Fine Japanese Art including two masterpieces by Kitaoji Rosanjin (1883-1959)

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Date of the auction: 07.11.2013

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A rare wood netsuke of a sleeping shojo

By Masamori, Nagoya, 19th century Seated asleep in a typical attitude, her head resting on one hand and her legs drawn in for compactness, her long hair flowing down the back of her robe which is engraved with formal designs, the wood is slightly worn and bears a good patina, signed in a rectangular

Lot #: 1

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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A rare wood netsuke of a horse and rider

By Issai, 19th century The horseman, having fallen from his steed, struggles through turbulent water, the horse's head rising above the waves as it attempts to swim to safety, the slightly worn wood with traces of black lacquer and bearing a good patina, the base signed Issai. 4.8cm (1 7/8in) wide

Lot #: 2

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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A wood netsuke of a kappa on a clam

By Homin, Edo, 19th century The kappa standing on a large clam and bearing an agonized expression as it struggles to release one webbed foot which is caught in the jaws of the shell, the closed end of which is inlaid with shell, another, smaller shell inlaid beneath, the wood is variously stained

Lot #: 3

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Two figural and two wood animal netsuke

One by Tomomasa and one by Shinichi, late 18th to late 19th century The first of a blind man standing on one foot and looking around with an agonised expression, the wood bearing a good patina, unsigned, 6cm (2 3/8in); the second of a priest standing erect, holding his broad hat and cane before him

Lot #: 4

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Four wood figural netsuke

Edo, 19th century The first of Hanasaka Jiji seated on a dead tree stump, holding his bowl of magic seeds as ivory blossoms start to appear, signed on an ivory tablet Ryumin, 3.8cm (1½in); the second of a boy playing a flute seated on a grazing ox on a base, inscribed Tomotada, 4.5cm (1¾in); the

Lot #: 5Y

Estimate: £1,500 - £2,000

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Two unusual wood netsuke

One by Ryo and one by Masayasu, 19th century The first of boxwood, depicting Gama Sennin seated with one leg bent, holding a toad with his right hand, the wood bearing a good colour, signed Ryo, 4.5cm (1¾in); the second of ebony, depicting a pottery monkey of simplified form, seated, holding a

Lot #: 6

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Four early ivory animal netsuke

18th century The first of a monkey reclining on a trellis over which hangs a grape vine, unsigned, 3.5cm (1 3/8in); the second of a shishi seated, protecting a large ball, unsigned, 4.2cm (1 5/8in); the third of a recumbent deer, its head turned to the right, unsigned, 4.5cm (1¾in); the fourth of a

Lot #: 7Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Three ivory netsuke of mythical animals

19th century The first of a shishi recumbent on a large mokugyo, the handle formed of two dragons clutching a tama in their mouths, a hossu carved in relief beneath, unsigned, 3.8cm (1½in); the second of a shishi bearing a malevolent expression and lying on a rectangular base, holding a large ball

Lot #: 8Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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An ivory netsuke of a hakutaku

18th century Seated on an oval base, its head lowered with its mouth open, its body turned slightly to the left and its single horn drawn back for compactness, the fluted base delicately engraved beneath with exotic plants, the ivory slightly worn and bearing a good colour, unsigned. 4.5cm (1¾in

Lot #: 9Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Three ivory animal netsuke

Early 18th to early 19th century The first of a ferocious tiger standing, with its head turned to the right, on an asymmetric base, the somewhat worn ivory bearing a fine patina, unsigned, 5.1cm (2in); the second of two shishi, one climbing onto the others back, on a rectangular base, unsigned

Lot #: 10Y

Estimate: £1,500 - £1,800

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Three ivory figure netsuke

One by Genryosai Minkoku II and one by Masachika, all 19th century The first of Seiobo standing in a dignified attitude, an attendant at her side holding a tray of peaches, their robes engraved with formal designs, signed in an oval reserve Minkoku, 4.8cm (1 7/8in); the second of Kiyohime clambering

Lot #: 11Y

Estimate: £1,500 - £1,800

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Three ivory figure netsuke and an ojime

Early to late 19th century The first of Hotei seated, leaning aginst his large sack, unsigned, 4.2cm (1 5/8in); the second of a sumo wrestler standing with a defiant expression, unsigned, 4.5cm (1¾in); the third of okimono type, depicting Shoki with two captured oni, signed Ryomin with kao, 6.3cm

Lot #: 12Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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An ivory netsuke of Gama Sennin

By Yoshinaga, Kyoto, late 18th/early 19th century Seated, leaning to one side and smiling as a large three-legged toad climbs over his shoulder, his robe engraved with karakusa and formal designs, the slightly worn ivory bears a good patina and the toad's eyes are inlaid, signed in an oval reserve

Lot #: 13Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Two ivory netsuke

One by Kiyokatsu, Kyoto, early 19th century The first of seven ginkgo nuts forming an elongated compact composition with a natural himotoshi, signed Kiyokatsu, 5.1cm (2in); the second of two clams of differing size, the larger shell carved in low relief with aquatic plants, unsigned, 4.5cm (1¾in

Lot #: 14Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Five pierced ivory manju netsuke

19th century The first carved and pierced with various fish swimming among aquatic plants, unsigned, 3.8cm (1½in); the second similarly carved with a squirrel on a grape vine, unsigned, 3.8cm (1½in); the third of two-part form, carved with foliage, the reverse with a formal flowerhead, unsigned

