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A VERY RARE HORNBILL NETSUKE OF A COCKEREL AND HEN

Unsigned, hornbill netsuke
Japan, late 19th century

Hornbill netsuke (from the helmeted hornbill or rhinoplax vigil) are very rare and difficult to carve, as the material tends to be unforgiving and the natural shape of the bill often must be incorporated into the work, depending on what section of the beak is used. The shape of the beak is recognizable in this netsuke, with the tapering end being wafer-thin, and the red section of the bill being expressed on the sides. The two birds are huddled side by side looking askance at each other. The plumage is very well carved, himotoshi on the reverse and the eyes inlaid with the red material from the horn.

HEIGHT 5 CM

Condition: Excellent condition
Provenance: British collection

Auction comparison: For another netsuke carved from this rare material see Bonhams, The Julius and Arlette Katchen Collection of Fine Netsuke Part III, London, 6 November 2018, lot 62.

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€400.00

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A VERY RARE HORNBILL NETSUKE OF A COCKEREL AND HEN

Estimate €400 - €800
5d12h31m2s
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