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
Netsuke of a seated spotted dog wearing a collar, its head turned to the left. Very well carved out of even grained ivory, nice face with horn inlaid pupils. Superbly stained - see the darker spots on its coat, wonderfully incised fur. Signed GYOKUSEKI on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 428 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, and a tiger netsuke carved in the similar manner is illustrated. Height 1 5/8 inches.
Christie’s sale catalog THE RAYMOND AND FRANCES BUSHELL COLLECTION OF NETSUKE PART IV that took place in New York on April 23, 1991. Hard covers, 297 lots illustrated in color, prices realized included. Excellent reference book.
Sotheby’s sale catalog FINE NETSUKE INRO AND LACQUER FROM THE ESTATE OF MADELYN HICKMOTT that took place in New York on February 8, 1989. Soft covers, 400 lots illustrated (some color, some black and white), prices realized included.
Small Japanese Kyotoyaki (Kyoto ware) ceramic teapot with cover. The body is painted with enamels on 2 sides with various grasses and flowers. No chips, cracks or repairs. Excellent quality decoration in Japanese taste, lower part and cover fired beautiful pink color, superb finely crackled glaze. Stamped with a potter’s mark by the foot and signed and stamped on the original wooden box by the potter WAZEN KITAMURA, blue wrapping cloth. Total length of the teapot with handle and spout 4 5/16 inc ...click for details
Original 1968 Japanese woodblock print by Toshi Yoshida (1911-1995) titled EAGLE OWL ("Mimizuku" in Japanese). Paper on the photographs came out with gray tinge, but it is actually of warm tone - Enlargement 2 is closest in color to what it is. Published by Yoshida Studio, signed in pencil by the artist in the lower right corner. The print is in excellent condition, finely detailed with intense bright colors, beautiful "bokashi" shading. Image size 14 1/2 x 9 7/8 inches, pape ...click for details
Wooden netsuke netsuke of a recumbent water buffalo, its hooves bent beneath its body. Perfectly captured somewhat puzzled expression, wonderful sense of volume. Superbly carved to the last detail - see its face and finely incised coat, eyes inlaid with black horn. Signed MASANAO SHINZAN on the bottom - for discussion of the last of Masanao carvers see p. 725 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Wonderful sculpture by the master carver. Length 2 inc ...click for details
Sotheby’s sale catalog JAPANESE WORKS OF ART PART II that took place in London on November 17th, 1994. 370 lots illustrated (303 lots of swords and fittings, 67 lots of netsuke and inro), in excellent condition, prices realized included.
Sotheby’s sale catalog THE ROY G. COLE COLLECTION OF FINE JAPANESE SWORD FITTINGS, LACQUER AND OTHER WORKS OF ART that took place in New York on December 13, 1990. 241 lots illustrated (202 lots of sword fittings, 39 lots of armor, netsuke and other works of art), in excellent condition, prices realized included.