Three 19th century metal chains used to connect a tobacco pouch to netsuke with fittings depicting ferocious dragons in low relief. Very nice crisp work, beautiful patina, a lot of chain. Fitting length range from 1/2 to 1 inch, chain lengths are about 3 inches.
19th century staghorn/bone netsuke turned in a shape of hollow double gourd, and pierced and carved on the outside with geometric designs. Himotoshi (cord openings) are formed by 2 longer slots in the middle part of the netsuke. Porous centers of stag antler on both ends are plugged as is usual in such pieces, and plugs are carved as part of the netsuke. Simple honest carving, nice patina, overall in very good condition. Height 1 7/8 inches.
19th century agate netsuke simply carved in a shape of a peach. Beautiful stone with delicate white turning peach color, elegant design, wonderful patina, old smoothed chip on the back of the tip of the fruit. Great piece for a collection of netsuke materials. Height 1 15/16 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a baby boy standing on his knees wearing an apron on his chest and holding a tub with his hands. Extremely well carved, wonderful face and textile patterns. Excellent level of detail (see his delicately carved limbs), inside of the tub is lacquered black, beautiful patina consistent with age. Signed on the bottom RYOJI followed by kakihan (carved monogram of the artist) - for information on this Tokyo carver from the school of Ono Ryomin see p. 882 of NETSUKE & ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke representing a female mask carver seated on a brocade pillow and holding a mask of an old woman and a carving knife. Excellent carving - see her face, hair and beautifully incised textile patterns. Wonderful light staining, great warm patina. Signed TOMOAKI in irregular reserve on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 1148 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 5/16 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of a millstone dresser working on a millstone. Excellent carving with wonderful lifelike pensive face. beautiful wear and patina. Signed KISUI on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 624. Height 1 7/16 inches.
19th century Japanese set of tobakoire (tobacco box), staghorn ojime bead and wooden kiseruzutsu (tobacco pipe holder), all connected by silk cord. Tobakoire is carved in a form of Zen Buddhism patriarch Daruma enveloped in his monastic robe. The face of the figure can be moved out to reveal a cavity used for storing shredded tobacco. The body of the figure is carved out of soft kiri wood, the face is boxwood, eyes are inlaid with yellowish glass, pupils are drilled from the back of inlays and p ...click for details
Early 19th century wooden netsuke of seated Hotei with karako (Chinese boy) standing next to him. Hotei is one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck and incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future, and is liked by children. Great smiling face, excellent depiction of the flow of their robes, nice patina, large and deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Signed MINKOKU on inlaid mother of pearl plaque on the bottom - the signature is very worn, but still can be read - for information ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of three chestnuts, two of them containing anabori (cavern) carving of landscape with a boat floating along a canal surrounded by banks with thatched roofed huts. Nice quiet carving with beautiful patina, excellent staining, old age lines. Length 1 11/16 inches.
Late Meiji - early Taisho ivory netsuke of Daikoku seated next to his mallet, and a rat climbing onto his shoulder. Daikoku is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune - that of abundance and of rice - and the rats are associated with him - where there is a lot of rice, there are rats. Very nicely carved, great miling face, black in highlights, beautifully depicted textile patterns, pleasant patina. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO R ...click for details