A fine wood netsuke of three monkeys By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century

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A fine wood netsuke of three monkeys
By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century

Sold for £ 63,650 (US$ 78,095) inc. premium
A fine wood netsuke of three monkeys
By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
Two of the monkeys wrestling together on the ground as they fight for possession of a peach while the third climbs over the top, trying to pull one of its companions away, the slightly-worn wood is typically stained for effect and the eyes are of pale translucent horn, signed in an oval reserve Toyomasa. 5.1cm (2in).

Footnotes

  • 木彫根付 三匹の猿 銘「豊昌」 19世紀前期

    Provenance: Labbé-Barbanson collection, purchased at Hotel Drouot, Paris, 16th October 1989, lot.117.

    Published: Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal, vol.9, no.4, pp.47-48, no.117.

    The monkey was a favoured subject of Naito Toyomasa, who produced several netsuke of single monkeys and a few depicting two or three. Compare the example from the Harriet Szechenyi collection, illustrated by Rosemary Bandini, ibid., p.88, no.125, and sold in these rooms, 8th November 2011, lot 155.
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A fine wood netsuke of three monkeys By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
A fine wood netsuke of three monkeys By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
A fine wood netsuke of three monkeys By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
A fine wood netsuke of three monkeys By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
A fine wood netsuke of three monkeys By Naito Toyomasa (1773-1856), Tanba, early 19th century
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