Ivory netsuke of two Chinese boys forming 4 figures - 2 seated and 2 resting on their stomachs. Superb trick design with four bodies but just 2 heads. Wonderfully quiet smiling faces, beautiful flow to the lines of their robes, great textile patterns. Very pleasant light staining, mellow patina. Signed YUKIMASA on the side - for a good discussion of this excellent artist (born in 1914) see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 233. Length 1 3/4 inches.
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.
Pair of early 19th century good size Japanese sword menuki each depicting a riding crop - the one with dark patina with abumi (stirrup), the gilded one with a long tailed bird on a wooden bucket. Superb design, excellent quality work - see the perfectly imitated bamboo texture of the crops, inlaid silver spots on the stirrup and rope texture on bucket. Silvering and gilding, in excellent condition. Length 2 inches.
Pair of 19th century good size Japanese sword menuki each depicting an undulating dragon in different attitude. Excellent design, bronze with fire gilding, superb casting and detailing, beautiful patina, in great condition. Length 2 5/16 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki each depicting a samurai with a drawn weapon on a horse swimming among rolling waves. Did not photograph well. The subject is Kagesue and Takatsuna, two famous warriors, competing with each other to cross the Uji river to be the first one to engage the enemy on the opposite side. Superb design, wonderful detailing, bronze with beautiful patina, gold inlaid highlights. Length 2 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting ikebana arrangements containing fruits on branches on bed of wide reeds, all tied with ribbons. Superb elegant design in Japanese taste, extraordinary crisp work, bronze with black/brown patina and fire gilding, in perfect condition. Height 1 5/8 inches.
Pair of good size late 18th century menuki - Japanese sword fittings - depicting a pair of chilong (water dragon) with their slim bodies in different attitudes. Great design and detailing, fire gilding (obvious wear). Length 2 1/8 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki each depicting a pair of armored samurai in sword fights in different attitudes. Wonderful work, bronze with gilding, slight wear, in very good condition. Length 1 1/4 inches.
Pair of 19th century Japanese sword menuki depicting kaki fruit - Japanese persimmon - on branches with leaves. Excellent design in Japanese taste. Bronze with beautiful brown patina, gold inlaid dewdrops on leaves, in great condition. Length 1 1/2 inches.
Japanese wooden box for storage and display of 3 pairs of menuki or fuchi-kashira sets. 2 boxes are available. Exceptionally well made from kiri wood - that of Paulownia tree, ivory colored silk insert with thread holders for sword fittings. Dimensions: 10 3/4”x3 1/2”x1 1/2” ( 27.5x9x3.7 cm).