A very fine ivory netsuke of a stag By Okatomo, Kyoto, late 18th/early 19th century
Lot 196*Y
A very fine ivory netsuke of a stag By Okatomo, Kyoto, late 18th/early 19th century
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A very fine ivory netsuke of a stag
By Okatomo, Kyoto, late 18th/early 19th century
Seated, its head raised and looking up as it bays to the sky and its antlers drawn back over its long neck for compactness, the slightly-worn ivory bears a good patina and the eye pupils are inlaid, signed in a rectangular reserve Okatomo.
6.3cm (2½in).

Footnotes

  • 象牙彫根付 雄鹿 銘「友忠」 18世紀前半/19世紀後半  

    Published: Rosemary Bandini, ibid., p.118, no.172.

    For a very similar example by Okatomo, see Joe Earle, Netsuke, Fantasy and Reality in Japanese Miniature Sculpture, 2001, p.260, no.226.

    Compare also a very similar example by Tomotada, illustrated by Anne Hull Grundy, Tomotada and Okatomo in relation to the Kyoto School of Netsuke Carvers, The Antique Collector, June 1963, p.107, fig.1.

    For a related, unsigned, example, see Victor Harris, Netsuke, The Hull Grundy Collection at the British Museum, p.67, no.293.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the Chinese characters for Okatomo have been incorrectly recorded in the catalogue, the Japanese captions should read: 象牙彫根付 雄鹿 銘 (岡友) 18世紀前半/19世紀後半 
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