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.
19th century bone / staghorn netsuke in a shape of a typical Japanese wooden tub for washing with 2 rows of rope on the outside. Wonderful simple object beautifully carved, central peg with a hole in the back part serves as himotoshi, old silk cord. Excellent patina, great sense of dignity to the piece. Diameter 1 1/8 inches.
19th century red coral ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in flattened ball shape. Natural red coral with porous structure, wonderful simplicity to the piece, large central hole, beautiful patina. Diameter at the widest 13/16 inches.
Late Qing Dynasty (1890s to 1911) Chinese porcelain brushrest with robbinís egg glaze in a form of scholarís rock with numerous peaks and perforations. Superb design and detailing, extraordinary beautiful glaze with swirls of deep blue on light blue. Nice patina on the surface, compressed dust in crevices, overall in excellent condition, impressed mark in seal form on the bottom. Excellent piece in scholarís taste - one of the cleverest scholars objects that I ever had. Length 7 inches.
19th century Chinese scholarís brushrest in a shape of a wooden branch with richly textured surface resembling numerous swirling clouds. Did not photograph well - photos came out too harsh. Very beautiful and unusual black inky finish, wonderful patina, very pleasant to touch and to hold. Excellent piece in scholarís taste - one of the most attractive scholarís objects that I ever had. Length 8 1/8 inches.
Old Chinese scholarí s rock in a form of a piece of petrified wood representing a mountain range with twisted rock formations with rich weathered surface. Can be used as a brushrest as well. Excellent rendition of raw energy of the stone, both dynamic, and frozen in a mountain shape. Wide variety of beautiful natural colors, wonderful patina, great quality fitted ebony stand. Excellent object for contemplation on scholarís desk. Length with stand 6 3/4 inches.
Unusual 19th century solid silver Chinese seal with sitting Buddhist lion on top, looking to his right. Pleasantly heavy piece with excellent casting and chiseling, beautiful patina on the surface. Crisply carved characters within a border on the base, traces of red seal paste in the grooves. Marked with 2 makerís stamps on the back (see detail). Great piece for scholarís table. Height 1 1/8 inches, base 5/8 inches square.
Unusual 19th century Chinese / Tibetan snuff saucer made out of a base of a deer (or some other large beast) antler. Wonderful simple object, superb patina to the surface, very pleasant feel of age. Maximum length 2 1/4 inches.
19th century Chinese textile kesi rank badge (also called mandarin square) from the back of an officialís robe. The badge dates from early to mid-19th century, and denotes the fifth civil rank symbolized by the bird on the badge - the Silver Pheasant. Numerous woven designs include sun, rocks among waves and clouds, bats in flight, fungus of Immortality, peaches, peonies, lotus flowers and other Emblems of the 8 Immortals, Buddhist Emblems and Eight Treasures. Black and blue ink painting highlig ...click for details