A rare wood netsuke of three monkeys By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, 1820
Lot 155*
A rare wood netsuke of three monkeys By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, 1820
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A rare wood netsuke of three monkeys
By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, 1820
All seated, fighting over a peach, one eating a peach which the others try to wrest from him, forming a compact composition in well-patinated and slightly-worn wood, the eyes of pale translucent horn, signed in a long rounded rectangular reserve Toyomasa, rokujugosai (at the age of 65).
4.7cm (1 7/8in).

Footnotes

  • 木彫根付 三匹の猿 銘「豊昌六十五才」 1820年頃

    Provenance: Harry Seymour Trower collection, published in the Catalogue, no.31, pl.IX.
    J. G. Dalgleish collection.
    W. W. Winkworth collection.
    Mark Severin collection.

    Published: The Meinertzhagen Card Index, p.952.
    Rosemary Bandini, ibid., p.88, no.125.

    The inscription on the netsuke states that it was made by Toyomasa at the age of 65.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the date of this netsuke should read 1837, and not 1820, as erroneously recorded in the catalogue.
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