19th century wooden netsuke carved as 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 boy clinging to his side and supporting a large tama (Precious Gem) on his shoulder. Wood is lacquered in Negoro style - red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black starts showing, some gold lacquer highlights as well. Great quality carving - see his face with the slightest of smiles. Beautiful patina and wear (especially ...click for details
Early 19th century staghorn and lacquer netsuke of two abalone shells. Excellent and completely realistic carving of shell textures, bottom parts representing the flesh of the animals are lacquered dark green. Large himotoshi (cord openings), beautiful warm patina. Length 2 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke of a turtle family (if there is such thing) with 2 parents standing on the base formed by 11 young. Essentially the netsuke is a wish for longevity, luck and multitude of children. Superb detailing - see beautifully incised patterns of their carapaces and leathery texture of their limbs. Excellent staining, wonderful wear and patina, very pleasant to the touch. Height 15/16 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a boy seated by a low stand using a pointer for reading a book. Beautiful carving, absolutely wonderful face, excellent wear and patina. Signed KOZAN in on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 680 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 3/8 inches.
Tall and very amusing 19th century ivory netsuke of balding Ashinaga (long legs) carrying his similarly balding companion Tenaga (long arms) on his back as the latter holds a eel in his hand - apparently their fishing cooperation worked well this time. Superb faces of portrait quality, extraordinary carving of their wavy hair, wonderful depiction of their absurdly long limbs, excellently incised hairy bodies. Himotoshi is formed by Ashinaga’s right arm. Beautiful patina, a lot of compressed dust ...click for details
19th century boxwood netsuke carved in a shape of a cloth toy of Daruma - the founder of Zen Buddhism - enveloped in monk’s robe. Wonderfully carved, great depiction on the soft body of the doll sagging towards the bottom. Superb austere face, eyes inlaid with dark horn, excellent patina and wear. Signed MASANAO for Masanao of Ise on the bottom - for the discussion of the group of carvers signing their work with this name see pp. 80-81 of COLLECTORS NETSUKE by Bushell. Great netsuke by the maste ...click for details
19th century delicate ivory netsuke of a standing man wearing voluminous robe and ebony courtier’s hat, and holding a bowl in his hand. The subject is probably some religious ceremony. Excellent smiling face with red and black highlights, wonderful flow to the robe, very beautiful yellow patina. Height 1 3/4 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of standing Shoki the Demon Queller with his fierce face turned up and holding his beard with one hand. Very well carved, great facial expression, eyes are inlaid with black horn. Beautiful wear and patina consistent with age. Signed KEISHU on the back. Height 1 5/8 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a baby boy standing on his knees wearing an apron on his chest and holding a tub in his hands. Extremely well carved, wonderful face and textile patterns. Excellent level of detail (see his delicately carved limbs), inside of the tub is lacquered black, beautiful patina consistent with age. Signed on the bottom RYOJI followed by kakihan (carved monogram of the artist) - for information on this Tokyo carver from the school of Ono Ryomin see p. 882 of NETSUKE & INR ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of hibachi (portable charcoal-burning brazier) on 3 low legs and filled with short pieces of wood and charcoals. Unusual subject in Japanese taste, perfectly caught “wabi-sabi” essence of the object with its elegant simplicity. Beautiful carving, wonderful depiction of wood structures in the logs. Beautiful wear and patina. Signed SHOJUKEN MASATOMO on the bottom - for information on this rare artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by Ge ...click for details