19th century ivory netsuke representing a female mask carver seated on a brocade pillow and holding a mask of an old woman and a carving knife. Excellent carving - see her face, hair and beautifully incised textile patterns. Wonderful light staining, great warm patina. Signed TOMOAKI in irregular reserve on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 1148 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 5/16 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of a millstone dresser working on a millstone. Excellent carving with wonderful lifelike pensive face. beautiful wear and patina. Signed KISUI on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 624. Height 1 7/16 inches.
19th century Japanese set of tobakoire (tobacco box), staghorn ojime bead and wooden kiseruzutsu (tobacco pipe holder), all connected by silk cord. Tobakoire is carved in a form of Zen Buddhism patriarch Daruma enveloped in his monastic robe. The face of the figure can be moved out to reveal a cavity used for storing shredded tobacco. The body of the figure is carved out of soft kiri wood, the face is boxwood, eyes are inlaid with yellowish glass, pupils are drilled from the back of inlays and p ...click for details
Early 19th century wooden netsuke of seated Hotei with karako (Chinese boy) standing next to him. Hotei is one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck and incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future, and is liked by children. Great smiling face, excellent depiction of the flow of their robes, nice patina, large and deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Signed MINKOKU on inlaid mother of pearl plaque on the bottom - the signature is very worn, but still can be read - for information ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of three chestnuts, two of them containing anabori (cavern) carving of landscape with a boat floating along a canal surrounded by banks with thatched roofed huts. Nice quiet carving with beautiful patina, excellent staining, old age lines. Length 1 11/16 inches.
Late Meiji - early Taisho ivory netsuke of Daikoku seated next to his mallet, and a rat climbing onto his shoulder. Daikoku is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune - that of abundance and of rice - and the rats are associated with him - where there is a lot of rice, there are rats. Very nicely carved, great miling face, black in highlights, beautifully depicted textile patterns, pleasant patina. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO R ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke depicting a seated actor wearing a theatrical mask of Hyottoko (perplexed peasant) with his hand raised to the face in a gesture of distress. Wonderful quality carving, great face, excellent depiction of his long hair. Beautiful patina. Height 1 5/16 inches.
Rather unusual late Meiji - early Taisho (1910s) celluloid ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) molded in a shape of male and female seated back to back. Excellent quality modeling, superb sharp detailing, great faces. Pleasant patina, in perfect condition. Height 11/16 inches
19th century small lacquered ivory netsuke of a shojo with fan in his hand. Shojo are mythical creatures living near the sea, and are particularly fond of sake. Excellent carving of the facial expression with a slight smile, superb rendition of its rich robe, characteristic red lacquer hair, overall in excellent condition, really nice feel of age to the piece. Signed CHOKUSAI on the back - for information on this fine artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by Geo ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of reclining Daruma (founder of Zen Buddhism) enveloped in his monastic robe and cape, supporting his head with one hand, and holding a hossu (fly whisk) in the other. Superbly carved, wonderful and unusually relaxed face (as opposed to his conventional expression of severe concentration), excellent depiction of the flow of his robe. Beautiful wear, excellent patina consistent with age. Signed SEISHO on the bottom, wonderful work by the master carver. Length 2 inches.
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