Late 18th to early 19th century Kyoto school ivory netsuke of a seated mother with a puppy between her front paws. Strong early piece with great faces and beautiful fur texture worn on protruding parts, old age lines. Eyes are inlaid with brown horn. Pleasantly chunky, wonderful patina turning yellow on the back where the netsuke was touching silk of the kimono. Excellent netsuke. Length 1 13/16 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke carved as contemplative monkey sitting on an old pine tree stump with some of the bark remaining. Excellent sad face, superb hairwork, wonderful depiction of the bark remaining on the stump. Very pleasant staining, beautiful patina, himotoshi goes through the side down to the bottom of the stump. Signed YASUHIDE on the bottom followed by extensive seal - this rare artist is listed on p. 1222 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazar ...click for details
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of a laborer sitting by a huge bowl of miso paste that he is mixing with a stick and tasting the mixture off his finger. Fantastic face - one of the best that I have seen in netsuke. Wonderful detailing - see the incised hair on his back and limbs, and simulated old chips to the outside of the bowl etched with black. Beautiful wear and patina, excellent sculpture. Height 1 inch.
19th century Asakusa school staghorn netsuke in manju (rice cake) shape decorated on the front with a low relief carving of a (possibly a woodpecker) on a tree branch. Beautifully carved, eye inlaid with black horn. Two parts fit snugly, beautiful warm patina, darker porous areas as is usual with staghorn. Signed EISAI on the back - for information on this Asakusa artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 361. Diameter 1 1/2 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke with a rare subject of a Buddhist angel as portrayed in the Noh play Hagoromo (Feathery robe). Standing with one hand raised, superbly carved wings with beautiful differentiated feathers. Perfectly balanced, great face, wonderful flow to the lines of her robe, painted in bright colors, paint showing signs of wear. Signed SHUZAN for Nagamachi Shuzan on the back - this very distinct artist is listed on p. 1015 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATUR ...click for details
19th century mixed metal and wood netsuke depicting Kanzan and Jittoku reading an open scroll. According to a legend, Kanzan and Jittoku lived in a kitchen of a Chinese Zen Buddhist monastery and talked nonsensical language, which some took as a sign of them being enlightened.. Superb quality metalwork with inlays of gold and silver, extraordinary faces, the best piece of Japanese metalwork that I ever had. Hardwood body with beautiful natural grain patterns, one himotoshi is lined with ivory, v ...click for details
19th century ivory ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved as seated shishi with its mouth open and containing a loose ball, and its front paw on a large ball. Excellent carving - see its ferocious face and hairwork. Beautiful wear, wonderful warm patina, in excellent condition. Signed OSEI on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 855 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 3/4 inches.
Meiji period (late 19th century to early 20th) hinoki (cypress wood) netsuke of a sambaso dancer in characteristic posture, holding a fan and wearing Okina mask and hat used in the dance. Painted in bright colors in a manner of Shuzan, great quality of facial expression, wonderful rendition of Noh theater robes as geometric planes with finely painted textile pattern of bamboo leaves. Signed NARIKAZU on the back . Height 2 1/4 inches.
Late Meiji period (1890s -1912) wooden okimono of cloth doll of Daruma (founder of Zen Buddhism) enveloped in his monastic robe. The subject represents Daruma coming back from deep trance in which he sat meditating without moving for 9 years. Skillfully carved out of chosen matsu (Korean pine wood) in ittobori (one cut) style characteristic of Hida school of netsuke carvers with clever use of wood grain as element of design. Excellently conveyed facial expression, nice patina. Signed SUKEYUKI on ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of a makatsugyo (dragon-fish) on a base. The creature is rarely depicted in netsuke. According to a Chinese legend, a carp that can swim up the waterfall turns into a dragon, and thus serves as a paragon of perseverance, especially in scholarly pursuits. Excellent carving, great depiction of its face, front paws and spine, beautiful patina. Length 1 3/4 inches.