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 kagamibuta (ďmirror lidĒ) netsuke with ivory top and ivory bowl. The top is carved in low relief with a seated boy wearing rich robe decorated with coin pattern and holding a butterfly net in his hand. Wonderful depiction of robe lines, elegantly incised textile decoration. Beautiful patina on ivory, swinging metal loop at the back for the cord. Diameter 1 1/4 inches.
19th century porcelain Hirado netsuke of a monkey dressed as a Sambaso dance actor, wearing a hat and holding a fan and a rattle in its hands. Its head is movable. Very funny facial expression, good overall modeling, underglaze blue and brown typical for Hirado, in great condition, no breaks or restoration. Height 2 1/4 inches.
19th century lacquered and inlaid ivory and wood netsuke of a gift box with mottled red and black sides and inlaid panel depicting blooming flowers of gold lacquer and inlaid coral. Made as one solid piece, wonderful quality work, unusual subject and execution, beautiful wear and patina, really nice feel of age to the piece. Signed TENZAN SAKU (made by Tenzan) on an inlaid ivory plaque on the bottom - this rare artist is listed on p. 1089 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNA ...click for details
19th century Japanese ivory netsuke carved as a peasant on a Buddhist temple pilgrimage with a scarf wrapped around his head, a Buddhist gong hanging off his neck, and a striker in one hand. Wonderful face with widely open mouth, very good detailing, traces of worn black, red and golden lacquer giving the piece a great feel of age, beautiful patina. Height 2 3/16 inches.
19th century bone / staghorn netsuke in a shape of a typical Japanese wooden tub for washing with 2 rows of rope on the outside. Wonderful simple object beautifully carved, central peg with a hole in the back part serves as himotoshi, old silk cord. Excellent patina, great sense of dignity to the piece. Diameter 1 1/8 inches.
19th century red coral ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in flattened ball shape. Natural red coral with porous structure, wonderful simplicity to the piece, large central hole, beautiful patina. Diameter at the widest 13/16 inches.
19th century Chinese scholarís brushrest in a shape of a wooden branch with richly textured surface resembling numerous swirling clouds. Did not photograph well - photos came out too harsh. Very beautiful and unusual black inky finish, wonderful patina, very pleasant to touch and to hold. Excellent piece in scholarís taste - one of the most attractive scholarís objects that I ever had. Length 8 1/8 inches.
Old Chinese scholarí s rock in a form of a piece of petrified wood representing a mountain range with twisted rock formations with rich weathered surface. Can be used as a brushrest as well. Excellent rendition of raw energy of the stone, both dynamic, and frozen in a mountain shape. Wide variety of beautiful natural colors, wonderful patina, great quality fitted ebony stand. Excellent object for contemplation on scholarís desk. Length with stand 6 3/4 inches.
Set of 6 Chinese jade and hardstone musical instruments, each on a matching rosewood stand. Instruments include a drum made out of jade, qin (zither) made out of jade, gong with striker, trumpet and 2 string instruments, the body of the cello shaped one is jade. Very well made, just one loss in the whole group - that of 1 tuning peg on the cello, otherwise in great condition. Length of the cello 4 inches.