Early 19th century (could be earlier) Tibetan bronze vajra - the primary symbol and ritual implement in Tantric Buddhism. It symbolizes the essence of esoteric practices and the perfected state of reality. This vajra has 9 prongs on each end - one at the center and four at the cardinal directions symbolizing five cosmic Buddhas, with the four intercardinal prongs symbolizing four consorts of the directional Buddhas. It also symbolizes the nine vehicles or yanas, and all other groups of eight sur ...click for details
19th century unusually tall and slim Chinese scholar’s soapstone seal carved on one side with a landscape in scholarly taste, and with a long poem on the other. Wonderful quality carving on butterscotch colored stone - I believe it to be tianhuang soapstone. The bottom is carved with raised characters, red seal paste in the grooves, compressed dust in crevices. Very pleasant surface, little nicks and scratches attesting to the long life of the object. Great scholar’s object with understated beau ...click for details
Good size 19th century ivory netsuke of a standing foreigner with a Chinese boy seated on his shoulder, and holding a long horn / flute in front of him. Superb piece to the last detail - excellent faces, extraordinary etching of the robe with a dragon among waves. Water drops of the cresting waves on the bottom of the robe are inlaid with ivory, man’s eyes and boy’s hair knots are dark horn. Superb wear, fantastic feel of age to the piece. Signed on the side of the robe MIURA KANJUKEN YOSHINAGA ...click for details
Early 19th century wooden netsuke of an oxherd boy with a bundle of firewood on the back of an oxen. Extraordinary strong early carving with bold design and superb detailing: see the faces of both characters and tether with rope of the oxen. Deep himotoshi, excellent patina. Signed TOMOTADA in rectangular reserve on the back - the carver must have been a direct student of the great Tomotada. All that a great netsuke shall be, illustrated in the Journal of the International Netsuke Collectors Soc ...click for details
Tall and very amusing 19th century ivory netsuke of balding Ashinaga (long legs) carrying his similarly balding companion Tenaga (long arms) on his back as the latter holds a eel in his hand - apparently their fishing cooperation worked well this time. Superb faces of portrait quality, extraordinary carving of their wavy hair, wonderful depiction of their absurdly long limbs, excellently incised hairy bodies. Himotoshi is formed by Ashinaga’s right arm. Beautiful patina, a lot of compressed dust ...click for details
18th century ivory netsuke of a tiger crouching inside a section of bamboo stem. Very strong early carving, clever composition, great face, powerful paws. The eyes are inlaid with dark horn, old age lines, beautiful wear and patina. Length 2 1/16 inches.
Unusually tall late 18th century wooden netsuke of standing Ryujin - the Dragon King of the Sea - with a large coral branch in a vase in his hands, wearing a robe with wave designs, short pants, gaiters and shoes, and a beaded holding a long sword, its handle and scabbard in a shape of a dragon with severe face and differentiated scales. Superb strong and original piece with extraordinary terrifying face, perfectly carved muscular arms, rich beard and hair. Netsuke is covered in gesso and painte ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of Gentoku mounted on his horse Tokiro reaching the other bank of the river Dankei while escaping from a castle besieged by his brother-in-law. Gentoku (Chao Lieh Ti in Chinese) was a Chinese Emperor, and one of the Three Heroes of Han Dynasty together with Kwanyu and Chohi. Excellent detailing - see the fierce expression on his face, his billowing robe, bamboo stick in his hand, elaborate trappings of the horse and beautiful depiction of cresting waves. Excellent wear ...click for details
Christie’s sale catalog THE RAYMOND AND FRANCES BUSHELL COLLECTION OF NETSUKE PART IV that took place in New York on April 23, 1991. Hard covers, 297 lots illustrated in color, prices realized included. Excellent reference book.
Sotheby’s sale catalog FINE NETSUKE INRO AND LACQUER FROM THE ESTATE OF MADELYN HICKMOTT that took place in New York on February 8, 1989. Soft covers, 400 lots illustrated (some color, some black and white), prices realized included.