mask's mouth beside a kneeling boy covering his head -- 1¾.in (4.5cm) high, signed Kogyoku on a red lacquer tablet.
See Colour Plate 3.
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The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