19th century wooden netsuke of an actor in a role of shojo wearing richly decorated robe and typical shojo wig, and holding a folded fan in his hand. Shojo are mythical creatures living near the sea, and are particularly fond of sake. Extraordinary carving with minute detailing - see the beautiful texture of the wig as well as features of the mask and textile patterns. Beautiful flow to the lines of his robe, excellent patina. Signed JUGYOKU on the bottom - for a lengthy discussion of this superb ...click for details
18th century ivory netsuke of recumbent mother shishi and 2 cubs frolicking about her, one in an unusual standing position with its hind legs in almost human attitude. Superb strong early carving, excellent faces, great depiction of their curly manes and tails. Very deep differently sized himotoshi, wonderful wear consistent with age, old age lines, beautiful patina, pleasantly chunky. All that a great netsuke shall be. Length 2 inches.
19th century small ivory netsuke of a sennin (Chinese sage) mobbed by four toads. For some unexplainable reason sennin’s face looks exactly like that of Lenin, although the netsuke is probably a humorous take on Gama sennin. Wonderful carving with great quality of facial expression and nice detailing - see the warty backs of the toads. Himotoshi (cord opening) goes under the belt on the back, old age lines. Very nice wear and patina, signed CHOKUSEN on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 343 ...click for details
Good size 19th century ivory netsuke of a standing sennin (Chinese sage) in a robe and a leaf cape, carrying on his back a boy wearing an extremely long and sumptious robe. The netsuke most probably was carved by an artist from the Yoshinaga School. Unusual subject, portrait quality carving of their faces, beautiful flowing lines of their robe, great detailing of leaf cape, wonderful texture to his beard. Superb quality etching of textile patterns, black and red ink highlights, warm yellow pati ...click for details
19th century boxwood netsuke of a seated puppy with its head turned to the right. Wonderful face, excellent rendition of its fur, eyes are inlaid with black horn, himotoshi (cord opening) formed by the natural opening between its body and a paw. Signed MASANAO (for Masanao of Ise) on the bottom - for the discussion of the group of carvers signing their work with this name see pp. 80-81 of COLLECTORS NETSUKE by Bushell. Very beautiful warm brown staining, superb wear and patina. Great classic net ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of kneeling Okame who has just taken a bath and is stretching with her hands behind her head. Wonderful shunga netsuke, excellent depiction of her chubby face, one can almost feel the heat of her body from the hot water of the bath, nice flow to the lines of an apron tied around her waist. Beautiful patina, dust accumulation in crevices. Great sculpture. Height 1 1/16 inches.
Early 19th century boxwood netsuke carved as a seated snarling tiger. Great face with somewhat surprised expression, wonderful depiction of its body bulk, powerful paws, beautiful rhythm to the flow of the tail. Himotoshi (cord hole) is formed by natural opening between the feet and the body of the animal. Inlaid ivory eyes with dark horn pupils, beautiful patina, wear to the front of the face. Very good early sculpture. Height 1 7/16 inches.
19th century Japanese ivory netsuke carved as a seated monkey with its hands to its ears - the subject is Kikuzaru - the monkey that “hears no evil”. Very nice carving with wonderful face, great hairwork and beautiful staining old age lines, pleasant warm patina. Signed YUZAN - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 1258. Height 1 5/8 inches.
18th century Kyoto school ivory netsuke of a resting dog wearing a collar with its head turned back and licking its coat. Extremely strong Kyoto school piece with wonderful wear and patina consistent with age. Superb carving to the last detail, fantastic hairwork, eyes inlaid with dark horn, old age lines. Great sculpture, all that the netsuke shall be. Length 1 5/8 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of a sparrow breaking out of a clam shell - it appears to be a parody on standard subjects of a chick or a tengu coming out of an egg. Elegant and probably unique design in Japanese taste, slight erotic connotation as is almost always the case with clam shells. Wonderful face with horn inlaid eyes, beautiful carving of feathers, excellent wear and patina. Signed MINKO on the bottom followed by kakihan (carved monogram) of the artist - for a discussion of this superb c ...click for details