Project Description

Pale Wood Netsuke of Two Wrestling Frogs by Ouchi Sosui (1907-72)

Locked in combat on a very small lotus pad as a dojo, their skins beautifully worked, their eyes inlays of dark buffalo horn

Signed beneath: Sosui to

Height: 3.6 cm

For once these amphibians are not engaged in the omnipresent kawazu throw


Jacques Carré collection


Sosui was the son of Gyokuso and pupil of Morita Soko, two of the best carvers of the 20th century. To be reminded of what a consummate carver he was, it is worth revisiting the Bonhams New York sale catalogue of the Kirchhoff collection, September 16th 2009, lots 2071 to 2084