Fine Netsuke & Sagemono

Galerie Zacke
Mariahilferstr. 112 /1/10
1070 Wien
Austria
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Date of the auction: 29.10.2021

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Ɏ A RARE AND EARLY IVORY NETSUKE OF KARITEIMO (HARITI)

Unsigned Japan, 17th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Boldly carved as Kariteimo (Hariti) seated atop a shaped base and holding a child snuggly nestled up to her chest inside her long flowing robe, her hair falling elegantly over the back and shoulders and surmounted by a small headdress. Three

Lot #: 1

Estimate: €2,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ AN IVORY NETSUKE OF KAN’U LEANING AGAINST A ROCK

Unsigned Japan, late 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The god of war Kan’u is leaning against a large rock, stroking his long beard, and holding his halberd by his side. His facial hair and the surface of his robe are finely engraved and inked for texture. The back shows an attractive yellow

Lot #: 2

Estimate: €2,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ A TALL IVORY NETSUKE OF A DUTCHMAN WITH COCKEREL

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A finely carved tall ivory netsuke depicting a Dutchman wearing a large hat adorned with a peacock feather and with a typically caricatured expression. He is holding a rooster in his hands, probably referring to the pastime of cockfighting in the

Lot #: 3

Estimate: €3,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A GOOD WOOD NETSUKE OF A DUTCHMAN

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Typically depicted with shoulder-length, curling hair and exaggerated features, clad in a coat of finely detailed texture with a pleated collar, carrying a boy on his back and a trumpet in his right hand. The wood bearing a fine patina, large

Lot #: 4

Estimate: €4,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ A SUPERB AND LARGE IVORY NETSUKE OF A DUTCHMAN

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The Dutchman standing proud and tall, holding a rifle in one hand, a finely carved, strange fox-like animal with hooves and a long tail slung over his shoulder and tied to the barrel of the gun with a rope, the remaining twist of the rope in his

Lot #: 5

Estimate: €30,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ A TALL AND MASSIVE IVORY NETSUKE OF GAMA SENNIN

Unsigned Japan, late 17th to 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Boldly carved standing with his toad clambering on his shoulder and head, wearing a loose-fitting robe tied at the waist and opening at the chest, revealing the emaciated rib cage, as well as an apron and skirt of artemisia leaves

Lot #: 6

Estimate: €8,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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AN UNUSUAL AND LARGE WOOD NETSUKE OF A MUSHROOM AND SHOJO

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The large wood netsuke depicting a mushroom of clear erotic shape, the verso carved in low relief with a shojo wearing an oversized sake cup as a hat and holding a sake ladle. The cord attachment between the cap and the stem. HEIGHT 8.4 cm

Lot #: 7

Estimate: €1,500

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A RARE WOOD NETSUKE OF A SKELETON

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Boldly carved standing with the knees slightly bent, the skeleton with its hands clasped in front of the chest, the head with deep cavernous eyeholes and a row of teeth. The spine, ribs, and knees are detailed with incision work. Two large

Lot #: 8

Estimate: €1,500

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A FINE WOOD NETSUKE OF ASHINAGA AND TENAGA FISHING

Unsigned Japan, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A large and finely carved wood netsuke of Ashinaga and Tenaga. The long-legged Ashinaga is struggling to support Tenaga on his back with his short arms, while the stubby-legged Tenaga pulls a large fish out of the water. Note

Lot #: 9

Estimate: €2,500

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A LARGE WOOD NETSUKE OF SHOKI AND ONI

Unsigned Japan, possibly Osaka, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Boldly carved as the demon queller Shoki lifting a small oni by the arm, the little demon evidently quite displeased by his getting caught and appearing rather powerless. Shoki’s expression is quite unusual, his open mouth showing

Lot #: 10

Estimate: €1,500

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ AN IVORY NETSUKE OF A FISHERGIRL (AMA)

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) An exquisite ivory netsuke of a fisher girl (Ama) with sensitively crafted details. Her long finely incised hair flows gently down her back and along one of her breasts as she looks to her left, invitingly smiling. She is dressed only in a straw

Lot #: 11

Estimate: €3,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A RARE NETSUKE OF A MALE AWABI DIVER

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The counterpart to the Ama (lot 11). The male awabi diver has slightly shorter hair, inked in a similar fashion and wears a straw skirt. He is holding an awabi shell behind his head, visibly delighted by his catch and laughing, the tongue slightly

Lot #: 12

Estimate: €4,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ AN OLD AND PLEASINGLY TACTILE IVORY NETSUKE OF KADORI MYOJIN

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A pleasingly worn and tactile ivory carving of ideal netsuke shape. Kadori Myojin is shown taming the namazu (earthquake fish) with a large hyotan (double gourd). The ivory bearing a fine yellowish patina. Himotoshi between the two and underneath

Lot #: 13

Estimate: €1,500

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A FISHERMAN ON A FUGU

Unsigned Japan, early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Deftly carved, depicting a fisherman climbing over an inflated fugu (puffer fish), with his right foot on the head and grasping the tail with his hands. The natural markings of the fish’s skin are finely stippled, and its eyes double inlaid

Lot #: 14

Estimate: €1,200

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ A GOOD IVORY NETSUKE OF AN OCTOPUS

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The octopus (tako) with its long tentacles bundled together underneath its large smooth head, one tentacle pressed against its forehead, the large eyes inlaid in dark horn. Several barnacles are incised and inked on the cephalopod’s head. The

