Late 18th to early 19th century ivory netsuke of a standing karako (Chinese boy) leaning on a large cloth bag - probably that of Hotei. Excellent early carving, well captured facial expression, beautiful wear and patina consistent with age. Wonderfully etched textile patterns, hair knot is inlaid with black horn. Length 1 1/4 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke depicting standing Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, also considered to be the incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) with a peach in one hand, and the other hand resting on his voluminous belly. Very good quality carving - see his face with a slight smile, and wonderful flow of his long robe. Beautiful patina and wear, very pleasant feel of age. Signed SHIGEKAZU on the back - the artist is listed on p. 946 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO RE ...click for details
19th century manju shape horn netsuke of Tametomo, a member of Minamoto clam exiled to the Oshima island, standing in full armor with his long bow, a small islander next to him. The back shows a ship sent to recapture Tametomo sinking after being hit by a single arrow from his bow. Beautiful sharp carving - see the textures of his armor, islander’s clothing and ship detailing. Very pleasant feel of age to the piece, no traces of insect bites usual for horn pieces, wonderful patina. Very good stu ...click for details
Late 19th century Japanese ivory netsuke or small okimono carved as three monkeys helping each other to perform “speak, hear and see no evil” routine. Wonderful faces and hairwork, nice depiction of limbs, light staining, pleasant patina. Length 2 5/8 inches.
Rather unusual 19th century ceramic netsuke of a peasant sitting next to a a rice straw sheaf, wearing a straw raincoat and holding a hat in his hands. Very nice modeling, wonderful smiling face, beautiful red glaze, pleasant patina. Marked on the back with potter’s seal reading KAIRAKU. Length 2 3/8 inches.
19th century Asakusa school staghorn netsuke of obihasami type carved with a design of a woven fence. 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. Wonderful representative piece for a collection of different netsuke types. Length 4 1/8 inches.
19th century ivory ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in the round with a continuous design of interlocking maple leaves. Superb clever design closely resembling and definitely predating the work of M. C. Escher. Excellent crisp carving with deep undercutting, metal liner for the central hole, wonderful patina. Height 11/16 inches..
19th century hinoki (cypress wood) netsuke of an actor in a role of a Chinese official with characteristic tablet in his hand. Painted in bright colors in a manner of Shuzan, great quality face, wonderful rendition of Noh theater robes as geometric planes with finely painted textile patterns. Signed CHIKUJU on the back - the artist is mentioned in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 452, number 134). Height 2 3/16 inches.
18th century stag antler netsuke of shinkiro (the dream of a shell) - the mirage of Dragon King Ryujin’s 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 Davies’ NETSUKE FROM THE TEDDY HAHN COLLECTION, p ...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 tiger’s coat and bamboo leaves, b ...click for details