Late 19th century Japanese ivory netsuke or small okimono carved as three monkeys helping each other to perform “speak, hear and see no evil” routine. Wonderful faces and hairwork, nice depiction of limbs, light staining, pleasant patina. Length 2 5/8 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of a tobacco purse. Simple elegant design in Japanese taste, beautifully carved different textile patterns, bronze nails for clasp, superb patina, extremely pleasant to handle. Length 1 3/4 inches.
19th century manju shape horn netsuke of Tametomo, a member of Minamoto clam exiled to the Oshima island, standing in full armor with his long bow, a small islander next to him. The back shows a ship sent to recapture Tametomo sinking after being hit by a single arrow from his bow. Beautiful sharp carving - see the textures of his armor, islander’s clothing and ship detailing. Very pleasant feel of age to the piece, no traces of insect bites usual for horn pieces, wonderful patina. Very good stu ...click for details
19th century Asakusa school staghorn netsuke of obihasami type carved with a design of a woven fence. The hooks at the top and bottom of the piece go around the edges of obi - a sash holding a kimono. Excellent clever and subtle piece typical of Asakusa school, warm patina, darker porous areas as is usual with staghorn. Wonderful representative piece for a collection of different netsuke types. Length 4 1/8 inches.
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of seated Jurojin (one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune, usually associated with longevity) leaning on one hand. Wonderful early carving of characteristic triangular section, smiling benevolent face, great fat earrings, beautifully etched textile patterns, some black and red highlights. Expert light staining, superb patina. Height 1 1/8 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of three chestnuts, two of them containing anabori (cavern) carving of landscape with a boat floating along a canal surrounded by banks with thatched roofed huts. Nice quiet carving with beautiful patina, excellent staining, old age lines. Length 1 11/16 inches.
Late 18th to early 19th century ivory netsuke of a standing karako (Chinese boy) leaning on a large cloth bag - probably that of Hotei. Excellent early carving, well captured facial expression, beautiful wear and patina consistent with age. Wonderfully etched textile patterns, hair knot is inlaid with black horn. Length 1 1/4 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke depicting standing Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, also considered to be the incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) with a peach in one hand, and the other hand resting on his voluminous belly. Very good quality carving - see his face with a slight smile, and wonderful flow of his long robe. Beautiful patina and wear, very pleasant feel of age. Signed SHIGEKAZU on the back - the artist is listed on p. 946 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO RE ...click for details
19th century staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved as a peony flower with its petals wide open. Did not photograph well. Wonderful carving, excellent detailing, pleasant patina, a lot of compressed dust in crevices. Height 9/16 inches.
19th century mother of pearl ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in a shape of a double gourd. Elegant clever design, natural imperfections in the material, beautiful patina. Length 7/8 inches.