Project Description

This is one of the top items in a French collection of netsuke to be offered for sale in Paris in late January. The entire collection will be posted on the site around January 14th and will be exhibited, I hope, in Paris between January 24th and 29th

Rare Ivory Netsuke of a Dog and Spinning Top by Yamaguchi Okatomo

Slightly smaller than some Okatomo dogs, but for all that executed with loving attention, and blessed with the sweetest of expressions. Much of the original subtle inking has survived, and they eye pupils are of horn

Signed. Kyoto, circa 1790

Height: 3.4 cm

Provenance:

Sale, Sotheby’s New York, 6th October 1982, lot 21

Scholten Japanese Art, New York Spring 2002

Sydney L. Moss Ltd., London 2007

Literature:

Burt Krouner, the fabulous Kyoto SCHOOL, in JINCS, 3/4 (March 1976), p.23, illustrated

Bulletin de l’Association Franco-japonaise,  n°75 (Hiver 2002), Scholten advertisement on the back cover

MR3989