19th century ivory netsuke of seminude woman kneeling over a metal tub washing herself with a towel. The netsuke is of shunga type with wonderfully carved smiling face. Great detailing of her limbs and hair, expertly etched. Beautiful wear and patina on very good quality material, compact shape. Comes from the collection of His Royal Highness Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester. Yet older collection number on a paper label on the bottom. Height 1 inch.
Very unusual 19th century ivory netsuke in a shape of a bird containing two compartments in its body: one for a seal, and the other for seal paste. Ivory body with finely incised and etched vine with leaves and tendrils, metal fittings (one cleverly doubling as the eye of the bird), metal ring serving as himotoshi. The center can be pushed sideways to reveal compartments for a seal and seal paste. Crisply carved seal with old paste accumulation and cleverly designed swinging handle providing a h ...click for details
Good size 18th century ivory netsuke of a sennin (Chinese sage) wearing a tattered robe and a leaf skirt, with a gourd bottle at his waist. He is holding a branch with a fruit containing a figure of a seated scholar reading a scroll. Rare subject, very strong early piece with superbly carved face and beautiful flow of the robe. Netsuke of characteristic 18th century triangular section, deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Warm patina turning yellow on the back where netsuke w ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of two fully armored samurai, one restraining the other, who holds a broken sword in his hand, the broken part lying on the ground between his feet. Netsuke represents Soga brothers, who had sworn to avenge their father, killed by Suketsune. Fantastic faces and fine detailing of their armor, beautiful wear and patina. Signed RAKUKOSAI on the bottom - the artist is listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 507, number 1946). Height 1 1/2 inches.
Late 18th - early 19th century ivory netsuke of yamabushi (wandering warrior priest) with a staff in one hand, rosary in the other and his sword behind him, with his knee resting on a kneeling samurai. The tokin (scull cap) on his head is the sign of the yamabushi. Strong early carving - see the yamabushi vicious facial expression and exaggerated muscles of his left leg. Eyes inlaid with brown horn (see Enlargement 4), some age lines as to be expected on old ivory piece, beautiful wear and yello ...click for details
19th century boxwood netsuke of a Sambaso dancer wearing a robe decorated with pine saplings. Wonderful detailed carving, great facial expression, beautiful wear and patina. Signed HOMEI (alternative reading of the signature is Noriaki) on his foot. Height 1 5/8 inches.
19th century stag antler/bone netsuke in a shape of Daikoku coming out of a bag of rice. Daikoku-ten is the God of wealth and farmers, and as such is usually associated with rice. Clever carving in Japanese taste, wonderful patina, beautiful etching. Natural blemishes to the material, porous center on top and bottom is plugged as is usual with this type of material, and plugs are carved as part of the netsuke. Signed HAKUGYOKU on the back - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO AR ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of Shoki (Demon Queller) seated on a table with one foot dangling and a sword on a table behind his back, while a terrified oni (little mischievous demon) is hiding under the table looking for a way to escape. Wonderful quality carving - see their great faces, hair and clothing. Nice wear consistent with age, fantastic warm patina. For a very similar netsuke but unsigned netsuke see Sotheby's NETSUKE FROM THE COLLECTION OF RAYMOND AND FRANCES BUSHELL, London, Nove ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke representing a theatrical mask of Okina (old man) used in Sambaso dance. Wonderful carving of his smiling face, black and red highlights, beautiful ivory texture visible on side photos, overall in excellent condition. Signed SUKEYASU on the back - the artist is listed on p. 1051 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 5/8 inches.
19th century mixed metal and wood netsuke depicting full moon and a clump of flowering grass. Excellent quality metalwork on iron background with inlays of solid silver (moon) and gold (highlights), perfectly captured mood of the scene. Hardwood body with beautiful natural grain patterns, very pleasant wear and patina. Length 1 13/16 inches.