19th century boxwood and ivory netsuke of a man seated on a cushion, his feet folded under him, an open book and a pipe in his lap, but instead of reading he is concentrating on the game of kamifuki. The object of the game is to blow away a strip of paper attached with its end to one’s forehead. Superb face with his lower lip raised to direct his breath towards the paper, open page shows Mount Fuji with clouds, birds in flight and several lines of poetry. Beautiful flow to the lines of his robe, ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke of standing Hotei (one of the 7 Gods of Good Luck and incarnation of Maitreya - the Buddha of the future), the bag on his back hanging off a staff with fungus finial and a scroll tied to it as well. Wonderful smiling face with beautifully etched stubble, nicely incised textile patterns, great staining and patina. Signed YOSHIYUKI on inlaid cinnabar plaque on the back - the artist is listed on p. 1248 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by Ge ...click for details
Late Meiji - early Taisho wooden okimono of 3 wise monkeys in their habitual "see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” attitude: Mizaru covering his eyes, Kikazaru covering his ears, and Iwazaru covering his mouth, and rock crystal ball (not glass) resting on their shoulders. Very nicely carved, expressive faces with glass inlaid eyes, wonderful hairwork, pleasant wear and patina. Beautiful clear rock crystal with few delicate “hair” inclusions. Signed GYOKUZAN on the bottom - for informat ...click for details
Ivory netsuke representing a theatrical mask of Hyottoko - a perplexed peasant - carved by Ryoshu (born in 1912) - one of the best Japanese netsuke carvers of the 20th century (see p. 886 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick). Wonderful expressive face, black and red ink highlights, beautiful finish to the surface. Signed RYOSHU on the back. Height 1 inch.
19c ivory netsuke of a rat climbing over a mallet - both are the attributes of Daikoku. Daikoku is one of the 7 Gods of Good Fortune - particularly that of abundance, and is usually associated with rice. When the rice is plentiful, so are the rats - the netsuke is essentially a wish for wealth. Superbly carved capturing the essence of the creature, great depiction of its fur, eyes are inlaid with dark horn. Very beautiful staining and wear, great patina, in excellent condition. Signed MASANAO on ...click for details
19th century wooden netsuke of a slightly drunk dancer with a fan in his hand. Wood is lacquered in Negoro style - red (or golden brown) lacquer over black, so as it wears the black and then wood start showing. Superbly captured facial expression, beautifully worn, really nice feel of age to the piece. For a very similar example see Bushell’s NETSUKE FAMILIAR AND UNFAMILIAR, p. 162, number 396. Height 2 inches.
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. Impressed with potter’s seal MASAKAZU in sunken oval reserve on the bottom - for information on this ceramic netsuke maker see NETSUKE & NETSUKE & INRO ARTI ...click for details
Early 19th century boxwood netsuke of a monkey seated with its head down and turned to its left, supporting a large bamboo shoot on its shoulder. Like any dark object did not photograph well. Excellent carving with clean lines, great thoughtful expression on its face. Large and deep himotoshi (cord opening) in accordance with the habit of the time. Overall beautiful mellow patina from wear. Very clever and charming piece. Height 1 9/16 inches.
19th century Japanese Hirado porcelain ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in a form of Okame doll. Wonderful modeling, textile patterns in typical Hirado underglaze blue, beautiful bubbly glaze. Unusual piece in excellent condition. Height 7/8 inches.
19th century staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) carved in a shape of a kneeling monk wearing a Buddhist robe, his head moveable. Good design, natural imperfections in staghorn, old silk cord, overall in very good condition. Height 5/8 inches.