Sotheby's sale catalog THE BETTY JAHSS COLLECTION OF NETSUKE Part I, that took place in London on June 13, 1991. Soft covers, 153 lots illustrated, index of artists, prices realized included. Excellent reference book, in great condition.
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.
Sothebyís sale catalog NETSUKE FROM THE COLLECTION OF RAYMOND AND FRANCES BUSHELL that took place in London on November 18, 1999. Hard covers, 341 lots illustrated, prices realized included. Excellent reference book.
Christieís sale catalog THE RAYMOND AND FRANCES BUSHELL COLLECTION OF NETSUKE PART III that took place in Los Angeles on January 28, 1989. Hard covers, 135 lots illustrated in color (121 netsuke and 14 pipecases), prices realized included.
Sothebyís sale catalog FINE NETSUKE, INRO AND RELATED WORKS OF ART that took place in Miami on January 12, 1987. 262 lots illustrated in color and black and white, prices realized included, very good reference source.
Taisho period (1920s) Japanese hammered copper chakin tarai - bowl used in tea ceremony for soaking tea cloth & whisk. Excellent piece in arts and crafts spirit, hammered body with petal-shaped rim and silvered inside. Obvious signs of usage on the inside, beautiful 2-colored patina on the outside. Stamped on the bottom with a 4-character makerís mark on the bottom. Produces very pleasing and long lasting sound when tapped. Diameter 7 1/4 inches, height 2 inches.
Chinese scholarís brush washer turned out of buffalo horn with four carved chimeras in different attitudes along its perimeter and key fret collar around its mouth. Does not photograph well. Superbly beautiful material with even texture and subtle translucency, wonderful carving. Excellent item for scholarís desk. Width 2 7/8 inches, height 7/8 inches.
Ivory netsuke of a man seated by a hot sand brazier with a kettle on it, putting a book aside and stretching his arms. Excellent detailed carving - his his wonderful face, tobacco pouch with pipe case by his side, a ladle for stirring the sand, brazier, book and kettle textures. Beautifully stained and finished. Signed GYOKUSHO on the bottom - for a brief discussion of the artist see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 216. Height 1 3/4 inches.
Ivory netsuke of a seated dog licking its hind paw and wearing a cloth collar with a bell on it. Superb quality carving - see its face and body bulk. Good compact shape, cord hole is formed by is left hind leg, very beautiful even grained ivory, remarkable patina. Eyes are double inlaid with light and dark horn, signed IKKO SEIKOKU by its tail. Formerly in the Scott Meredith Collection. Height 1 5/16 inches.
Ivory netsuke of a standing sumo wrestler wearing kesho-mawashi - a heavily embroidered apron - and getting ready for a match. Excellent concentrated and tranquil face, great sense of volume to his limbs and body. Wonderful clean carving made out of beautiful even grained ivory, expert light staining. Signed YUKIMASA inside the apron - for a good discussion of the artist (born in 1914) see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 233. Height 2 3/16 inches.