This is an excellent and intricately carved very charming netsuke, made by our own Pennsylvania native, David Carlin. He describes it as a "Clown seated on a ball with his left hand holding his forehead and the right arm resting in the clown’s lap. The eyes are inlaid in amber and the clown has a star in his right cheek matching the stars on the sleeves and bottom hem of his sweater. The clown also has a shooting star on the back of the sweater.” The monogram “DC” is carved into the sole of the clown’s left foot.
Netsuke is heavily polished. It measures 1.04 inches (2.6cm) wide, and 1.84 inches (4.6cm) tall. It is in outstanding condition, as may be seen in the posted photos.
The value of this netsuke is estimated at $3,000