19th century ivory ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in the round with a continuous design of interlocking maple leaves. Superb clever design closely resembling and definitely predating the work of M. C. Escher. Excellent crisp carving with deep undercutting, metal liner for the central hole, wonderful patina. Height 11/16 inches..
19th century hinoki (cypress wood) netsuke of an actor in a role of a Chinese official with characteristic tablet in his hand. Painted in bright colors in a manner of Shuzan, great quality face, wonderful rendition of Noh theater robes as geometric planes with finely painted textile patterns. Signed CHIKUJU on the back - the artist is mentioned in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 452, number 134). Height 2 3/16 inches.
Rather uncommon 19th century Japanese 3-pronged bronze vajra (thunderbolt) - the primary symbol and ritual implement in Tantric Buddhism. It symbolizes the impenetrable, immovable, immutable, indivisible and indestructible state of enlightenment, as well as male principle of method or skillful means. Three-pronged vajra is a symbol of consecrating the devotee in the triple path of tantric meditation. Three prongs symbolize three different kinds of light issuing from them as follows: 1st prong - ...click for details
19th century Korean porcelain water dropper (used for diluting ink) in a shape of curled carp. According to a Chinese legend, a carp that can swim up the waterfall turns into a dragon, and thus serves as a paragon of perseverance, especially in scholarly pursuits. Free potting with nice depiction of fish’ scales, very nice underglaze blue wash, 2 openings for water. Old compressed dust on the surface, some scratching as to be expected, wonderful patina, overall in great shape. Very nice quiet pi ...click for details
Rather unusual 1920s (early Showa period) Japanese mingei (Arts and Crafts) shallow copper box with chased and enameled decoration of a vine with blooming flowers on the cover. Beautiful work, textured surface, excellent patina, in great condition. Enameled green on the inside. Signed on the bottom ANDO TSUKURU (made by Ando) - it is unusual to see signed Ando pieces. Length 4 1/8 inches.
18th century stag antler netsuke of shinkiro (the dream of a shell) - the mirage of Dragon King Ryujin’s palace appearing on swirling vapors in the breath of a clam shell. Extraordinary strong early carving (probably first half of 18th century), bold design, pleasantly massive, great sense of volume. Beautifully carved and stained, superb wear and patina, himotoshi is formed by openings in the rising vapors. For almost identical example see Barry Davies’ NETSUKE FROM THE TEDDY HAHN COLLECTION, p ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke in manju (rice cake) shape carved in sunken relief with a tiger seated under a full grown bamboo and looking up, the back is carved with a young bamboo with leaves. The subject probably is TAKE NI TORA - the strongest of all animals hiding beneath bamboo during a storm, symbolizing how powerless the terrestrial forces are compared with the force of the elements. Beautiful carving, its eye is inlaid with dark horn, excellent etching of tiger’s coat and bamboo leaves, b ...click for details
Very unusual early 19th century Japanese cloisonne Buddhist alms bowl. Simple elegant shape, unusual use of cloisonne technique on both inside and outside. Inside is decorated with images of 5 children’s toys (a drum, a mouse with a push rod, a spin top, a balancing scarecrow, and a cloth Daruma doll) among scattered flowers on black background with stylized clouds. Outside has 4 different flower roundels alternating with butterflies. The bowl has superb presence, very strong design, beautiful m ...click for details
Late Meiji / early Taisho period small Japanese cloisonne vase decorated with a duck in flight over blooming flowers issuing from rocks. Elegant design and perfect esecution, medium blue background, bronze rims, decoration of tiny circles going around them. In very good condition, beautiful enamel colors, no dents or star cracks. Height 3 1/2 inches.
Rather unusual early 19th century Japanese cloisonne scholar’s brushwasher decorated with various flower roundels on light blue background with scrolling clouds. Every roundel is different, very pleasant finish with original pitting, bottom is plain metal with nice wear and patina. No cracks, bald areas seen on the top of the inside are original (were fired this way). Rare and early piece in terms of Japanese cloisonne, from the period of transition from Chinese to Japanese style. Great humble ...click for details