An ivory netsuke of a shaggy dog and pup By Gechu, late 18th/early 19th century

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An ivory netsuke of a shaggy dog and pup
By Gechu, late 18th/early 19th century

Sold for £ 221,000 (US$ 275,865) inc. premium
An ivory netsuke of a shaggy dog and pup
By Gechu, late 18th/early 19th century
Signed Gechu. 6.5cm (2½in) high.

Footnotes

  • 象牙彫根付 尨犬と仔犬 銘「牙虫」 18世紀後期/19世紀前期

    Provenance: M. T. Hindson collection.

    Published: The Connoisseur, London, November, 1965.
    Meinertzhagen, MCI, p.73.
    Davey, MTH, p.28, no.44.
    Katchen, N7, vol.1, p.125, no.K59.

    This celebrated netsuke, upon which many attributions to Gechu are based, was sold at the last auction of the M. T. Hindson collection, on 23rd June 1969. It was the favourite netsuke of Julius Katchen and he was determined to purchase it for the collection. Sadly he died a few months before the sale and his widow, Arlette, bid for and bought it in his memory.

    Frederick Meinertzhagen remarks in his card index, 'Curious and grotesque figure of a Bitch with stylised treatment of the hair, sitting up and playing with her pup. The eyes of both gilt. The "himotoshi" openings on the animals' left side. Signed under the left leg Gechu. An outstandingly fine netsuke dating from well back in the 18th century, showing all the character, power and free treatment of the period. A somewhat comparable figure of a bitch and pup signed Garaku is in the V. and A. Museum and it maybe that there is significance in the fact that the first character Ge lacks a stroke, can be read as ge or ga'.

    Gechu is a somewhat enigmatic carver of netsuke, in that little is known of him, including his residence. For many years he has been thought to have lived in Osaka, mainly based upon the similarity of his work to that of Risuke Garaku of that city. Recently it has been suggested by Alain Ducros that he may well have been domiciled in Satsuma Province on the island of Kyushu (Alain Ducros, Satsuma Ivory Netsuke, INSJ, vol.36, no.2, Summer 2016, pp.20-29).

    The type of dog, un-named, is illustrated with a line drawing in the illustrated book by So Shiseki (1715-1786), Kokon gaso (Thicket of Ancient and Modern Pictures), 1770, vol.4, pp.14-15.
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An ivory netsuke of a shaggy dog and pup By Gechu, late 18th/early 19th century
An ivory netsuke of a shaggy dog and pup By Gechu, late 18th/early 19th century
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