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
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.