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 carved by Ryoshu (born in 1912) - one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century (see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 886). Netsuke represents Daruma (founder of Zen Buddhism) enveloped in monastic robe, and has an unusual feature for a high quality netsuke - eyes that can pop in and out. Perfectly captured facial expression, facial hair, character FUKU (happiness) and chrysanthemum patterns on his robe beautifully i ...click for details
1930s Japanese studio porcelain vase of modified double gourd shape with delicate Kakiemon palette enamel decoration of a flowering branch with leaves and blossoms. Great potting, fantastic quality painting with red, blue, green, yellow and black enamels, in excellent condition. Signed on the bottom TETSUZAN (alternative reading is Akiyama) in red enamel. Height 7 3/8 inches.
Rather unusual and amuzing good size Japanese Arita porcelain plate with enamel decoration of two rats wearing kimonos and pulling a strand of seaweed with Japanese coins out of the shallow stream, with a rake and reeds nearby. Very nice potting (2 openings in the rim on the back for hanging), excellent quality delightful painting - see see freedom in the depiction of curling waves, in perfect condition. Signed ARITA HIDETAKE in red enamel on the back. Diameter 9 5/8 inches.
Studio Japanese porcelain vase with bulbous body, wide shoulders and delicate Kakiemon palette enamel decoration of flowering chrysanthemums issuing from rocks. Great potting, underglaze blue painting of the rocks, fantastic quality painting with red, lilac, blue, yellow and 2 shades of green enamels, in excellent condition. Signed on the bottom KISEN in underglaze blue. Height 8 1/2 inches, diameter at the widest 7 1/4 inches.
Fukagawa Japanese porcelain vase of square section with indented corners, and underglaze blue and enamel decoration of a flowering prunus tree with chrysanthemum flowers at its roots. Excellent quality painting, skilled use of gold, green, tomato red, yellow and white enamels. Marked in blue enamel on the bottom with a mountain and inscribed FUKAGAWA TSUKURU (made in Fukagawa). Height 7 1/8 inches.
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
Brand new Japanese titanium eyeglasses with 10 times magnifying lenses. Seem to be more convenient than jewelerís loupe for viewing small objects such as netsuke, jewelry items and such. Pure titanium frame, Takeo Kikuchi brand, made in Japan, light weight optical quality scratch resistant plastic lenses. Come with case and microfiber cleaning cloth.
Brand new Japanese box for storing netsuke with 8 compartments. Quite a few boxes are available - please inquire. Meant as an optical display box, works perfectly for storing and display of netsuke. The cover can be smartly moved back and under the bottom for display. White satin cloth on the inside. Black cloth covering all the outside surfaces of the box, magnetic lock on the front flap of the cover. The sides and middle divider are very sturdy, the boxes can be stacked without damaging netsuk ...click for details