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
Late 19th to early 20th century ivory netsuke of an oni wading through a shallow stream carrying a sniggering Okame on his back, his straw sandals hanging on a rope on his neck. Nicely carved, good faces, well engraved textile patterns and hairy body of the oni. Good patina, signed MITSUTAKA on the bottom. Height 1 7/8 inches.
19c ivory netsuke of a rat climbing over a mallet - both are the attributes of Daikoku. Daikoku is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune - particularly that of abundance, and is usually associated with rice. When the rice is plentiful, so are the rats - the netsuke is essentially a wish for wealth. Superbly carved capturing the essence of the creature, great depiction of its fur, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Very beautiful staining and wear, great patina, in excellent condition. Signed MASANAO on ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of a slightly drunk dancer with a fan in his hand. Wood is lacquered in Negoro style - red (or golden brown) lacquer over black, so as it wears the black and then wood start showing. Superbly captured facial expression, beautifully worn, really nice feel of age to the piece. For a very similar example see Bushell’s NETSUKE FAMILIAR AND UNFAMILIAR, p. 162, number 396. Height 2 inches.
Unusually well made 19th century porcelain netsuke of Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, also representing Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) with fan in his hand sitting next to his usual bag. Superbly modeled piece with extraordinary face and slight glaze. Wonderful patina, compressed dust in crevices, in excellent condition. Impressed with potter’s seal MASAKAZU in sunken oval reserve on the bottom - for information on this ceramic netsuke maker see NETSUKE & NETSUKE & INRO ARTI ...click for details
Early 19th century boxwood netsuke of a monkey seated with its head down and turned to its left, supporting a large bamboo shoot on its shoulder. Like any dark object did not photograph well. Excellent carving with clean lines, great thoughtful expression on its face. Large and deep himotoshi (cord opening) in accordance with the habit of the time. Overall beautiful mellow patina from wear. Very clever and charming piece. Height 1 9/16 inches.
Rather unusual 19th century ivory ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved as a head of a geisha with complex hair arrangement. Wonderful quality carving with great face, pleasant wear and patina. Height 9/16 inches.