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Early 19c netsuke QUAILS on millet

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1236797

Early 19c netsuke QUAILS on millet
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$1600 

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.


19c netsuke piebald PUPPY

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1236794

19c netsuke piebald PUPPY
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$675 

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.


19c kesi Chinese textile DRAGON & Precious Pearl

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Textiles: Pre 1910   item# 1235588

19c kesi Chinese textile DRAGON & Precious Pearl
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$350 

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.


19c Japanese sword MENUKI MAN with bamboo signed

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Swords and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1235227

19c Japanese sword MENUKI MAN with bamboo signed
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$195 

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.


19c netsuke MANCHU by SHOKO

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1234565

19c netsuke MANCHU by SHOKO
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$1500 

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


19c netsuke FROGS SUMO WRESTLING by SEIGYOKU

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1910   item# 1234562

19c netsuke FROGS SUMO WRESTLING by SEIGYOKU
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$650 

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


19c shunga netsuke OKAME & mushroom by SHUGETSU

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1234313

19c shunga netsuke OKAME & mushroom by SHUGETSU
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$775 

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


19c netsuke POET SAIGYO HOSHI by YOSHIYAMA

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1234312

19c netsuke POET SAIGYO HOSHI by YOSHIYAMA
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$475 

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


19c netsuke PURIFYING HEART by UNPO

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1233548

19c netsuke PURIFYING HEART by UNPO
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$550 

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


19c netsuke DRAGON-FISH

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1233546

19c netsuke DRAGON-FISH
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$625 

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.

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