Project Description

Wood netsuke of a snail on a bucket. Circa 1870. By Gyokuryusai Tomoshige 

A masterpiece of delicate carving and staining.  The soft body of the snail is stippled, while the highly polished shell is stained from light to dark with a dappled surface

Signed on the side of the bucket: gyokuryusai tomoshige


Julius and Arlette Katchen collection, Paris.

Sold at their sale (part I), Sotheby’s London, 8th November 2005, lot 115, where purchased by the present owner


A relatively rare artist, whose favourite subject this seems to have been.  This is an unusually good variant of the composition, especially for the contrasts in the staining


A. Katchen, Netsuke 7, vol. 2, pp. 52-53, no. K631