Chinese Canton enamel writer’s coupe cup of round section painted on the outside in polychrome enamels with a long-tailed bird and its chick on rockery among blooming peonies and morning glory with leaves, branches and tendrils. Excellent quality painting, great detailing, wonderful flowing composition. Spurious 4-character Yongzheng mark in blue enamel on the bottom, pleasantly heavy, in fantastic condition, excellent item for scholar’s desk. Diameter 3 3/8 inches, height 1 1/2 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a chestnut. Elegant piece in Japanese taste, one of the most realistically carved pieces that I have had. Superb quality rendition of shape and texture of the nut, very pleasant to the touch, wonderful wear and patina. Height 1 3/16 inches.
Ivory netsuke of a reclining horse, its hooves drawn under its body forming a compact netsuke shape, head turned back as it is neighing vigorously. Wonderful sense of volume, excellent hairwork, great face with amber and horn inlaid eyes. Netsuke was carved out of a central part of a tusk containing central nerve canal, which was was plugged on the bottom and expertly carved as part of a leg, as well as on the top (to the left of the neck, can be seen on Enlargement 2). Himotoshi (cord opening) ...click for details
Wooden netsuke netsuke of a recumbent water buffalo, its hooves bent beneath its body. Perfectly captured somewhat puzzled expression, wonderful sense of volume. Superbly carved to the last detail - see its face and finely incised coat, eyes inlaid with black horn. Signed MASANAO SHINZAN on the bottom - for discussion of the last of Masanao carvers see p. 725 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Wonderful sculpture by the master carver. Length 2 inc ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of two Chinese boys forming 4 figures - 2 seated and 2 resting on their stomachs. Superb trick design with four bodies but just 2 heads. Wonderfully quiet smiling faces, beautiful flow to the lines of their robes, great textile patterns. Very pleasant light staining, mellow patina. Signed YUKIMASA on the side - for a good discussion of this excellent artist (born in 1914) see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 233. Length 1 3/4 inches.
Ivory netsuke of standing Jurojin holding a turtle on his hand. Jurojin is one of 7 Gods of Good Fortune, that of longevity, and the turtle - one of his usual companions - is also associated with longevity. The netsuke is essentially a wish for long life. Very nicely carved, great level of detail and perfectly captured facial expression, expert staining. Signed SEIGYOKU on the back - for a discussion of the artist see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 226. Height 1 7/8 inches.
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 3 pairs of menuki or fuchi-kashira sets. 2 boxes are available. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, ivory colored silk insert with thread holders for sword fittings. Dimensions: 10 3/4”x3 1/2”x1 1/2” ( 27.5x9x3.7 cm).
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 1 pair of menuki or fuchi-kashira set. 6 boxes are available. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, light salad green colored silk insert with thread holders for sword fittings. Dimensions: 5 7/8”x3 7/16”x1 1/4” ( 15x8.5x3 cm).
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 1 pair of menuki or fuchi-kashira set. 2 boxes are available. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, burgundy colored silk insert with thread holders for sword fittings, matching silk cushion. Dimensions: 5 5/8”x3 1/4”x1 7/16” ( 14.5x8.4x3.6 cm).
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 1 tsuba. 3 boxes are available. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, light salad green colored silk insert with fixture to hold the tsuba. Dimensions: 4 5/8”x4 3/8”x1 1/8” ( 11.9x11.3x3 cm).