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AN EXTREMELY RARE WOOD JAPANESE OKIMONO OF A DUTCHMAN PLAYING WITH A BAT

Edo period, 18th/19th century

The Dutchman is standing and holding a bat in his right hand while caressing it with the other hand, with a benevolent expression on his face and typically depicted, as usual with Dutchmen, with long curly hair, he wears a short jacket over breeches and is standing on a modern rectangular base with a paper label for the Greenfield Collection, nr. 40.

H. 26 cm
 

Note:

The Charles A. Greenfield Collection of Japanese art is particularly renowned for its lacquer pieces which have been exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of New York in 1980. Highlights from the collection are discussed by Eskanazi The Charles A. Greenfield collection of Japanese lacquer. Many pieces from the collection were sold in the three-part sale at Sotheby’s New York between
1998 and 1999.

 

Literature:

Two similar wooden okimono are illustrated in A Collection of Nagasaki Colour Prints and Paintings, N.H.N. Mody, Charles E. Tuttle Company, Publishers 1969, plate 238

 

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