NETSUKE: SPARROWDANCER, IVORY End of the 2nd half of the 19th Century. A sparrowdancer in a wide-sleeve robe in a dance-like posture with his left leg raised, standing on the other leg. Both arms held skywards to the right. Dreamily whistling. Delicately carved and polished. Beautiful, shiny, verso yellow-gold patina. H. 6,6
This sculpture is part of the Franklin Mint Curio Cabinet Cats Collection. Each of the cats in the collection represents a different style of art. This particular 2.5" long model represents the Netsuke style of 17th century Japan. A Netsuke was a decorative carved fastener for pouches and other containers hanging from the belt of a traditional Japanese garment.
OHARA MITSUHIRO: KAKI FRUIT AND BIRD Netsuke, ivory. Japan, around mid 19th cent. <br> The artist from Osaka is one of the Greats within the netsuke art of Japan, famous for his ideosyncratic style, execution going into every exact detail and the very best ivory. The renowned Kaigyokusai Masatsugu was one of his students.