Lot #: 15

Estimate: €2,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A RARE TALL WOOD NETSUKE OF TENAGA

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) A very unusual carving of a long-armed Tenaga, the yokai here depicted in a ghostly manner with emaciated rib cage and distended stomach. The egg-shaped head is turned to the right, the mouth agape, the scalp with sparsely incised hair. The carver

Lot #: 16

Estimate: €4,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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AN UNUSUAL WOOD NETSUKE OF A SWIMMING NINGYO (MERMAID)

Unsigned Japan, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Boldly carved and heavily stylized, this ningyo is almost entirely fishlike, apart from the human face with intense expression and neatly incised hair, with well-detailed scales and fins. The reverse with two large himotoshi

Lot #: 17

Estimate: €2,500

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A RARE WOOD NETSUKE OF A NINGYO (MERMAID)

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Boldly carved facing ahead, her arms stretched forward as she clutches her large tail coiling to form the base of this netsuke. Her hair, scales, and tailfin are finely incised, a part of the tailfin is caught in her hair, above one of the

Lot #: 18

Estimate: €2,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A RARE WOOD NETSUKE OF A MERMAN WITH TAMA

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Carved as a rather bulky model of a merman, almost the entire body covered in finely incised scales, the long hair flowing down the sides and along the merman’s large arms in which he holds a tama (magical jewel). Very large, asymmetrical, and

Lot #: 19

Estimate: €4,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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AN OLD WOOD NETSUKE OF A DIVING GIRL (AMA)

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The gently smiling diving girl shown standing, one hand on the back of her head fixing her hair and the other holding a basket filled with awabi clams in the front. She is dressed only in a sea-weed skirt, her supple breasts elegantly sculpted

Lot #: 20

Estimate: €2,500

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A RARE AND UNUSUAL NETSUKE OF AN ISLANDER DRINKING FROM A BOTTLE

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Boldly carved as a somewhat grotesque image of a man, most likely some type of exotic islander, seated with a large bottle raised to his lips, his long and broad nose flanked by small eyes inlaid in dark horn and large, round ears. The netsuke is

Lot #: 21

Estimate: €1,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A FOREIGN DEVIL

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Derived from a Malayan kris handle, finely carved as a devil seated on a rocky base amid clouds, the arms folded in front of the chest. His long, curly hair and beard are similarly carved to the clouds. The face with a fierce expression marked by

Lot #: 22

Estimate: €3,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ A SUPERB, LARGE AND RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A TENNIN (BUDDHIST ANGEL)

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The Buddhist angel (apsara in Sanskrit) depicted in mid-flight her celestial scarf and the tail feathers of her hagoromo (feather dress) swaying gracefully in the wind. Her hair is tied in a high chignon mounted by a chrysanthemum-tiara and she

Lot #: 23

Estimate: €10,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A KARYOBINGA

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) The mythical being depicted with her wings drawn-in, the plumage finely incised, the long tail feathers and celestial bands elegantly swaying in the wind. Her hair is tied in a high chignon mounted by a chrysanthemum-tiara, and she holds a leafy

Lot #: 24

Estimate: €6,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ A RARE MARINE IVORY NETSUKE OF A BAKU HEAD

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Carved from marine ivory, most likely walrus, depicting the head of a baku, the nightmare devouring elephant-headed creature with a curling mane like a shishi. The netsuke is boldly carved with a large curling trunk, two tusks on either side

Lot #: 25

Estimate: €4,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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Ɏ A RARE IVORY NETSUKE OF A KORO (INCENSE BURNER) WITH SHISHI

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Superbly and intricately carved as an incense burner (koro) of compressed globular form, the feet and handles formed by mythical beasts to either side, the openworked cover with a rain dragon design, surmounted by a fierce shishi with bulging

Lot #: 26

Estimate: €5,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A GOOD WOOD NETSUKE OF A SHISHI

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Well carved as a snarling shishi seated on its haunches atop a rockwork base, its front legs extended forwards and its head turned to the side with the mouth agape in a snarl. The shishi with a fierce expression, its curly mane and tail neatly

Lot #: 27

Estimate: €1,000

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A RARE WOOD NETSUKE OF A DRAGON ON A KEN

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Boldly carved as a fierce dragon coiled around a vajra-handled ceremonial sword (ken), the head facing forward and looking down, the dragon’s features and scaly body neatly detailed. Natural himotoshi between the dragon’s body and the blade

Lot #: 28

Estimate: €1,500

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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FUNCTION AS BRUSHREST

Unsigned Japan, 18th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Boldly carved as a fierce dragon clutching a tama (jewel) in its claw, its writhing body with neatly detailed scales on the underside and stippled skin at the top, the underside with two large himotoshi. Note that this netsuke also functions as a

Lot #: 29

Estimate: €1,500

Date: 29 Oct 2021

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A SUPERB WOOD MANJU NETSUKE OF SQUIRREL WITH GRAPES

Unsigned Japan, late 18th to early 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868) Published: Chappell, Welch (1999) Netsuke: The Japanese Art of Miniature Carving, no. 180. The manju netsuke of oval tama-shape, carved in the front in relief with a baying squirrel, its well-carved luxurious tail flowing

Lot #: 30

Estimate: €2,500

Date: 29 Oct 2021