Netsuke (1) - Ivoire - A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF ONO NO KOMACHI SEATED ON A SOTOBA - Signature : CHIKUHO - Japon - Période Meiji (1868–1912)

Netsuke (1) - Ivoire - A FINE IVORY NETSUKE OF ONO NO KOMACHI SEATED ON A SOTOBA - Signature : CHIKUHO - Japon - Période Meiji (1868–1912)
Très bon état, voir la description - 3.6×5×2 cm


Ono no Komachi, one of the great 6 poets of the 9th century, once a beautiful and vibrant woman is depicted here as an old woman seated on a gravepost, her beauty faded and wearing tattered clothes.

She is forgotten by the courtly world in which she once shone and is reduced to beg and starve on the side of the road.

The netsuke is carved in extraordinary detail, her facial features are particularly expressive – squinted eyes, wrinkles and sharp chin. She is holding a staff and next to her is a basket with fruit she has collected from bypassing travelers.
The artist has devoted great attention to her tattered clothes as well as her large hat which has several holes in it. The sensitivity of the depiction is particularly evident in small details like the posture of her feet, which are placed on top of each other.

Note the finely expressed grain of the sotoba. Himotoshi through the side and underside, where the signature can be found in a rounded reserve CHIKUHO.


Late 19th century


20,9 gr




Excellent condition
Please check pictures for global condition


Formerly Herman and Paul Jaehns collection and Newark Museum no. 4070.

Then collection of Sam Felton with CITES permit no. 18US59513C/9.

Purchased from Denise Ronin with letter of Appraisal from Ronin Gallery dated June 28th, 1983.

Alfred Felton has long been recognised as the benefactor who transformed the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria. With his bequest the Gallery suddenly gained access to acquisition funds greater than those of the National and Tate galleries in London combined and, between 1904 and 2004, more than 15,000 items were purchased with an estimated value today of approximately one and a half billion dollars. Felton purchased furniture and objets d’art as well as pictures. He liked to surround himself with beautiful things, even in his office,14 and his large collection of ‘art treasures’ was very much in keeping with the taste of the day. Thus the influence of the Aesthetic Movement’s ‘craze’ for things Japanese was evident in Felton’s rooms in his display of Japanese bronze vases, cloisonné ware and carved ivories, rubbing shoulders with his Italian marble statuary and French bronze figurines.15 The sheer number of ivory netsuke that he acquired (over seventy carved ivory objects are listed in the 1904 sale catalogue)16 would suggest that his taste for these carvings extended beyond mere fashion to a dedicated connoisseurship. Felton may have acquired these pieces while abroad,17 but he was also able to indulge his passion locally, as Grimwade recalls Felton’s secretary, Dickson Gregory, being sent around to Kozminsky’s to see if any new ivories had arrived for inspection.


Chikuho was probably a student of Chikusai, a similar netsuke by Chikusai is illustrated in The Meinertzhagen Card Index on Netsuke in the Archives of the British Museum Part A, Frederick Meinertzhagen (edited by George Lazarnick), New York, 1986, page 26.


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Pre-convention ivory specimen.

Complies with CE Regulation 338-97 of 09 December 1996.

Specimen prior to June 1, 1947. Submitted according to the decree of May 4, 2017 to a prior declaration provided for in Article L. 412-1 code environment.

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Période Meiji (1868–1912)
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Titre de l’œuvre d’art
Très bon état, voir la description
3.6×5×2 cm
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