19th century metal ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in a shape of a paper lantern decorated with a mon (samurai crest). Nice crisp work, the material appears to be silver (I am not sure, did not test it). Height 1/2 inches.
19th century lacquer over ceramics ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) made as two theatrical masks of Okina and Okame. Metal liner in the central hole, nice patina on the surface, obvious signs of wear. Height 11/16 inches.
19th century wooden ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) of modified octagonal section made out of rosewood. Pleasing shape, very beautiful patina, in excellent condition. Height 5/8 inches.
19th century staghorn ojime (slide bead for tightening the cord going from netsuke to inro) in ball shape carved with geometric design. Nice work, stained beautiful blue, central metal liner, pleasant feel of age, beautiful patina. Height 9/16 inches.
Early 19th century ivory netsuke of a mother pounding millet on stalks with a large pestle on a shaped tree stump, while her son is pulling at the tail of a rooster who seems to be very interested in the results of the millet pounding. Unusual subject, very nicely captured mood of the scene, good detailing - see the comb in her hair, black ink highlights, wonderful patina, dust accumulation on the surface. Height 1 3/4 inches.
Ivory netsuke of Rihaku seated on a tree stump and lovingly leaning towards a large wine jar while holding a ladle in his hand. Rihaku (Li Po in Chinese) was a celebrated, probably the most famous poet of China, equally renown for his love of wine. Superbly carved, excellent face and detailing of his hair and robe as well as jar and stump textures. Excellent staining and bleaching, great patina. Signed RYUFU in oval reserve on the bottom - for a brief discussion of the artist see CONTEMPORARY NE ...click for details
Ivory netsuke of two sumo wrestlers in a match, each attempting to throw the other. Superbly carved (see their incised fingernails), wonderfully captured body bulks and dynamic poses, perfectly etched textures of their hair and loincloths. Signed NANRYU in rectangular reserve on the bottom - for information about the artist see CONTEMPORARY NETSUKE by Miriam Kinsey, p. 224. Excellent netsuke. Height 1 7/8 inches.
19th century ivory netsuke carved as two shojo, one of them overturning a huge sake jar spilling out his companion and a flood of sake that swirls on the bottom of the netsuke. Shojo are mythical creatures living near the sea, and are particularly fond of sake. Very good work, nice faces with happy drunken expressions, wonderful depiction of the flow of their hair. Expert light staining, very pleasant patina. Signed SHOSAI on the bottom - the artist is listed in NETSUKE by Neil Davey (p. 525, nu ...click for details
Old Chinese scholar’s rock suggesting a huge mountain with snow covered areas. Rather massive and dramatically shaped black Lingbi limestone with intensive white veining and inclusions, very richly textured surface, nicely carved newer fitted stand. Can be viewed from at least 4 sides, wonderful object for contemplation on scholar’s table, one of the best rocks that I have had. Length with stand 11 inches, height with stand 6 inches, weight about 7 pounds.