19th Century Japanese Matsu (Korean Pine Wood) Ittobori Netsuke: Daruma Toy, Signed Sukesada
19th Century, Matsu Wood Netsuke skillfully hand-carved in the Ittobori (one Cut) style by Sukesada in the form of a Daruma Toy or “okiagari koboshi”, meaning the little priest that gets up.
Sukesada came from the Hida province of Japan. He carved in the style invented by Sukenaga and enhanced by Matsuda, which consisted in using simple straight cuts in two-tone chosen Matsu (Korean pine wood).
The eyes on this netsuke are inlaid in dark horn; it has a beautiful patina and a natural shine all throughout. It measures 1.43 inches (36mm) wide, and 1.74 inches (44mm) tall. It is also in excellent condition, as you may be able to see in the posted photos.
NOTE: A detailed reference of Sukesada and Sukenaga may be found in pages 1049 and 1045, respectively, of George Lazarnick's book: 'Netsuke & Inro Artists, and How to Read Their Signatures", 1982 edition.