Kyoto, circa 1800
Huddled close together, the mother resting a paw protectively on the back of the buck leveret. The eyes of bone with pupils of mid-toned translucent buffalo horn. Natural himotoshi.
The Okatomo signature is generally considered to have been added later.
Length: 5.2 cm
This netsuke is familiar to many, not only for its publication by Raymond Bushell and Paul Moss (op. cit), but also because of the appearance on the London market of a poor copy, publicly denounced by Paul’s father Geoffrey in the Journal of the International Netsuke Collectors’ Society, 5/2, p. 38.
- R. Bushell, Collectors’ Netsuke”, p. 32, n° 24
- Sydney L. Moss, Japanese Netsuke: Serious Art , n° 10
- G. Wilhelm’s review of the Zurich exhibition, Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal, 8/1, pp. 42 and 44
- G. Wilhelm’s review of the Moss exhibition, Bulletin Association Franco-japonaise, n° 26, p. 22
- Illustrated in Michael Birch’s review of the Moss catalogue, Netsuke Kenkyukai Study Journal , 9/2, p. 26
- B.K. Denton, Yokahama and St. Louis, 1971
- St James’ Gallery, Zurich, 1988
- Sydney L. Moss, London, 1989
- European collection, 1989-2005
- Sydney L. Moss, London, 2005, where purchased by the present French owner
- Private collection, France (consigned to Max Rutherston ltd.)
Rare Boxwood Netsuke of a Hare and Young, by Yamaguchi Okatomo
This netsuke is in the EU, consigned to Max Rutherston