19th century ivory netsuke depicting two monkeys on a tree trunk fighting over a branch with leaves and a pod. Unusual shape, must have been adopted from some sort of handle, extraordinary faces, beautiful hairwork, great patina. Length 3 3/16 inches.
19th century ivory okimono style netsuke of a group of five horses in different attitudes. Somehow the netsuke conveys the relationships in the group. Superb quality carving - see the faces, manes, legs and hooves of the creatures, perfect depiction of volumes and muscles. Beautiful patina on a very good quality material, himotoshi is formed by the signature plaque on the bottom. Signed TOMONOBU - for information on this excellent artist from Tomochika school see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND H ...click for details
Unusual 19th century netsuke of a samurai wearing a straw coat standing with one foot on rockery and holding a straw hat above him. Judging by the camouflage quality of the coat, armor visible under it and a sword on his back the samurai is participating in an ambush. Unusual subject, superb quality carving - see his face, mesmerizing beauty of the flowing texture of the coat and detailing of the armor. Expert use of black and red ink for highlights, wonderful wear and patina, old age lines. Sig ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke carved as a scene from life of Kanshin - one of the three Heroes of Han Dynasty. Kanshin (Han Sin in Chinese) was a dispossessed Han prince, who chose to crawl between the legs of a street bully rather than fight a man of low birth. Very expressive excellent quality carving - see superb detailing of faces, wonderfully incised textile patterns and details such as ropes and weave patterns on baskets and items they are wearing under their sashes. Very nice patina, buttons ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of an alert beak-nosed frog. Unusual animal in netsuke, excellent rendition of its bumpy skin, wonderful posture, great facial expression. Pupils of its eyes are lacquered. Very beautiful light staining, great patina. Signed SHUKO on its belly - the artist is listed on p. 991 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Excellent netsuke by rare master carver. Length 1 7/8 inches.
19th century marine ivory (walrus tusk) netsuke of a sitting Chinese boy holding a large double gourd with a rope beautifully tied around its waist. There is a good chance the gourd is meant to contain rice wine / sake. Strong piece with wonderful quality carving and great detailing - see his excellent face and finely etched textile patterns. Great patina, compressed dust in recesses. Signed SHORINSAI on the bottom. Height 1 1/4 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke in manju (rice cake) shape carved on the front in low relief with a paper lantern with inscription, all on a textured ground. Elegant design in Japanese taste, dark fruitwood with great quality crisp carving, excellent wear consistent with age, beautiful mellow patina. There is an inscription on the back, may include signature, but I have not been able to read it. Two parts fit precisely, perfect netsuke shape. Comes from Jack Mang Collection. Diameter 1 9/16 inches.
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19th century ivory netsuke of a snarling tigress as she protectively places a paw over her cub. Great facial expressions, beautiful fur texture with excellent etching of hair including darker stripes, powerful paws. Cord hole is formed by natural opening in the carving. Wonderful rhythm to the flow of their tails, eyes are double inlaid with light and dark horn, beautiful staining and patina, old age lines. Signed HAKURYU in the gourd shaped reserve on the back of the mother for Hakuryu II - thi ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a standing man holding a bokuto (wooden sword) and a peach in his hands, a deer head with antlers and pelt perched on top of his head. Netsuke appears to illustrate one of the paragons of filial virtue, that of Enshi, who disguised himself in a deer skin and mingled with the herd to get deer’s milk, the only remedy for the eye disease of his old mother. Excellent carving, superb face of portrait quality, beautiful detailing, great patina. Signed SHINSAI on the back ...click for details
19th century kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with Shibayama inlay depicting a fat sea brim on a bed of bamboo leaves. The bowl is dark rosewood, the top is boxwood, materials used for inlay are cherry wood, mother of pearl, black horn and ivory stained green. The inlay is in perfect shape, no losses or repairs. Plain back, two parts fit nicely, beautiful mellow patina. Top diameter 1 1/4 inches, bowl diameter 1 3/4 inches.