Netsuke - Elephant ivory - Quail on millet - Japan - Edo Period (1600-1868)

Netsuke - Elephant ivory - Quail on millet - Japan - Edo Period (1600-1868)
Very good condition, see description - 2.2×3.7×2.4 cm


A compact and accomplished study of a quail on two millet heads, the leaves going up the side of the quail (uzura).

The quail represents martial spirit and is also a symbol of poverty.

Quail and millet together are a symbol for autumn.

The plumage of the quail is naturalistically carved, as well as the millet with its smooth leaves.

Natural himotoshi and signature located one of the leaves OKATOMO.


late 18th to early 19th century - C.1800


One eye has been replaced, otherwise excellent condition for a netsuke of 200 years old

please check pictures for global condition


British private collection with two valuations from S o t h e b y ’ s, by Neil K. Davey, dated 1974 & 1984, inventory no. 47




21 gr






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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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Lot details
Elephant ivory
Edo Period (1600-1868)
Region/ Country of origin
Artist/ Maker
Title of artwork
Quail on millet
Very good condition, see description
2.2×3.7×2.4 cm
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