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.
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of a Pekinese dog sitting with one paw raised. Strong early carving resembling Kyoto school pieces, surprisingly human expression on the face of the beast. Excellent hairwork - see its shaggy coat and bushy tail, eyes inlaid with brown horn. Old age lines, wonderful wear and patina consistent with age. Signed TOSUI in oval reserve on the bottom - this rare artist is listed on p. 1181 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarni ...click for details
18th century ivory netsuke of Okame with a box in one hand, and holding a cowling oni (little mischievous demon) by its hair with the other. Setsubun is performed during the New Year by throwing beans around the house to exorcise the oni, who are supposedly afraid of beans. Unusually early carving for the subject - normally it is represented by 19th century examples. Excellent quality strong early fat carving, great faces, eyes of the oni are inlaid with dark horn, superb depiction of hair and t ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of an octopus wearing a jacket and towering over a monkey seated on an abalone shell. Unusual subject - normally they are wrestling, but here it does not seem to be the case - the monkey is smiling. Superbly carved, excellent faces, wonderful detailing - see the coat of the monkey and abalone texture. Eyes of the octopus are inlaid with black horn. Beautiful wear and patina consistent with age, turning yellow on the back. Comes from the collection of His Royal Highness ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke depicting Takaramono - a group of objects, each endowed with an emblematic meaning: Kakuregasa (the hat of invisibility), Kakure Mino (lucky rain coat protecting against evil spirits), Tama (sacred pearl), axe-shaped coin, an inexhaustible purse with money and a kite. Wonderful piece in Japanese taste, essentially a wish for luck, health and prosperity. Very good quality work, stained dark brown and worn to natural ivory color on the raised spots. Himotoshi (cord hole) ...click for details
Unusual 19th century cloisonne and ivory netsuke in kagamibuta (mirror lid) form. The top is a cloisonne disc with highly stylized landscape with vegetation in the foreground and a mountain and clouds in the background. Superb quality work with great feel of age, very pleasant patina, nice ivory bowl, silk cord. Disc diameter 1 5/16 inches, bowl diameter 1 5/8 inches.