A fine boxwood netsuke of a chicken and young By Masanao, Kyoto, late 18th century
Lot 174*
A fine boxwood netsuke of a chicken and young By Masanao, Kyoto, late 18th century
Sold for £28,750 (US$ 48,294) inc. premium
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A fine boxwood netsuke of a chicken and young
By Masanao, Kyoto, late 18th century
The parent seated, protecting an egg and her head turned to preen the plumage of one chick, another clambering over her back while a third walks around at her back, forming a compact composition in slightly-worn and well-toned wood, the eyes inlaid, signed in an oval reserve Masanao.
5.1cm (2in).

Footnotes

  • 木彫根付 親子鶏 銘「正直」 18世紀後期

    Published: Bernard Hurtig, Masanao, The Kyoto Magician, International Netsuke Collectors' Society Journal, vol.11, no.2, fig 31.
    Meetings with Remarkable Netsuke, Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, 1996, no.6.
    Rosemary Bandini, ibid., p.98, no.143.

    Similar examples are illustrated in The Meinertzhagen Card Index, p.442; and Joseph Kurstin and Maria L. Ortega, Masterworks of Netsuke, Lowe Art Museum, Miami, 1986, no.30.
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