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A FINE WOOD NETSUKE OF TWO PLAYING PUPPIES BY SHIRAKU

By Shiraku, wood netsuke
Japan, 19th century, Edo period (1615-1868)

Finely carved as two playing puppies forming a perfectly rounded composition. The wood of a very good color and the fur carefully incised with a good sense of naturalism. The himotoshi cleverly placed between the legs. One of the legs with the signature Shiraku 子楽. Similar examples exist by Ittan and Kokei.

HEIGHT 2.5 cm, LENGTH 3 cm

Provenance: British private collection, stored in a bank vault for 40 years, inventory no. 115.
Condition: Excellent condition.

Auction comparison: A similar netsuke by Kokei was sold by Bonhams, Fine Japanese Art, 18 November 2018, London, lot 259.

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A FINE WOOD NETSUKE OF TWO PLAYING PUPPIES BY SHIRAKU

Estimate €400 - €800Jun 22