Sale catalog SELECTED NETSUKE & INRO by Barry Davies Oriental Art, London, 1999. 132 pieces illustrated in color, softcover, 12.5x 8.5 inches, 72 pages. Was produced for 1999 Netsuke Convention in Chicago, includes index of artists. Very good reference book.
Christie’ s sale catalog THE I.A. AND CECILE MANN VICTOR COLLECTION OF NETSUKE that took place in New York on April 20, 1989. Hard covers, 201 lots illustrated (some color, some black and white), prices realized included, marked with pen with realized prices as well.
Sothebys sale catalog THE CORNELIUS V.S. ROOSEVELT COLLECTION OF NETSUKE that took place in NEW YORK on June 2, 1992. Soft covers, 341 lots illustrated, prices realized included. Catalog is intensiively marked with pen. Excellent reference book.
Rare Sotheby’s catalog PRIVATE ENGLISH COLLECTION OF FINE CHINESE THUMB RINGS, JADE CARVINGS AND SNUFF BOTTLES that took place in London on December 6th 1995. 237 lots (81 thumb rings, 24 jades, 5 laque-burgaute and 127 snuff bottles), 115 pages, every item is illustrated in color with unusual added feature: most of thumb rings impressions are photographed as a continuous strip. Clean catalog in great condition, prices realized included.
Ivory netsuke of seated Jurojin holding a fan in his hand, with a minogame turtle crawling onto him. Jurojin is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune, usually associated with longevity, and minogame is a symbol of longevity as well. Wonderful carving - see the detailing of his face, incised fingernails, coat and carapace pattern of the turtle. Great quality staining leaving the beard and minogame’s tail bright white, beautiful patina. Signed HISAYUKI on the bottom, old collection on the bottom. Heig ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of an owl sitting on a tree stump with fresh branches and leaves. Excellent quality detailed carving, wonderful face with somewhat puzzled expression, beautiful depiction of differentiated feathers, pleasant patina, eyes are inlaid with black horn. Signed MASAMITSU (alternative reading is Shoko) on the bottom. Wonderful netsuke by the master carver. Height 1 5/8 inches.
Ivory netsuke of a hare seated on its behind, body upright, its head raised alertly. Superb carving to the last detail, great face and realistic posture capturing the essence of the creature. Beautiful rendition of its body volume, eyes are double inlaid with light and dark horn, excellent patina. Signed IKUMI on the bottom followed by the seal of the artist - this excellent carver is the wife of Bishu, and her work is very rare. Fantastic sculpture, all that a great netsuke shall be. Height 2 3 ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of makatsugyo - a dragon-fish - in the process of transformation. The face is already that of a dragon, while limbs are still carp’s fins. According to a Chinese legend, a carp that can swim up the waterfall turns into a dragon, and thus serves as a paragon of perseverance, especially in scholarly pursuits. The creature is rarely depicted in netsuke. Superb clean carving, excellent detailing, beautiful inlays with black and transparent brown horn. Signed GODO on the bottom - for a b ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of a resting goat - one of the 12 Zodiac animals - with its head turned to the left. Excellent carving with clean lines conveying the essence of the creature’s character, great rendition of animal’s fur, no breaks, chips or repairs. Beautiful patina, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Signed YUKITOMO on the bottom. Height 1 1/8 inches.
Ivory netsuke carved as an actor wearing rich theatrical costume decorated with pines, a female mask, and holding a closed fan in his hand. Extremely well carved out of beautiful even ivory, fantastic level of detail both in the mask, headband and clothes with unusually well done dense polychrome decoration. Perfectly captured facial expression with slight smile, wonderful rendition of hair texture. Inscribed ICHIRYU KUMANO on the bottom, Ichiryu being the name of the carver, and KUMANO the name ...click for details