Fine Japanese Art

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Date of the auction: 16.05.2019

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Three wood netsuke

Edo period (1615-1868), late 18th to mid-19th century The first a shishi seated, its head turned to the right, snarling and protecting a ball, on a seal base, carved with a seal beneath, unsigned; the second a shishi seated with its forepaws resting on a mokugyo (fish-shaped drum), unsigned; the

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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Seven various mask netsuke

Edo period (1615-1868), late 18th to mid-19th century Five of wood, comprising: Hannya, unsigned; one-horned demon, unsigned; a large grimacing angry man, signed Deme to; a grinning demon, unsigned; a kurogaki wood smiling man, signed Masayoshi; a stag-antler mask of Hannya, signed Shuzan; and a

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A wood netsuke of terrapins and a frog

By Hidetsugu, Edo period (1615-1868), 19th century The large frog climbing onto four terrapins, one rolled onto its back, two other terrapins climbing onto the back of the frog, forming a compact composition in well-patinated wood; signed on the underside of a small terrapin on an oval reserve

Lot #: 3*

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A rare boxwood manju netsuke

Edo period (1615-1868), 19th century Finely carved and pierced with the junishi (twelve animals of the East Asian zodiac), each carved in a naturalistic manner, the eyes of the animals inlaid; inscribed in an oval reserve Aizu jin (a man of Aizu) with a kao. 3.8cm (1½in) diameter

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A wood netsuke of a coiled mouse

By Masanao, Yamada, Ise Province, Edo period (1615-1868), 19th century Typically curled in a ball, holding its tail around its body with one hind paw, scratching its face with the other, one leg forming the himotoshi, the eyes inlaid; signed in a polished reserve Masanao. 3.8cm (1½in

Lot #: 5

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

Date: 16 May 2019

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A late boxwood okimono-style netsuke of Ryujin

By Kashu, Meiji era (1868-1912), late 19th/early 20th century Depicted as a warrior standing with one leg bent, wearing full armour and holding an elaborate baton, a dragon clinging to his back, its open jaw resting on his head, delicately rendered in lightly stained wood; signed Kashu. 8cm (3

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 16 May 2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved February 2000 Carved in relief, a pair of wood ducks floating in the water, one parent rushing towards the nest, their ducklings threatened by a weasel on the boxwood plug at the broad end; signed on a silver tablet JC. 12.2cm (4¾in) long. (2

Lot #: 7

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A large boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved November 1973 Carved in low relief with an owl, a fleeing rat and the owl's eyes inlaid in silver, the broad end plugged with ebony; inscribed on the back Carved by Jack Coutu in the Autumn of 1973 at Farnham, Surrey, England, signed on a silver tablet JC

Lot #: 8

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved February/March 2008 Carved in relief, a dragonfly emerging from its larval shell by a river, its eyes inlaid in pale horn, the broad end plugged with ebony; signed on a silver tablet JC. 12cm (4¾in) long. (2

Lot #: 9

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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Two stag-antler netsuke of a monkey and a fish

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, the first carved June 1993, the second carved August 1994 The first a monkey seated on its haunches, one arm extending out, with clenched fist for holding the inro cord, the eyes inlaid in horn, signed on an inlaid silver tablet JC; the second a coelacanth shown

Lot #: 10

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved March 2002 Carved in relief with a vampire bat, a cluster of mushrooms to its left, the reverse engraved with grasses, the broad end plugged with a stippled black lacquered plug; signed on a silver tablet JC. 11.6cm (4 5/8in) long. (2

Lot #: 11

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Date: 16 May 2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved February/March 1998 Carved in relief, the tusk forming the leaf, the buff-tip moth laying a cluster of eggs on the leaf, the eggs inlaid in dark horn; signed on a silver tablet JC. 11cm (4 3/8in) long. (2

Lot #: 12

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Date: 16 May 2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved April/May 2006 Carved in relief, a squirrel leaping with its forelegs outstretched, reaching for a pinecone as flames begin to consume its lower body, its eye inlaid in horn, the broad end plugged with ebony; signed with a silver tablet JC. 9.5cm (3¾in

Lot #: 13

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Date: 16 May 2019

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Two stag-antler netsuke of a werewolf and a dragonfish

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, the first carved August 1999, the second carved June 1992 The first a werewolf standing, snarling while drawing out its robe with one hand, its feet overlapping, the antler stippled for effect, the eyes inlaid in horn, signed on a silver tablet JC, 15.6cm (6

Lot #: 14

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved January 1993 Carved in low relief with a silk moth clambering over a coccoon, the ground partially stippled, the eyes inlaid in horn, the broad end plugged with boxwood; signed on a silver tablet JC. 11.1cm (4 3/8in) long. (2

Lot #: 15

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Date: 16 May 2019

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A large boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved April 1977 Carved in relief with a bat flying to the left, branches of ivy to the right, the bat's eye inlaid in silver, the broad end plugged with ebony and carved with ivy; signed on a silver tablet JC. 13.5cm (5¼in) long. (2

