Ivory netsuke of two sumo wrestlers in a match, each attempting to throw the other. Superbly carved (see their incised fingernails), wonderfully captured body bulks and dynamic poses, perfectly etched textures of their hair and loincloths. Signed NANRYU in rectangular reserve on the bottom - for information about the artist see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 224. Excellent netsuke. Height 1 7/8 inches.
Original woodblock print BLUE THICKET by Joichi Hoshi (1913-1979), unlimited edition, printed in 1974. Excellent crisp print in perfect condition, silver metallic highlights, listed as plate 318 in JOICHI HOSHI CATALOGUE OF ALL TREE WOODBLOCK PRINTS published by Kato Gallery in 1988. Red “tree” seal of the artist in lower right corner, signed by the artist in pencil (see detail). Image size 6 1/4x8 7/8 inches, paper size 8x10 1/4 inches. Superb image, all that Hoshi print shall be.
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
Ivory netsuke of seated Hotei holding a hand drum on his shoulder. Hotei is incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future - and one of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune, the fat and happy God of abundance and good health. Very nice carving with good level of detail (see his feet and finely worked texture of his robe), wonderful smiling face, nice patina. Signed SHOZO on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 984 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnic ...click for details
Unusual ivory netsuke of two differently sized tadpoles - one in a stage when it starts growing its legs, the other one did not get there yet. Rare subject, elegant composition, superbly realistic carving of shapes and textures perfectly capturing the essence of the creatures, yet also having a feeling of an abstract sculpture. Wonderful clean carving, signed RYOSHU on the bottom - for information on one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century see p. 886 of NETSUKE & INRO AR ...click for details
Small ivory netsuke carved by Ryoshu (born in 1912) - one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century. Netsuke represents Daruma (founder of Zen Buddhism) enveloped in monastic robe, and his eyes can pop in and out. Perfectly captured facial expression, facial hair and mandarin duck decoration on his robe beautifully incised and etched with ink. Excellent clean carving made out of beautiful even ivory. Signed RYOSHU on the back - the artist is listed in NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AN ...click for details
Unusual pair of 1930s Japanese sterling silver and glass salt and pepper shakers. Glass bottles are of triangular section, overlaid with sterling silver bamboo leaves on stems. Excellent quality crisp work, wonderful patina, marked STERLING 950 on the bottom. Clever design, extremely well made, wonderful table objects in superb condition. Height 3 inches.
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
Good size Japanese bronze plate with chased design of shishi (Buddhist lion) with bushy tail. Elegant piece with great dynamic design, wonderful detailing (see the individual hairs on its legs), beautiful patina. The piece is in perfect condition, 3 loops on the back for hanging, silk cord. Signed SHUDO in seal form on the front. Unusual and very pleasing object. Diameter 11 7/16 inches.
Japanese scroll painted with red ink on paper depicting Shoki the Demon Queller with a drawn sword in his hands. Wonderful expressive painting - see his severe facial expression, detailing of his hair and beard, flow of his robe and beautifully executed ink washes. Paper mounts, wooden scroll ends. Inscribed FUJIWARA NO MUGURASAKO KINGA followed by kakihan (monogram of the artist). Inscription can be translated as “respectfully drawn by Mugurasako of the Fujiwara clan”. Scroll size 66x16 inches, ...click for details