A fine large wood netsuke of a tiger By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century

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Lot 104
A fine large wood netsuke of a tiger
By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century

Sold for £ 103,250 (US$ 128,882) inc. premium
A fine large wood netsuke of a tiger
By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
Seated, its head lowered to the left as it looks back with a ferocious expression, its tail passing forwards between the hind legs and rising at the side forming the himotoshi, the well-toned wood is slightly worn and the eyes are inlaid with pale translucent horn, signed in a long rounded rectangular reserve Toyomasa.
4.5cm (1¾in).

Footnotes

  • 木彫根付 虎 銘「豊昌」 19世紀前期

    Although this is a common subject carved by other artists, this is an unusually large and boldly carved rendition by Toyomasa. For a somewhat similar example, signed Hidari Toyomasa (Toyoyo, the son of Naito Toyomasa I), see Alain Ducros, Netsuke et Sagemono, 1987, p.88, no.159.
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A fine large wood netsuke of a tiger By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
A fine large wood netsuke of a tiger By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
A fine large wood netsuke of a tiger By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
A fine large wood netsuke of a tiger By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
A fine large wood netsuke of a tiger By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
A fine large wood netsuke of a tiger By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
A fine large wood netsuke of a tiger By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
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