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19c netsuke sleeping SOSHI by MITSUYUKI

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1910   item# 1253804

19c netsuke sleeping SOSHI by MITSUYUKI
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$475 

Good size late Meiji (1890s to 1912) ivory netsuke of reclining Soshi wearing flower decorated robe and leaning on his hand as he falls fast asleep. Soshi was a Chinese philosopher who dreamt he was a butterfly, and could not in his dream decide whether he had become a butterfly, or whether it was the butterfly who had borrowed his form. Essentially the netsuke is a reminder of relativity of personal opinion. Very nice carving, wonderful tranquil face, delicately incised and etched patterns on h ...click for details


19c netsuke GOSHISHO with incense burner writing poem

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1253803

19c netsuke GOSHISHO with incense burner writing poem
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$450 

19th century wooden netsuke of Goshisho holding a huge bronze incense burner over his head with one hand, while with the other he is writing a poem with a brush on a low table. Goshisho was the general and the king’s counselor, who was famous both for his literary skills and incredible physical strength. Wonderful quality carving, clever use of his flying sleeve as an additional support for the burner, very good detailing, great face with horn inlaid eyes. Beautiful patina, very pleasant feel of ...click for details


19c staghorn Asakusa OBIHASAMI netsuke by MASAYUKI

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1253802

19c staghorn Asakusa OBIHASAMI netsuke by MASAYUKI
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$300 

19th century Asakusa school staghorn netsuke of obihasami type carved with character KEI meaning LAW. The hooks at the top and bottom of the piece go around the edges of obi - a sash holding a kimono. Excellent clever and subtle piece typical of Asakusa school, warm patina, darker porous areas as is usual with staghorn. Signed MASAYUKI in square reserve on the back - the artist is listed on p. 747 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Length 4 inches ...click for details


19c netsuke SCHOLARS in garden

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1253801

19c netsuke SCHOLARS in garden
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$250 

19th century kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with ivory top and dark rosewood bowl. The top is Chinese ivory carving adopted as netsuke, with deeply undercarved scene of 2 scholars among trees and pavilions. Beautiful wear and patina, overall in very good condition, swinging metal loop at the back for the cord. Diameter 1 9/16 inches.


19c netsuke MONKEY by NAOTSUGU

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1253661

19c netsuke MONKEY by NAOTSUGU
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$850 

19th century wooden netsuke representing a fine model of a pottery monkey, the formalized creature seated with one hand on its stomach, the other one on its knee. Does not photograph well. Excellent carving capturing the essence of the object, superb thoughtful face. Dark dense wood, beautiful patina with fantastic sheen. Signed NAOTSUGU on the side - the artist is listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 503, number 1815). Strong piece with distinct character, superb netsuke. Height 2 3/16 inches.


19c SNAKE FROGS MONKEY by netsuke carver KOMEI

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1253659

19c SNAKE FROGS MONKEY by netsuke carver KOMEI
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$850 

Rather unusual 19th century marine ivory okimono of a huge toad, 2 different species of frogs, a snake and a monkey. Rather unusual grouping, probably illustrates some Japanese proverb or a story: an inscription in irregular reserve on the bottom translates character by character as “value / ten / one / ten thousand”, and is either a reference to the same proverb, or an indication of a high value of the object. Extremely well carved, superb faces and different textures of the creatures. Old age ...click for details


19c netsuke HOTEI with karako by MASAMITSU

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1837 VR   item# 1253656

19c netsuke HOTEI with karako by MASAMITSU
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$650 

Early 19th century ivory netsuke of seated Hotei with a karako climbing onto his shoulders. Did not photograph well. Hotei is an incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future - and one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, the fat and happy God of abundance and good health. Excellent quality detailed carving, great faces, extraordinary depiction of textile patterns. Superb patina turning honey color on the back, netsuke of characteristic early triangular section. Cleverly designed himotoshi go ...click for details


19c netsuke ACORN & CHESTNUTS

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1253628

19c netsuke ACORN & CHESTNUTS
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$550  

19th century ivory netsuke of an acorn on a branch with leaves on top of a pile of chestnuts. Superbly executed elegant piece in Japanese taste, great naturalistic carving - see the carved crack in the skin of one chestnut, beautiful surface textures, himotoshi formed by a stem on the bottom. Excellent staining, wonderful mellow patina and beautiful wear consistent with age. Length 1 1/4 inches.


19c netsuke Gama Sennin & toad by GYOKUZAN

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1253626

19c netsuke Gama Sennin & toad by GYOKUZAN
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$425 

19th century boxwood netsuke of seated Chinese sage Gama Sennin seated wearing his leaf coat, while his constant companion - 3-legged toad - is climbing onto his shoulder. Clever carving done in a interesting version of ittobori (one cut carving), wonderful face, beautifully stained and highlighted with black ink, great wear and patina. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 433. Height ...click for details


Three 19c netsuke / pouch DRAGON CHAINS

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Japanese: Netsuke and Related: Pre 1900   item# 1253624

Three 19c netsuke / pouch DRAGON CHAINS
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Dmitry Levit Asian Art
617-945-5920


$225 

Three 19th century metal chains used to connect a tobacco pouch to netsuke with fittings depicting ferocious dragons in low relief. Very nice crisp work, beautiful patina, a lot of chain. Fitting length range from 1/2 to 1 inch, chain lengths are about 3 inches.

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