19th century wooden netsuke of a blind masseur working on a client. Wonderful carving with superb smiling faces, well depicted muscles of the client. Some wear and old smooth chipping to the edges, rich warm patina. Signed BAIGETSU on the bottom. Height 1 7/16 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.
19th century ivory and bronze netsuke in kagamibuta (mirror lid) form. The top is mounted with a bronze or shakudo galloping horse, gilding to the eye and spots on its body, superb crisp work. Beautifully captured sense of motion, great patina on ivory, old age lines, swinging metal loop on the back for the cord, compressed dust on the surface. Length 1 3/8 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a crouching hare licking its front paw. Excellent quality carving perfectly capturing the essence of the creature, wonderful incised fur, eyes are inlaid with light translucent horn. Beautiful wear consistent with age, superb patina, himotoshi formed by its right paws. Signed RANICHI on the bottom - this brilliant carver from Rantei school is discussed in detail on p. 860 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Wonderful s ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of Oni no nembutsu (a demon who saw the light of Buddhist teachings and became pious), with a gong hanging on his belly, holding a striker in one hand, and a tablet inscribed HOGA-CHO (a subscription list) in the other. The creature is one-horned, which is rare. Extremely well carved with minute details - see his intense face and powerful claws. Beautiful staining and patina, very nice wear, in excellent condition. Signed HOSHO on the back - the artist definitely come ...click for details
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
19th century boxwood netsuke of Benkei standing on a hat of his last opponent making a challenging gesture with his left hand while holding a club in his right. Wonderful arrogant face, excellent rendition of his attitude, beautiful patina, wonderful sheen to the surface. Signed MASAKAZU on the bottom - the artist appears to be Sawaki Kihodo Masakazu, brother of Masatoshi - see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 708, number 5 on Meinertzhagen card ...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 boxwood netsuke of Shichifukujin (The Seven Gods of Good Fortune) happily sailing in Takarabune (a treasure ship). Most of the Gods carry their attributes, Ebisu even manages to catch a fish on the way. Essentially the netsuke is a wish for good luck and serves as a talisman as well. Excellent detailed carving, wonderful faces, extraordinary beautiful patina. Signed MASANAGA on the bottom. Superb sculpture. Length 2 3/16 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a wild boar with legs tucked below it sleeping by a rock and a clump of grasses rising over its back. Classic design, superb tranquil face, excellent carving of its body bulk, wonderful hairwork on its coat. Beautiful wear consistent with age, very pleasant light staining. Length 2 1/8 inches.