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 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
Ivory netsuke of seated Hotei holding a hand drum on his shoulder. Hotei is incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future - and one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, the fat and happy God of abundance and good health. Very nice carving with good level of detail (see his feet and finely worked texture of his robe), wonderful smiling face, nice patina. Signed SHOZO on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 984 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnic ...click for details
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