Asian Works of Art, Lots 1-423 Wednesday 6th June 2018 at 11am
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European Works of Art, Lots 424-749 Thursday 7th June 2018 at 11am
Lots: 51-100 of 749
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Lot 51
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF KONRON, 19TH CENTURY
lacquered wood, the eyes inlaid in what is probably dark buffalo horn, unsigned
4.1cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.8
Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 52
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF OKINA, 19TH CENTURY
lacquered wood, unsigned
4.2cm high

This has common characteristics with the work of Ryuzan.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.22
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Lot 53
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF A LAUGHING MAN, BY GYOKO, 19TH CENTURY
pale boxwood, with brushed signature 'Gyoko' (Mitsuyoshi)
6.7cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.13
Estimate:  £600 - 800 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 54
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE, CHIDÔ, 20TH CENTURY
pottery, stamped "made in Japan"
4.9cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.1
Estimate:  £100 - 150 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 55
A JAPANESE DOUBLE MASK NETSUKE OF OKAME AND SHOJO, ATTRIBUTED TO SHUGETSU OR SHUMIN, 19TH CENTURY
boxwood, unsigned
4.2cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.208
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Lot 56
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF KONGO-RIKISHI, BY KANO TESSAI, CIRCA 1900-25
lacquered wood, signed 'Tessai' with kaô, in its original box signed and sealed by the artist
4.9cm high
(3)

The original box identifies this as a copy of a mask in the Shosoin Imperial Repository.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.9
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Lot 57
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF A LONG NOSED MAN, 19TH CENTURY
pale boxwood, unsigned with kaô
4.8cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.12
Estimate:  £1000 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 58
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF HEISHITORI, BY SHOKA, 19TH CENTURY
lacquered wood, signed 'Shoka to'
4.9cm high

As indicated in the inscription on the mask in the next lot, they are both copies of one of the ancient masks of the Todaiji at Nara.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.14
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Lot 59
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF HEISHITORI, BY HARA SHUGETSU, 19TH CENTURY
pale boxwood, signed 'todaiji zo gigaku men shugetsu saku'
3.5cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.15
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Lot 60
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF HEISHITORI, ATTRIBUTED TO HOZAN, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
pale boxwood, unsigned
4.3cm high

The attribution is based on comparison with other masks in the collection.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.16
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Lot 61
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF RANRYÔ-Ô, 20TH CENTURY
lacquered wood, unsigned
4cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.17
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Lot 62
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF BUDDHA, BY KANO TESSAI, CIRCA 1900-25
lacquered wood, signed 'Tessai to' with kaô, in its original box
3.2cm high
(3)

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.11
Estimate:  £900 - 1200 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 63
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF GOJO, BY KANO TESSAI, CIRCA 1900-25
lacquered wood, signed 'Tessai to' with kaô, in its original box signed and sealed by the artist
3.6cm high
(3)

The original box identifies this as a copy of a mask in the Shosoin Imperial Repository.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.10
Estimate:  £1200 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 64
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF OKINA, DEME FAMILY, 19TH CENTURY
pale boxwood, signed 'Deme saku'
5.4cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.28
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Lot 65
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF OKINA, BY KANO TESSAI, CIRCA 1900-25
pale boxwood, signed 'Tessai to' with kaô
3.5cm high

A rare unlacquered example by the artist.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.29
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Lot 66
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SANKA-JO, DEME FAMILY, 19TH CENTURY
wood, two pieces joined with strings, signed 'Deme'
4.8cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.30
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Lot 67
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHOJO, BY MATSUKI HÔKEI, LATE 19TH CENTURY
tsuishu lacquer, signed 'Hôkei'
4.5cm high

The artist is a master of carving in solid red lacquer.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.32
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Lot 68
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHOJO, BY KEIZAN, 20TH CENTURY
lacquered wood, signed 'Keizan saku'
4.9cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.33
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Lot 69
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHOJO, BY SHIGEMITSU, 19TH CENTURY
tsuishu lacquer, signed 'Shigemitsu'
4.1cm high

Since old Japanese horizontal inscriptions can be read in either direction, the signature might equally be Mitsushige.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.35
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Lot 70
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF HANNYA, 18TH CENTURY
stained fruitwood, unsigned
5.5cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.42

Estimate:  £400 - 500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 71
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF NAMANARI, 19TH CENTURY
pale boxwood, with red lacquer signature tablet Genzan, probably added
4.5cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.43
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Lot 72
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF HANNYA, 19TH CENTURY
stained boxwood with gold lacquered eyes, unsigned
6.7cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.41
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Lot 73
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF MIGAKI-ONNA OR HAKAKIME, BY KANO TESSAI, LATE 19TH CENTURY
lacquered wood, signed 'Tessai dojin to' with kaô
3.9cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.38
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Lot 74
§A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF A SMILING FEMALE, DEME FAMILY, 19TH CENTURY
pale boxwood with inlaid ebony eyebrows, the hair incised and stained, signed 'Deme'
4.3cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.39
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Lot 75
A FULL SIZE JAPANESE NOH MASK OF ZÔ-ONNA, BY MITSUHIDE, CIRCA 1780-1850
cypress wood with pigments, inscribed behind 'Deme Fujiwara Mitsuhide' (for the artist), titled 'ikkoku ichijin' and with the name of the commissioning patron 'heisei suiharashi chikayasu', with paulownia box
20.9cm high
(3)

