Pair of early 19th century Japanese sword menuki each depicting an undulating dragon in different attitude. Excellent design, bronze with fire gilding, great casting and detailing, beautiful patina. Length 1 9/16 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting chidori (plovers) in flight in different attitudes. Superb quality work to the last detail, fantastic example of Japanese metalwork. Shakudo with gold inlays, in excellent condition. Each is signed on the side - see details. Length 7/8 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki each depicting a pair of cranes wading through a stream with water plants. Elegant design, bronze with gilding and silver inlays, overall in great condition. Length 1 3/4 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki each depicting a samurai with a weapon in different attitudes: one is wielding a sword, the other a naginata (a machete on a wooden shaft). Wonderful work, bronze with silver inlays and gilding, slight wear, in great condition. Length 1 1/16 inches.
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