18th century ivory netsuke of a recumbent buffalo with a boy seated behind it and hugging the animal. Perfectly captured understanding between two characters resulting in tranquility and comfort that they give each other. Superbly carved animal, its hooves bent beneath its body, wearing a halter with a length of rope lying across its back, extraordinary rendition of its fur, eyes are inlaid with black horn. Great detailing - see the genitals of the boy and stitching on the back of his jacket. Be ...click for details
Very unusual 19th century lacquered wood netsuke of a Kurombo diver climbing onto an enormous branch of red coral. Rare subject - Ceylonese coral divers are usually shown holding a pot with a coral branch in front of them. Wonderful face, excellent depiction of his muscular limbs and curly hair and beard. The body of the diver is lacquered with silver lacquer producing deep gray color turning black, coral part is lacquered in Negoro style - red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black starts ...click for details
18th century ivory netsuke of a mother rat with 2 young on a woven straw mat. Great compact shape, humorous attitude of one of the young covering its face with its paws. Superbly carved, excellent depiction of fur, tail and straw mat textures, great faces, eyes of the mother are inlaid with turtle shell, those of young are black horn. Beautiful wear consistent with age, old stable age lines, yellowing on the bottom where netsuke was touching the silk of kimono and picked up oil from the body of ...click for details
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of a snarling tiger leaning over a huge hollowed object that has a texture of a tangerine skin, with a gnarled bamboo on it. Great carving, wonderful face and striped coat, eyes are inlaid with black horn. Himotoshi is formed by the bamboo stem, beautiful wear and patina turning honey color on the back. Signed TOMOTORI inside the fruit - this rare artist is listed on p. 1335 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Heig ...click for details
Late 18th to early 19th century ivory netsuke of a wild boar resting with its feet tucked underneath it. Classic design, excellent carving of its body bulk, great hairwork on its coat, wonderful tranquil face, eyes are inlaid with dark horn, differently sized large and deep himotoshi. Beautiful wear and patina, old stable stress lines in the material. Length 1 3/4 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of a seated sarumawashi - traveling monkey showman - with unhappy face, holding a folded fan in one hand and with the other one grabbing the neck of his pet, who is wearing a typical short jacket and leering at something in front of him. Excellent carving, the face of the man is of portrait quality, finely incised textile patterns. Nice detail - sarumawashi is wearing an inro suspended by a manju netsuke. Beautiful staining and warm patina. Signed on the bottom MASAYU ...click for details
18th century ivory netsuke of a standing archer, a bow in his right hand, a long arrow in the left and a large round hat behind his back. Very strong early sculpture, boldly carved, wonderful smiling face, excellent depiction of his military coat. Perfectly balanced - stands on its own on flat surface, netsuke of typical 18th century triangular section. Extraordinary rich patina, very deep large himotoshi, old age lines. Formerly in the Raymond Bushell collection. Height 2 5/8 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of widely smiling Okame enveloped in her robe, with a removable round bottom revealing the shunga part of the netsuke. Excellent carving, especially the face, wonderful flow of her robe. The dots on her forehead are inlaid with brown horn. Great pattern to the flow of her robe, expert staining, beautiful patina. Wonderful sculpture - all that a good netsuke should be.. Signed MASAHIRO in rectangular raised reserve inside the bottom. Masahiro Gyokkosai of Osaka school w ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of Urashima Taro opening the box the Princess Otohime gave him - for the legend of Urashima Taro see H. Joly “Legend in Japanese Art”, p. 1035. Superb detailed carving, excellent depiction of his face with a wonderful smile, extraordinary carving and etching of patterns on his clothes and the box. Beautiful wear and patina, compressed dust on the surface. Signed SHIGEMASA on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 946 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR ...click for details
Early 19th century wooden netsuke of several items used in tea ceremony: one large and one small chunk of charcoal, haboki (feather brush for ashes) and a fan painting depicting 3 turtles and a moon partially obscured by clouds. Superb design in Japanese taste invoking tranquility with a touch of melancholy, beautifully carved. Excellent depiction of tree bark, expertly stained, wonderful patina. Large and deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Signed MASAKAZU in rectangular re ...click for details