19th century Japanese ivory netsuke carved Shoki the demon Queller holding a terrified oni by its hand and accompanied by 5 figures in a tight group facing outward in different attitudes and holding various objects. The group includes Sambaso and Manzai dancers, dancing laborer and 2 ladies. Excellent quality carving with wonderful faces, graceful flow of their robes and delicately incised textile patterns. Wonderful warm patina, very pleasant finish to the surface. Signed ISSEN on the bottom - ...click for details
19th century boxwood netsuke of a washer woman pounding a textile on a boulder with a mallet, while a boy is watching in amazement. Very good assured carving, great faces, delicately incised textile patterns, wonderful detailing. Very beautiful mellow patina. Signed SEIZAN in rectangular reserve on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 928 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 7/16 inches.
Late 18th - early 19th century ivory netsuke of a peasant wearing loincloth and clutching a knife in his hand on as he crouches on the back of a huge soft shell turtle (Trionyx japonica) - an unusual animal, not often represented in netsuke. Superb strong early carving - see his nasty smiling face, stubble on his chin and hair on his back and limbs, and the Damascus steel lines on the blade of the knife. Some age lines as to be expected on an old piece, beautiful wear and wonderful yellow patina ...click for details
19th century boxwood netsuke of Thunder God Raiden wearing nothing but tiger skin pants, standing in his drum that he tore open by beating it with a striker. According to Japanese folklore by beating the drum Raiden creates thunder. Wonderful carving, intense face, beautiful wear and patina. Lacquered in Negoro style: red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black starts showing. Gold lacquer used for his eyes, bracelets and nails of the drum. Height 1 1/4 inches.
19th century lacquered netsuke of a tennin (Buddhist female angel) in flight holding a lotus flower with long stem in one hand. Photos came out a bit harsh. Extraordinary detailed carving, superb quality depiction of her face and garments decorated with ivy leaves and inlaid with tiny gold flakes and green abalone shell pieces, beautiful flow to the lines of her billowing scarves. Beautiful wear and patina, great sculpture. Length 1 13/16 inches.
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of a recumbent water buffalo. Finely carved, its hooves bent beneath its body, wearing a halter with a length of rope lying across its back, eyes inlaid with dark horn. Beautiful wear consistent with age, yellowing on the bottom where netsuke was touching the silk of kimono and picked up oil from the body of the owner. Deep differently sized himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Strong early piece with great facial expression and wonderful fur textu ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of Daikoku holding his mallet and leaning against a resting water buffalo. Unusual subject, beautifully carved, excellent depiction of the animalís body bulk, great hairwork on its coat. Signed TOMOTADA on the bottom - the artist must be Eirakusai Tomotada of Edo listed on p. 1160 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Wonderful netsuke, rare artist. Length 2 1/8 inches.
19th ivory netsuke of two Tatebina - a male and female doll figures displayed during Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival), which starts on the 3rd day of the 3rd month. Of standing, flattened form with intentionally simplified doll faces and superbly incised floral patterns on the robes, nice wear and patina. Signed HOICHI on the back - for information on this excellent carver from Hojitsu school see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 476. Height 1 3/16 i ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a man with a hoe and a pot in front of him, and a woman with a baby in her hands. The netsuke represents one of the Chinese paragons of filial virtue, that of Kakkyo, who was very poor and decided to bury his living child to be able to feed his old mother. While digging a grave, he found a pot filled with gold. Wonderfully carved and etched in the manner of Anraku, beautiful patina on very good quality material, very pleasant staining. Height 1 1/4 inches.
18th century wooden netsuke of a chestnut with a fat ivory worm eating its way through the nut. Simple elegant design in Japanese taste, good size fat piece, excellently carved, appropriate wear, wonderful patina. There appears to be a trace of an inscription in ink on the front of the netsuke. Signed MINKO on the bottom followed by kakihan (carved monogram) of the artist. Minko is a superb carver - for discussion see p. 757 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by Georg ...click for details