19th century ivory netsuke of a man with a hoe and a pot in front of him, and a woman with a baby in her hands. The netsuke represents one of the Chinese paragons of filial virtue, that of Kakkyo, who was very poor and decided to bury his living child to be able to feed his old mother. While digging a grave, he found a pot filled with gold. Wonderfully carved and etched in the manner of Anraku, beautiful patina on very good quality material, very pleasant staining. Height 1 1/4 inches.
Early 19th century ebony netsuke carved in the round as a landscape with scholars in different settings of temples, huts and a bridge among trees and rocks, all on a minute scale in the manner of Kagetoshi. Very good netsuke carved with confidence and great details, beautiful luster to the wood. Like any dark object does not photograph well. Signed SHINBOKU on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 953 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 ...click for details
19th century lacquered netsuke of a tennin (Buddhist female angel) in flight holding a lotus flower with long stem in one hand. Photos came out a bit harsh. Extraordinary detailed carving, superb quality depiction of her face and garments decorated with ivy leaves and inlaid with tiny gold flakes and green abalone shell pieces, beautiful flow to the lines of her billowing scarves. Beautiful wear and patina, great sculpture. Length 1 13/16 inches.
19c wooden netsuke of Shoki the Demon Queller humiliating an oni by making it do the Sambaso dance (see the characteristic Sambaso rattle and fan in oni’s hands), while holding a rope tied around the creature’s waist and nudging it with a bamboo stick. Very unusual subject, excellent quality carving - see Shoki’s severe face with luxurious beard and finely incised textile patterns. Wonderful wear and patina. Signed HARUAKI on the back. Height 2 inches.
18th century wooden netsuke of a chestnut with a fat ivory worm eating its way through the nut. Simple elegant design in Japanese taste, good size fat piece, excellently carved, appropriate wear, wonderful patina. There appears to be a trace of an inscription in ink on the front of the netsuke. Signed MINKO on the bottom followed by kakihan (carved monogram) of the artist. Minko is a superb carver - for discussion see p. 757 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by Georg ...click for details
19th century boxwood netsuke of seated Chinese sage Gama Sennin seated wearing his leaf coat, while his constant companion - 3-legged toad - is climbing onto his shoulder. Clever carving done in a interesting version of ittobori (one cut carving), wonderful face, beautifully stained and highlighted with black ink, great wear and patina. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 433. Height ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a standing sumo wrestler wearing kesho-mawashi - a heavily embroidered apron - and looking straight up. Wonderful quality carving, well captured facial expressions, excellent depiction of his body bulk. Nicely incised textile patterns on the apron, beautiful yellow patina, deep himotoshi. Height 1 9/16 inches.
19th century Japanese bronze kanemono (tobacco pouch clasp) in a form of two sumo wrestler dolls and a fan. The fan is decorated with sun, moon and constellation designs. Elegant design, great crisp detailing, gilded and silvered highlights. Length 1 9/16 inches.
Good size 19th century ivory netsuke of a standing foreigner with a Chinese boy seated on his shoulder, and holding a long horn / flute in front of him. Superb piece to the last detail - excellent faces, extraordinary etching of the robe with a dragon among waves. Water drops of the cresting waves on the bottom of the robe are inlaid with ivory, man’s eyes and boy’s hair knots are dark horn. Superb wear, fantastic feel of age to the piece. Signed on the side of the robe MIURA KANJUKEN YOSHINAGA ...click for details
19th century lacquered wood and ivory netsuke of a merchant wearing a hat and a medium length jacket over his robe and holding a fan in his hand. Ivory head, hands and feet, well carved, very good quality lacquering with golden flecks, wonderful face with a slight frown. Pleasant patina, really nice feel of age to the piece. Signed MEISAI in golden lacquer on the lower part of the robe on the back. Height 2 1/8 inches.