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved June 1990 Carved in relief with a squirrel reaching to grab a pinecone, a pine branch trailing on to the reverse, the squirrel's eye inlaid in horn and tortoiseshell, its tail trailing to the right over an inlaid silver moth, the broad end plugged with

Lot #: 17Y

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved August 1996 Carved in sunk relief with a mountain hare resting in a burrow in the snow, the burrow probably stained with ink, the broad end plugged with stained wood, the leaves engraved and inlaid in silver, the rabbit's eye inlaid in horn; signed on a

Lot #: 18

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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Two boxwood netsuke of a leaping frog and a fish

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, the first carved in August 1993, the second carved May 1980 The first a frog with outstretched legs, its arms folding over its chest forming the himotoshi, the eyes inlaid in horn, signed on a silver tablet JC, 11.3cm (4 3/8in) long; the second a fish of stained

Lot #: 19Y Ф

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved July 1994 Carved in relief with a pouncing tiger, clutching a branch of inlaid silver bamboo leaves in its mouth, the reverse stippled, the broad end plugged with ebony; signed in a silver tablet JC. 10.3cm (4 1/8in) long. (2

Lot #: 20

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A boar-tusk netsuke

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved August 1992 Carved in relief with a fast-swimming river otter, its eyes inlaid in horn, the reverse with a fish leaping from swirling water, the broad end plugged with bone; signed on a silver tablet JC. 10.7cm (4¼in) long. (2

Lot #: 21

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Date: 16 May 2019

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Two boxwood netsuke of a wildcat and a fawn

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, the first carved September 1988, the second carved April 1997 The first of a seated wildcat, its head turned to the right and one forepaw resting on a captured bird, the eyes inlaid in horn and tortoiseshell, signed on a silver tablet JC, 4.4cm (1¾in) long; the

Lot #: 22Y

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A Wood netsuke of a seal and pup

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, carved April 1994 (no.237) The adult and pup curled around each other, forming a compact composition in effectively stained wood, the eyes inlaid in horn; signed on a silver tablet JC. 6.7cm (2 5/8in) long. (2

Lot #: 23

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Date: 16 May 2019

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Two boxwood netsuke of a hatching bird and a fox with cubs

By Jack Coutu (1924-2017), English, the first carved November 1978, the second carved October 1973 The first a small bird levering itself out of its speckled egg, a silver feather applied at the back with a loop cord attachment, the eyes inlaid in amber and gold leaf, signed on a silver tablet JC

Lot #: 24

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A black-lacquer four-case inro

By Nakaoji Moei, Edo period (1615-1868), late 18th/early 19th century Decorated with a continuous design of flowering kerama tsutsuji (Kerama azalea) issuing from rocks in red, gold and silver togidashi maki-e, the interior of roiro with hirame flakes; signed on the base in gold lacquer Moei

Lot #: 25*

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 16 May 2019

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A black-lacquer four-case inro

Koma style, Edo period (1615-1868), 19th century The mura-nashiji ground lacquered in gold and silver takamaki-e with a continous scene depicting three cranes flying over banks of windswept reeds; the interior compartments of red lacquer with matt-gold risers; unsigned. 7.3cm (2 7/8in) high

Lot #: 27*

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A grey-lacquer square section three-case inro by Ogawa Haritsu (Ritsuo...

The inro: Edo period (1615-1868), 18th century; the netsuke: Meiji era (1868-1912), circa 1890s The inro with a shibuichi-nuri ishime ground imitating metal, two rectangular faces carved in low relief with archaic script, the cord runners in the form of a row of four butterfly-shaped cleats inlaid

Lot #: 28

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000

Date: 16 May 2019

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A black-lacquer five-case inro

By Hara Yoyusai (1772-1845/6), Edo period (1615-1868), 19th century The roiro ground lacquered with a large orchid extending onto the reverse in gold takamaki-e with details of gold foil, the interior of nashiji, signed Yoyusai with a kao; with a coral ojime. 9.2cm (3 5/8in) high

Lot #: 29

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Date: 16 May 2019

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A black-lacquer two-case inro

By Hara Yoyusai (1772-1845/6), Edo period (1615-1868), 19th century The highly polished black-lacquer roiro surface worked in kuromaki-e with Korin-style waves crashing along the bottom of both sides, the interior of rich nashji, signed inside the top case in gold lacquer Yoyusai. 7cm (2¾in) high

Lot #: 30

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,500

Date: 16 May 2019

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A lacquered and inlaid three-case inro

Ritsuo style, Edo period (1615-1868), late 18th/early 19th century Decorated in gold and slight-coloured takamaki-e with a pair of turtles on one side and two quail pecking for seeds beneath windswept stalks of millets on the other, the bead-shaped cord runners of silvered metal, the interior of

Lot #: 31

Estimate: £3,500 - £4,500

Date: 16 May 2019