Ivory netsuke carved by Ryoshu (born in 1912) - one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century (see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 886). Netsuke represents Daruma (founder of Zen Buddhism) enveloped in monastic robe, and has an unusual feature for a high quality netsuke - eyes that can pop in and out. Perfectly captured facial expression, facial hair, character FUKU (happiness) and chrysanthemum patterns on his robe beautifully i ...click for details
Japanese scroll painted with ink on paper depicting a mynah among tree branches. Mynahs are similar to crows, the difference being tufts of feathers on their beaks. Elegant composition in Japanese taste, superbly captured contemplative mood of the bird, wonderful quality painting, great brushwork. Silk brocade mounts, lacquered wood scroll ends, couple of crease lines, in great condition overall. Signed GENKI for Takahashi Genki (1911-1978), and marked with red paste seal. Enlargement 6 shows 2 ...click for details
Japanese ivory netsuke of a sarumawashi (traveling monkey trainer) gently petting and offering a persimmon to his charge sitting in front of him. Beautifully conveys relationships between two characters. There is a nice detail for a netsuke lover - he is wearing a tobacco pouch and cased pipe suspended by a manju netsuke. Wonderful carving with clean lines, excellent face not losing quality even with high magnification. Great quality even grained ivory, mother of pearl inlaid roundels on his clo ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of a nude girl washing herself with a towel in a wooden tub. Wonderfully captured mood of the scene excellent work with great detailing - see her delicately carved curves and elaborate hair arrangement. Clean even grained ivory, beautiful finish to the piece. Signed DOHO in oval reserve on the bottom. Excellent sculpture. Height 1 3/4 inches.
Japanese ivory netsuke of a standing old man with cane, and holding two items on a rope across his shoulder - a lunch box on his front and a basket with persimmons with branches and leaves on his back. The subject is probably a grandfather visiting his grandchildren, beautifully conveys the mood of the scene. Wonderful carving with clean lines, excellent face not losing quality even with high magnification, painted robe and other details (expected wear to paint), pleasant feel of age. Signed ICH ...click for details
Japanese bamboo chashaku (tea scoop used for powdered tea during tea ceremony) of simple elegant shape with gold on black lacquer decoration of cherry flowers on branches. Superb quality work, in perfect condition. Comes in original box with cord for securing the lid, and with wrapping cloth, must be about 30 years old. Signed on the top of the box SENSEKI with red seal of the lacquerer, and inscribed WAJIMA NURI CHASHAKU. Excellent elegant object. Chashaku length 7 5/8 inches, box length 8 1/2 ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of Sennin Tobosaku showing off the Peach of Immortality, which he stole from Seiobo, the Chinese Queen of the Fairies, the fruit ripening on a tree in her garden only once it 3 thousand years. Very nicely carved, great level of detail and perfectly captured facial expression, expert etching with ink. Nice detail - there is an into on his back held by a manju netsuke. Beautiful even grained ivory, very pleasant finish. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for information on the artist se ...click for details
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 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.