18th century stag antler netsuke of shinkiro (the dream of a shell) - the mirage of Dragon King Ryujinís palace appearing on swirling vapors in the breath of a clam shell. Extraordinary strong early carving (probably first half of 18th century), bold design, pleasantly massive, great sense of volume. Beautifully carved and stained, superb wear and patina, himotoshi is formed by openings in the rising vapors. For almost identical example see Barry Daviesí NETSUKE FROM THE TEDDY HAHN COLLECTION, p ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of a group of 5 mushrooms. The species appear to be eringi (King oyster mushrooms), and as almost inevitably in Japanese art, these mushrooms do carry an erotic connotation. Superbly elegant design, beautiful and absolutely realistic carving, extraordinary wear and patina. Has great sense of volume, very pleasant to the touch - once you have it in your hand, it is difficult to let it go. Signed YOSHITADA in rectangular reserve on the back - this rare artist is listed i ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke in manju (rice cake) shape carved in sunken relief with a tiger seated under a full grown bamboo and looking up, the back is carved with a young bamboo with leaves. The subject probably is TAKE NI TORA - the strongest of all animals hiding beneath bamboo during a storm, symbolizing how powerless the terrestrial forces are compared with the force of the elements. Beautiful carving, its eye is inlaid with dark horn, excellent etching of tigerís coat and bamboo leaves, b ...click for details
Late 18th to early 19th century netsuke of a seated porter holding a large rice straw bale on his shoulder. Great scowling face, excellent depiction of his muscular limbs, beautiful wear and patina. Netsuke is of characteristic early triangular section. Height 2 1/8 inches.
19th century netsuke in a form of a natural bamboo root. Beautiful object, superb texture to the surface, very pleasant to handle. Himotoshi (cord opening) goes through the side down to the bottom of the netsuke. Height 1 7/8 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck and incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) seated inside his own bag which is tied in a large knot behind his head. Unusual subject - this particular Hotei is not his jolly self, but rather has a pensive expression on his face. Carved out of fruitwood with beautiful play of brown and black (probably the material is kurogaki - black persimmon). Wonderful face, beautiful detailing of the knot. Great patina, old loss ...click for details
Good size 18th century ivory netsuke of a sennin (Chinese sage) wearing a tattered robe and a leaf skirt, with a gourd bottle at his waist. He is holding a branch with a fruit containing a figure of a seated scholar reading a scroll. Rare subject, very strong early piece with superbly carved face and beautiful flow of the robe. Netsuke of characteristic 18th century triangular section, deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time. Warm patina turning yellow on the back where netsuke w ...click for details
Late Meiji / early Taisho Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a Bugaku theater mask of Kotokuraku with his characteristic long nose. Some lint on the surface that brushes right off. Uncommon image, crisp detailing, slight darkening of protruding parts from wear, overall in excellent condition. Inscribed with 6 characters and impressed with seal SEKIHO on the back bar - the artist is listed in NETSUKE MASKS by Raymond Bushell, p. 176, signatures 258-260. Height 1 15/16 inches.
Late Meiji / early Taisho Japanese ceramic netsuke representing a theater mask, probably that of Taikofu. Some lint on the surface that brushes right off. Uncommon image, crisp detailing, white enamel highlights, slight darkening of protruding parts from wear, overall in excellent condition. Inscribed with 6 characters and impressed with seal SEKIHO on the back bar - the artist is listed in NETSUKE MASKS by Raymond Bushell, p. 176, signatures 258-260. Height 2 3/8 inches.