Project Description

Ivory Netsuke of Two Monkeys by Okatori

A male and female huddled side by side, she picking a flea. The eyes are inlaid in pale horn

Signed. Kyoto, circa 1790

Length: 4.5 cm

Provenance:

M.T. Hindson, lot 210 in the Sotheby’s London sale

Since in a private French collection

Information:

It is worth reading Meinertzhagen on how good a carver Okatori was (‘MCI’ p. 622), a point not lost on this collector who owned five netsuke by him

MR2912

 

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