19th century staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in a shape of a tongue-cut Sparrow. Good design, brown staining, natural imperfections in staghorn, overall in very good condition. Height 9/16 inches.
19th century staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in a shape of a pomegranate with leaf. Good design, the fruit itself is lacquered dark red, natural imperfections in staghorn. Height 11/16 inches.
Rather unusual late Meiji - early Taisho (1910s) celluloid ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) molded in a shape of male and female seated back to back. Excellent quality modeling, superb sharp detailing, great faces. Pleasant patina, in perfect condition. Height 11/16 inches
19th century staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in a shape of a dice with dots highlighted in black ink. Nice quality work, beautiful warm patina, some wear. Cube size 1/2 inches.
19th century ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) made out of a natural amber as a faceted bead. Clever use of natural material, beautiful play of light in it, pleasant feel of age, beautiful patina. Height 1/2 inches.
Very unusual late 19th century Japanese set of 20 ceramic theater masks netsuke mounted on wooden board with old silk brocade front and rosewood frame. Excellent modeling, crisp detailing, enamel highlights, slight darkening of protruding parts from wear, very nice patina. each is impressed with seal SEKIHO on the back - the artist is listed in NETSUKE MASKS by Raymond Bushell, p. 176, signatures 258-260. The masks are held by lengths of wire, and can easily be removed from the board if needed. ...click for details
Very tall early 19th century ivory netsuke of a foreigner in richly decorated Chinese dress with a karako (Chinese boy) sitting on his shoulders. He is holding a scroll in one hand, and there is a small drum hanging off his belt on his right side. Strong early carving, excellent detailing, wonderful face with a perfectly captured expression of slight madness, textile highlights on his belly are inlaid with turtle shell. The netsuke is slightly curved backwards, so does not really stand on it own ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a man with a horn on his head, bent under the weight of a richly dressed woman on his back. The subject of the netsuke is Ikkaku Sennin (single horn Sage) - according to Japanese legend, he grew angry with the Rain Dragons and sealed them away in a cave, causing a drought. Beautiful Indian princess Sendarama was sent to tempt him and when he yielded to her, he lost his magical powers, and the rain returned. Excellent carving with portrait quality faces, superb depic ...click for details
Unusual 19th century Japanese tsuishu (cinnabar lacquer) netsuke of an exceedingly fat puppy seated on a fan-shaped cushion. Great facial expression, excellent sense of volume, precise carving of brocade patterns on the cushion. Tsuishu is rather uncommon material for netsuke. Very beautiful patina. Length 1 3/16 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of seated Kintaro leaning on a large axe in front of him. Kintaro, the child of the forest (also known as Kintoki) was raised by Yama Uba, and possessed an extraordinary strength. Nice quality carving, wonderful depiction of his face and clothing. Wood is lacquered in Negoro style - red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black and then wood starts showing, beautiful wear and patina. Height 1 7/16 inches.