A larger than usual model, sprawling on the ground and leaning on one elbow, with his monkey seated on his sack. The underside is particularly attractive, with very delicately carved feet, distinctive of the master. The trainer’s eyes are inlaid in dark horn.
Signed in an oval reserve beneath: Yoshinaga
Kyoto, circa 1780
PROVENANCE:Formerly with the Nio Gallery, England (advertised in the International Netsuke Society Journal, vol. 24, no. 2 (2004), p. 23
Since in a private Japanese collection.