A large ivory okimono of sweetcorn By Nakagawa Ryuei, late Meiji era (1868-1912), early 20th century (2)

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Lot 489Y Ф
A large ivory okimono of sweetcorn
By Nakagawa Ryuei, late Meiji era (1868-1912), early 20th century

Sold for £ 17,500 (US$ 23,334) inc. premium
A large ivory okimono of sweetcorn
By Nakagawa Ryuei, late Meiji era (1868-1912), early 20th century
Finely carved and coloured with well-rendered details of the grains, natural ripping of the skin and texture of the stalk, a smaller half section of cob resting against the larger model of the sweetcorn, signed Ryuei; with separate wood stand. 38.1cm (15in) long. (2).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Property of a descendant of Sir Thomas Jackson, 1st Baronet (1841-1915), Private Collection, Ireland, since 1910.

    Nakagawa Ryuei (see also lot 481) was a pupil of Kaneda Kenjiro (fl. mid/late Meiji era), who together with Ishikawa Komei (1852-1913), Shimamura Shunmei (1853-1896) and Asahi Gyokuzan (1843-1923), was a member of the first generation of sculptural ivory carvers in the Meiji era. (1) From 1906 to 1910 he was also a member of Tokyo Chokokai (The Tokyo Carvers' Association), a group dedicated to developing and improving the art of carving, as well as promoting members' works and exchanging ideas.

    Notes:

    1. Fukui Yasutami, 'Meiji no geboriokimono seisui-shi', in The Shoto Museum of Art (ed.), Nihon no zoge bijutsu: Meiji no zoge chokoku o chushin ni (History of Japanese Ivory Carving: Gebori-Okimono and Shibayama of the Meiji Era), Tokyo, 1996, pp.210-217.
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A large ivory okimono of sweetcorn By Nakagawa Ryuei, late Meiji era (1868-1912), early 20th century (2)
A large ivory okimono of sweetcorn By Nakagawa Ryuei, late Meiji era (1868-1912), early 20th century (2)
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