Project Description

Wood Netsuke of a Recumbent Boar by Ittan

Resting with its head raised. Natural himotoshi provided by the legs. Eyes inlaid in buffalo horn

Signed. Nagoya. Circa 1850

Length: 5 cm

For reasons which are probably self-evident, the boar is emblematic of unswerving courage

Literature:

Illustrated in:

Luigi Bandini’s review of the Chicago sale, in Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal, 13/4, p. 42, n° 54

Szeszler advertisement in International Netsuke Society Journal, 15/2, p. 5

David Burditt, Authenticity in Netsuke, in International Netsuke Society Journal, 17/2, p. 16, n° 7

Review of the London Netsuke Convention in Bulletin Association Franco-Japonaise , n° 30, p. 43

Cf : The Japanese Art of Miniature Carving de Matthew Welch and Sharen Chappell page 118 n° 174 ( pièce identique )

Provenance:

Szeszler Oriental Art, exhibited at the London Netsuke Convention, May 1990

Alan R. Liss, sold at his sale, Sotheby’s Chicago, 2nd September 1993, lot 54

Denis Szeszler, New York, 1995

Private UK collection

Sydney L. Moss, 2006

Exhibited:

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Netsuke, the Japanase Art of Miniature Carving, 1998, no. 174

The same exhibition, Herbert F Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1999

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