19th century ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in ball form made out of staghorn and rosewood sections in nice geometric design. Very pleasant to the touch, beautiful wear and patina. Height 9/16 inches.
19th century/Meiji period ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) made out of pressed lacquer with molded decoration of a tiger and a dragon. Very nice work, pleasant patina, old age lines. Height 9/16 inches.
19th century staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in a shape of a double gourd. Elegant design, very clear carving, natural imperfections in staghorn, old age lines. Height 7/16 inches.
19th century ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) of simple ball shape made out of ivory stained grass green. Nice patina on the surface, pleasant wear. Height 9/16 inches.
Unusual 19th century ivory netsuke of an assembly of tea ceremony objects. Items include a tea bowl (chawan), a water ladle (hishaku), fresh water jar (mizuzashi), a charcoal basket (sumitori), feather brush for ashes (haboki), a stove (furo) with kettle holder (gotoku) and a kettle (kama). Superb design in Japanese taste, excellent carving of shapes and textures. Beautiful wear and patina, himotoshi formed by a natural opening in the carving. Signed TOMOTADA on the bottom - the artist is Eiraku ...click for details
19th century ivory ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in the round a cluster of 5 rats. Wonderful carving, excellent detailing, eyes of 2 rats are inlaid with pink coral, the eyes of the other 3 with dark horn. Very nice wear and patina, central metal liner, compressed dust on the surface. Height 5/8 inches.
19th century netsuke in manju (rice cake) shape with Shibayama inlays depicting a butterfly, a fly and a beetle. The body is dark beautifully grained wood, materials used for inlay are black horn, ivory, cinnabar, ebony and 2 different kinds of mother of pearl. The inlay is in excellent condition. Plain back, two parts fit nicely, beautiful mellow patina. Diameter 1 13/16 inches.
19th century fine ivory netsuke of a swimming carp with its tail turned to the right and joining the pelvic and pectoral fins for compactness. Excellent rendition of pleasantly thick body, great carving of its scales and face, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Very beautiful ink highlights, old age lines, superb patina (netsuke is of wonderful yellowish hue, photographed too white), in excellent condition. Signed MASANAO (for Masanao of Ise) on its cheek on the back - for the discussion of the gro ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of one seated and one standing samurai, the latter holding a boy at his shoulder. All are wearing formal headgear, and most probably the boy represents a young Emperor or a hero. Superbly carved, great faces, elaborate hair and clothing arrangement and excellent textile patterns. Wonderful wear consistent with age. Signed CHUICHI on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 348 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 1 ...click for details
Unusually well made 19th century porcelain netsuke of Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, also representing Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) with fan in his hand sitting next to his usual bag. Superbly modeled piece with extraordinary face and slight glaze. Wonderful patina, compressed dust in crevices, in excellent condition. Length 1 1/2 inches.