Single 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting a running fox with a twig in its mouth. Excellent work with superb detailing - see its wonderful face and finely incised coat. Bronze with beautiful patina, in great condition. Length 1 9/16 inches.
Single 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting frolicking shishi - Buddhist lions. Excellent work with great detailing - see their curly tails, tufts of hair on their bodies and paws with claws. Shakudo with characteristic black patina, gold inlaid spots, in great condition. Length 1 1/2 inches.
Late 18th to early 19th century iron daisho set of 2 Japanese sword tsuba, both with pierced decoration of two dragons contesting the Precious Pearl. Daisho literally translates as DAI (large) and SHO (small) and can refer to any set of blades, koshirae, tsuba or other fittings which were made by the same maker or by the same school. The use of daisho swords began sometime in the Muromachi period and could have included any pair of swords with similar fittings: tachi and tanto, tachi and uchikat ...click for details
18th century unsigned iron Japanese sword tsuba depicting widely smiling Hotei with his bag and staff under a pine tree. Design continues on the other side with the same pine and a few rocks. Hotei is one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, and an incarnation of the Buddha Maitreya - the Buddha of the Future. Nicely designed piece, great face with a wide grin, wonderful quality work with copper, silver and gold inlays, in very good condition. Height 2 9/16 inches.
18th century or earlier unsigned iron Japanese sword tsuba depicting a scholar fishing on a lake under a tree by rocks and a view of distant mountains. Design continues on the other side and shows geese descending on the lake shore with clumps of bamboo grass on it. Nicely designed quiet piece with overall mood of autumnal melancholy, wonderful quality work with silver and gold inlays, in very good condition. Height 2 3/4 inches.
19th century unsigned bronze Japanese tsuba with honeycomb patterned surface on one side and fine flower pattern on the other, inlaid silver design along the width of the rim. Very nice design, pleasant feel of age, some malachite incrustation on the surface. Height 2 3/8 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of a recumbent goat, its head raised and turned to the left, one leg forming himotoshi. Beautiful carving, wonderful depiction of its coat, eyes are inlaid with dark horn, excellent patina. Signed MASAMICHI in oval reserve on the bottom - this rare artist is listed on p. 713 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Formerly in Martin Newstead Collection - see Sotheby’s London October 24th, 1984, lot 77. Length 1 1/2 inches.