19th century Japanese set of tobakoire (tobacco box), staghorn ojime bead and wooden kiseruzutsu (tobacco pipe holder), all connected by silk cord. Tobakoire is carved in a form of Zen Buddhism patriarch Daruma enveloped in his monastic robe. The face of the figure can be moved out to reveal a cavity used for storing shredded tobacco. The body of the figure is carved out of soft kiri wood, the face is boxwood, eyes are inlaid with yellowish glass, pupils are drilled from the back of inlays and p ...click for details
Unusually well made 19th century porcelain netsuke of Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, also representing Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) with fan in his hand sitting next to his usual bag. Superbly modeled piece with extraordinary face and slight glaze. Wonderful patina, compressed dust in crevices, in excellent condition. Length 1 1/2 inches.
Ivory netsuke of a seated Noh actor dressed in rich voluminous robes, with his arms outstretched, face painted, and wearing a demon red hair wig. Nicely carved out of beautiful even ivory, beautiful polychrome decoration. Signed TERUYUKI in seal form on the bottom. Height 1 11/16 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke carved as a scene from life of Kanshin - one of the three Heroes of Han Dynasty. Kanshin (Han Sin in Chinese) was a dispossessed Han prince, who chose to crawl between the legs of a street bully rather than fight a man of low birth. Very expressive excellent quality carving - see superb detailing of faces, wonderfully incised textile patterns and details such as ropes and weave patterns on baskets and items they are wearing under their sashes. Very nice patina, buttons ...click for details
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
19th century staghorn/bone netsuke turned in a shape of hollow double gourd, and pierced and carved on the outside with geometric designs. Himotoshi (cord openings) are formed by 2 longer slots in the middle part of the netsuke. Porous centers of stag antler on both ends are plugged as is usual in such pieces, and plugs are carved as part of the netsuke. Simple honest carving, nice patina, overall in very good condition. Height 1 7/8 inches.
19th century staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in a shape of a decaying skull. Good design, nice patina on the surface, natural imperfections in staghorn, overall in very good condition. Signed YUKISHIGE on the back - the artist is listed on p. 1254 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 9/16 inches.
19th century wooden netsuke of two heads of reishi fungus (Fungus of Immortality) issuing from the same stem. Superbly carved elegant piece in Japanese taste, beautiful rhythm to the ridges of the fungus, wonderful wear and superb patina consistent with age, in excellent condition. Himotoshi is formed by the stem. Signed MASAYOSHI for Sato Masayoshi on the bottom - this excellent artist is listed on p. 742 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Fantas ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke depicting a seated actor wearing a theatrical mask of Hyottoko (perplexed peasant) with his hand raised to the face in a gesture of distress. Wonderful quality carving, great face, excellent depiction of his long hair. Beautiful patina. Height 1 5/16 inches.
Rather unusual 19th century ceramic netsuke of a peasant sitting next to a a rice straw sheaf, wearing a straw raincoat and holding a hat in his hands. Very nice modeling, wonderful smiling face, beautiful red glaze, pleasant patina. Marked on the back with potter’s seal reading KAIRAKU. Length 2 3/8 inches.