Two Carved Ivory Netsuke, Meiji Period
Including one rounded rectangular Manju netsuke, carved in relief to depict Zhong Kui, holding a tanto inlaid with a small bead. The second an anabori-netsuke, finely rendered as a pile of nine gingko nuts (Bai Guo), stacked to form a balanced composition
larger height 2" — 5 cm.
A similar anabori-netsuke of gingko nuts was sold at Bonhams London, May 14, 2015, lot 17 (one of two)
A rectangular manju netsuke originally from The Katchen Collection of Netsuke with a similar style of carving was sold at Bonhams New York, September 16, 2009, lot 2109 as part of The Bluette H. Kirchhoff Collection of Netsuke and Sagemono
From the Private Collection of a Prominent Dutch Artist, and thence by descent within the family