iGavel Auctions and their newest associate seller Quinn’s Auction Galleries are proud to present the impressive collection of Helen & Jack Mang. Mr. and Mrs. Mang were life long collectors of netsuke and founders of the Washington D.C. chapter of the International Netsuke Society (INS). Their door was always open to fellow collectors, who regarded Jack and Helen as the ultimate resource for information on netsukes. Some traveled from as far away as Europe and Hawaii to visit with the Mangs and view their fabled collection. This sale is now live on iGavel Auctions through April 26th.
Highlights include a mid 19th century wood netsuke of a shishi group by the artist Sato Masayoshi (Nagoya, 1819-1865). The netsuke features a fine model of two shishi with a cub with an openwork brocade ball. The cub’s belly in a rectangular reserve bears the artist’s signature, Masayoshi. A nearly identical piece was offered by Sotheby’s London on November 13, 1986 (lot 244). This netsuke is estimated at $15,000-20,000 and available for bidding now. Click here to bid
Also featured in this auction is an unsigned boxwood netsuke of a foreigner from the 18th century. It depicts a man standing and looking to his right while holding a trumpet in his left hand and a small Japanese child on his back. While the boxwood is slightly worn, it is still of good color. It is estimated at $4,500-5,000 and available for bidding now. Click here to bid
Another highlight from this auction is this early 19th century 3 case lacquer inro by Shiomi Masanari. Inros are traditional Japanese cases for holding small objects such as cosmetics, perfumes, or medicines. It is decorated on both sides with the Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove in gold and colored togidashi with e-nashiji details, and red lacquer and gold fundame interiors. It is estimated at $2,500-3,000 and available for bidding now. Click here to bid