19th century wooden netsuke of two heads of reishi fungus (Fungus of Immortality) issuing from the same stem. Superbly carved elegant piece in Japanese taste, beautiful rhythm to the ridges of the fungus, wonderful wear and superb patina consistent with age, in excellent condition. Himotoshi is formed by the stem. Signed MASAYOSHI for Sato Masayoshi on the bottom - this excellent artist is listed on p. 742 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Fantas ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of 3 water dragons intertwined on top of hexagonal base. Uncommon creature in netsuke, excellent rendition of their fluid bodies. Himotoshi (cord opening) is formed by natural opening in the carving. Beautiful wear and patina, signed SHOMIN on the side - the artist is listed on p. 970 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Length 1 1/4 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke depicting a seated actor wearing a theatrical mask of Hyottoko (perplexed peasant) with his hand raised to the face in a gesture of distress. Wonderful quality carving, great face, excellent depiction of his long hair. Beautiful patina. Height 1 5/16 inches.
Rather unusual 19th century ceramic netsuke of a peasant sitting next to a a rice straw sheaf, wearing a straw raincoat and holding a hat in his hands. Very nice modeling, wonderful smiling face, beautiful red glaze, pleasant patina. Marked on the back with potter’s seal reading KAIRAKU. Length 2 3/8 inches.
Three 19th century metal chains used to connect a tobacco pouch to netsuke with fittings depicting ferocious dragons in low relief. Very nice crisp work, beautiful patina, a lot of chain. Fitting length range from 1/2 to 1 inch, chain lengths are about 3 inches.
Very unusual 19th century small ivory netsuke carved as a sitting man holding a mirror in one hand, and plucking the hair on his chin with tweezers held in the other. Fantastic carving of his face with perfectly captured expression of painful unpleasantness. Beautiful flow to his robe, extremely well made differently sized himotoshi. Superb quality ivory, wonderful patina with excellent sheen to the surface. Signed on the bottom RYUKOSAI JUGYOKU SAKU (made by Ryukosai Jugyoku) and RYUKEI ZU (des ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of an alert beak-nosed frog. Excellent rendition of its bumpy skin, wonderful posture, great facial expression. Pupils of its eyes are lacquered. Very beautiful light staining, great patina. Signed SHUKO on its belly - the artist is listed on p. 991 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Excellent netsuke by rare master carver. Length 1 7/8 inches.
Rather unusual 19th century black stone netsuke of a man wearing a grass skirt and holding a club, seated leaning on rockery. Like any dark object does not photograph well. The character represented must be one of 108 heroes of Suikoden - a Chinese book called Shui Hu Chuan (Suikoden in Japanese, The Water Margin in English) was very popular in the capital Edo. It contained numerous tales of an outlaw named Sung-Chiang and his 108 followers. Wonderful expressive face, beautiful patina, great fee ...click for details
19th century netsuke carved out of kurumi (natural walnut shell) as a crouching Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, an incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) with a fan in his hand. Very clever crisp carving, well captured broad smile. Old stable line along the natural seam of the shell, fantastic deep warm brown patina, signed NIKO by himotoshi - the rare artist who seems to have specialized in carving of walnuts is listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 503, number 1830). Rare ar ...click for details
19th century porcelain Hirado netsuke of a monkey dressed as a Sambaso dance actor, wearing a hat and holding a fan and a rattle in its hands. Its head is movable. Very funny facial expression, good overall modeling, underglaze blue and brown typical for Hirado, in great condition, no breaks or restoration. Height 2 1/4 inches.