19th century small ivory netsuke of a sennin (Chinese sage) mobbed by four toads. For some unexplainable reason sennin’s face looks exactly like that of Lenin, although the netsuke is probably a humorous take on Gama sennin. Wonderful carving with great quality of facial expression and nice detailing - see the warty backs of the toads. Himotoshi (cord opening) goes under the belt on the back, old age lines. Very nice wear and patina, signed CHOKUSEN on the bottom - the artist is listed on p. 343 ...click for details
Early 19th century boxwood netsuke carved as a seated snarling tiger. Great face with somewhat surprised expression, wonderful depiction of its body bulk, powerful paws, beautiful rhythm to the flow of the tail. Himotoshi (cord hole) is formed by natural opening between the feet and the body of the animal. Inlaid ivory eyes with dark horn pupils, beautiful patina, wear to the front of the face. Very good early sculpture. Height 1 7/16 inches.
19th century Japanese ivory netsuke carved as a seated monkey with its hands to its ears - the subject is Kikazaru - the monkey that “hears no evil”. Very nice carving with wonderful face, great hairwork and beautiful staining old age lines, pleasant warm patina. Signed YUZAN - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick, p. 1258. Height 1 5/8 inches.
Very unusual 19th century ivory netsuke in a shape of a bird containing two compartments in its body: one for a seal, and the other for seal paste. Ivory body with finely incised and etched vine with leaves and tendrils, metal fittings (one cleverly doubling as the eye of the bird), metal ring serving as himotoshi. The center can be pushed sideways to reveal compartments for a seal and seal paste. Crisply carved seal with old paste accumulation and cleverly designed swinging handle providing a h ...click for details
19th century boxwood netsuke of a Sambaso dancer wearing a robe decorated with pine saplings. Wonderful detailed carving, great facial expression, beautiful wear and patina. Signed HOMEI (alternative reading of the signature is Noriaki) on his foot. Height 1 5/8 inches.
19th century stag antler/bone netsuke in a shape of Daikoku coming out of a bag of rice. Daikoku-ten is the God of wealth and farmers, and as such is usually associated with rice. Clever carving in Japanese taste, wonderful patina, beautiful etching. Natural blemishes to the material, porous center on top and bottom is plugged as is usual with this type of material, and plugs are carved as part of the netsuke. Signed HAKUGYOKU on the back - for information on the artist see NETSUKE & INRO AR ...click for details
19th century ivory netsuke representing a theatrical mask of Okina (old man) used in Sambaso dance. Wonderful carving of his smiling face, black and red highlights, beautiful ivory texture visible on side photos, overall in excellent condition. Signed SUKEYASU on the back - the artist is listed on p. 1051 of NETSUKE & INRO ARTISTS AND HOW TO READ THEIR SIGNATURES by George Lazarnick. Height 1 5/8 inches.
19th century mixed metal and wood netsuke depicting full moon and a clump of flowering grass. Excellent quality metalwork on iron background with inlays of solid silver (moon) and gold (highlights), perfectly captured mood of the scene. Hardwood body with beautiful natural grain patterns, very pleasant wear and patina. Length 1 13/16 inches.
Ivory netsuke of of a nio (one of the Buddhist Guardian Kings) ineptly mending a huge old straw sandal with a rope. The subject is a humorous take on a clash between tremendous spiritual power and clumsiness in performing mundane chores. Wonderful carving, great bewildered face with horn inlaid eyes, beautifully incised and etched hair on his limbs, excellent patina, compressed dust on the surface. Signed MEIGYOKUSAI in oval reserve on the bottom - the carver is one of the best 20th century nets ...click for details
Late Meiji period (1890s to 1912) ivory netsuke of a seated geisha holding in front of her a biwa (Japanese lute) wrapped in cloth, probably about to entertain a client. Wonderful quality carving, excellent face with a charming smile, warm yellow staining and patina, beautifully incised textile patterns on the biwa wrapping. Amber inlay in her hair ornaments. Very nice patina on a beautiful piece of ivory showing characteristic cross hatching on the bottom, extremely pleasant to handle. Signed M ...click for details