Ivory netsuke of makatsugyo - a dragon-fish - in the process of transformation. The face is already that of a dragon, while limbs are still carpís fins. According to a Chinese legend, a carp that can swim up the waterfall turns into a dragon, and thus serves as a paragon of perseverance, especially in scholarly pursuits. The creature is rarely depicted in netsuke. Superb clean carving, excellent detailing, beautiful inlays with black and transparent brown horn. Signed GODO on the bottom - for a b ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of a resting goat - one of the 12 Zodiac animals - with its head turned to the left. Excellent carving with clean lines conveying the essence of the creatureís character, great rendition of animalís fur, no breaks, chips or repairs. Beautiful patina, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Signed YUKITOMO on the bottom. Height 1 1/8 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
1920s kagamibuta (mirror lid) netsuke with plastic top and celluloid bowl imitating ivory. The top represents a dragon clutching Sacred Pearl in its paw. Excellent crisp work, overall in excellent condition, swinging metal loop on the back for the cord. Comes with original metal chain that connected it to a tobacco pouch. The metal connector fitting is worked with dragon in flight on one side and Mount Fuji and clouds on the other. Very good example of its type. Diameter 2 1/16 inches, metal par ...click for details
Japanese print titled "Fugu Chochin No. 12" (Puffer Fish Lantern No. 12) by artist Hiroto Norikane (born 1949), printed in 1980. The print depicts a woven tray of paper lanterns in a shape of fugu (puffer fish) with one lantern hanging above the tray. Elegant composition in Japanese taste, done in mezzotint and etching techniques, printed on thick laid paper. Signed by the artist in pencil and numbered 57/120, red seal past seal of the artist. In excellent condition, comes with acid fr ...click for details
Brand new Japanese box for storing netsuke with 12 compartments. 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, Velcro for closing on the front flap of the cover. The sides and middle dividers are very sturdy, the boxes can be stacked without damaging netsu ...click for details
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
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.