A GROUP OF FIFTEEN NETSUKE
19th-early 20th century
Comprising an ivory netsuke of Ashinaga and Tenaga, signed Ko; a wood example of two frogs seated on driftwood by Michael Webb, signed in ukibori MW carved this at near York December 1987 ; an ivory model of an abalone diver girl, signed Masatoshi to; an ivory bowl with a Shojo mask inside; a painted wood carving of Hondaka Sonja, signed Shuzan; an ivory carving of a bamboo node with a fly in the center; a porcelain model of Daruma; a blue and white porcelain model of a gourd; a white-glazed porcelain netsuke of a melon; a porcelain example of two monkeys cuddling on a large chestnut; a porcelain model of a cat asleep on a whisk; a small wood box decorated on the lid in two shades of gold hiramakie with stylized pines, the interior finished in fundame and with a mask of Okina; an ivory netsuke of a covered box with a shishi finial; an ivory manju netsuke carved with a rakkan, eyes gold leaf, with hardstone, shell and metal inlays; and a manju netsuke of rounded-square form and carved in raised and sunken relief with a Chinese man and beauty smoking a pipe, the reverse carved with clouds and peonies
3in (7.6cm) the largest (15).
- Please note the toads are signed and dated by Michael Webb. The abalone diver is signed Masatoshi to. The Hondaka Sonja is inscribed Shuzan. The box with an Okina mask is signed Shogyoku to