Lot #: 15Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Two lacquer manju and a kagamibuta netsuke

Two by the Kajikawa Family and one by Naoyuki, 19th century The first of gold lacquer, decorated with a squirrel and vine in gold and black takamakie, the interior of nashiji, signed Kajikawa saku with red pot seal, 3.5cm (1 3/8in); the second of gold lacquer, with two swimming ducks in lacquer and

Lot #: 16

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Four kagamibuta netsuke

19th century Three with ivory bowls, the first with a pierced shibuichi plate carved with a bird perched in a flowering prunus tree, unsigned, 4.8cm (1 7/8in); the second carved in shishiaibori with a nio and an oni, unsigned, 4.5cm (1¾in); the third with a pale shibuichi plate engraved with Jo and

Lot #: 17Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Two ivory two-part manju netsuke

One by Meikeisai Hojitsu and one by Ono Ryomin, Edo, late 19th century The first carved in shishiaibori with Fukurokuju fording a stream with a small boy on his back, the reverse engraved with a flying crane, signed Hojitsu with kao, 4.5cm (1¾in); the second carved in a similar manner with two

Lot #: 18Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Two kagamibuta netsuke

One by Ryoei, 19th century Each bearing a stag antler bowl, the first reticulated around the sides with formal designs and pierced beneath with a formal design incorporating the seal signature Koku(sai), the iron plate cast in relief with a bird on a rice stook by a peony bush, unsigned, 4.5cm

Lot #: 19

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Three kagamibuta netsuke

One by Kikusen, 19th century Each bearing an ivory bowl and a shibuichi plate, the first decorated in iroe takazogan with a shishi beneath a waterfall, with details in gold nunome, unsigned, 4.5cm (1¾in); the second applied in relief with a tiger climbing over a rock on an ishime ground, signed

Lot #: 20Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Three kagamibuta netsuke

One by Rakumin, 19th century Each with an ivory bowl, the first bearing a shibuichi plate, with Watanabe no Tsuna being attacked from behind by the Rashomon demon carved in relief with gilt details, unsigned, 5.2cm (2in) diam.; the second with a narwhal-tusk bowl and a shibuichi plate, decorated in

Lot #: 21Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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Three kagamibuta netsuke

19th century Each bearing an ivory bowl and shibuichi plate, each decorated in iroe takazogan, the first cast in relief and inlaid with Daikoku, details in gold and silver zogan, holding a box whilst a rat scampers over his head, signed Yukihiro with kao, 4.5cm (1¾in); the second with a lion-mask

Lot #: 22Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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An ivory netsuke of a dog with sandal

18th century The dog wearing a knotted collar, sprawling over a large straw sandal and hungrily biting the cord, the ivory bearing some wear and a fine patina, unsigned, 6cm (2 3/8in

Lot #: 23Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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An ivory netsuke of a puppy

By Okatomo, Kyoto, circa 1800-1820 The plump puppy chewing at the cord attached to an awabi shell, resting one paw on the shell to hold it steady as he concentrates on his task, his right forepaw raised, the hair work lightly stained and his eyes inlaid in dark horn, signed in a rectangular reserve

Lot #: 24Y

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,000

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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An ivory netsuke of a tigress

Kyoto, late 18th/early 19th century Seated, her head turned back to the left as she snarles at a predator, her long tail passing forward over her back and her legs drawn in for compactness, the somewhat worn ivory bears a good patina and the eye pupils are inlaid, unsigned. 4.2cm (1 5/8in

Lot #: 25Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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An ivory netsuke of a piebald dog and puppy

Raku School, Osaka, circa 1820 The piebald bitch is shown protecting her pup as she suckles, her head turned to the right as she looks anxiously over her shoulder, her eyes inlaid in dark horn, unsigned. 4.1cm (1½in

Lot #: 26Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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An ivory netsuke of a cockerel and chick

By Okatomo, Kyoto, circa 1800 The former with a chick nestling against its left side, standing on a small straw hat, a head of millet lying beside them with a leaf sweeping beneath the hat to provide the himotoshi, all the eyes inlaid in horn, signed in a rectangular reserve Okatomo. 3.8cm (1½in

Lot #: 27Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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An ivory netsuke of a puppy with ball

By Yamaguchi Okatori, Kyoto, early 19th century The male pup seated, wearing a knotted collar and resting one forepaw on a kemari (football), the slightly worn ivory is of a good colour, the hair work is lightly stained with sumi and the eyes are inlaid in dark horn, signed in a rectangular reserve

Lot #: 28Y

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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An ivory netsuke of a snail on bamboo

Second half of the 19th century The snail slithering over a bamboo shoot and severed stem with leaves attached, a small branch forming the himotoshi beneath, the slightly worn ivory is of a good tone and the snail's eyes are inlaid, unsigned. 5.7cm (2¼in

Lot #: 29Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013

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An ivory netsuke of an ape and young

By Yamaguchi Okatori, Kyoto, early 19th century The adult male seated, leaning forward and grooming his child who crouches at his feet, one leg forming the himotoshi, forming a compact composition, in lightly stained and well-toned ivory, the eye pupils inlaid, signed in a rectangular reserve

Lot #: 30Y

Estimate: £0

Date: 7 Nov 2013