Exceptional ivory netsuke carved as a cucumber. The most realistically carved piece that I have had. Superb quality rendition of shape, texture and color of the vegetable, very pleasant to the touch. Signed RYOKUZAN on the inlaid cinnabar plaque - this brilliant and very distinct artist is listed on p. 883 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Excellent clever netsuke. Length 2 1/8 inches.
Ivory netsuke of a Heavenly General standing wearing military garb, his fists clenched and hair upswept. Twelve Heavenly Generals protect and serve the Yakushi Nyorai (the Medicine Buddha). The twelve are Hindu in origin and were later incorporated into Buddhism as protective warriors: the 12 were present when the historical Buddha introduced the Healing Sutra. Extremely well carved out of beautiful flawless piece of ivory: fantastic quality depiction of his face with a touch of madness, not loo ...click for details
Sotheby’s sale catalog THE CARLO MONZINO COLLECTION OF NETSUKE, INRO AND LACQUER that took place in London on June 21, 1995. The spine is in normal condition - white seen on the top left side on Enlargement 1 is reflection from photography lights. Hard covers, 500 lots illustrated in color and black and white, prices realized included. One of the most interesting collections that went on the market in the past 30 years, superb reference book.
Christie’s sale catalog THE RAYMOND AND FRANCES BUSHELL COLLECTION OF NETSUKE PART IV that took place in New York on April 23, 1991. The spine is in normal condition - white seen on the top left side on Enlargement 1 is reflection from photography lights. Hard covers, 297 lots illustrated in color, prices realized included. Excellent reference book.
Christie's sale catalog THE FRANCOIS STORNO COLLECTION OF NETSUKE, that took place in London on May 16, 2007. Soft covers, 161 lots illustrated and described, introduction by Francois Storno, prices realized included. Excellent reference book, in excellent condition.
Sotheby’s sale catalog FINE NETSUKE INRO AND LACQUER FROM THE ESTATE OF MADELYN HICKMOTT that took place in New York on February 8, 1989. Soft covers, 400 lots illustrated (some color, some black and white), prices realized included. About 10 prices realized are inscribed in pen on pages, otherwise in excellent condition.
Christie’ s sale catalog THE I.A. AND CECILE MANN VICTOR COLLECTION OF NETSUKE that took place in New York on April 20, 1989. Hard covers, 201 lots illustrated (some color, some black and white), prices realized included, in excellent condition.
Sotheby’s sale catalog NETSUKE FROM THE COLLECTION OF RAYMOND AND FRANCES BUSHELL that took place in New York on March 21, 2000. Last of the 6 sales of the Bushell netsuke collection, soft covers, 306 lots illustrated, prices realized included. Excellent reference book.
Sale catalog SELECTED NETSUKE & INRO by Barry Davies Oriental Art, London, 1999. 132 pieces illustrated in color, softcover, 12.5x 8.5 inches, 72 pages. Was produced for 1999 Netsuke Convention in Chicago, includes index of artists. Very good reference book.
Ivory netsuke of a standing sumo wrestler wearing kesho-mawashi - a heavily embroidered apron - and getting ready for a match. Excellent concentrated and tranquil face, great sense of volume to his limbs and body. Wonderful clean carving made out of beautiful even grained ivory, expert light staining. Signed YUKIMASA inside the apron - for a good discussion of the artist (born in 1914) see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 233. Height 2 3/16 inches.