Ivory netsuke of of a nio (one of the Buddhist Guardian Kings) ineptly mending a huge old straw sandal with a rope. The subject is a humorous take on a clash between tremendous spiritual power and clumsiness in performing mundane chores. Wonderful carving, great bewildered face with horn inlaid eyes, beautifully incised and etched hair on his limbs, excellent patina, compressed dust on the surface. Signed MEIGYOKUSAI in oval reserve on the bottom - the carver is one of the best 20th century nets ...click for details
Set of six 1930s Japanese sterling silver place card holders with fronts representing a garden and a temple lanterns, a dragon boat, a torii gate, a castle, and a pagoda. Excellent crisp work, in perfect condition, each is marked STERLING 950 on the back, average height about 1 1/4 inches.
Set of five 1930s Japanese sterling silver place card holders with fronts representing a rickshaw, a sailing junk, a toy cat, a thatched hut and a fan. Excellent crisp work, in perfect condition, each is marked STERLING 950 on the back, average height about 1 1/4 inches.
Ivory netsuke of Rihaku seated on a tree stump and lovingly leaning towards a large wine jar while holding a ladle in his hand. Rihaku (Li Po in Chinese) was a celebrated, probably the most famous poet of China, equally renown for his love of wine. Superbly carved, excellent face and detailing of his hair and robe as well as jar and stump textures. Excellent staining and bleaching, great patina. Signed RYUFU in oval reserve on the bottom - for a brief discussion of the artist see CONTEMPORARY NE ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of two sumo wrestlers in a match, each attempting to throw the other. Superbly carved (see their incised fingernails), wonderfully captured body bulks and dynamic poses, perfectly etched textures of their hair and loincloths. Signed NANRYU in rectangular reserve on the bottom - for information about the artist see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 224. Excellent netsuke. Height 1 7/8 inches.
Original woodblock print BLUE THICKET by Joichi Hoshi (1913-1979), unlimited edition, printed in 1974. Excellent crisp print in perfect condition, silver metallic highlights, listed as plate 318 in JOICHI HOSHI CATALOGUE OF ALL TREE WOODBLOCK PRINTS published by Kato Gallery in 1988. Red “tree” seal of the artist in lower right corner, signed by the artist in pencil (see detail). Image size 6 1/4x8 7/8 inches, paper size 8x10 1/4 inches. Superb image, all that Hoshi print shall be.
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 a hare with 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 3/16 inches.
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 sitting courtier (recognizable by his tall hat) wearing formal garments and holding an open fan in his hands. Extremely well carved out of beautiful even ivory with cross-hatching pattern seen on the bottom of the piece. Excellent clean carving with expert polychrome decoration, wonderful level of detail, perfectly captured facial expression. Signed RYOSEI on the bottom - this very distinct carver is discussed in CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 225. Height 1 11/16 in ...click for details