Early 19th century ivory netsuke of two quails sitting on millet stalks with leaves. Superb quality carving - see the alert faces, differentiated feathers and finely carved millet stalks, eyes inlaid with black horn. Beautiful wear and patina turning yellow on the bottom where netsuke was touching the silk of kimono, old age lines. Classic netsuke in great condition. Height 1 inch.
19th century ivory netsuke of a seated piebald puppy with its mouth slightly open. Perfectly captured essence of the creature with its clumsy body, fantastic quality depiction of the face with horn inlaid eyes, excellent hairwork and use of ink for its spots, superb sense of volume. Great patina, himotoshi formed by its left limbs. Height 15/16 inches.
Late Qing dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese kesi textile with woven design of a 5-clawed dragon in pursuit of a flaming Precious Pearl among clouds surrounded by 4 bats. Excellent quality sharp work, strong colors, in perfect condition. Framed and glazed on both sides, textile size in sight is 8.5 x 7.5 inches.
Single 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting a man pulling 2 stems of bamboo. Extraordinary work with superb detailing - see his face, hair, bamboo leaves and finely worked designs on his clothes. Bronze with beautiful coppery patina, silver inlaid details of his belt and sandals, in great condition, signed with 2 characters on a plaque inside. Length 1 1/2 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke of a seated man wearing just a loincloth, his hands on his knees. Very rare subject - his shaved head with a long pigtail indicates that he is Manchu rather than Han Chinese. Excellent carving with superb face that looks rather like a caricature on imaginary Manchu, extraordinary defined muscles, beautifully stained, very nice wear, a lot of compressed dust on the surface. Signed SHOKO on the bottom - this brilliant Hida school carver is discussed at length on p. 966 ...click for details
Late Meiji (1890-1912) ivory netsuke in a shape of a box with carved top depicting 2 frogs about to engage in sumo wrestling match by rice sheaves and willow tree, and the 3rd frog serving as a referee using a leaf instead of a traditional fan. Extraordinary quality carving and etching with ink - see the textures of tree trunk and frog skin, beautifully incised willow leaves. Wonderful patina, bronze fitting with a swinging loop on the back for hanging. Signed SEIGYOKU on the back. Excellent wor ...click for details
19th century marine ivory netsuke of standing Okame carrying an enormous mushroom on her back, one of her breasts bare. The netsuke is of shunga type with mushroom bearing not so subtle sexual connotation. Wonderfully carved out of walrus tusk - see her superb face, hair arrangement and patterns of her kimono, extraordinary patina. I believe the carving to be by Shugetsu - an almost identical netsuke by the carver is illustrated in Christie’s NETSUKE AND INRO FROM AN AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION ...click for details
19th century marine ivory netsuke depicting seated poet Saigyo Hoshi, his hands around his knees, contemplating Mount Fuji. Hoshi lived in the 12th century, was a member of the Fujiwara clan, but renounced all his dignities to become a poet and priest. Very good carving, wonderful face with a wide smile, great wear and patina, very pleasant feel of age to the piece. Signed YOSHIYAMA on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 1248 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a man on his knees vigorously cleaning with a stiff brush the Japanese character KOKORO (heart) that forms the base of the netsuke. Netsuke conveys the moral advise to purify your own heart. Unusual material for the subject - for some reason this model is always carved in wood. Excellent carving, wonderful facial expression, mellow patina, old age lines. Signed on the bottom UNPO - this rare carver is listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 547, number 3151). Height 1 ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of a makatsugyo (dragon-fish) on a base. The creature is rarely depicted in netsuke. 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. Excellent carving, great depiction of its face, front paws and spine, beautiful patina. Length 1 3/4 inches.