Some Photographs of Examples of Netsuke, Manju, Inro, Snuff Bottles, Jadeite, Chalcedony, Ivory, Togidashi, Tokusai, Masotomo, Kajikawa, Quianlong, Eggshell Thin
and Shibayama From The Cohen Collection.
Ivory netsuke of a reclining goat Signed: Tomotada, Kyoto
Tomotada Ivory Goat Netsuke
An ivory netsuke of a
reclining goat with fleecy hair. Japan, late 18th century. Signed:
Tomotada, Kyoto. Provenance: Bluth Collection, Sidney Moss. Published: Item 47 'In Search of Netsuke and
Inro' by George A.
Cohen. A good example of the work produced in Kyoto during the
late 18th century. The signature, however, is not that of Tomotada,
but that of a close pupil.
Ebony netsuke of a reclining cow
Itto wood netsuke
A rare ebony netsuke of a
reclining cow. Japan, late 18th century. Signed: Itto.
Provenance: D. Frances. Published: Item 211 'In Search of Netsuke
and Inro' by George A. Cohen.
Chalcedony snuff bottle white inclusion carved as a duck
Chalcedony Cameo White Duck Snuff Bottle
A chalcedony well hollowed cameo carved picture
snuff bottle with an amethyst and metal stopper. Chalcedony, pale
grey with a creamy opaque white skin, simply carved to represent a duck,
its head looking back over its shoulders, its eye simply incised, below
the duck the waves cut from the grey material; the bottle of flattened
form with raised oval foot rim and concave mouth. Chinese,
1750-1850. Stopper: amethyst on metal collar. Provenance:
Joan Wasserman collection. Hugh Moss Ltd, London, 1974. Height:
6.9cm. This is a simple but extremely effective rendition of the
much loved duck, the contrast within the grey agate is perfect and the
whole work of art completed with a minimum of fuss - a little digging
here, a little incising there - showing again that less is more.
Shiomi Masanari in seal form
Shiomi Masanari Seal
Shiomi Masanari in seal form.
Inro seven sages of the
bamboo grove Signed: Shiomi Masanari
Inro the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, Shiomi Masanari and Kajikawa
A three case togidashi
Inro, roiro ground, and
with nashiji interiors. Decorated with the seven sages of the
bamboo grove (Chikurin shichi Kenjin, the Chinese Chuh lin ts'i hien),
four of whom appear on the front, and three on the reverse, in a
landscape with a bridge over a river with bamboo on the banks. Signed: Shiomi Masanari in seal form and Kajikawa saku in kanji.
Provenance: Eskenazi 1981. Dimensions: 8.4cm long x 7cm
wide. It is strange to find the signatures of both Kajikawa
(Family name) and Shiomi Masanari on the same Inro. The most
likely cause is that the work is by one, after the other, although it is
unclear whose was the original design.
Nephrite seal & pendant
Three Colour Nephrite Pendant
white mutton fat with darker olive and russet brown areas, carved with a
rabbit towards the foot of the bottle with a kylin at the top near a
gnarled tree. The other side with a hunter and bow trying to find
a person hiding up by rocks. The foot with a seal which is carved
for the Seal of the artist. Suzhou School. Chinese, 18th
Century. Attachments: Blue quartz bead, seed pearls and brown
cord. Provenance: Richard Marchant 1982. Published: Included
on the exhibition poster. Dimensions: 6.4cm high x 3.5cm wide.
White nephrite pendant
Chinese, 1780 - 1850
Chinese White Nephrite Pendant.
mutton fat, carved and pierced through out with an elaborate design of
two birds feeding, and a complicated design of leaves and ruyi fungus,
with leaves to one side. Chinese, 1780 - 1850. Attachments: Green
glass bead, seed pearls and green cord. Provenance: Roger Keverne
1992. Dimensions: 5.8cm high x 4cm wide.
Japanese lacquer Kobako forging the sword
'Little Fox' Unsigned
A Japanese Lacquer Kobako in the form of two overlapping boxes.
One shows the figure of the swordsmith Munechika forging the sword
``Little Fox'' assisted by the Fox spirit in the guise of a woman.
The other is covered with a mass of gold and coloured togidashi kiku.
The interior tray finely decorated in gold togidashi with a scene of
three foxes running in a landscape that has a dream like quality. Japan,
19th century. Dimensions: 12cm x 6.4cm x 3cm. Signed:
Unsigned. Provenance: Gaskell Collection, Sotheby's 1975. Published: Item 358 'In Search of Netsuke and
Inro' by George A. Cohen.
Ivory netsuke of a reclining dog resting on
a besom. Unsigned
An Ivory Netsuke of a reclining dog resting on
The broom softly etched while the dog is of smooth almost
porcelain texture. Japan, 18th century. Unsigned. Provenance: Bluth Collection, Sidney Moss Published: Item 83 'In Search
of Netsuke and Inro' by George A. Cohen.
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