Nagoya, circa 1880


Two adults and a smaller snail clustered together, the lines of pigment are allegedly made using powdered tortoiseshell, signed.

L. 4 cm

While netsuke of single snails are quite common, Hideharu is unusual in favouring such large groups of 2 or 3.

- Sale, Christie’s Paris, 19 November 2003, lot 48

- Private collection, France (consigned to Max Rutherston ltd.)

G. Wilhelm, Report of the Christie’s sale, in: Bulletin no. 83, pp. 44-45 (ill.)0

Fine Large Wood Netsuke of Snails by Hideharu