This mid 20th century carved wood netsuke is 1 7/8” high, 1 ½” wide and 7/8” thick. It depicts two playful mice resting on a small flat basket. The mouse on the top is chewing the tail of the other one and the one on the bottom is fighting back by biting the other one’s back leg. It is signed but is not legible. The carving is very nice and it is in great condition.
This 1930’s ivory carpenter is 9 ¼” high, 3 ¼” wide and 3 ¼” thick. It depicts a smiling carpenter carrying a wood bucket and cloth bag on his right arm and holding a saw in his left hand. His tool boxes are set in front of him. The artist’s signature “Gyokushi” is on the bottom. It is a well carved piece in great condition.
Yosuke Haruta, a Japanese born potter from Osaka, came to the US to study in the sixties. He currently resides in southern Michigan. He was very strongly influenced by Hamada and other Mashiko greats. He is a very popular and well collected artist, with a strong following in the western US. This is a very nice small vase, signed on the foot. It is 7 ¾” high and 5” wide. It is in excellent condition.
Yosuke Haruta, a Japanese born potter from Osaka, came to the US to study in the sixties. He currently resides in southern Michigan. He was very strongly influenced by Hamada and other Mashiko greats. He is a very popular and well collected artist, with a strong following in the western US. This is a very fine bowl with a nice landscape, signed on the back. It is 4” high and 12” wide. It is in excellent condition.
Japanese print by Ishiwata Koitsu ( 1897-1987 ) AMATUER WRESTLING MATCH
This was printed in 1931 by Watanabe and carries the Watanabe B seal used 1927-1932. This print is considered a 1st edition by some. Excellent color, impression and condition. Never mounted. See other listing for bio material. Ishiwata prints from this period are very hard to find.
Japanese print by Ishiwata Koitsu( 1897-1987 ) DOG SHOW
This was printed in 1931 by Watanabe and carries the Watanabe B seal used 1927-1932. Thus, it could be considered a 1st edition. Excellent color, impression and condition; never mounted.
Ishiwata worked for Watanabe during the 1930's and is sometimes confused with Tsuchiya Koitsu, who also worked for Watanabe publishing. Ishiwata's prints weren't popular with the Western buyers that Watanabe catered to at the time and so di ...click for details
Japanese print by Kawase Hasui ( 1883-1957 ) CLEARING AFTER SNOWFALL AT THE ASAKUSA KANNON TEMPLE
This print was issued in 1926 by Watanabe and carries the series seal and the Watanabe A date seal used from 1924-1930. Thus, it would be considered a 1st edition print by some. Excellent impression, color and condition. Purchased by the original owner at the Toledo Museum print shows in the 1930's. Never mounted.
Japanese print by Kasamatsu Shiro( 1898-? ) EVENING SKY AT SUWA SHRINE, NIPPORI, 1932
The print is from 1932. Shiro worked for the publisher Watanabe starting in 1919 and was popular with western buyers. Later in the 1950's, he became interested in the Sosaku Hanga movement.
This is an original print; some would call it a first edition as it carries the Watanabe C seal used from 1932 to WWII. It was originally purchased at the Toledo Museum print shows during the 1930's . Excellen ...click for details
This very well carved 20th century Japanese netsuke is 1 ½ inches high, 1 ¼ inches wide and a little more than 1 ¼ inches thick. It depicts a mouse bending over, scratching his chin. It is signed “Shozan”. The carving and polishing are just great and it is in excellent condition.
This 20th century export Japanese ivory okimono is 7 ¾ inches high, 2 ½ inches wide and 1 ¼ inches deep. It depicts a well dressed young geisha wearing formal straw hat and carrying an instrument ready to perform. There is a red artist signature on the side. It is in excellent condition.