Early 19th century ivory netsuke of a Pekinese dog sitting with one paw raised. Strong early carving resembling Kyoto school pieces, surprisingly human expression on the face of the beast. Excellent hairwork - see its shaggy coat and bushy tail, eyes inlaid with brown horn. Old age lines, wonderful wear and patina consistent with age. Signed TOSUI in oval reserve on the bottom - this rare artist is listed on p. 1181 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarni ...click for details
18th century ivory netsuke of Okame with a box in one hand, and holding a cowling oni (little mischievous demon) by its hair with the other. Setsubun is performed during the New Year by throwing beans around the house to exorcise the oni, who are supposedly afraid of beans. Unusually early carving for the subject - normally it is represented by 19th century examples. Excellent quality strong early fat carving, great faces, eyes of the oni are inlaid with dark horn, superb depiction of hair and t ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of an octopus wearing a jacket and towering over a monkey seated on an abalone shell. Unusual subject - normally they are wrestling, but here it does not seem to be the case - the monkey is smiling. Superbly carved, excellent faces, wonderful detailing - see the coat of the monkey and abalone texture. Eyes of the octopus are inlaid with black horn. Beautiful wear and patina consistent with age, turning yellow on the back. Comes from the collection of His Royal Highness ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke depicting Takaramono - a group of objects, each endowed with an emblematic meaning: Kakuregasa (the hat of invisibility), Kakure Mino (lucky rain coat protecting against evil spirits), Tama (sacred pearl), axe-shaped coin, an inexhaustible purse with money and a kite. Wonderful piece in Japanese taste, essentially a wish for luck, health and prosperity. Very good quality work, stained dark brown and worn to natural ivory color on the raised spots. Himotoshi (cord hole) ...click for details
Unusual 19th century cloisonne and ivory netsuke in kagamibuta (mirror lid) form. The top is a cloisonne disc with highly stylized landscape with vegetation in the foreground and a mountain and clouds in the background. Superb quality work with great feel of age, very pleasant patina, nice ivory bowl, silk cord. Disc diameter 1 5/16 inches, bowl diameter 1 5/8 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke of a resting Zebu ox, its neck stretched forward, characteristic long horns resting on its back, hooves bent beneath its body. Rare animal - it is usually cows and buffalos that are represented in netsuke. Excellent carving, wonderful face with eyes half closed, exceptionally beautiful wear and patina. Signed HOICHI on the bottom - for information on this excellent carver see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 476. Len ...click for details
19c marine ivory netsuke of Daikoku standing next to his huge bag of rice with a moveable rat showing through the hole in the bag. 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 - netsuke is essentially a wish for wealth. Wonderful quality carving, excellent smiling face, great depiction of textile patterns, rat moving easily within the hole. Superb patina, in perfect condition. Heig ...click for details
Late Meiji (1890s to 1912) Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a theatrical mask of horned demon Hannya, which was mostly used for the role of Kiyohime in the play Dojoji. Crisp detailing, great fierce face, enamel highlights, in great condition. Impressed with seal ONKO on the back - the piece was made by a member of the Shimizu family producing Onko wares in Akasaka, Gifu Prefecture, most probably by Shimizu Sekisen I. Height 1 1/2 inches.
Late Meiji (1890s to 1912) Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a Kyogen theater mask of Buaku - a demon with unhappy disposition. Crisp detailing, great pensive face, enamel highlights, in great condition. Impressed with seal ONKO on the back - the piece was made by a member of the Shimizu family producing Onko wares in Akasaka, Gifu Prefecture, most probably by Shimizu Sekisen I. Height 1 7/16 inches.
Late Meiji (1890s to 1912) Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a Kyogen theater mask of Bishamon - one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune. He is a God of riches, an equivalent of Vaishravana, and thus is the protector of the Northern direction. Crisp detailing, great severe face, white enamel highlights, overall in excellent condition. Impressed with seal ONKO on the back - the piece was made by a member of the Shimizu family producing Onko wares in Akasaka, Gifu Prefecture, most probably by Shimiz ...click for details