Late Meiji (1890s to 1912) Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a theatrical mask from a Noh play - most probably that of O-Beshimi (see NETSUKE MASKS by Bushell, plates 114-115). Crisp detailing, wonderful 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 Shimizu Sekisen I. Height 1 5/8 inches.
Late Meiji (1890s to 1912) Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a Noh theater mask of Jurojin - one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune. Crisp detailing, slight darkening of protruding parts from wear, 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 Shimizu Sekisen I. Height 1 5/8 inches.
19th century unusually tall and slim Chinese scholar’s soapstone seal carved on one side with a landscape in scholarly taste, and with a long poem on the other. Wonderful quality carving on butterscotch colored stone - I believe it to be tianhuang soapstone. The bottom is carved with raised characters, red seal paste in the grooves, compressed dust in crevices. Very pleasant surface, little nicks and scratches attesting to the long life of the object. Great scholar’s object with understated beau ...click for details
Good size 19th century ivory netsuke of a standing foreigner with a Chinese boy seated on his shoulder, and holding a long horn / flute in front of him. Superb piece to the last detail - excellent faces, extraordinary etching of the robe with a dragon among waves. Water drops of the cresting waves on the bottom of the robe are inlaid with ivory, man’s eyes and boy’s hair knots are dark horn. Superb wear, fantastic feel of age to the piece. Signed on the side of the robe MIURA KANJUKEN YOSHINAGA ...click for details
Early 19th century wooden netsuke of an oxherd boy with a bundle of firewood on the back of an oxen. Extraordinary strong early carving with bold design and superb detailing: see the faces of both characters and tether with rope of the oxen. Deep himotoshi, excellent patina. Signed TOMOTADA in rectangular reserve on the back - the carver must have been a direct student of the great Tomotada. All that a great netsuke shall be, illustrated in the Journal of the International Netsuke Collectors Soc ...click for details
Tall and very amusing 19th century ivory netsuke of balding Ashinaga (long legs) carrying his similarly balding companion Tenaga (long arms) on his back as the latter holds a eel in his hand - apparently their fishing cooperation worked well this time. Superb faces of portrait quality, extraordinary carving of their wavy hair, wonderful depiction of their absurdly long limbs, excellently incised hairy bodies. Himotoshi is formed by Ashinaga’s right arm. Beautiful patina, a lot of compressed dust ...click for details
18th century ivory netsuke of a tiger crouching inside a section of bamboo stem. Very strong early carving, clever composition, great face, powerful paws. The eyes are inlaid with dark horn, old age lines, beautiful wear and patina. Length 2 1/16 inches.
Unusually tall late 18th century wooden netsuke of standing Ryujin - the Dragon King of the Sea - with a large coral branch in a vase in his hands, wearing a robe with wave designs, short pants, gaiters and shoes, and a beaded holding a long sword, its handle and scabbard in a shape of a dragon with severe face and differentiated scales. Superb strong and original piece with extraordinary terrifying face, perfectly carved muscular arms, rich beard and hair. Netsuke is covered in gesso and painte ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of Gentoku mounted on his horse Tokiro reaching the other bank of the river Dankei while escaping from a castle besieged by his brother-in-law. Gentoku (Chao Lieh Ti in Chinese) was a Chinese Emperor, and one of the Three Heroes of Han Dynasty together with Kwanyu and Chohi. Excellent detailing - see the fierce expression on his face, his billowing robe, bamboo stick in his hand, elaborate trappings of the horse and beautiful depiction of cresting waves. Excellent wear ...click for details
Very unusual 19th century lacquered wood netsuke of a Kurombo diver climbing onto an enormous branch of red coral. Rare subject - Ceylonese coral divers are usually shown holding a pot with a coral branch in front of them. Wonderful face, excellent depiction of his muscular limbs and curly hair and beard. The body of the diver is lacquered with silver lacquer producing deep gray color turning black, coral part is lacquered in Negoro style - red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black starts ...click for details