Rather unusual Japanese mixed metal brouch in a shape of a rectangular plaque showing 2 quails in different attitudes among various grasses. The plaque is superimposed by 2 differently shaped fans: one with cranes under a blooming cherry tree, and the other showing a sailing ship in waves on the background of Mount Fuji. Extraordinary fine minute work down to the last detail, gold and silver inlays, in superb condition, fastener on the back. Length 2 5/8 inches.
Rather unusual Japanese mixed metal brouch in a shape of a rectangular plaque showing a pheasant by a clump of various flowers and grasses. Extraordinary fine minute work (see the inlaid eyes of cranes), copper and silver inlays, gilding, in superb condition, fastener on the back. Size 7/8 x 13/16 inches (22 x 20 mm).
19th century Japanese sword menuki of a walking peasant with two objects - one in his back, the other in his hands, currently mounted as a pin and a pendant. Very clever design, superb detailing - see his face, silver socks, shakudo pants, and the coat inlaid with gold, silver, shakudo and copper squares. The material of the back, the clasp and swinging pendant loop appears to be silver. Height 1 15/16 inches.
Early 19th century boxwood netsuke of an alert kirin sitting on oval base with its head raised, flames licking the sides of his body. Great inquisitive face, wonderful depiction of its tail and bumpy spine, eyes are inlaid with bronze. Fantastic sheen from wear, superb patina, very pleasant to hold. For a kirin carved by the same hand see Sotheby’s Bushell sale catalog of March 21, 2000, lot 136. Height 1 9/16 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke of Kanzan holding an open scroll, with Jittoku standing beside him holding a broom. According to a Chinese legend, Kanzan and Jittoku (Han Shan and Shi De in Chinese) lived in a kitchen of a Zen Buddhist monastery and talked nonsensical language, which some took as a sign of them being enlightened. Wonderful faces, great depiction of robe lines and hair, beautifully stained, excellent mellow patina. Signed GYOKUZAN in oval reserve on the back - for information on the ...click for details
19th century kagamibuta (“mirror lid”) netsuke with ivory top and ivory bowl. The top is carved in low relief with a seated boy wearing rich robe decorated with coin pattern and holding a butterfly net in his hand. Wonderful depiction of robe lines, elegantly incised textile decoration. Beautiful patina on ivory, swinging metal loop at the back for the cord. Diameter 1 1/4 inches.
19th century porcelain Hirado netsuke of a monkey dressed as a Sambaso dance actor, wearing a hat and holding a fan and a rattle in its hands. Its head is movable. Very funny facial expression, good overall modeling, underglaze blue and brown typical for Hirado, in great condition, no breaks or restoration. Height 2 1/4 inches.
19th century lacquered and inlaid ivory and wood netsuke of a gift box with mottled red and black sides and inlaid panel depicting blooming flowers of gold lacquer and inlaid coral. Made as one solid piece, wonderful quality work, unusual subject and execution, beautiful wear and patina, really nice feel of age to the piece. Signed TENZAN SAKU (made by Tenzan) on an inlaid ivory plaque on the bottom - this rare artist is listed on p. 1089 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNA ...click for details
19th century Japanese ivory netsuke carved as a peasant on a Buddhist temple pilgrimage with a scarf wrapped around his head, a Buddhist gong hanging off his neck, and a striker in one hand. Wonderful face with widely open mouth, very good detailing, traces of worn black, red and golden lacquer giving the piece a great feel of age, beautiful patina. Height 2 3/16 inches.