Late 18th century ivory netsuke of a reclining sarumawashi - traveling monkey showman - obliviously smiling in his sleep while his pet sitting on a small bag steals from a basket behind the back of its trainer. Excellent carving perfectly capturing facial expressions of both characters. Classic design, great depiction of his untamed facial hair, differently sized deep himotoshi in accordance with the habit of the time, ivory of triangular section characteristic for the period, old age lines. Bea ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of a hunter with a flintlock rifle trapped by an enormous scrotum of a badger. Uncommon topic in netsuke, excellent crisp carving, superb faces - distressed one of the hunter and cold smiling one of the badger, wonderful hairwork, great detailing of the hands of the hunter and veins on the scrotum, beautiful patina. Signed JURAKU on the foot of the hunter - the artist is listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 477, number 962). Length 1 1/2 inches.
Early 19th century decent size boxwood netsuke of a standing fox dressed as Buddhist priest, and leaning on a staff. This image of Hakuzosu the Fox-Spirit alludes to the kyogen plays Tsurigitsune (The Fishing Fox) or Konkai (The Cry of the Fox), both originating in the story of a priest of the Eitoku era (1381-1384) who worshipped the rice deity Inaba and was protected by three magic foxes. In the plays, a fox transforms itself into a priest and uses this disguise to warn humans of the dangers o ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of 2 sitting wine drinkers, and one standing, holding a wine pot. Netsuke subject appears to be SANNIN JOGO - the three drunkards showing the varying effects of sake: laughter, weeping and anger. As any dark object, does not photograph well. Uncommon topic, great faces, nicely incised textile patterns, beautiful wear to the surface, wonderful warm patina. Himotoshi are formed by natural openings in the carving. Signed YUSAI on the bottom - for information on the artist ...click for details
Mid-19th century ivory netsuke depicting a Chinese elder holding a drum and a striker in his hands, and two karako (Chinese boys) clinging to his coat. Excellent carving with wonderful detailed faces (see the teeth of the elder), nice flow to the lines of their robes, great incised textile patterns. Superb patina with fine sheen, beautiful wear. Height 1 7/8 inches.
Ivory netsuke of seated Jurojin holding a fan in his hand, with a minogame turtle crawling onto him. Jurojin is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune, usually associated with longevity, and minogame is a symbol of longevity as well. Wonderful carving - see the detailing of his face, incised fingernails, coat and carapace pattern of the turtle. Great quality staining leaving the beard and minogame’s tail bright white, beautiful patina. Signed HISAYUKI on the bottom, old collection on the bottom. Heig ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of a hare with its head raised alertly. Superb carving to the last detail, great face and realistic posture capturing the essence of the creature. Beautiful rendition of its body volume, eyes are double inlaid with light and dark horn, excellent patina. Signed IKUMI on the bottom followed by the seal of the artist - this excellent carver is the wife of Bishu, and her work is very rare. Fantastic sculpture, all that a great netsuke shall be. Height 2 3/16 inches.
19th century boxwood netsuke of Kanzan holding an open scroll, with Jittoku standing beside him holding a broom. According to a Chinese legend, Kanzan and Jittoku (Han Shan and Shi De in Chinese) lived in a kitchen of a Zen Buddhist monastery and talked nonsensical language, which some took as a sign of them being enlightened. Wonderful faces, great depiction of robe lines and hair, beautifully stained, excellent mellow patina. Signed GYOKUZAN in oval reserve on the back - for information on the ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke carved as standing Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck, also considered to be the incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future) with a boy clinging to his side and supporting a large tama (Precious Gem) on his shoulder. Wood is lacquered in Negoro style - red lacquer over black, so as it wears the black starts showing, some gold lacquer highlights as well. Great quality carving - see his face with the slightest of smiles. Beautiful patina and wear (especially ...click for details
Early 19th century staghorn and lacquer netsuke of two abalone shells. Excellent and completely realistic carving of shell textures, bottom parts representing the flesh of the animals are lacquered dark green. Large himotoshi (cord openings), beautiful warm patina. Length 2 inches.