An ivory netsuke of a monkey After Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, Osaka, late 19th century

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An ivory netsuke of a monkey
After Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, Osaka, late 19th century

Sold for £ 5,250 (US$ 6,343) inc. premium
An ivory netsuke of a monkey
After Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, Osaka, late 19th century
Seated, facing ahead as it scratches its right leg, one hand beneath its body and forming the himotoshi, the well-toned ivory is slightly worn and the eyes are of pale translucent horn with inlaid dark pupils, inscribed in a rectangular reserve Kaigyoku. 3.5cm (1 3/8in).

Footnotes

  • 象牙彫根付 猿 銘「懐玉」 19世紀後期


    Provenance: Adrienne Barbanson collection.

    Published: Connaissance des Arts, no.140, October 1963, p.109.

    For a very similar example, see Neil K. Davey, ibid., p.52, no.122.

    Kaigyokusai Masatsugu (1813-1892) lived in Osaka and produced a number of netsuke depicting monkeys. However, his work was copied in his own lifetime and beyond, and the present example was probably made by a close follower.
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An ivory netsuke of a monkey After Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, Osaka, late 19th century
An ivory netsuke of a monkey After Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, Osaka, late 19th century
An ivory netsuke of a monkey After Kaigyokusai Masatsugu, Osaka, late 19th century
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