Project Description

Ivory tobori netsuke of oni on a rock

An early carving of exceptional power and in remarkable state of preservation.  The eyes are inlays of gold or gilt metal

Unsigned. Circa 1700

Height: 4.3 cm

Provenance:

Adrienne Barbanson collection, sold at Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 11th February 1987, where acquired by the present French owner

Literature:

A. Barbanson, ‘Fables in Ivory’, 1961, pp. 40-41, illustrated

A. Barbanson, ‘Un Collectionneur Explique’, in ‘ABC Décor’, date unknown, illustrated on p. 105

MR2872