Project Description

Cherry Wood Netsuke of Two Rats by Ikkan

The two rats huddled close together, one curled into a ball in order to lick a hind leg. The eyes of both are inlays of dark buffalo horn, and the incisors of the recumbent rat are ivory or bone

Signed. Nagoya. Circa 1850

4.2 cm across

Neil Davey’s catalogue note states: “Ikkan produced several examples of the subjet, of which this is one of the finest recorded“

Literature:

G. Wilhelm’s report of the Katchen sale in Bulletin Association Franco-Japonaise, No. 89 (online edition only)

Arlette Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol. 2, pp. 27-28, n° K277, illustrated

Provenance:

Julius and Arlette Katchen collection, sold at their first sale, Sotheby’s London, 8th November 2005, lot 104

MR3972

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