19th century Japanese ivory netsuke carved Shoki the demon Queller holding a terrified oni by its hand and accompanied by 5 figures in a tight group facing outward in different attitudes and holding various objects. The group includes Sambaso and Manzai dancers, dancing laborer and 2 ladies. Excellent quality carving with wonderful faces, graceful flow of their robes and delicately incised textile patterns. Wonderful warm patina, very pleasant finish to the surface. Signed ISSEN on the bottom - ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of sitting Tanuki (badger) beating on his extended belly as on a drum. In Japanese folklore tanuki is a notorious trickster: he drums with his paws on his large belly (tanuki no hara tsuzumi), imitating the sounding of gongs in temples and inns, and leading tired travelers astray in the darkness. Wonderful expression on the face of the creature, great realistic treatment of the subject. Superbly carved with great sense of volume, extraordinary face with well captured ...click for details
19th century painted wood okimono of standing Zen Buddhism patriarch Daruma enveloped in his monastic cape and robe, and holding a flywhisk in his hands. The carving is done in ittobori (one cut) style specifically used for famous Nara dolls. Superbly carved ferocious face, beautifully painted eyes and facial hair, clever treatment of robe as an assembly of geometric planes. Signed BAIGEN followed by kakihan (carved monogram of the artist) on the back - this Nara netsuke carver is listed in NETS ...click for details
19th century small netsuke carved out of kurumi (natural walnut shell) in a form of an eggplant. Clever design, well captured essence of the object. Fantastic deep warm brown patina, old stable split along the natural axis of the nut in the eggplant stem area. Inscribed on the back WAKA TAKARA TADA CHIN SAKU (new treasure but a rare work). Height 1 1/4 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of ryusa type in a fan shape carved in the round with takaramono - precious object - including treasure sacks, hat and 2 cloaks of invisibility, mallet, Precious Pearls, coins and fan. Excellent carving, superb detailing, beautiful staining, wonderful patina on very good quality material. Signed RYUCHIN in irregular shaped reserve on the back - for good discussion of the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 887. ...click for details
Rather unusual 19th century Japanese ceramic set consisting of 3-compartment inro, ojime and netsuke. Inro is painted on both sides with a scene of cranes, some standing, some descending on a bank of a stream with pine saplings, wonderfully captured melancholy mood of the scene. Ojime has pine needles painted on it, and netsuke is decorated with very young saplings matching those on the inro. The bottom of the inro and the back of the netsuke bear the signature of Kenzan (1663-1743) in rectangul ...click for details
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of a recumbent water buffalo. Finely carved, its hooves bent beneath its body, wearing a halter with a length of rope lying across its back, eyes inlaid with dark horn. Beautiful wear consistent with age, yellowing on the bottom where netsuke was touching the silk of kimono and picked up oil from the body of the owner. Deep differently sized himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Strong early piece with great facial expression and wonderful fur textu ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of one large and 2 smaller eggplants. Wonderful piece with bold design, excellent naturalistic depiction of the stem parts of the vegetables. Unusually fat, beautiful wear and patina. Signed SADAYOSHI on the side - the artist is listed on p. 907 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 3/8 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of Daikoku holding his mallet and leaning against a resting water buffalo. Unusual subject, beautifully carved, excellent depiction of the animalís body bulk, great hairwork on its coat. Signed TOMOTADA on the bottom - the artist must be Eirakusai Tomotada of Edo listed on p. 1160 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Wonderful netsuke, rare artist. Length 2 1/8 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a turtle with young perched on its back. Very good carving, beautiful rhythm to the plastrons of their carapaces, wonderful depiction of skin texture, eyes are inlaid with black horn. Excellent wear and patina. Signed GENKO on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 402 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Length 1 3/4 inches.