Wooden Japanese good size okimono of a walking turtle with its head out of its shell. Excellent clever carving capturing the essence of the creature, made out of Japanese Yakushima cedar with its beautiful layered texture, wonderful depiction of its carapace. Eyes are inlaid with glass. Length 7 1/8 inches.
Japanese ivory okimono of a standing actor in a role of a shojo with a fan in his hand. Shojo are mythical creatures living near the sea, and are particularly fond of sake. Superb quality carving with excellent face and minute detailing - see the fingernails, hair texture and textile patterns. Beautiful warm patina, details highlighted by paint and golden lacquer, in excellent condition. Signed SEIGETSU on inlaid cinnabar plaque on the bottom - the artist is listed in CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Mir ...click for details
Ivory netsuke in a shape of a chestnut carved by Ryoshu - one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century (see p. 886 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick). Superb piece in Japanese taste, perfectly rendered shapes, textures and colors of the nut, the most realistically carved piece that I have ever had. Very pleasant to the touch, wonderful patina. Extraordinary netsuke. Height 1 inch.
Ivory netsuke of a Buddhist nun seated in front of a gong, a striker in one hand and a rosary in the other, a boy attendant next to her about to pour tea from a kettle into a cup. There is a feature unusual for high quality netsuke - the nun is actually a fox and has a revolving face, with one side showing a fox with vicious expression, and the other a tranquil female one. Foxes in Japanese folklore are generally regarded as unfriendly creatures capable of turning into women and playing cruel tr ...click for details
Sotheby's sale catalog THE BETTY JAHSS COLLECTION OF NETSUKE Part II (FINAL), that took place in London on November 14, 1991. Hardcover, 147 lots illustrated, index of artists, prices realized included. Excellent reference book.
Boxwood netsuke of a toad sitting on a discarded zori (straw sandal). Excellent rendition of the skin, paws and texture of woven sandal, great facial expression. Convex eyes of the toad are inlaid with dark horn, the looped thong of the sandal forms the himotoshi (cord opening). Beautiful staining, wear and patina. Signed SHINZAN for Shinzan Masanao (born in 1904) on the bottom - for discussion of the last of Masanao of Ise carvers see p. 725 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR S ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of a resting Manchurian crane with elegantly bent neck, its wings forming an arch above its back. Extremely well carved, perfectly captured essence of the creature, superb detailing of its wings and webbed feet. Eyes are double inlaid with lighter and darker horn, perfect delineation of different feather textures and leathery texture of its legs. Excellent patina, in perfect condition. Signed with round seal MISHU on the bottom next to its right leg - the artist is Bishu - one of t ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of a a tongue-cut sparrow with head turned to its left. Excellent delicate bird of classic design, wonderfully depicted body bulk and open wings, its tail upright, eyes inlaid with black horn.. Beautiful carving with clean strong lines, perfectly captured essence of the creature, great sense of volume, beautiful even ivory. Signed SHINZAN on the bottom - for information on this artist carving netsuke and okimono see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 237. Length 1 5/16 inche ...click for details