19th century good size bamboo bible page marker / turner carved in low relief with a bird watching a mother of pearl inlaid butterfly among blooming flowers by rocks, background of rockery with waterfall under swirling clouds above. Unusual piece with uncommonly good quality sharp carving. Very pleasant patina, in great condition. Length 17 3/8 inches.
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.
19th century ivory shunga netsuke of a lady taking a bath in a wooden tub and pulling a loincloth off a man seated by the tub and seemingly resisting her advances. Excellent carving conveying the essence of the scene, superb faces, light staining, very pleasant patina and wear. Signed KAGETOSHI on the bottom - this brilliant carver is discussed on p. 554 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Unusual subject for the master, who is better known for his ...click for details
Mid-19th century ivory netsuke depicting a Chinese elder holding a drum and a striker in his hands, and two karako (Chinese boys) clinging to his coat. Excellent carving with wonderful detailed faces (see the teeth of the elder), nice flow to the lines of their robes, great incised textile patterns. Superb patina with fine sheen, beautiful wear. Height 1 7/8 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a kanna - a carpenter’s plane. Wonderful carving with great detailing - see the incised wood texture of its body and simulated wear on the rear from mallet strikes. The blade of the plane is made out of horn, beautiful wear, superb patina. Signed TOMOCHIKA on the bottom - the artist must be Tomochika the First as discussed on p. 1148 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Length 1 3/4 inches.
19th century Japanese ivory netsuke carved as a seated monkey with its hands to its ears - the subject is Kikazaru - the monkey that “hears no evil”. Very nice carving with wonderful face, great hairwork and beautiful staining old age lines, pleasant warm patina. Signed YUZAN - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 1258. Height 1 5/8 inches.
18th century ivory netsuke of sennin (Chinese sage) wearing robe and a leaf skirt, leaning slightly forward and holding in his hands tassels that support a large round hat on his back. Strong early piece with superb smiling face, beautiful flow to the lines of his robe. Well balanced - stands on its own on flat surface, Wonderful wear to the surface from more than 200 years of handling, beautiful yellow patina turning light amber color on the back from wear against the silk of kimono, old age li ...click for details
Late Meiji - early Taisho ivory netsuke of three puppies in different attitudes: one sitting, the other sleeping while the third one climbs over it. Superbly carved, great faces, eyes are double inlaid with light and dark horn, excellent hairwork and staining, crisply defined claws. Signed RANTEI in oval reserve on the bottom for Hogen Rantei - the artist is listed on p. 865 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Hogen is an honorary title conferred f ...click for details
Early 19th century boxwood netsuke carved as a seated snarling tiger. Great face with somewhat surprised expression, wonderful depiction of its body bulk, powerful paws, beautiful rhythm to the flow of the tail. Himotoshi (cord hole) is formed by natural opening between the feet and the body of the animal. Inlaid ivory eyes with dark horn pupils, beautiful patina, wear to the front of the face. Very good early sculpture. Height 1 7/16 inches.
Late 18th century boxwood netsuke of an octopus with a large head flanked by curling tentacles. Excellent quality carving, wonderfully captured facial expression with wrinkles on it forehead giving it a very human appearance, great depiction of suction cups on tentacle. Eyes are inlaid with dark horn, himotoshi formed by a tentacle on the bottom, beautiful wear and patina. Signed SHUZAN for on the bottom - Yasusada Shuzan is listed on p. 1016 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR S ...click for details