Late 19th century okimono (or a large netsuke) of an octopus with its tentacles curled up forming a nice compact shape. Wonderful face of a space alien, great depiction of its numerous suction cups, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Beautiful patina, old age lines, very pleasant to hold, excellent sculpture. Height 1 1/2 inches.
19th century ebony netsuke of an alert rat crouching on a length of wood. Did not photograph well. Superb quality carving of the rodent’s face, joints of its fingers and tail texture as well as perfectly represented cracked texture of the log. Beautiful sheen to the surface from wear, pleasantly chunky. Signed HIDEMASA SAKU (made by Hidemasa) on the bottom - judging by the subject, carving style and material the artist belonged to the Iwami school and is listed on p. 461 of NETSUKE & INRO AR ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of a resting horse with head turned to the right, its legs bent beneath its body. Did not photograph well. Excellently carved, superb face with eyes double inlaid with light and dark horn. Great depiction of its body bulk and flow of its mane. Wonderful wear and patina consistent with age, extremely pleasant to hold. Length 1 7/16 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke of a South Sea Islander wearing a straw skirt held by rope belt seated on rockery and holding a large ball with an opening that reveals a rolling ball inside it. Excellent face with unhappy pensive expression, great carving of straw and rock textures, beautiful staining and patina. Signed ISSAI on the bottom - for information on the artist see p. 517 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Wonderful work by the master carve ...click for details
Late Meiji (1890s to 1912) small ivory netsuke of a crouching dragon with its head turned back. Must have been a child’s netsuke given to somebody born in a year of the dragon. Nicely captured posture, good carving of the beast’s face, tail and scales. Signed KAZUNARI (alternative reading is Issaku) on its foot. Length 1 5/16 inches.
19th century coral ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) of simple barrel shape. True coral of beautiful deep salmon natural color (not stained), nice patina on the surface. Height 1/2 inches (12.5 mm), weight 3.5 grams.
19th century golden lacquer netsuke of a sitting boy tugging at his face below his eye with a smiling expression, his tongue sticking out while he is hiding a toy drum / rattle behind his back. This gesture, called Bekkako, is from a child's game and translates as something like "see my eye" while teasing a playmate and inviting him to guess what is hidden behind your back. Wonderful modeling and lacquer work, good anatomical detailing on the bottom, details if his bib are inlaid w ...click for details
19th century boxwood and ivory netsuke of a man seated on a cushion, his feet folded under him, an open book and a pipe in his lap, but instead of reading he is concentrating on the game of kamifuki. The object of the game is to blow away a strip of paper attached with its end to one’s forehead. Superb face with his lower lip raised to direct his breath towards the paper, open page shows Mount Fuji with clouds, birds in flight and several lines of poetry. Beautiful flow to the lines of his robe, ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of standing Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck and incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future), the bag on his back hanging off a staff with fungus finial and a scroll tied to it as well. Wonderful smiling face with beautifully etched stubble, nicely incised textile patterns, great staining and patina. Signed YOSHIYUKI on inlaid cinnabar plaque on the back - the artist is listed on p. 1248 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by Ge ...click for details
Late Meiji - early Taisho wooden okimono of 3 wise monkeys in their habitual "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” attitude: Mizaru covering his eyes, Kikazaru covering his ears, and Iwazaru covering his mouth, and rock crystal ball (not glass) resting on their shoulders. Very nicely carved, expressive faces with glass inlaid eyes, wonderful hairwork, pleasant wear and patina. Beautiful clear rock crystal with few delicate “hair” inclusions. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for informat ...click for details