Ivory netsuke of an owl sitting on a tree stump with fresh branches and leaves. Excellent quality detailed carving, wonderful face with somewhat puzzled expression, beautiful depiction of differentiated feathers, pleasant patina, eyes are inlaid with black horn. Signed MASAMITSU (alternative reading is Shoko) on the bottom. Wonderful netsuke by the master carver. Height 1 5/8 inches.
Ivory netsuke of a resting goat - one of the 12 Zodiac animals - with its head turned to the left. Excellent carving with clean lines conveying the essence of the creature’s character, great rendition of animal’s fur, no breaks, chips or repairs. Beautiful patina, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Signed YUKITOMO on the bottom. Height 1 1/8 inches.
Japanese ivory okimono of a standing actor in a role of a shojo with a fan in his hand. Shojo are mythical creatures living near the sea, and are particularly fond of sake. Superb quality carving with excellent face and minute detailing - see the fingernails, hair texture and textile patterns. Beautiful warm patina, details highlighted by paint and golden lacquer, in excellent condition. Signed SEIGETSU on inlaid cinnabar plaque on the bottom - the artist is listed in CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Mir ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of a seated Noh actor dressed in rich voluminous robes, with his arms outstretched, face painted, and wearing a demon red hair wig. Nicely carved out of beautiful even ivory, beautiful polychrome decoration. Signed TERUYUKI in seal form on the bottom. Height 1 11/16 inches.
Ivory netsuke carved as an actor wearing rich theatrical costume decorated with pines, a female mask, and holding a closed fan in his hand. Extremely well carved out of beautiful even ivory, fantastic level of detail both in the mask, headband and clothes with unusually well done dense polychrome decoration. Perfectly captured facial expression with slight smile, wonderful rendition of hair texture. Inscribed ICHIRYU KUMANO on the bottom, Ichiryu being the name of the carver, and KUMANO the name ...click for details
Unusual ivory netsuke of two differently sized tadpoles - one in a stage when it starts growing its legs, the other one did not get there yet. Rare subject, elegant composition, superbly realistic carving of shapes and textures perfectly capturing the essence of the creatures, yet also having a feeling of an abstract sculpture. Wonderful clean carving, signed RYOSHU on the bottom - for information on one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century see p. 886 of NETSUKE & INRO AR ...click for details
Small ivory netsuke carved by Ryoshu (born in 1912) - one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century. Netsuke represents Daruma (founder of Zen Buddhism) enveloped in monastic robe, and his eyes can pop in and out. Perfectly captured facial expression, facial hair and mandarin duck decoration on his robe beautifully incised and etched with ink. Excellent clean carving made out of beautiful even ivory. Signed RYOSHU on the back - the artist is listed in NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AN ...click for details
Unusual pair of 1930s Japanese sterling silver and glass salt and pepper shakers. Glass bottles are of triangular section, overlaid with sterling silver bamboo leaves on stems. Excellent quality crisp work, wonderful patina, marked STERLING 950 on the bottom. Clever design, extremely well made, wonderful table objects in superb condition. Height 3 inches.
1920s kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with plastic top and celluloid bowl imitating ivory. The top represents a dragon clutching Sacred Pearl in its paw. Excellent crisp work, overall in excellent condition, swinging metal loop on the back for the cord. Comes with original metal chain that connected it to a tobacco pouch. The metal connector fitting is worked with dragon in flight on one side and Mount Fuji and clouds on the other. Very good example of its type. Diameter 2 1/16 inches, metal par ...click for details
Original 1968 Japanese woodblock print by Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995) titled EAGLE OWL ("Mimizuku" in Japanese). Paper on the photographs came out with gray tinge, but it is actually of warm tone - Enlargement 2 is closest in color to what it is. Published by Yoshida Studio, signed in pencil by the artist in the lower right corner. The print is in excellent condition, finely detailed with intense bright colors, beautiful "bokashi" shading. Image size 14 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches, pape ...click for details