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.
19th century wooden netsuke of a recumbent horse with hooves tucked under its body and its head turned back. Signed MASAMARU on the bottom - Lazarnick (p. 713) lists the artist as early one without any additional information, but the carving style and subject seem to indicate that the artist belonged to Nagoya school. Excellent sculpture perfectly showing the bulk of the animal, beautiful flow to its mane and tail, great depiction of its coat, superb staining and patina. Formerly in Philip Schne ...click for details
Superb 19th century ivory netsuke of a shishi jumping over a blooming peony bush and landing on a rocky outcrop. Carved with supreme confidence and perfect precision, fantastic detailing. Eyes are inlaid with brown horn, beautiful wear and patina. Signed KAGETOSHI in rectangular reserve on the bottom - this excellent carver is discussed on p. 554 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Excellent netsuke, very rare subject for the carver. Formerly in Sc ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of Jurojin (one of the 7 Gods of happiness, usually associated with longevity) seated next to a bag, while geisha holds on to his topknot. Unusual subject, wonderful faces, beautiful flow to his beard. Beautiful even ivory, black and red ink highlights, great wear and patina. Comes from the collection of His Royal Highness Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester - a tag is attached. Height 1 1/4 inches.
Late Meiji period (1890s to 1912) ivory netsuke of a seated geisha holding in front of her a biwa (Japanese lute) wrapped in cloth, probably about to entertain a client. Wonderful quality carving, excellent face with a charming smile, warm yellow staining and patina, beautifully incised textile patterns on the biwa wrapping. Amber inlay in her hair ornaments. Very nice patina on a beautiful piece of ivory showing characteristic cross hatching on the bottom, extremely pleasant to handle. Signed M ...click for details
19th century boxwood netsuke of a seated puppy with its head turned left and its tongue sticking out. Superb face, excellent depiction of its chubby bulk and paws, ears are cleverly turned down to provide for fewer protruding parts, beautiful hairwork. Wonderful curl to its tail, eyes are inlaid with dark horn, superb staining and patina. Signed MASAYOSHI for Sato Masayoshi in rectangular reserve on the bottom - this excellent artist is listed on p. 742 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO R ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a turtle with its head turned back standing on a base with keyfret sides. Extraordinary precise depiction of the animal - see its carapace patterns, textured leathery skin, claws and smooth head. Eyes are beautifully inlaid with translucent reddish horn. Wonderful staining, great patina, old collection number in red on the side. Signed MITSUSHIGE on the top of the base - the artist is listed on p. 787 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by ...click for details