fine example of the work of Tomomasa, a prolific Edo era master of whom little
is known, but whose outstanding artistry is immensely popular in the West. He
is listed in Netsuke, A Comprehensive Study Based On the MT Hindson Collection
by Neil Davey, and The Signature Book of Netsuke by George Lazarnick.
In this brilliant study of a lumpy toad seated on a conch shell. A perfectly
balanced and tastefully conceived netsuke. Skillfully carved with exquisitely
live-like details in the toad; with an unctuous rendition of the conch shell,
like a sea’s jewels as they smoothed from tumbling in the ocean. The contrast
is well marked with striations and layering. Aged beautifully in gold cream. Aside
from aesthetic pleasure, the netsuke is pleasing to handle. No doubt it has been
well loved by its former owners.