19th century unusually small wooden netsuke of a group of 5 theatrical masks of a fox, an oni, Okame, Hyottoko and Bikuni. Wonderful piece in Japanese taste with extraordinary fine carving and patina, very beautiful wear. Length 1 1/8 inches.
Pair of good size 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting Seiobo with an attendant, and Tobosaku holding a peach in his hands. Seiobo is the Chinese Queen of the Fairies, with Peach of Immortality ripening on a tree in her garden only once it 3 thousand years. Tobosaku was a witty advisor to Emperor Wu Ti, and is believed to have stolen 3 of the peaches. Fantastic quality work - see their faces and richly decorated textiles. Bronze with silvering and gilding, in superb condition. Height 1 1 ...click for details
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting young Yoshitsune and Benkei at the Gojo bridge in Kyoto. For an account of this significant encounter see H. Joly LEGEND IN JAPANESE ART, p. 82. Do not photograph well. Shakudo body, silver inlaid highlights, in great condition. Length of Yoshitsune menuki is 1 inch.
Pair of early 19th century menuki - Japanese sword fittings - each depicting different hanaike - hanging container for flower arrangement, one made out of a bamboo stem, the other out of a hollow double gourd. Fantastic unusual design in Japanese taste, excellent casting and detailing, beautiful patina. Length 1 7/16 inches.
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting what appears to be different proverbs. The first one llustrates a sentence “A gourd against a catfish” meaning useless effort similar to trying to catch a slippery fish with a gourd. The other one depicts a puzzled man scratching his head by a samurai spear - I am not sure what this particular story is Elegant design, bronze and shakudo with silvering and gilding, overall in very good condition. Length 1 9/16 inches.
Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting shishi in different attitudes frolicking among flowering peonies. Do not photograph well. Wonderful design and detailing, gilding to the shishi, and silvering to the flowers, in great condition. Length 1 1/4 inches.
Pair of early 19th century menuki - Japanese sword fittings - depicting water a shepherd boy playing flute leaning against a resting buffalo, and his basket by another resting animal. Did not photograph well. Great design and detailing (see the faces and ribs of the animals), beautiful dark patina, gilding and silvering. Length 1 inch.
19th century Japanese leather tobacco pouch with kiseruzutsu (tobacco pipe holder). Bronze kanemono - pouch clasp - is made in a shape of a roof tile bearing Tokugawa mon - the crest of Shogunal family. Ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) appears to be bone stained coral red. The pipe case is made out of dark celluloid type material and has a dent in it as seen on photos. The pouch still contains a bit of finely shredded tobacco. Pouch size 3 7/8x2 1/4 inches, p ...click for details
Early19th century small Japanese cloisonne tray decorated on the front with a butterfly in flight above meadow flowers. Back is decorated with karakusa (scrolling vines) on blue ground. Used for tea ceremony, traces of gilding on the rim. Rare and early piece in terms of Japanese cloisonne, from the period of transition from Chinese to Japanese style, great for a study collection. Very pleasant matte finish with original pitting. Length 4 11/16 inches.