A wood netsuke of a mermaid By Tadatoshi (c.1770-1840), Nagoya, 19th century
Lot 48
A wood netsuke of a mermaid By Tadatoshi (circa 1770-1840), Nagoya, 19th century
Sold for £11,875 (US$ 20,173) inc. premium
Lot Details
A wood netsuke of a mermaid
By Tadatoshi (circa 1770-1840), Nagoya, 19th century
She reclines, curled to the left as she holds her tail around her body and her long hair trailing down her back, forming a compact composition in stained wood which bears a good patina, signed with ukibori kanji in a rectangular reserve Tadatoshi.
4.2cm (1 5/8in) wide.

Footnotes

  • 木彫根付 人魚 銘「忠利」 19世紀

    Provenance: Adrienne Barbanson collection, purchased at Paris, 24th June 1959.

    A fine example of a model of which Tadatoshi made several. For very similar examples, see Marie-Thérѐse Coullery and Martin S. Newstead, ibid., p.115, no.C224; and Arlette Katchen, ibid., vol.2, p.65, colour pl.K737. Another, from the Harriet Szechenyi collection, is illustrated by Rosemary Bandini, ibid., no.52, and was sold in these rooms, 8th November 2011, lot 67.
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