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Lot 292: CHESTNUT WITH MAGGOT
19 November 2016
Vienna, Vienna, AustriaLive Auction
Netsuke, boxwood. Japan, 19th century
Detailed, naturalistic composition. The chestnut (Kuri) is being pierced and eaten by a hungry maggot. The grain of the chestnut is reproduced very accurately. Fine, dotted work creates a smooth texture on the bottom. Remarkable usage of the boxwood by the artist. One small breakage in the texture, however even this cohers with the naturalistic mood of the piece – possibly even intended, giving it a further realistic touch. Himotoshi on the bottom.
HEIGHT 3,5 CM
From a German private collection