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Rare Stained Wood Netsuke of a Sleeping Boar by Ittan

Turning to the left with its left hind and right fore leg extended forwards. It looks deeply contented. Natural himotoshi. For all its apparent simplicity, this is a remarkably accomplished netsuke
Signed ittan sanjin. Nagoya. Circa 1865
Length: 4.5 cm
The sanjin implies a late work. As the owner has rightly corrected me previously, this means probably post 1865. Fuld lists only 4 recumbent boars by the artist, none of which is this, and some of which may be duplicates of the same netsuke with raised head
Provenance:
Sale, Sotheby’s London, 9th November 2006, lot 1092
Sydney L. Moss, 2008, purchased by the present owner on the opening night of the current Queen Streeet Gallery
MR3998

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