This is another superior quality wood netsuke carved in the Iwami style by the Contemporary British carver Jack Coutu. It depicts five Ladybugs crawling over a couple of partly folded and inter-lapping sections of Tallgrass. Three of the ladybugs are lined up right next to each other, while another one is near the tip of the leaf, and a fifth one is leisurely exploring the other side of the leaf.
"The English artist Jack Coutu studied at Farnham School of Art, the Royal College of Art and the Central School of Art before embarking on a long and successful career during which he has held five one-man shows and contributed to countless group shows, principally of etching and copper-plate engraving which he taught for many years at West Surrey College of Art and Design. An early interest in sculpture led to a period working on church restoration during which Coutu developed an interest in carving small creatures such as frogs on the top of stone capitals. He has been carving netsuke, principally in stagshorn, boar's tusk and wood, for over thirty years and is famously reluctant to offer his exquisite work for sale."
Just like the other Jack Coutu work of art that that we are offering for sale (see photo #10), this netsuke has been carved in the same style, using the same type of wood, in similar overall size, and roughly the same thickness (3.5mm), and in similar outstanding detail and life-like manner, characteristic of Jack Coutu. It is in pristine condition.
Netsuke measures 1.02 inches (2.6 cm) wide, 2.12 inches (5.4cm) long, and 0.58 inches (1.4cm) tall.