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.
Japanese ivory okimono of a standing actor in a role of a shojo with a fan in his hand. Shojo are mythical creatures living near the sea, and are particularly fond of sake. Superb quality carving with excellent face and minute detailing - see the fingernails, hair texture and textile patterns. Beautiful warm patina, details highlighted by paint and golden lacquer, in excellent condition. Signed SEIGETSU on inlaid cinnabar plaque on the bottom - the artist is listed in CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Mir ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of a seated Noh actor dressed in rich voluminous robes, with his arms outstretched, face painted, and wearing a demon red hair wig. Nicely carved out of beautiful even ivory, beautiful polychrome decoration. Signed TERUYUKI in seal form on the bottom. Height 1 11/16 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
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.
Unusual ivory netsuke of two differently sized tadpoles - one in a stage when it starts growing its legs, the other one did not get there yet. Rare subject, elegant composition, superbly realistic carving of shapes and textures perfectly capturing the essence of the creatures, yet also having a feeling of an abstract sculpture. Wonderful clean carving, signed RYOSHU on the bottom - for information on one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century see p. 886 of NETSUKE & INRO AR ...click for details
Small ivory netsuke carved by Ryoshu (born in 1912) - one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century. Netsuke represents Daruma (founder of Zen Buddhism) enveloped in monastic robe, and his eyes can pop in and out. Perfectly captured facial expression, facial hair and mandarin duck decoration on his robe beautifully incised and etched with ink. Excellent clean carving made out of beautiful even ivory. Signed RYOSHU on the back - the artist is listed in NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AN ...click for details
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.
Unusual pair of 1930s Japanese sterling silver and glass salt and pepper shakers. Glass bottles are of triangular section, overlaid with sterling silver bamboo leaves on stems. Excellent quality crisp work, wonderful patina, marked STERLING 950 on the bottom. Clever design, extremely well made, wonderful table objects in superb condition. Height 3 inches.
Catalog 100 SELECTED PIECES FROM THE NETSUKE COLLECTION OF SCOTT MEREDITH AND 50 FROM ANOTHER PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION by Barry Davies Oriental Art, London, 1995. 150 pieces illustrated in color, softcover, 11.5x 8.5 inches. Includes photographs of signatures and index of artists. Excellent reference book.