19th century lacquered wood netsuke of an actor in a role of Kiyohime turning into a demon. Kiyohime was a daughter of an innkeeper whose advances on a monk were not reciprocated, so her love turned into wrath, and she trapped him under a temple bell, turned into a dragon and melted the bell killing the monk. Great face, beautiful wig lacquered red (indicating the wrathful nature of the character), superb Noh theater robe with extraordinary lacquer depiction of textile patterns. Ivory inlaid fac ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of Kosekiko seated on rockery and holding a scroll, and Chorio kneeling in front of him. For the legend of Chorio (one of the Three Heroes of China) and Kosekiko (Yellow Stone Elder) see H. Joly LEGEND IN JAPANESE ART, p. 108. Great minute detailing - see their faces, finely incised textile patterns. Beautiful wear, pleasant patina, compressed dust on the surface. Signed ONO SHOMIN followed by kakihan (carved monogram of the artist) on the bottom - this carver from Ryo ...click for details
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of a standing ama - abalone diver girl - wearing a straw skirt, holding a net bag for her catch in her hands. Strong early carving, wonderful face, excellent depiction of her hair and straw skirt, wonderful patina consistent with age. Excellent sculpture. Height 2 1/8 inches
First half of 19th century ivory netsuke of a fresh tangerine on top of a dried persimmon containing a minute landscape with houses and trees. Superbly carved elegant piece in Japanese taste, wonderful mellow patina and beautiful wear consistent with age. Great depiction of skin textures. Signed MASAYOSHI in on the bottom - Sato Masayoshi was a brilliant artist, listed on p. 742 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Elegant old piece in excellent con ...click for details
18th century ivory netsuke of a cat resting on a large abalone shell. It is rather unusual to see cats in netsuke. Finely carved, great expression on its face, beautiful flow to the bumps on abalone, superb wear to the surface, warm yellow patina (darker on the bottom where netsuke was touching the silk of kimono). Differently sized himotoshi typical for 18th century netsuke, with larger one being able to accommodate a knot. Old age lines, overall in great condition. Excellent early piece. Lengt ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a huge scull with skeleton seated behind it holding lotus stems with buds and a Buddhist rosary in its hands. Excellent Buddhist subject, great facial expression (if you can call it a face), the piece being comical and somehow sad. Superb quality carving - see the finely represented bones. Beautiful patina on a very good quality material. Signed TOMONOBU in irregular reserve - for information on this artist from the Tomochika School see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS A ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of Okame pouring sake from a pot into a cup held by Fukurokuju. Excellent detailed carving, wonderful faces, beautiful etching of textile patterns and Okame’s hair. Beautiful patina - mellow yellowing on the back, age lines, overall in great condition. Signed HOMIN with kakihan (monogram of the artist) on the bottom - for information on this excellent carver from Hojitsu school see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 487. ...click for details
Excellent and ubusual 19th century ivory netsuke of 2 peony flowers on a stem with leaves. Did not photograph well. Superb quality carving to the last detail, great staining, fantastic patina. Signed KOJO on the stem - this artist of Tokoku school is listed on p. 643 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Length 1 7/8 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of 2 biwa (loquat) fruits on a stem. Elegant design in Japanese taste, superb quality realistic carving down to the last detail - see the rendition of bark on branches and perfectly etched terminals of the fruits. Beautiful wear and patina, himotoshi formed by natural openings in the carving. Signed MASATSUGU in oval reserve on the stem - the artist is listed on p. 740 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 1/4 inch ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a reclining karako (Chinese boy) holding a fan in his hand. Wonderful carving, well captured dreamy facial expression, wear and patina consistent with age,. Beautifully etched textile patterns, the sun and the moon of the fan are inlaid with mother of pearl. Signed MUNEYUKI on the inlaid cinnabar plaque on the bottom - the artist is listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 500, number 1729). Length 1 1/2 inches.