19th century ivory netsuke of a monkey family (parents and 2 young) climbing among rocks and gnarled trees over swirling waves. Very nice mood to the scene, beautifully carved creatures - see their inquisitive faces and fine hairwork, eyes inlaid with black horn. Wonderful carving of bark and rock textures, expert staining, great wear and patina, himotoshi is formed by a tree trunk on the back. Height 1 3/4 inches
Unusual 19th century ivory netsuke of an assembly of tea ceremony objects. Items include a tea bowl (chawan), a water ladle (hishaku), fresh water jar (mizuzashi), a charcoal basket (sumitori), feather brush for ashes (haboki), a stove (furo) with kettle holder (gotoku) and a kettle (kama). Superb design in Japanese taste, excellent carving of shapes and textures. Beautiful wear and patina, himotoshi formed by a natural opening in the carving. Signed TOMOTADA on the bottom - the artist is Eiraku ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a geisha entertaining a client - Oni no nembutsu (a demon who saw the light of Buddhist teachings and became pious) with a gong hanging on his belly, a stack of papers inscribed HOGA-CHO (a subscription list) and folded umbrella on his back, and with its hand on a shoulder of the geisha. Geisha is holding a double gourd used for carrying sake, while oni is lifting a tiny sake cup. Excellent quality humorous carving with beautifully etched textile patterns, minute de ...click for details
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of a dog with 2 puppies playing about her. Superb quality carving to the last detail, well captured mood of the scene. Very clever show of different finishing techniques: one puppy is unstained, the other is piebald, and the mother is stained slight brown. Excellent etching and staining, very beautiful wear consistent with age. Signed TOMOCHIKA in leaf shaped reserve on the bottom - the artist is definitely Tomochika the First as discussed on p. 1148 of NETSUKE & ...click for details
19th century netsuke of 3 wise monkeys in their habitual "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” attitude: Mizaru covering his eyes, Kikazaru covering his ears, and Iwazaru covering his mouth. Superbly carved, unusually expressive faces, excellent hairwork, beautiful wear and patina. Signed TERUYUKI on the bottom - this rare artist is listed on p. 1091 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 1/8 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke of a sitting Rakugoka - an entertaining storyteller - with one hand touching his head (probably a story he is telling involves a happy drunk), and holding an open fan in the other. Great detailed carving, wonderful facial expression with a wide smile. Very pleasant patina from handling, in excellent condition. Signed SANGYOKU on the bottom - the carver is listed on p. 911 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 7/1 ...click for details
19th century ivory ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in the round a cluster of 5 rats. Wonderful carving, excellent detailing, eyes of 2 rats are inlaid with pink coral, the eyes of the other 3 with dark horn. Very nice wear and patina, central metal liner, compressed dust on the surface. Height 5/8 inches.
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