Boxwood netsuke of monkeys on a giant peach
The ape sprawling over and clasping the stalk of the huge peach which is hollowed out to one side to reveal an offspring curled within, the wood lightly stained and the eyes of the translucent horn with dark pupils.
Added signature Tomokazu. Circa 1860
4.2 cm across
Julius and Arlette Katchen collection, Paris, purchased in Paris, 1967
Arlette Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol.2, p. 111, no. K212
Bonhams London, The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke: Part III, 6th May 2018, lot 83 (estimate £1,500-2,000)