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Tomotada (Attributed)

Japanese Antique Netsuke of A Dutchman Signed Tomotada

Documentation Notes signed
Origin Japan
Period 19th Century
Materials Wood
Dimensions
W. 1 in; H. 4 in; D. 1 in;
W. 2.54 cm; H. 10.16 cm; D. 2.54 cm;
Condition Good. Fine condition with nice mellow surface patina. Singed under the feet.
Creation Date 19th century
Description A Japanese carved wood netsuke depicting a Dutchman. A charming novelty piece showing the foreigner in an exotic attire with a wide brimmed hat and an embroidered long coat. The Dutchman is likely a trader in fabric, judging from the shear and a cloth panel he holds. Japan had a tumultuous relationship with the Dutch and foreigners in general since 16th century when it was first visited by the Portuguese. Foreigners were often portrait as vulgar and inelegant and sometimes humorous and funny. It is a popular subject in certain field of Japanese art.
The piece is expertly carved and signed Tomotada, an skillful carver living in the 18th century Kyoto and known for his cattle netsukes. The reliable information on his life and work was very limited. His work was copied even during his lifetime and it was nearly impossible to authenticate. He is not known for carving foreigners and this is likely a piece made in attribution.
Reference: Collector's Netsuke by Raymond Bushell, page 20-22 on Tomotada.
Styles / Movements Asian, Baroque, Traditional
Incollect Reference Number 324265
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