Late Meiji (1890 to 1912) Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a Noh theater mask of Demon Hannya. Excellent modeling, crisp detailing, white enamel highlights, slight darkening of protruding parts, overall in excellent condition. Impressed with seal SEKIHO on the back - the artist is listed in NETSUKE MASKS by Raymond Bushell, p. 176, signatures 258-260. Height 1 7/8 inches.
Late Meiji (1890 to 1912) Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a Kyogen theater mask of Kentoku. Uncommon image, wonderful absurd expression, crisp detailing, white enamel highlights, overall in excellent condition. Impressed with seal SEKISEN - the artist is listed in NETSUKE MASKS by Raymond Bushell, p. 177, signature 264. Height 1 13/16 inches.
Late Meiji (1890 to 1912) Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a Kyogen theater mask of Okina. Excellent modeling, crisp detailing, white enamel highlights, slight darkening of protruding parts, overall in excellent condition. Impressed with seal SEKISEN - the artist is listed in NETSUKE MASKS by Raymond Bushell, p. 177, signature 264. Height 1 13/16 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 glass ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in ball form rather well imitating red coral. Beautiful texture to the material, very pleasant patina. Height 1/2 inches.
Early 19th century boxwood netsuke of an alert kirin sitting on oval base with its head raised, flames licking the sides of his body. Great inquisitive face, wonderful depiction of its tail and bumpy spine, eyes are inlaid with bronze. Fantastic sheen from wear, superb patina, very pleasant to hold. For a kirin carved by the same hand see Sotheby’s Bushell sale catalog of March 21, 2000, lot 136. Height 1 9/16 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke of Kanzan holding an open scroll, with Jittoku standing beside him holding a broom. According to a Chinese legend, Kanzan and Jittoku (Han Shan and Shi De in Chinese) lived in a kitchen of a Zen Buddhist monastery and talked nonsensical language, which some took as a sign of them being enlightened. Wonderful faces, great depiction of robe lines and hair, beautifully stained, excellent mellow patina. Signed GYOKUZAN in oval reserve on the back - for information on the ...click for details
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.
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 lacquered and inlaid ivory and wood netsuke of a gift box with mottled red and black sides and inlaid panel depicting blooming flowers of gold lacquer and inlaid coral. Made as one solid piece, wonderful quality work, unusual subject and execution, beautiful wear and patina, really nice feel of age to the piece. Signed TENZAN SAKU (made by Tenzan) on an inlaid ivory plaque on the bottom - this rare artist is listed on p. 1089 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNA ...click for details