Antique Japanese Netsuke
Sig: unsigned. Circa: early 19th Century
H 0.9 in.(2.5cm), W 1.6 in.(4cm),
D 1 in.(2.5cm)
Condition: hairlines and usage worn!
sumptuous netsuke of two plump young pooches clinging together, the smaller one
leaning above the large one, forming a tactile triangular shaped netsuke, with
a mirror finished surface devoid of engraved fur lines, only quintessence of aged
ivory patina from cream white to gold that emits an even shine. The eyes of both
pups are finely inlaid with dark horns. Although absent of a signature, the netsuke
is attributed to the Osaka School in the late 18th to early 19th century. A nearly
identical netsuke of three puppies seemingly by the same hands is in the Linden
Museum of Germany. It is illustrated in Patrizia Jirka-Schmitz’s “Netsuke, 112
Masterpieces of the Trumpf Collection” vol.2, pg. 274.
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