A small boxwood netsuke of a recumbent horse By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, late 18th/early 19th century

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A small boxwood netsuke of a recumbent horse
By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, late 18th/early 19th century

Sold for £ 7,500 (US$ 9,062) inc. premium
A small boxwood netsuke of a recumbent horse
By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, late 18th/early 19th century
Lying with its body twisted slightly to the left and its mouth open, its legs drawn in for compactness and its tail sweeping forward over the left flank, the slightly-worn wood bears a good patina and the eyes are of brass with dark pupils, signed Minko with kao. 4.5cm (1¾in) wide.

Footnotes

  • 木彫根付 馬 銘「岷江(花押)」 18世紀後期/19世紀前期

    Provenance: Adrienne Barbanson collection.

    Published: Adrienne Barbanson, ibid., pp.36-37, pl.10.
    Christian Science Monitor Books, January, 1962.

    Tanaka Minko produced a number of netsuke depicting recumbent horses, generally in boxwood, although a few were made from ebony. The present example is a good example of the genre, with a finely-carved head and mane and the eyes typically inlaid with brass with inlaid dark pupils.

    Another example, carved in boxwood, is illustrated by Raymond Bushell, ibid., p.36, no.35. A very similar example in ebony is illustrated by Paul Moss, Meetings with Remarkable Netsuke, 108 Masterpieces Selected from Private Collections, Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London, 1996, no.17.
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A small boxwood netsuke of a recumbent horse By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, late 18th/early 19th century
A small boxwood netsuke of a recumbent horse By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, late 18th/early 19th century
A small boxwood netsuke of a recumbent horse By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, late 18th/early 19th century
A small boxwood netsuke of a recumbent horse By Tanaka Minko (1735-1816), Tsu, late 18th/early 19th century
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