19th century ivory netsuke of a chestnut. Elegant piece in Japanese taste, one of the most realistically carved pieces that I have had. Superb quality rendition of shape and texture of the nut, very pleasant to the touch, wonderful wear and patina. Height 1 3/16 inches.
Ivory netsuke of a reclining horse, its hooves drawn under its body forming a compact netsuke shape, head turned back as it is neighing vigorously. Wonderful sense of volume, excellent hairwork, great face with amber and horn inlaid eyes. Netsuke was carved out of a central part of a tusk containing central nerve canal, which was was plugged on the bottom and expertly carved as part of a leg, as well as on the top (to the left of the neck, can be seen on Enlargement 2). Himotoshi (cord opening) ...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
Ivory netsuke of two Chinese boys forming 4 figures - 2 seated and 2 resting on their stomachs. Superb trick design with four bodies but just 2 heads. Wonderfully quiet smiling faces, beautiful flow to the lines of their robes, great textile patterns. Very pleasant light staining, mellow patina. Signed YUKIMASA on the side - for a good discussion of this excellent artist (born in 1914) see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 233. Length 1 3/4 inches.
Ivory netsuke of standing Jurojin holding a turtle on his hand. Jurojin is one of 7 Gods of Good Fortune, that of longevity, and the turtle - one of his usual companions - is also associated with longevity. The netsuke is essentially a wish for long life. Very nicely carved, great level of detail and perfectly captured facial expression, expert staining. Signed SEIGYOKU on the back - for a discussion of the artist see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 226. Height 1 7/8 inches.
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 3 pairs of menuki or fuchi-kashira sets. 2 boxes are available. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, ivory colored silk insert with thread holders for sword fittings. Dimensions: 10 3/4”x3 1/2”x1 1/2” ( 27.5x9x3.7 cm).
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 1 pair of menuki or fuchi-kashira set. 6 boxes are available. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, light salad green colored silk insert with thread holders for sword fittings. Dimensions: 5 7/8”x3 7/16”x1 1/4” ( 15x8.5x3 cm).
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 1 pair of menuki or fuchi-kashira set. 2 boxes are available. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, burgundy colored silk insert with thread holders for sword fittings, matching silk cushion. Dimensions: 5 5/8”x3 1/4”x1 7/16” ( 14.5x8.4x3.6 cm).
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 1 tsuba. 3 boxes are available. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, light salad green colored silk insert with fixture to hold the tsuba. Dimensions: 4 5/8”x4 3/8”x1 1/8” ( 11.9x11.3x3 cm).
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