A wood netsuke of two shishi playing By Sadanobu, Tanba, early 19th century
Lot 183*
A wood netsuke of two shishi playing By Sadanobu, Tanba, early 19th century
£3,500 - 4,000
US$ 5,800 - 6,600
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A wood netsuke of two shishi playing By Sadanobu, Tanba, early 19th century A wood netsuke of two shishi playing By Sadanobu, Tanba, early 19th century
Lot Details
A wood netsuke of two shishi playing
By Sadanobu, Tanba, early 19th century
One shishi recumbent, facing ahead and with its backside raised as its companion stands on his hind legs at its side, its forepaws raised to its chest, the slightly-worn and stained wood bears a good patina and the eyes are inlaid with pale translucent horn, signed in an irregular reserve Sadanobu.
3.8cm (1½in).

Footnotes

  • 木彫根付 獅子二匹 銘「貞信」 19世紀前期

    Provenance: purchased at Sotheby's New York, 6th October 1982, lot 93.

    Sadanobu was a member of the School of Naito Toyomasa of Sasayama in Tanba province, working in the first half of the 19th century and his work is comparatively rare.
    For a somewhat similar netsuke by Toyomasa, see Rosemary Bandini, Shishi and Other Netsuke: the Collection of Harriet Szechenyi, London, 1999, p.15, no.21, subsequently sold in these rooms, The Harriet Szechenyi Collection of Japanese Art, 8th November 2011, lot 32.
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