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 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 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
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
19th century ivory netsuke of three fighting blind men recognizable by the bumps on their heads. Excellent humorous carving with a lot of detailing, including different types of clothing and wonderful faces. Beautiful patina with very pleasant yellowing, old age lines. Signed on the bottom RYOJI for Ono Ryoji - for information on this Tokyo carver from the school of Ono Ryomin see p. 882 of NETSUKE & NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Wonderful n ...click for details