19th century kagamibuta (“mirror lid”) netsuke with ivory top and ivory bowl. The top is carved in low relief with a seated boy wearing rich robe decorated with coin pattern and holding a butterfly net in his hand. Wonderful depiction of robe lines, elegantly incised textile decoration. Beautiful patina on ivory, swinging metal loop at the back for the cord. Diameter 1 1/4 inches.
Late 19th century ivory netsuke of two actors performing the roles of Okame and Hyottoko (perplexed peasant). Wonderful clean carving with great detailing - see their faces, clothing, ink highlights and incised hair on his legs, pleasant patina. Signed TOMOKAZU on the back - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 1153. Height 1 1/2 inches.
19th century Japanese porcelain netsuke representing a Noh theater mask of Okame (Otafuku). Wonderful chubby face, endearingly ugly. Crisp detailing, red and black lacquer highlights, very nice wear and patina. Height 1 5/8 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke of a chestnut containing a landscape with a boat, and a fisherman pulling his net out of shallow water under a gnarled pine tree. Nice quiet carving with beautiful patina, excellent staining and pleasant patina. Signed MUNENOBU on the bottom - for the discussion of the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 1339. Length 1 9/16 inches.
19th century porcelain Hirado netsuke of a monkey dressed as a Sambaso dance actor, wearing a hat and holding a fan and a rattle in its hands. Its head is movable. Very funny facial expression, good overall modeling, underglaze blue and brown typical for Hirado, in great condition, no breaks or restoration. Height 2 1/4 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of a double gourd. Wonderful realistic carving, beautiful wood with layered structure, superb patina with deep luster. Signed MORIKAZU TO (carved by Morikazu) - the artist is listed on p. 796 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Length 2 inches.
19th century staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in a shape of a ceramic sake jar with high shoulders and decoration of concentric circles . Clever elegant design in Japanese taste, beautiful staghorn texture, in great condition. Height 5/8 inches.
19th century Japanese ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in a form of a fruit pit skillfully carved with a smiling traveling Buddhist monk, his hands in front of him in praying gesture., traveling pack on his back. Wonderful whimsical carving with great level of detail, old age lines, very nice mellow brown patina. Height 1 3/16 inches.
19th century staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in a shape of a section of a bamboo stem. Clever elegant design in Japanese taste, beautiful staghorn texture, in great condition. Height 11/16 inches.
19th century good size white coral ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) of simple ball shape. Does not photograph well. Rather unusual material, nice patina on the surface, few beautiful slight pink areas. Diameter 11/16 inches, weighs 8.8 grams.