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.
Boy with an ox inro
Signed: Shiomi Masanari
Ivory openwork manju carved
with a boy playing the flute whilst sitting on an ox. The reverse
similarly carved with Chinnan and a dragon. Japan, 19th century.
Unsigned. See more information on this ox & boy manju (N35) in
the Japanese Netsuke section.
Gilt metal with raised floral
A red four case togidashi Inro
by Shiomi Masanari.
Decorated on the red
ground, lightly powdered in gold, with a boy playing the flute whilst
sitting beside an ox. Signed: Shiomi Masanari. Provenance:
Eskenazi. Published: Item 321(inro) 'In Search of Netsuke and Inro'
by George A. Cohen. Dimensions: 9.2cm long x 5cm wide. The Shiomi
family of lacquerers, most of whom used the name Masanari, started
working in the late 17th century and continued through to the first few
years of the 20th century. The Present example is undoubtedly by
one of the later members of the family.
Shibayama style inro
A four case Shibayama gold Inro
Richly decorated, in
Shibayama style with actors in a play. Signed: On a red seal
Tokusai. Provenance: D. Wright. Published: Front cover and item
354 'In Search of Netsuke and Inro' by George A. Cohen. Dimensions:
9.7cm long x 6.8cm wide.
Chinese snuff bottle
Qianlong Glass Snuff
Translucent ruby-red exquisitely carved
with writhing and confronting archaic dragons, the neck surrounded with
palm fronds, the shoulders carved with mask ring handles; the bottle of
elegant, tall flattened form with a raised oval foot rim. Chinese,
Qianlong period, 1736-1795. Stopper: Green jadeite.
Provenance: Hugh Moss Ltd, London, 1975. Height: 8.5cm. The
design, manufacture, essence and inspiration for this beautiful glass
work of art are pure Imperial: even the form itself without the
decoration would imply the bottle was made at the glass works in the
Forbidden City, Beijing.
Wood netsuke of a boar
Signed: Masatomo, Nagoya
Masatomo wood netsuke
A very fine small
wood netsuke of a boar lying looking up, and slightly to the right, the
legs folded beneath, the hair work is nicely worn. The cord
attachment under the right hind leg. Japan, 19th century. Signed:
Masatomo, Nagoya. Provenance: Sotheby's. Published: Item 241
'In Search of Netsuke and Inro' by George A. Cohen. Illustrated in 'The
Wonderful World of Netsuke' by Raymond Bushell.
Double chained celadon green jadeite vase
An impressive double chained celadon green
jadeite vase and cover.
With dragon's head handles suspending
loose rings to which each chain having ten loose double links are
attatched to the cover. Well hollowed, and splashes of emerald
green well used to carve dragons in high relief. Chinese, 1880 -
1920. Dimensions: 23.5cm high x 10.5 wide x 8.5cm depth.
in the form of a six fold screen
A togidashi Kobako in the form of a six fold
Showing a landscape with a pine tree, beside a turbulent lake,
below the setting sun. Japan, 19th century. Dimensions: 11.8cm x
8cm x 2cm. Unsigned. Provenance: Sotheby's 1973. Published: Item 361 'In Search of Netsuke and
Inro' by George A. Cohen.
tiger eating a bamboo shoot. Unsigned.
Ivory Netsuke Tiger, Kyoto
A powerful early carving ivory netsuke of
a tiger eating a bamboo shoot. Japan, late 18th century. Unsigned,
Kyoto. Provenance: Sidney Moss. Published: Item 23 'In
Search of Netsuke and Inro' by George A. Cohen.
Jade Chinese snuff bottle hollowed eggshell
Jadeite Snuff Bottle, Eggshel Thin
A flawless grey jadeite plain snuff bottle,
superbly hollowed eggshell thin, with a pink coral on a turquoise collar
with pearl finial stopper. Jadeite, pale grey with a blue tinge,
suffused with creamy cloud-like inclusions, exceptionally well hollowed,
resulting in paper thin walls; the bottle of well proportioned bulbous
form, with slightly raised oval foot with a flared neck and concave
mouth. Chinese, 1730-1780. Stopper: pink coral on a
turquoise collar with pearl finial. Provenance: Hugh Moss Ltd, London,
1974. Height: 4.8cm. This is as good as they get - a
beautifully constructed, perfectly hollowed bottle carved from an
exquisite, delicate coloured sample of jade. The perfect rounded
shape has been dictated by the 'awkwardness factor' with regard to the
hollowing process - this being one of the few shapes that can be
completely and evenly hollowed to the ultimate thinness.
Carved as a double gourd box
Celadon Jade Double Gourd Box 18th Century
Celadon jade box. A large pale celadon
jade stone. Carved as a double gourd box, surrounded by foliage,
and young gourds. Chinese, 18th century. Provenance: Bill
Spiers. Dimensions: 17cm long x 10cm wide x 6.5cm high. Stand:
Hardwood fitted stand. This is a rare jade box and cover, well-hollowed,
unusually well-carved in high relief.
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