Early 19th century wood and ivory netsuke of a seated thoughtful monkey holding a peach with leaf in its hand. Extraordinary ivory face with perfectly captured mood of quiet contemplation, superb detailing - see its incised fingernails. Beautiful wear and patina, differently sized deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time, one is lined with ivory. Signed on the back RYUKEI followed by kakihan (carved monogram) of the artist - Shinshisai Ryukei was one of the most celebrated carver ...click for details
Unusually tall 19th century wooden netsuke of Oni no nembutsu (a demon who saw the light of Buddhist teachings and became pious), standing with a gong hanging on his belly, holding a striker in one hand, and a stack of papers inscribed HOGA-CHO (a subscription list) in the other, folded umbrella on his back. Powerfully carved with excellent details - see his intense face and oversized powerful claws, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Beautiful staining and patina, very nice wear. Excellent sculptu ...click for details
19th century netsuke of a horse with its head turned to the left and wearing rich and elaborate trappings. Very unusual combination of ivory and cinnabar lacquer, perfectly captured essence of the creature. Graceful bend to its neck and flow of its mane. Excellent detailed carving, very pleasant wear and patina, compressed dust on the surface. Signed IPPOSAI on inlaid mother of pearl plaque on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 516 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATUR ...click for details
19th century netsuke in manju (rice cake) shape with Shibayama inlays depicting a butterfly, a fly and a beetle. The body is dark beautifully grained wood, materials used for inlay are black horn, ivory, cinnabar, ebony and 2 different kinds of mother of pearl. The inlay is in excellent condition. Plain back, two parts fit nicely, beautiful mellow patina. Diameter 1 13/16 inches.
19th century fine ivory netsuke of a swimming carp with its tail turned to the right and joining the pelvic and pectoral fins for compactness. Excellent rendition of pleasantly thick body, great carving of its scales and face, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Very beautiful ink highlights, old age lines, superb patina (netsuke is of wonderful yellowish hue, photographed too white), in excellent condition. Signed MASANAO (for Masanao of Ise) on its cheek on the back - for the discussion of the gro ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of one seated and one standing samurai, the latter holding a boy at his shoulder. All are wearing formal headgear, and most probably the boy represents a young Emperor or a hero. Superbly carved, great faces, elaborate hair and clothing arrangement and excellent textile patterns. Wonderful wear consistent with age. Signed CHUICHI on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 348 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 1 ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke carved as a temple figure of Kanon (Guanyin in Chinese, the Boddhisattva of Compassion) holding a Precious Jewel in her hands. Carved out of yew wood in a variation of ittobori (one cut) style typical for the Hida school. Crisp detailing, wonderful tranquil face, beautiful flow to her robe, golden lacquer on the Jewel. Tiny nicks to edges as to be expected, great warm patina. Signed SUKEKAZU on the bottom - the artist belonged to the Hida school and is listed on p. 10 ...click for details
Unusually well made 19th century porcelain netsuke of Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, also representing Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) with fan in his hand sitting next to his usual bag. Superbly modeled piece with extraordinary face and slight glaze. Wonderful patina, compressed dust in crevices, in excellent condition. Length 1 1/2 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a kneeling laborer grinding tea leaves in a mortar with a flattened disc grinder. Excellent carving - see the portrait quality face with a crooked smile and the muscles of his body. Beautiful even material, wonderful patina. Signed MITSUTOSHI (alternative reading is Koju) on the bottom - the artist is listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 498, number 1547). Height 1 1/16 inches.
Very unusual 19th century Chinese official hat finial with blue lapis lazuli bead denoting 4th civil rank. This type of rank insignia was introduced by the Yongzheng emperor in 1727 for use on ji guan - the semi-formal hat. Different colors denoted different ranks, with opaque blue corresponding to the 4th - see IMPERIAL WARDROBE by Dickinson & Wrigglesworth, p. 108. Very uncommon lapis lazuli bead with beautiful golden flecks. Fire gilded filigree metal parts with bottom section depicting a ...click for details