Provenance: Steven Marvin, Hawaii

Exhibited: Rutherston & Bandini, Japanese Masks, London, 2012, no. 13

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.40
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Lot 76
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF NAMANARI, BY DEME UMAN, 19TH CENTURY
wood, signed 'Deme Uman'
2.3cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.44
Estimate:  £350 - 450 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 77
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF NAMANARI, 19TH CENTURY
pale boxwood, signed 'Jinno' or 'Ninno'
5.3cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.45
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Lot 78
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF KIIYOHIME, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
kurogaki (persimmon wood) carved with a clapper forming the himotoshi bar, the eyes inlaid in silver, unsigned
5.2cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.46
Estimate:  £800 - 1000 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 79
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF JA, BY HARUMITSU, 19TH CENTURY
stained boxwood, signed 'Harumitsu'
5.4cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.47
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Lot 80
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF JA, DEME FAMILY, 18TH CENTURY
dark wood, signed 'Deme'
4.7cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.48
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Lot 81
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF NAMANARI, BY KIMICHIKA, 19TH CENTURY
boxwood, signed 'Kimichika'
5.7cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.52
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Lot 82
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHINJA, BY MATSUKI HÔKEI, LATE 19TH CENTURY
tsuishu lacquer, signed 'Hôkei'
5.cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.49
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Lot 83
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHINJA, BY NAITO TOYOMASA, 19TH CENTURY
boxwood, signed 'Toyomasa'
4.4cm high

Judging by the rounded second character of the signature, this is by one of the pupils of the Tamba master Toyomasa I, perhaps Hidari Toyomasa.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.53
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Lot 84
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF NASORI, 19TH CENTURY
lacquered wood, inscribed nasori on the himotoshi bar
4.3cm high

Provenance: Raymond Bushell, San Francisco

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.19
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Lot 85
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF GENJORAKU, BY SOSAI, 20TH CENTURY
tsuishu lacquer, the eye pupils inlaid in shell, signed 'Sosai'
5.9cm high

The artist belonged to the So school of 20th century carvers. A similar mask is in the Garrett Collection, Baltimore, illustrated in Davey and Tripp's catalogue, p.271.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.21
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Lot 86
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF EMI, 19TH CENTURY
silver lacquered boxwood with red and gold details, unsigned
4.8cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.20
Estimate:  £500 - 700 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 87
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF OKINA, BY RYUMIN, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
dark stained boxwood, signed 'Ryumin saku'
5cm high

Ryumin and Hozan have characteristics in common.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.25
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Lot 88
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF OKINA, BY SHUGETSU, 19TH CENTURY
pale boxwood, the himotoshi bar carved as silk cords, signed 'Shugetsu saku'
4.8cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.26
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Lot 89
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF OKINA, BY HOZAN, EARLY 20TH CENTURY
stained boxwood, signed 'Hozan saku'
5.3cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.27
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Lot 90
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHOJO, BY KYOTO MASANAO, CIRCA 1780
boxwood with incised and black lacquered hair and brows, signed 'Masanao'
4.2cm high

One of only four masks recorded by this most important of netsuke carvers.

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.34
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Lot 91
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF KANNON, BY NAITO KOSEKI, 1913
dark stained boxwood, unsigned, with a label inscribed by the commissioner
6.8cm high

This is the only Gyôdô mask in the collection, made to the order of a British collector in 1913. There is a large head of a nio by Koseki in the British Museum.

Provenance: sale, Glendining, London, January 1916, lot 23; G. Davies (until at least 1931)

Literature: Meinertzhagen Card Index, p.393, listed, but not illustrated, with the comment 'remarkable for it's [sic] chaste Buddhistic style'

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.18
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Lot 92
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF NAMANARI, 19TH CENTURY
pale boxwood, signed 'un' with kaô
4.5cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.54
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Lot 93
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHISHIGUCHI, BY KOMIN, 19TH CENTURY
tsuishu lacquer, signed 'Komin'
5cm high

The signature might equally be read Minko, Minyu or Yumin.

Provenance: Harry Seymour Trower, lot 451 in his sale, 1 April 1913; J.B. Gaskell, lot 857 in his sale, March 1926

Literature: Meinertzhagen Card Index, p.386, illustrated

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.55
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Lot 94
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHINJA, 19TH CENTURY
dark stained boxwood, unsigned
5.8cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.56
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Lot 95
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHIKAMI, DEME FAMILY, 19TH CENTURY
dark stained boxwood, signed 'Deme saku'
3.3cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.58
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Lot 96
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF KUROHIGE, 19TH CENTURY
amber, unsigned
5.6cm high

Amber netsuke, especially masks, are quite rare

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.57
Estimate:  £1200 - 1500 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
Lot 97
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHIKAMI, BY KÔMON, LATE 18TH CENTURY
worn gilt lacquered boxwood, signed 'Kômon'
3.9cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.59
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Lot 98
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF AKUJO, BY SÔMIN, 19TH CENTURY
dark wood, signed 'Sômin'
3.7cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.60
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Lot 99
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHISHIGUCHI, 19TH CENTURY
boxwood with red lacquer on the tongue and lips as well as below the eyes, faint traces of what may have been a signature
5cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.61
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Lot 100
A JAPANESE MASK NETSUKE OF SHIKAMI, 19TH CENTURY
stained boxwood with gold lacquer teeth and eyes, unsigned
4.6cm high

Peter E. Müller Japanese Mask Collection No.62
Estimate:  £700 - 900 Click here for details of BP and other fees payable on this lot.
  
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