19th century wooden netsuke of sitting Tanuki (badger) beating on his extended belly as on a drum. In Japanese folklore tanuki is a notorious trickster: he drums with his paws on his large belly (tanuki no hara tsuzumi), imitating the sounding of gongs in temples and inns, and leading tired travelers astray in the darkness. Wonderful expression on the face of the creature, great realistic treatment of the subject. Superbly carved with great sense of volume, extraordinary face with well captured ...click for details
19th century boxwood netsuke of a washer woman pounding a textile on a boulder with a mallet, while a boy is watching in amazement. Very good assured carving, great faces, delicately incised textile patterns, wonderful detailing. Very beautiful mellow patina. Signed SEIZAN in rectangular reserve on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 928 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 7/16 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke of Thunder God Raiden wearing nothing but tiger skin pants, standing in his drum that he tore open by beating it with a striker. According to Japanese folklore by beating the drum Raiden creates thunder. Wonderful carving, intense face, beautiful wear and patina. Lacquered in Negoro style: red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black starts showing. Gold lacquer used for his eyes, bracelets and nails of the drum. Height 1 1/4 inches.
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of a recumbent water buffalo. Finely carved, its hooves bent beneath its body, wearing a halter with a length of rope lying across its back, eyes inlaid with dark horn. Beautiful wear consistent with age, yellowing on the bottom where netsuke was touching the silk of kimono and picked up oil from the body of the owner. Deep differently sized himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Strong early piece with great facial expression and wonderful fur textu ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of Daikoku holding his mallet and leaning against a resting water buffalo. Unusual subject, beautifully carved, excellent depiction of the animalís body bulk, great hairwork on its coat. Signed TOMOTADA on the bottom - the artist must be Eirakusai Tomotada of Edo listed on p. 1160 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Wonderful netsuke, rare artist. Length 2 1/8 inches.
19th ivory netsuke of two Tatebina - a male and female doll figures displayed during Hina Matsuri (Doll Festival), which starts on the 3rd day of the 3rd month. Of standing, flattened form with intentionally simplified doll faces and superbly incised floral patterns on the robes, nice wear and patina. Signed HOICHI on the back - for information on this excellent carver from Hojitsu school see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 476. Height 1 3/16 i ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a man with a hoe and a pot in front of him, and a woman with a baby in her hands. The netsuke represents one of the Chinese paragons of filial virtue, that of Kakkyo, who was very poor and decided to bury his living child to be able to feed his old mother. While digging a grave, he found a pot filled with gold. Wonderfully carved and etched in the manner of Anraku, beautiful patina on very good quality material, very pleasant staining. Height 1 1/4 inches.
18th century wooden netsuke of a chestnut with a fat ivory worm eating its way through the nut. Simple elegant design in Japanese taste, good size fat piece, excellently carved, appropriate wear, wonderful patina. There appears to be a trace of an inscription in ink on the front of the netsuke. Signed MINKO on the bottom followed by kakihan (carved monogram) of the artist. Minko is a superb carver - for discussion see p. 757 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by Georg ...click for details
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
19th century ivory netsuke of a caparisoned elephant on a base. The animal appears to be in very good mood - looks like it is smiling somehow. Wonderful quality carving with great detailing, excellent face and skin folds of the beast, precise etching of textile border. Old age lines, beautiful wear and patina. Signed left to right MASAYUKI in rectangular reserve on the side of the base - the artist is listed in NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 7 ...click for details