Late 18th to early 19th century ivory netsuke of a mandarin duck swimming among swirling waves. Very strong early carving, clever design, great face, superb quality depiction of different feathers. Large himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Beautiful wear and patina turning yellow on the bottom where netsuke was touching the silk of kimono. Height 1 5/8 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke carved as inu-bariko - a papier-mâché box in a shape of a simplified dog. Opens to reveal a carved bar inside the upper part that serves as himotoshi. Nicely carved, great smiling face, black ink highlights, gold lacquering to the top of the lower part, pleasant wear and patina. Signed GYOKUBUN on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 423 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Length 1 5/16 inches.
19th century Asakusa school staghorn netsuke of obihasami type carved with character KEI meaning LAW. 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. Signed MASAYUKI in square reserve on the back - the artist is listed on p. 747 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Length 4 inches ...click for details
Rather unusual 19th century marine ivory okimono of a huge toad, 2 different species of frogs, a snake and a monkey. Rather unusual grouping, probably illustrates some Japanese proverb or a story: an inscription in irregular reserve on the bottom translates character by character as “value / ten / one / ten thousand”, and is either a reference to the same proverb, or an indication of a high value of the object. Extremely well carved, superb faces and different textures of the creatures. Old age ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a chestnut containing a landscape with a boat, and a fisherman pulling his net out of shallow water under a gnarled pine tree. Nice quiet carving with beautiful patina, excellent staining and pleasant patina. Signed MUNENOBU on the bottom - for the discussion of the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 1339. Length 1 9/16 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of an acorn on a branch with leaves on top of a pile of chestnuts. Superbly executed elegant piece in Japanese taste, great naturalistic carving - see the carved crack in the skin of one chestnut, beautiful surface textures, himotoshi formed by a stem on the bottom. Excellent staining, wonderful mellow patina and beautiful wear consistent with age. Length 1 1/4 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke carved as a toy cat with its tail forming a loop on its back for hanging. Unusual netsuke subject, nice depiction of fabric patterns, eyes are double inlaid with mother of pearl and horn, very pleasant patina. Height 1 inch.
Late Meiji - early Taisho ivory netsuke of Daikoku seated next to his mallet, and a rat climbing onto his shoulder. Daikoku is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune - that of abundance and of rice - and the rats are associated with him - where there is a lot of rice, there are rats. Very nicely carved, great miling face, black in highlights, beautifully depicted textile patterns, pleasant patina. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO R ...click for details
19th century Japanese set of tobakoire (tobacco box), staghorn ojime bead and wooden kiseruzutsu (tobacco pipe holder), all connected by silk cord. Tobakoire is carved in a form of Zen Buddhism patriarch Daruma enveloped in his monastic robe. The face of the figure can be moved out to reveal a cavity used for storing shredded tobacco. The body of the figure is carved out of soft kiri wood, the face is boxwood, eyes are inlaid with yellowish glass, pupils are drilled from the back of inlays and p ...click for details
19th century staghorn/bone netsuke turned in a shape of hollow double gourd, and pierced and carved on the outside with geometric designs. Himotoshi (cord openings) are formed by 2 longer slots in the middle part of the netsuke. Porous centers of stag antler on both ends are plugged as is usual in such pieces, and plugs are carved as part of the netsuke. Simple honest carving, nice patina, overall in very good condition. Height 1 7/8 inches.